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Other Breakable Things by [York, Kelley, Altwood, Rowan]
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About the Author

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1067 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Teen (4 April 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LM0F3NA
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There are some books you know going in will leave you a broken and simpering mess and Other Breakable Things is one such book. Being something of a glutton for emotional punishment, I do tend to adore YA books with terminally I'll characters. When I saw this time there was also a road trip thrown into the mix, I practically got whip lash throwing myself into this one.

Luc is on close speaking terms with death. Even after getting a second lease on life he isn't convinced it will take. When it turns out he was right, he decides he's had enough of hospitals and transplants that won't go the distance. He is going to take a road trip to Oregon, where he plans to die with a little dignity left intact.

Evelyn, his best friend, comes along for the ride. Where Luc is ready to give up, Evelyn has only started fighting. She's determined to show Luc there is plenty of life left to live and give him as many reasons as possible to fight. As they travel on their journey to Oregon, Evelyn is falling even harder for her best friend who she has always loved and Luc finds his heart filling with hope for the first time in longer than he can count, but is it enough to save him?

To say this was an emotional read would be the understatement of the century. It wasn't a simple someone is dying, but they're loved so let's hold out hope for an improbable happy ending kind of story. There were a lot of heavy themes being tackled that unfold as you read (sexual assault, euthanasia, suicide to name a few). It's a heavy read that will have you crying, gasping for air, clutching hope and picking up the pieces of your broken heart. If you like to at times get emotionally sadistic with your reading choices, I don't think you'll be disappointed with Other Breakable Things.
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(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.)

“I love you. You know that, right?”

This was a YA contemporary romance story, about a boy who had a heart transplant that was slowly being rejected.

Luc was an okay character, but it did bother me how much he kept from Evelyn. Considering how sick he was I felt that he should have told her before he became seriously ill.

The storyline in this was about Luc and Evelyn meeting again after 3 years apart, and trying to restart their friendship. Luc had had a heart transplant that he hadn’t told Evelyn about, and had also had news that his transplant was slowly being rejected and that he would need a new transplant. Luc didn’t want to go through having another transplant though, and instead decided to take off on a road-trip and to take Evelyn with him. Not telling Evelyn what was going on seemed like a bit of a mistake though, especially considering that he could have dropped dead on her at any moment.
We did get a romance between Luc and Evelyn, but it was overshadowed a bit by Luc’s imminent death, and it was also super-quick too.

The ending to this was pretty depressing really.

6.5 out of 10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Other Breakable Things 5 April 2017
By Delta High School Library - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read Other Breakable Things by Kelley York and Rowan Altwood! The beginning dropped my heart into my stomach. Immediately after, the story goes back three years and shows a mother waking her son, Luc, because there's a heart available for his needed transplant. Back to the present beginning with Chapter One and Evelyn's point of view. Then the chapters alternate between Luc and Evelyn. Evelyn has returned to town with her mother and, once again, they live with Evelyn's grandmother. Luc and Evelyn were friends three years ago and when she moved away they kept in touch fairly well, until the past four months when Luc hadn't replied to any of Evelyn's emails. Luc has been dealing with transplant recovery and therapy but he doesn't want Evelyn to pity him, so he doesn't explain this to her. He has kept his sickness from her and she has no idea why he doesn't feel well and no idea that he has undergone transplant surgery. While reading, we learn about what Luc has been through and what Evelyn's life has been like. They have both kept things from each other. Now they try to rekindle their friendship and both want to be more than just friends, but they are afraid of scaring the other one off if they share their secrets. Luc doesn't feel that it's fair to Evelyn to become involved when he's not sure how long he will be around and Evelyn has always kept her problems to herself. Little by little, they overcome their obstacles and are able to spend time together on an adventurous road trip to Oregon. I grew to love Luc and Evelyn and cared for their future together. Other Breakable Things is a wonderful love story with a heartfelt touch and appreciation for how short life can be; 5 stars!
4.0 out of 5 stars like tfios and a walk to remember? pick this up. 7 April 2017
By mickers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
*I received an e-arc of this book from netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

[3.5 stars] This is a hard one for me to rate because there was a lot of eye rolling, but in the end, I really enjoyed the story. If you liked [book:The Fault in Our Stars|11870085] and/or [book:A Walk to Remember|3473] i'm fairly confident this will be your kind of book. Those are two of my all time favorites, so of course I was going to like this.

This book deals with assisted suicide, which is a topic I have written a 20 page paper on. I am very pro assisted suicide. So I was interested to see how this was handled. It didn't go how I was going to go, but it didn't turn into a political book preaching for or against it, which I appreciated.

I can't attest to the accuracy of the portrayal for his heart disease, or the symptoms of organ rejection, but it seemed believable?

