Breathe My Name

Breathe My Name

by R.A. Nelson

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Frances can forgive. She can even forget. But she can never escape her past. . . .

In this compelling psychological thriller from the acclaimed author of Teach Me, Frances Robinson has the perfect life: loving adoptive parents, a great best friend, and a cute new boyfriend. But Frances has a secret.

Once upon a time she wasn’t Frances Robinson. She was Shine, and she lived with her three sisters and her birth mother, Afton Jelks, far out in the country. But the loneliness overtook Afton’s fragile mind, and one day she smothered her daughters, one after another. Only Frances escaped.

Now Afton is out of prison. And she wants to finish what she started. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440678530
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 11/08/2007
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 341 KB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

R.A. Nelson is the author of the novels Teach Me, Breathe My Name, Days of Little Texas, and Throat. His work was selected as a finalist for National Public Radio's list of the "Best Young Adult Fiction Ever Written." Nelson was chosen a Horn Book Newcomer and his books have been nominated to the YALSA Best Books for Young Adults list and recognized by the Parents' Choice Awards, the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age list, Booksense Kid Picks, the Miami Herald Best Books of the Year, Best Books of the year, and others. Nelson is also published in Germany and Hungary. He lives with his family in Alabama and is a recipient of NASA's prestigious Silver Snoopy Award for "outstanding support provided to the Space Shuttle program." Teach Me has been optioned by Protagonist Films for a feature film. Follow him on Twitter @ranelsonya.

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"Nelson's incandescent writing...transfixes the reader." -Kirkus Reviews

