Other Breakable Things by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Format: I received a copy of the book in advance from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
You can purchase a copy of the book here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LM0F3NA/ref=x_gr_w_bb_sout?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_sout-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B01LM0F3NA&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2
According to Japanese legend, folding a thousand paper cranes will grant you healing.
Evelyn Abel will fold two thousand if it will bring Luc back to her.
Luc Argent has always been intimately acquainted with death. After a car crash got him a second chance at life—via someone else’s transplanted heart—he tried to embrace it. He truly did. But he always knew death could be right around the corner again.
And now it is.
Sick of hospitals and tired of transplants, Luc is ready to let his failing heart give out, ready to give up. A road trip to Oregon—where death with dignity is legal—is his answer. But along for the ride is his best friend, Evelyn.
And she’s not giving up so easily.
A thousand miles, a handful of roadside attractions, and one life-altering kiss later, Evelyn’s fallen, and Luc’s heart is full. But is it enough to save him? Evelyn’s betting her heart, her life, that it can be.
Right down to the thousandth paper crane.
After reading the prologue of the book, my immediate and raw reaction. Oh shit, something bad is gonna happen in this book. Boy was I not wrong.
I felt like I was reading the book at an arm's length. I was a bit scared to see what would happen next, but couldn’t put it down. You know? Like when you see something that you know you shouldn’t be seeing so you look at it from a distance, but can’t look away? That’s how I felt with this book. I couldn’t get into the book as much as I thought I would. I couldn’t really connect with the characters as much as I would have liked.
I liked the raw emotions that were present, and the ending was very heartbreaking to read. So many emotions were happening, and ahhh, overload on my brain. I’m not sure that I can do it justice in words so I’m not even going to try, just read the book lol :)
I loved the plot of the book, and the characters were all very good characters, but I think the biggest problem I had was just the writing style wasn’t something that I liked. I think it was more of what the characters were doing, and their decisions that made me not like them as much, as I can never envision myself in their situation. All of their decisions were split second decisions that if it were me, I would have spent at least 2-3 weeks contemplating. But I guess they really took the meaning of you only live once, and that you just have to go for it.
The ending. Oh the ending was so many things. It was slightly haunting with all the things that happened so quickly. There was so many ways that this book could have ended, and while the thing that ended up happening wasn’t what I had originally predicted, it was still...not epic, but surprising. (Not in a bad way of course).
The book seened like it would take a while to read, given the length of the book, and how the beginning wasn’t as appealing as I had thought, and moved a bit slowly at the beginning, but by the middle, I just wanted
The entire time I was just sort of like, when is the events gonna start happening, without realizing that it had started when they ran away. Like that was the main attraction of the book, and was a bit idiotic, but touching at the same time. A lot of the book was just sitting on edge, not knowing what was going to happen next. I liked how there was a sort of a parallel in the book from the beginning to close to the end, where the events were similar but in totally different context.
I absolutely love the cover of the book; it reminded me a lot of the cover of Love and Gelato, with the primarily white/cream (I read it as a ebook so the color didn’t show up very well on my phone) with a center colored icon. I love the minimalistic design, which also reflected the tone of the book a little. The title also reflected the events of the book, Other Breakable Things, with the entire health situation, and how close to the verge to ending it all was. I’m going to leave it vague here in order to save myself from letting out any spoilers.
Overall, I give the book a 8/10 (4/5 stars). This wasn’t an instant absolutely love book but in the end, even though I didn’t love it as much as I had hoped (I always go into a book with some level of greatness, and I think mine for this book was just too high so that’s why i was disappointed), it was a great book, and definitely worth a read. It wasn’t that long and was pretty great and i recommend that you go and check it out. Just maybe have some tissues on hand for the ending? (i wasn’t gonna tell you this but I may have cried a bit at the end).
That’s it for today’s review, and just know that this book is out today so everyone, go over to twitter and wish the author’s a happy book birthday as this is quite a fabulous piece of work.
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