I’m so honored to be a part of the Chapter by Chapter Blog Tour for Other Breakable Things, the brand-new young adult novel from Kelley York and Rowan Altwood!
Here’s the official description of the book, with my review to follow:
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.
I’ll be honest with you – I was comparing this book to John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars on a regular basis while reading. And that’s a wonderful thing, given how much I adored that book! Of course, Other Breakable Things is a very different story on many, many levels, but the whole “teens in love in spite of one teen on the verge of death” is the basis of both. Luc and Evelyn’s characters are both well-developed and there was no attempt to sweeten them up or glam Evelyn up to make her a more traditional female lead, and I really appreciated that. As Luc discovered, Evelyn being Evelyn is what made her beautiful.
The constant questioning about what makes life worth living (despite deteriorating health) and the suicide consideration makes this book a very emotional read. Evelyn’s struggles with her mother and her mother’s boyfriend (and the sexually-inappropriate nature of his attention to her) makes this a slightly grittier and much more authentic read than it could have been. Recommended YA reading and as a purchase for high school libraries.
Disclaimer: I received a digital ARC of this title for review – all opinions are my own.