Monday, May 19, 2014
Review: Breakable (Contours of the Heart #2) by Tammara Webber
He was lost and alone. Then he found her.
And the future seemed more fragile than ever.
As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.
All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…
As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat. ~ Goodreads | Author | Amazon
Review: I had no idea what to expect from Breakable. It’s not a sequel – but a prequel – but with dual time lines AND dual identities of the same character. Whew! That’s a lot to pull off, not even taking into consideration that it has to follow in the path of Easy, one of the most popular (& first) NA titles of all time.
I remember enjoying Easy and liking Jacqueline but for some reason it was Lucas that I identified with. I don’t mean in the swoony – he’s hot way either. There was just something I connected to with him more than I identified with Jacqueline.
Reading Landon/Lucas’s before and after story showed me why. Landon tragically lost his mom when he was very young and it left scars – both physically and emotionally. I’ve mentioned this before on my blog but I also lost my mom when I was a teenager. Thankfully, it wasn’t as horrific as Landon’s situation but it puts you in an exclusive club that you don’t want to be in and that no one else wants to join.
It was hard watching the Lucas, before. as Landon making really bad choices, yet I connected to the downward spiral and loneliness he felt. I got why he made so many bad decisions because I made them too. You just want to forget and belong to something after your family falls apart. The scenes with his dad really hit me hard as they struggle to carry on and eventually reconnect.
I wasn’t sure the alternating before/Landon & the after/Lucas pov’s would work for me but Webber does it so well, transitioning smoothly connecting the past with the present as Lucas heals joining both sides of himself as we watch him fall in love with Jacqueline.
We do get to see many of the scenes from Easy from Lucas’s POV. And while the thrill of reading it for the first time is gone, for me, I saw Jacqueline in a new light and I felt I got to know her in a way I didn’t while reading Easy.
I also want to make a point of mentioning how Breakable touches on the subject of sexuality and consent. There is a lot of sex or sexual situations in this book – but not for the purpose of titillation. Webber portrays sex, both consensual and not, and shines the light on boys who joke about rape and victim blame. I really want to see more of this in books. Where the subject is presented thoughtfully and directed more at the boys responsibility rather than a list of things a girl shouldn’t do. Well done.
Breakable is a quiet sort of story and slower paced than Easy but one filled with sadness transitioning to hope that will leave you with a smile on your face.
And to end on a completely silly note – I loved Lucas’s cat Francis. I know it’s weird but showed a lighter side of Lucas and helped break up some of the heavier scenes.