Reason to Breathe  - Rebecca Donovan On one hand I could barely put Reason To Breathe down, but I spend the majority of the book cringing. The abuse endured is not only heartbreaking, but confronting and disturbing. The main character Emily, or Emma as she is affectionately known, endures torturous abuse by the hand of her Aunt, including verbal and brutal physical abuse. Her story is not for the faint of heart.