- Title: The Air He Breathes
- Series: Elements #1
- Author: Brittainy C. Cherry
- Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
- Publication Date: October 30, 2015
- ISBN: 978-1517387990
- Rating: /5
- Buy: Amazon
“I was warned about Tristan Cole. “Stay away from him,” people said. “He’s cruel.” “He’s cold.” “He’s damaged.” It’s easy to judge a man because of his past. To look at Tristan and see a monster. But I couldn’t do that. I had to accept the wreckage that lived inside of him because it also lived inside of me. We were both empty. We were both looking for something else. Something more. We both wanted to put together the shattered pieces of our yesterdays. Then perhaps we could finally remember how to breathe.”
I’ve read this earlier this month (April) and is just making a review of it just now. You ask why? Because I still have no words for this story. It was devastatingly good and I am left speechless. It’s a story that would give you a heavy heart. It is powerful. It is beautiful. It is romantic. I loved it.
The story build up when Elizabeth came across Tristan who is the talk of the town. He was branded asshole, jerk and freak because of his being aloof to the world. He doesn’t mingle with the neighborhood and throws no care about his surroundings.
But there is more to Tristan than what meets the eyes and Elizabeth saw that. They’ve become neighbors and each other’s comfort zone this is because of their common denominator which is: LOSS.
Tristan lost his wife and son. Elizabeth did lose her husband too. They couldn’t let go and move on from their heartbreaks. They needed someone to lean on and so they found each other. The catch is, will their affair be enough for them to get healed?
My narration is just the ice berg of the story, there is more twist when you reach the climax but I don’t want to spoil you and yes, I am still speechless. This is so hard! Lol.
The writing is so good that I devoured it one sitting. No dragging parts. The flow of the story is good too. I freaking did not see that plot twist coming! Maybe the reason why I can’t articulate my thoughts about this book is because it deals with such a serious topic which is LOSS and ACCEPTANCE.
Tristan embodied the bad things that would happen if you lose a loved one. He truly succumb to the point and drown into it. He couldn’t find a reason to accept all that it is so he pushed all the people away and believed he doesn’t deserved to be loved. It was heartbreaking reading something like this and have nothing to do to help Tristan move on. Among all the characters, it is he who carried heavy baggage. We all are Tristan in some point of our lives. So yes, he is relatable.
“The hardest part about losing someone you love is the fact that you also lose yourself.”
Elizabeth is the strong heroine. She held onto anything that would not make her crumble. She’s so lucky she still has Emma and found a reason to be strong amidst all the struggle she’s been going through. Elizabeth has something that Tristan found hard to have, acceptance.
Among all the characters, my favorite would be Elizabeth’s best friend, Faye. She’s the light in this story full of loneliness. Haha! I love how direct she is. There’s two kind of people who has unfiltered mouth, one is the annoying kind, the other you can’t help but love. Faye falls on the latter.
All in all, this story is about life’s harsh reality. It would let you see how life would always, always try to knock you down but despite all that, God sends someone who will hold your hand to help you stand up again. Brittainy has made a fantastic job in writing this gut-wrenching yet beautiful novel for all of us to read.