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Breathe My Name 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
kivarson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Breathe My Name" pulled me in from the very first chapter. Francine was the sole survivor of matricide. The story alternates between flashbacks of the strange and isolated family life of Frances and her three younger sisters when she was a young child, to the present day when she is a high school student in her new idyllic home with extra normal adoptive parents. This idyllic existence is shaken when she receives a letter from her mentally ill mother which says "I need to see you. Please come right away. We have to finish". This letter prompts Francine and her boyfriend to seek and confront her murderous mother.With short chapters and fast-paced action, this story is sure to engage teenagers who favor "problem novels".
meggyweg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought it was very good until the ending, which made no sense at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found it hard to get into this book but once i did i was hooked. A great book and one that i would definitely read again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this boom years ago and think of it time and time again I wish I knew where I put it so I could read it again. I absolutely loved it
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
A suspenseful read throughout and a page turner. The writing style was good.
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This is an AMAZING book. It had me hooked from the very first chapter. It keeps you intersested till the very last page. It's a must read.
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I absoulutley loved this book! It had me on the edge of my seat from the first chapter. And i loved how it alternated chapters of the present and the past. I recomended it to all my friends and i loaned it around. EVERYONE loves it! Wonderful book! ONe of my favorites! :)
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Sierra_D More than 1 year ago
Breathe My Name by R.A. Nelson is a book that captures both the present, and the past, in a way that leads the reader on the roller coaster of a lifetime. The main character, Frances, has a very troubled past. All that we are told at first is that she is adopted, and that she doesn't enjoy remembering or having anything to do with her mother. As if this wasn't enough, soon a new boy moves to town, by the name of Nix. Their friendship is forced at first. Nix is a country boy, far too raw and different for Frances's taste. However, soon enough, the two are inseparable, and seem to fall for each other in a way that is a bit more than friendly. One day when she comes home, Frances sees a car parked at her adopted parents' house. This car belongs to a lawyer, named Mr. Carruthers. He gives Frances a note from her real mother, who was deemed insane eleven years before. Things quickly escalate, and Frances turns to Nix, her closest friend, for help. She tells him her story-when she was younger, her mother created her own little world. This world caused her mother to be insane to such a degree that she suffocated Frances's three younger sisters, and tried to do the same to Frances. Soon after, Frances and Nix decide to go find Frances's mother, and settle things once and for all. Out of ten, this book is definitely a 10. It is suspenseful; it always is fast paced, and always has a turn at the beginning and end of each chapter. The author has created an intricate web of characters, plot, and back-story that come together in such a way that nobody's left bored by the time the book is over. Personally, I could read this book over and over (and never get bored) and recommend it to every teen out there, but with a warning-you're in for an awesome ride!
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jhoopstar1221 More than 1 year ago
this book was good but not that memorable, it is hard to remember what happened throughout the book
Justsoright More than 1 year ago
¿Shine is my name. When she talks about Fireless, I watch Momma¿s eyes. That is the way you tell if it¿s going to be okay. If her eyes change, that¿s when I get afraid¿I keep looking at her eyes as she crawls around in the creek. Momma is good at scaring things.¿ In R.A. Nelson¿s second novel, Breathe My Name, Frances Robinson is pulled back into her past. For Frances to go on with her life, she must confront the ghost of her past and search for closure. Frances has a new family with new parents and new siblings. When she was younger, Frances¿ birthmother smothered her three little sisters which completely tore apart her life and family. She was adopted by an Alabama family and struggles to live a normal life.
All is well until Frances is told that her mother has been released from prison. The only thing that could be worse is the letter she receives from her mother. ¿I need to see you. Please come right away. We have to finish.¿ Frances¿ normal life is interrupted, and her world is turned upside down. Old nightmares have now returned. They are consuming her everyday life as she sees her mother around her.
Nix, a new student from New Orleans enters her life and helps her through the new danger. He is outgoing, loud, and unconventional, everything that Frances is not. He opens her heart to new emotions and is an unyielding force in her life. Nix goes with her on her journey to the past and search for closure. Frances tries to figure out how her mother wants to finish things and what meets her is a suspenseful scene.
I read R.A. Nelson¿s first novel, Teach Me, and I loved it so much that I could not wait for this story to come out. There are similar themes in these two novels. Each character must confront their ghosts in order for them to go on with their lives. I always liked the way that Nelson wrote his stories, and this book is no different. Nelson exposes his readers to new experiences with his characters¿ lives, and their stories are poignant and heart-wrenching.
Nelson uses magnificent and clever writing in his tale of a troubled teen. He takes the horrible account of a mother killing her children and makes it realistic and one can feel Frances¿ pain. I fell in love with the characters in this story and it felt as though I went on the journey with them. Nelson¿s descriptions of the characters throughout the novel are precise. The characters brought out emotions in me that I did not think a book could do. This novel made me laugh, cry, and freeze with fear.
With this gripping novel, Nelson captures the reader from the start and never lets them go. Once I started to read this book, I couldn¿t put it down. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a quick and excellent read.
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Bree10 More than 1 year ago
Breathe my name is the best book I have read in a very long time. It was scary, romantic, funny, and rivoting. It was so so great. It reminded me of "Bridge To Terebithia", although its nothing like it at all. This is one of the greatest book I have read in a long, long time.(: P.S. You'll fall in LOVE with Nix!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Frances Robinson's story has a lot in common with several news stories in recent years. Eleven years ago, her biological mother smothered her three younger sisters, and if it hadn't been for the arrival of a total stranger, Frances might have been next.

BREATHE MY NAME picks up when Frances is eighteen and a junior in high school. She lives with her loving adoptive parents in a nice home in a nice town. She is relatively happy, but things are about to change.

First, Frances meets Nix, a new student who just moved from New Orleans. He's a bit different but strangely fascinating. As lab partners, they begin to get to know each other and share stories. But there's a story Frances can't seem to share - the story of her mother and her sisters. How do you tell someone you care about something like that?

The other change for Frances comes in the form of a letter delivered by a special messenger. It appears to be from her mother, who has been locked up for the past eleven years. She is about to be released to a group home and seems to be requesting to meet with Frances.

R. A. Nelson's BREATHE MY NAME tells the amazing story of a young girl trying to come to grips with her past and decide how to move on with the future. Readers will find themselves pulled into the lives on the pages and carried along the sometimes frightening and bumpy ride as Frances takes control of her own destiny. This book is well worth reading.