“Stay away from him,” people said.
It’s easy to judge a man because of his past. To look at Tristan and see a monster.
But I couldn’t do that. I had to accept the wreckage that lived inside of him because it also lived inside of me.
We were both empty.
We were both looking for something else. Something more.
We both wanted to put together the shattered pieces of our yesterdays.
Then perhaps we could finally remember how to breathe.
5 White Feathers Stars
The Air He Breathes is a standalone. This book will gut you. It will make you question your life and look at your partner in a new light.
I am completely amazed, awed and delighted I read The Air He Breathes. It’s one of those novels where you just think about it even after you finish.
Do not go into this book lightly. Realize when you start this book, it will take you into this dramatic intense journey, filled with love, passion, heartache and second chances.
Tristan and Elizabeth have something in common. They both have lost someone very important in their life. This has changed them completely. Its years later and they both grieve severely.
“The hardest part about losing someone you love is the fact that you also lose yourself”
The beginning is tragic and sad. You will learn quickly who Tristan and Elizabeth have lost and I’ll be honest, it will make you cry a ball of tears! Elizabeth ran away from home for a year after her loss. She is back in town and doesn’t know what to make of things.
People are catty as ever and everyone gossips. I love a small town book and it wrecked me all the things Elizabeth went through and how strong she remained throughout the book. She reunites with old friends and they help her move on. I love the secondary characters of the book because they play such a huge role in the main character’s lives. I liked how everyone was trying to get better. Even though it was really hard.
Tristan is the towns no so nice guy. He doesn’t care what anyone thinks and he basically is just in survival mode. He doesn’t makes friends, he doesn’t care what his house looks like and he doesn’t even care what he looks like, even though he looks like a bearded homeless man.
“You’re beautiful. You’re a beautiful, broken kind of monster”
“Lonely often recognized lonely. And today, for the first time, I began to see the man behind the beard.”
I ached for Tristan. I felt for him and I wanted to just climb into the pages of the book and cuddle with him. He’s pain is very apparent and you wonder if he will ever be able to move from it.
I loved that Tristan and Elizabeth both share the pain of loss, but it’s not like they instantly find each other and bam everything is fixed. Oh no. They both are still very messed up , but because they are both messed up, they use each other for a temporary happiness.
“He and I together was a terrible idea. We were both unstable, we were both shattered, and there was no getting around it”
This book is so addictive and from page one, I couldn’t stop reading. I was consumed by the story and I had to continue the painful journey. This book like I said, makes you question life. I was putting myself in the main character’s shoes and thinking… how would I react if that happened to me? I empathize for the characters and I would do exactly what they are doing.
I cried a lot of tears while I read this, but it was so worth it. I think Brittainy C. Cherry is a wonderful writer. There is no question why this book has so many glowing reviews. It simply deserves it.
Other Books by Brittainy C. Cherry
Art and Soul AMAZON
The Space in Between AMAZON
Brittainy Cherry has been in love with words since the day she took her first breath. She graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Creative Writing. She loves to take part in writing screenplays, acting, and dancing--poorly of course. Coffee, chai tea, and wine are three things that she thinks every person should partake in! Brittainy lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her family. When she's not running a million errands and crafting stories, she's probably playing with her adorable pets.