All in all, I enjoyed the characters, and the romance, and the road trip. It's not insta-lovey at all, if you're worried. If you like a sad, but heartwarming romance, I'd recommend it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars “Other Breakable Things” absolutely wrecked me- it’s a beautiful and heartwrenching story about Evelyn and Luc 4 April 2017
By Olivia F. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
“Other Breakable Things” absolutely wrecked me- it’s a beautiful and heartwrenching story about Evelyn and Luc. The book begins when Evelyn returns to town after leaving Arizona, where she and her mother lived with her mother’s boyfriend. Her best friend, Luc, has not been great about staying in touch, but Evelyn is eager to see if they are/can still be friends. Luc is suffering after his heart transplant years ago- it seems his body is rejecting the heart. He feels that it would be easier on Evelyn if they weren’t friends to save her the heartbreak when he dies.

Everything changes when Evelyn finds out her mother wants to go back to her boyfriend in Arizona. Evelyn feels like she finally got away, and since her mother always treats her like the second choice, Evelyn is not sure if her mother will believe her about what her boyfriend has been doing to Evelyn. Unsure of what else to do, she runs to Luc for comfort. Luc invites her on a roadtrip to Oregon that he had been considering- Oregon allows euthanasia. Luc is keeping his heart condition from Evelyn, though she knows that something is going on. Evelyn is a lover of origami and suggests that he fold a thousand paper cranes.

Their trip takes many unexpected and lovely turns as they both learn more about the other and what it means to be alive. This book was absolutely beautiful and I loved it. Both Evelyn and Luc were so real and incredibly well crafted. The alternating viewpoints between the two was a perfect way to tell this story of young love and life. I absolutely could not put it down and loved every second of this book- it’s such a poignant and beautiful story. I’m not sure I can write how amazing this book is, but I highly recommend it.

There are some really big themes here- sexual assault, euthanasia/suicide, running away, etc.- and as a warning, it will absolutely make you feel some big emotions- heartbreak, sadness, happiness/joy. However, it’s really a fantastically well-crafted story and I wouldn’t change a word of it. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars his best friend, comes along for the ride 4 April 2017
By Romance Readers Retreat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
4.5 Stars
There are some books you know going in will leave you a broken and simpering mess and Other Breakable Things is one such book. Being something of a glutton for emotional punishment, I do tend to adore YA books with terminally I'll characters. When I saw this time there was also a road trip thrown into the mix, I practically got whip lash throwing myself into this one.

Luc is on close speaking terms with death. Even after getting a second lease on life he isn't convinced it will take. When it turns out he was right, he decides he's had enough of hospitals and transplants that won't go the distance. He is going to take a road trip to Oregon, where he plans to die with a little dignity left intact.

Evelyn, his best friend, comes along for the ride. Where Luc is ready to give up, Evelyn has only started fighting. She's determined to show Luc there is plenty of life left to live and give him as many reasons as possible to fight. As they travel on their journey to Oregon, Evelyn is falling even harder for her best friend who she has always loved and Luc finds his heart filling with hope for the first time in longer than he can count, but is it enough to save him?

To say this was an emotional read would be the understatement of the century. It wasn't a simple someone is dying, but they're loved so let's hold out hope for an improbable happy ending kind of story. There were a lot of heavy themes being tackled that unfold as you read (sexual assault, euthanasia, suicide to name a few). It's a heavy read that will have you crying, gasping for air, clutching hope and picking up the pieces of your broken heart. If you like to at times get emotionally sadistic with your reading choices, I don't think you'll be disappointed with Other Breakable Things.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars " Critics who say that Young Adult is a dumb genre without any valuable content have obviously never read ... 4 April 2017
By Inge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
"I'm not made of much time and never have been."

Critics who say that Young Adult is a dumb genre without any valuable content have obviously never read any books like Other Breakable Things. Or much other than Twilight, for that matter, but it sounded like a good opening sentence, which I have now ruined.

I would recommend reading this book with something lighter on the side, as it tends to grow quite heavy. Think A Walk to Remember, or like a YA version of the heart-wrenching Me Before You. You remember how much you cried with those two works? Yeah, be ready.

I have to admit that the story didn't do much for me during the first half - it felt like any other YA contemporary, where the main source of drama belonged to two teenagers choosing not to tell each other things, and then stuff hits the fan when this info comes out. That's also the gist of Other Breakable Things, only there are much bigger things at stake than someone's reputation. A human life, for example. Several broken hearts. And during the second act of the book, I started to really feel those emotions. I began to really appreciate the scenes - like when they visited the Butterfly Emporium together - and I began to truly understand the stakes.

So I'm glad that I decided to stick this one out and see where it would end. Because this book has depth and meaning to it, and it made me think throughout.

Thank you NetGalley / Entangled Publishing for providing me with a copy
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