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Breathe by Penni Russon
Cover Artist: Chad W. Beckerman
Review by Gayle Surrette
HarperTeen Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 0060793937
Date: 01 February, 2007 List Price $16.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Breathe follows on the story told in Undine. Trout is having a problem sleeping and every night after his parents and brothers fall asleep, he slips out of the house and becomes part of the night, walking the streets and listening to the sounds of night in Hobart, Tasmania. He feels disconnected from life. A few months ago, he nearly died and he feels that was a cheat and he should have died. His grades are plummeting and it's his 12th year. He's in love with the girl next door and she just wants to be friends -- only it's hard to be friends with someone who doesn't love you back, who has magic at her command, and who doesn't really see you. So, Trout goes through the motions until he gets pulled into a relationship he doesn't understand or control and finally chaos, true chaos, seems to be taking over his life.

From official release/information:

Book Description: Six months have passed since Undine discovered the powerful magic within her and very nearly threw the entire world into chaos. Life has gone back to normal—almost. The magic still swirls relentlessly below her surface, demanding that she break her promise not to use it.

And then there's Trout. Trout, with his messy, unrequited love for Undine. Trout, who can't sleep and who roams the streets at night instead. Trout, so desperate to learn about Undine's magic that he's willing to trust a mysterious young woman who knows an awful lot about him, about Undine, and about chaos theory.

As their lives continue to both unravel and coalesce, Undine and Trout feel drawn back to the Bay, where it all began. Is Undine stronger than the magic she contains? Is she more girl than magic, or more magic than girl?

(Source: HarperTeen)

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