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Review: How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

Title: How to Walk Away
Author: Katherine Center
Year Published: 2018

Genre: Adult fiction
Pages: 302
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2018 Google Reading map)USA (TX) and Brussels

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): Margaret Jacobsen is just about to step into the bright future she's worked so hard and so long for: a new dream job, a fiancé she adores, and the promise of picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in a brief, tumultuous moment.

In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever been the same again. Maggie must confront the unthinkable. First, there is her fiancé, Chip, who wallows in self-pity while simultaneously expecting to be forgiven. Then there's her sister, Kit, who shows up after pulling a three-year vanishing act. Finally, there's Ian, her physical therapist, the one the nurses said was too tough for her. Ian, who won't let her give in to her pity and who sees her like no one has seen her before. Sometimes the last thing you want is the one thinking you need. Sometimes we all need someone to catch us when we fall. And somethings love can find us in the least likely place we would ever expect.

Review: I really like this cover; the colors make me happy. Actually, the whole book made me happy and I can totally see it being made into a movie. A perfect Hollywood movie with a horrible accident, tension, romance, and a happy ending. Just what I wanted in a book even though I didn't know it.

Margaret Jacobsen has a great life. She is smart, beautiful, dating a wonderful guy, has great skills that will surely get her a successful job, etc. Then the accident happens and everything changes. I liked the way we got to see how each person in her life (Margaret, mom, dad, sister, and fiancee) react to the fact that she is paralyzed, that she won't be able to do the things she could before, and that life will be different. They each have different and honest responses, each of which helps and hurts Margaret.

The thread throughout this book is what do we do when faced with adversity? Do we site back and give up? Hit it straight on and fight? Do a bit of both and hope it mostly works out? You'll have to read the book to find out how Margaret feels and deals, but it is worth it. Know you're getting a sappy happy ending and that feels good.

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