Title: How to Walk Away
Author: Katherine Center
I picked up this book on a whim and opened it up just to “see” what it was all about… 2 chapters in and I was HOOKED! Seriously, immediately after starting this book I threw a dare out to #bookstagram, challenging anyone to read the first 2 chapters and not keep going. I had very little expectations going in to this one, I don’t even know if I had read the full synopsis, so I’m not really sure what I thought I was getting in to but I can say that this one far exceeded my expectations. What an uplifting, refreshing read! Enjoyable, heartfelt and addicting I found this one perfectly unputdownable.
Margaret Jacobsen is on the cusp of her real life, the grownup life she’s spent her whole childhood (and beyond!) playing by all the rules – good grades, obedient, she is friends with her parents, she’s the good sister, she snagged the boy next door with the bright future… She’s headed out for a date with that boyfriend to celebrate landing the job of her dreams and she should be on top of the world, but that world quickly gets flipped upside down. Now she is the survivor of a horrific accident and up against the biggest challenge of her life. Will she ever walk again? Will her flawless boyfriend, Chip, stand by her through all of this? Does she even want him to? Will she ever find her way back to be the young woman she was before? The one she worked so desperately to become? How?
I found Margaret to be relatable and understandably edgy and pessimistic. Katherine Center perfectly captured what it might be like to have it all one second, only to lose it all the next.
Full of self-depricating comedy and family drama with romance and a dash of inspiration, How to Walk Away picked me up and carried me away and I very much enjoyed every minute of it! While I found the ending to be a little too buttoned up for my taste, and the characters’ circumstances a little too “privileged” to be completely realistic, overall the story was charming and satisfying and oh so addictive. I’d recommend that almost anyone pick this one up this summer, but be careful to do so only when you have a day to lose yourself in this story – consider yourself warned!
Giveaway for a finished copy happening on my Instagram page through June 2nd! Thank you to BookSparks, Popsugar and St. Martins Press for sending this one my way. I was sent my copy for free, but all opinions are my own.