☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars☆➹⁀☆☆
What it’s about:
Fractions of seconds can do lots of damage. One decision can ruin lives. A blink can be tragic. And loving a Hollister…can hurt like hell.
I would know.
They say the average person can hold their breath under water for two full minutes when pushed to the extremes. Will Hollister has been holding his for years. The oldest of two elite swimming brothers, Will was always a dominant force in the water. But in life, he preferred to let his younger brother Evan be the one to shine.
Evan got the girl, and Will…he got to bury all of the secrets. A brother’s burden, the weight of it all nearly left him to drown.
The daughter of two Olympians, my path was set the day my fingertips first touched water. My future was as crystal clear as the lane I dominated in the pool—swim hard, win big, love a Hollister.
My life with Evan burned bright. He gave me arms to come home to, and a smile that fooled the world into believing everything was perfect. But it was Will who pushed me. Will…who really knew me.
And when all of the pieces fell, it was Will who started to pick them up.
In the end, the only thing that matters are those few precious seconds—and what we decide to do while we still have them in our grasp.
What can I say? I read one of Ginger Scott’s books a couple years ago, and I was hooked. The quality of her writing is consistent, and she is an enthralling storyteller. Hold My Breath embodies so much of the author. It’s a New Adult, sports romance, and every word of it genuine and heart-felt. Was it my favorite work of Ms. Scott’s? No, but it is authentic, and I can see so much of her kindness and character in every page of Hold My Breath.
This is the story of Will, Maddy and Evan. Evan has been dead for several years, but his specter haunts Maddy and Will’s every decision and action. Evan’s continued influence on Maddy and Will is revealed through dual-POV narration. Ms. Scott deftly develops Evan as a character postmortem. All three were competitive swimmers; Maddy and Will meet up again as they both train for one last shot at making the Olympic team. They have history together, and only time will tell if they have a future together. As individuals and as a potential couple, their future is impacted by the romanticized memory of Evan—his golden-boy image, his lies, and his mistakes. It is too much of a burden for any young adult, and yet, Will has shouldered the weight of living in the shadow of his brother’s public persona all the while keeping the truth a secret.
The overwhelming weight, responsibility and sadness in Will’s life casts a long shadow over the entire book. Both Will and Maddy are somewhat shaped by the tragedy that took Evan, but they are not wholly defined by it. While I presumed these characters were destined to a HEA, I was in knots about the trials and hurdles that would be encountered along the way as secrets were revealed. I couldn’t help but feel the heavy burden of Will’s daily life and its potential impact on his future. Key to the story, is Ms. Scott’s effortless conveyance that everyone has problems and burdens, that those burdens can put us at cross purposes, and sometimes you get a wake-up call to chuck it and help someone with their burden instead of solely focusing on your own.
I won’t spoil a good read with a review filled with spoilers, so I won’t discuss the details of the story. Hold My Breath isn’t a big mystery or suspense, but the journey the characters take is best read without prior knowledge. I will say the main characters are lovable, fun, and relatable. I felt an immediate connection to them and their ultimate happiness. One of the scenes that stuck with me is when Maddy’s mother sagely advises Will to find his joy again. It reminded me of telling my own sons to play sports for fun, not to just worry about winning. The story line is at times melodramatic in terms of the intensity and quantity of issues faced by various characters, however, Hold My Breath is highly inspirational, and positive tale of adversity, perseverance and fortitude.
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