“A love letter to girls—bittersweet and full of hope.”
– Ibi Zoboi, author of National Book Award Finalist AMERICAN STREET
“This is a stellar debut.”
– Brandy Colbert, award-winning author of LITTLE & LION and POINTE
“A vibrant, essential story of healing, resilience, and finding one’s family.”
– Stephanie Kuehn, author of William C. Morris Award winning CHARM & STRANGE
“A raw, beautiful, unforgettable must-read.”
– Tiffany D. Jackson, author of ALLEGEDLY
– Angela Johnson, award-winning author of HEAVEN
“If you want to understand #MeToo for a sixteen-year old growing up on what many Americans know mostly as a tourist paradise, read Learning to Breathe. Mather is stunning as she shows us Indira's Bahamas, its landscapes, the search of a girl for herself on her island home. Indira will break your heart with her fierce voice and grit in the face of living in a family so damaged they all but abandon this beautiful girl of their own.”
– Terry Farish, award-winning author of THE GOOD BRAIDER
"Through well-crafted dialogue, fresh characters, and solid pacing, the book's mature themes are handled carefully and with sensitivity. A powerful, poignant story about refusing to let the past dictate who you are or who you will become."
– Kirkus Reviews
"Much like Ibi Zoboi’s American Street, this challenging read confronts injustice and celebrates strength of character and spirit."
* "This is a well-written, thought-provoking book that tackles difficult topics such as unwanted pregnancy, familial relationships, and rape, with nuance... A stirring debut for all YA collections."
– SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, STARRED REVIEW
*A Junior Library Guild Selection
"Mather skillfully balances emotionally wrenching scenes and surprisingly humorous ones; well-drawn supporting characters...enrich this capable debut."
– Publishers Weekly
"There is a realness and great level of depth to Indira’s character, and Mather does a magnificent job of conveying a girl’s muted existence following sexual assault and trauma."
"Emotionally charged, thought provoking and unforgettable."
– Shelf Awareness
*A Governor General’s Literary Award Finalist
*A 2019 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection
*Amelia Bloomer List’s 2019 Top Ten Recommended Feminist Books for Young Readers