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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 128
Themes: Scuba diving, dieting, body image
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/09/2005
Lexile Level: HL610L
Fry Reading Level: 3.0
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Beverly is in Hawaii, helping her uncle at his dive shop, learning how to dive and trying to lose weight and get a boyfriend. When Garth, an accomplished diver, shows an interest in her, Beverly is ecstatic, until it turns out Garth is only interested in one thing. Struggling with failing strength from her self-imposed starvation diet, Beverly finds herself in deep trouble when she has to fight Garth off underwater.

Also available in Spanish.

CM Magazine - February 3, 2006
"Teen girls, reluctant readers or not, will likely engage with Breathless because of its emotional appeal, vivid imagery, realistically portrayed characters and engaging brief narrative. As well, the same audience will likely identify with the book's majors themes: sexuality and sexual curiosity, insecurity and problems arising with self-doubt. Recommended."
Hip Librarian's Book Blog - November 1, 2005
"Attention to detail and character development are strong in this brief novel."


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