Title: How to Walk SAway
Author: Katherine Center
Genre: contemporary fiction
Is this part of a series? No
Publish date: 5-15-18
Margaret Jacobson has it all- dream job, perfect guy…. everything a girl could want. On what should have been a happy day, it all came crashing down. After a terrible accident that left her broken, she must move forward the only way she can. Weeks of therapy, skin grafts, and getting through the craziness of her family. Secrets come out, relationships lost, and some strengthened. This is a story it about loosing everything and still finding your way to the life you want.
This book was hard to get through at times. There’s a lot of depression, pain, and terrible characters. Not terrible as in under-developed, but as in “who is this God-awful person and why should I care?”. I hated Chip from the get-go. He was self-serving, childish, and never seemed to care for Margaret and her wants. He forced her into a situation she didn’t want, and then spiraled out of control when she was the only one hurt.
Now, I did like Kit. She was, perhaps, one of my favorite characters. She had a lot of issues, but loyalty both to her father and Margaret. I found her reaction to physical relationships odd to say the least, but also saw a lot of personal growth there. Margaret herself is very complex. She is in great pain, and I nearly saw her give up a couple times. It’s hard to believe in happiness and hope when you’ve been stripped of everything. Then there’s the way she reacted to Ian- noticing his obvious pain and reticence and trying to pull him out of himself. With all her issues- having lost her fiancée, job, looks and most especially use of her legs- and she’s trying to get a laugh out of this guy. I kind of loved that.
The plot was interesting, though slow in areas. I liked how the author portrayed the road to recovery. I loved the play between characters. This book really drew me in. For me it was a five star book.
On the adult content scale, there’s some language and sexual content. Nothing over the top. I would give it a five.
I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of this book from Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review. My thanks.
The book comes out May 15th, 2018.
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