Monday, April 17, 2017

Review: Other Breakable Things - Kelley York & Rowan Altwood

Other Breakable Things
Kelley York & Rowan Altwood
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reading Challenges: #ContRom2017, #NGEW2017


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.


This book is sort of a teen version of Me Before You. When I think about Me Before You, I start to get weepy, and well, Other Breakable Things is having the same effect on me.

Luc has spent most of his life in and out of hospitals due to a heart conditions. Although he was lucky enough to receive a transplant, the new heart is failing him as well. With another transplant and endless hospital stays looming in his future, he begins to explore his options, euthanasia being one of them. He sets out to Oregon with his best friend, Evelyn, in hopes of obtaining the medication, that will allow him to die with dignity. When Evelyn learns of his plans, she hopes to change his mind by showing him all the things he should live for.
The simplest sign of affection seemed beyond him, but his kindness when it came to me...maybe it was subtle, but it was perfect.
I knew this was going to be sad from the synopsis, and even though I was prepared, I am still a snotty mess. This was a legit sadness rollercoaster. I started with some sniffling, which lead to my eyes getting shiny. Then, a few tears fell, until, I was finally sobbing. So, bravo to the authors, you made me care. My heart aches for Evelyn and Luc, and therefore, I must commend you on this accomplishment.
I'm with Luc until the end, whatever and wherever that end may be.
As far as the story is concerned, I really enjoyed the road trip portion, and I was totally over the moon when they were in Vegas. I was pleased with the way the authors dealt with Evelyn's feeling of never being a priority towards the end of the story. I think it was important to give to the reader.
No, her mother couldn't understand. Our magic is the kind that doesn't go away.
I am more a fan of the light and fluffy and happy books, so this one was tough for me. This is just tragedy served with a side order of tragedy. I am emotionally drained from reading it, but there was a lot of really beautiful moments in this books.
"Favorite part?"
"Mm...The aquarium, my birthday. I think. What about yours?"
He was my favorite thing ever.

Overall: If you like tragic love stories, this is a book for you.

**I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced copy of this book


Other Breakable Things Prize Pack: Signed copy of Modern Monsters by Kelley York and an origami crane kit (US) OR eBook of Modern Monsters by Kelley York + a $25 Amazon Gift Card (INT)

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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.

Website | Kelley York Twitter | Rowan Altwood Twitter | Author | Kelley York Goodreads | Rowan Altwood Goodreads


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  1. Oh boy, this sounds like a rip-your-heart-out read. And, tbh, sometimes I actually get in the mood for those. It's like, bring on the heartache! I'm not up for it right now, but I'm definitely going to save this for the next time I'm ready for a super emotional story.

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    1. I cried when I was reading, after I was done, when I was writing the review, when I was commenting on other people's review. If the goal was to gut me - mission accomplished. It's not my typical read, but it was good. No worries, I read an awesome rom-com to recover.