Other Breakable Things
by Kelley York and Rowan Altwood
Published April 4th, 2017
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.
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 ;
Other Breakable Things is Rowan’s debut.
Other Breakable Things Prize Pack:
Signed copy of Modern Monsters by Kelley York and an origami crane kit (US)
eBook of Modern Monsters by Kelley York + a $25 Amazon Gift Card (INT)
Quick Reasons: LIFE. RUINER.; this book HURT…and it hurt so good; this book left me in pieces; endearing, believable characters; such a strong, poignant, beautiful love; powerful look into life–and, flip-side of the coin, death; loveloveloved everything about this read
Huge thanks to Kelley York and Rowan Altwood; Entangled: Teen; Netgalley; and Chapter by Chapter Book Tours for sending me a free digital galley of this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.
Now, penguins–I’m sure you’ve noticed, I’ve read my fair share of chronic illness books in the recent past. Most of them dealing with heart transplants and heart failures. Why these books call to me, I can’t say–usually I don’t even realize that’s what they’re about until I pick up the book and start reading, because you all know I’m TERRIBLE about actually reading a book’s blurb before diving in. Case in point: for this book? I dove in because of the paper crane on the cover. Talk about basing my life on a snap judgement, right?! But I am so, so glad that I did–because this book? Absolutely BROKE me (which, I mean, I guess I say a lot…but it’s TRUUUE, okay?! Cross my penguin toes and hope I never lose my pebbles!)
Seriously, maybe I’m just a hormonal penguin right now, but this book really touched me. I’m not sure if maybe it’s because the ending wasn’t quite as trite/cliched as I expected it to be (there was no “consolation prize baby,” which YAY I’m happy about because seriously don’t do that). I loved every moment of the journey, as painful as I knew it would be in the end–and it was PAINFUL, penguins. This book is full-throttle, a race to the end, not because it’s filled with action…but because we go into this read knowing it’s a race against the clock. And that was heartbreaking, and beautiful, and so sensitively handled. There are, granted, some very mature themes and subjects explored–some of the ideas might be a bit heavy for certain readers.
Kelley York and Rowan Altwood took my heart out of my hands and SHATTERED it–several times over. These characters are believable, endearing, and so adorable together I cannot even. I was rooting for them before I knew there was even anything there to root for, which is saying something. The romance is slow-kindling, but explosive once the spark hits–the best kind in books like this, I think. We were able to “see” the characters, and how they changed one another. I just honestly… so much about this book is beautiful, words fail me right now.
To sum it up… this book broke me, and it broke me hard, but it was so so worth the fall. I’ll just be over here trying to glue the tiny pieces of myself back together for now, okay? The characters are adorable; the subject is handled with sensitivity and tact; the whole read is gorgeous. I definitely recommend to lovers of contemporaries, heartbreaking reads, and life-changing journeys. I cannot wait to see what Rowan Altwood and Kelley York do next! Take a trip with me, penguins; you might learn something about yourself in the process.
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