Book Review: Inhale, Exhale by Sarah M. Ross

Jillian had a plan: celebrate the end of her first year of college with an amazing summer full of beaches, barbeques, and bonfires. When her mom insists she needs a summer job, and her boyfriend spends more time with his band than with her, Jillian’s plans go down the drain. 

Grant had a plan: finish his Masters, get a great job at Google, and get the hell out of Georgia. He might be giving up some of the fun of his youth, but he knows his all work and no play method would be worth it when his dreams came true.

But things never go according to plan. 

When temptation brings them together and tragedy tears them apart, Jillian and Grant will be forced to choose: fight for their dreams, or fight for each other.

Release Date: May 4, 2013
Age Group: New Adult
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed By: Kelli

I love the new adult genre, especially NA contemporary fiction.  These books are fun, easy reads and Inhale, Exhale was no exception.  I love escaping into the pages of a good love story, and Jillian and Grant's story was definitely intriguing. 

I liked Jillian from the start.  She's smart, and knows herself and what she wants.  I love that in a lead character.  Grant was handsome, hard-working, and driven.  He wants nothing more than to move away from Georgia and work for Google.  I liked that he had a life plan and wasn't going to let anything deter him from his dreams.

But, love happens and Jillian and Grant find themselves fighting a growing attraction to each other.  I liked that Ross uses the alternating first-person narrative because I got to know both Jillian and Grant really well.  It's so nice knowing what both characters are thinking, especially their thoughts on each other!

I didn't like the fact that there was an insta-love aspect to this story.  That never sits well with me...I just don't think it's realistic.  I also thought the love story was a little too effusive.  By that, I mean there were a lot of declarations between the characters and that also felt forced to me.

Other than that, I did enjoy Inhale, Exhale and would recommend it to fans of new adult contemporary fiction. 


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