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I'm going to be honest with you - the story is well written, the narration is really well done, and it's got all the parts that make a whole including a bit of angst that to spice things up. However, my review is going to be totally subjective because I have to be honest and say this story bored the ever-loving stuffing out of me. Seriously. It's almost twelve hours long - and it felt. every. single. bit. of. it.
Further, I was blown away by how immature these characters were, and by "immature" I mean that both literally and figuratively. Danny and Elliot are supposed to be eighteen year olds. I swear I have never met two eighteen year olds who act as clueless, giggle-prone, and child-like as these two boys.
I take that back, I know an Amish kid who's like that. But these kids were raised in modern day California.
They act far more like they're fourteen, maybe fifteen? I kept thinking, maybe O'Shea wrote it for them being really young, but she was forced to edit them older later because of the (tame) sexy times? Which, that was another thing - the not quite fade-to-black sex? Grr.
I know so many people who gush over this story. GUSH, I tell you! So I don't know, maybe now that I'm pushing forty I just don't get the YA side anymore?
I normally LOVE YA/NA, including O'Shea's own Unintended (which, BTW the characters are also eighteen, and behave far more maturely than Danny and Elliot do). So I don't know. The characters were just really "young", the whole beard plot really annoyed me, the producer being the ultimate bad guy struck me as cliché, and everyone in their inner circle and friends being okay with them being gay struck me as inauthentic. Maybe I'm just too old for this? It just didn't speak to me at all.
Then again, maybe it just got me on bad day? Because the bones are here. The setup is good, the writing is well done, I really enjoyed Tyler Stevens narration and all of his character voices, and I can see why people are mad for this.
For those who love a lower angst, romantic, young adult story with tame sexy times you should check it out - I'm definitely in the minority.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I liked how the narrator read the story for the most part. He did an excellent job specifically with the tweets and Candy Scoop exclusives. I did kind of wish there was more of a difference between the voices he chose for Danny and Elliott because there were times where I couldn't tell who was speaking.
The story/plot will be familiar for those who read boyband fanfic, I suppose. But since I'm not part of any boyband or RPF fandoms, I actually found Catch My Breath enjoyable. Though be warned that this is a love story between two teenaged boys, so if teen angst isn't your thing, I'd suggest finding something else.
If what you want is a sweet romance between two characters in the limelight with a likable cast of characters, and you don't mind a smidgen of teen angst, then you'll probably enjoy this.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful