Blog Tour: Other Breakable Things by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood
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.
Genre: Heart-Wrenching, Romance, Teen--
Luc has always been sick, but when he gets the news that his transplanted heart is being rejected he is ready to give up. When his old childhood friend Evelyn moves back to town and attempts to be his friend again despite his years of ignoring her, he pushes her away again. But regardless of how standoffish he is, Evelyn comes to him in a moment of need, he makes the decision to take her on a road trip with him. But Evelyn has no idea what Luc's real destination is or what is really going on.
Oh my gawd, this book was a heart-breaker. And no, I don't mean that in a bad way because I absolutely love these kind of teen angsty, "death" books as my friends and family call them. I was plugging along, enjoying this book, when all of a sudden something happened and I found myself with a lump in my throat, fighting tears, and I realized that I was sucked in the story and was so invested in these characters. This was not an easy read, but a look at two very broken kids who are given the chance to find a moment of happiness together. Sniff, sniff. I can honestly say I had no idea what would happen, and I was holding my breath the second half of the book waiting to see.
The story is narrated by both Evelyn and Luc allowing the reader to get to know both characters and their motivations. Luc has always been sick and refuses to get close to anyone since he knows his days are numbered. Evelyn is a shy awkward girl who has never had any friends besides Luc, and a messed up home situation that she wants to escape from, even if just for a few days. Both characters are so damaged in different ways and watching them heal each other made the book even more with the feels. I wanted to wrap them both up in bubble wrap yet at the same time I wanted to watch the train wreck they were making of life to see where they would end up.
This book was a romance in the best and most heart breaking way. I am so glad that I had the chance to read the book even while I felt like I was going to shatter into pieces and cry. The book was bittersweet and I look forward to more form these authors.
I received this title in return for my honest review.
Kelley York and Rowan Altwood are a wife and wife writing team living in central California with their daughter and way too many cats. Kelley is the author of Hushed, Made of Stars, and Modern Monsters, and Other Breakable Things is Rowan’s debut.