Tuesday, February 23, 2021

YA Review: Even if We Break by Marieke Nijkamp

Title: Even if We Break

Author: Marieke Nijkamp

Year Published: 2020

Category: YA fiction (mystery)
Pages: 320
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Location (my 2021 Google Reading map)USA (AZ)

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book):
FIVE friends go to a cabin.
FOUR of them are hiding secrets.
THREE years of history bind them.
TWO are doomed from the start.
ONE person wants to end this.
NO ONE IS SAFE.

For five friends, this was supposed to be one last getaway before going their separate ways―a chance to say goodbye to each other, and to the game they've been playing for the past three years. But they're all dealing with their own demons, and they're all hiding secrets.

Finn doesn't trust anyone since he was attacked a few months ago. Popular girl Liva saw it happen and did nothing to stop it. Maddy was in an accident that destroyed her sports career. Carter is drowning under the weight of his family's expectations. Ever wants to keep the game going for as long as they can, at all costs.

When the lines between game and reality start to blend with deadly consequences, it's a race against time before it's game over―forever.

Review: This book was a finalist for the CYBILS Awards so I read it as a round 2 judge.

I have read two other books by this author (Before I Let Go and This is Where it Ends) and liked them both so I was looking forward to reading this novel. Too bad this one didn't work for me. 

The premise of this one sounded good. It's a mystery with friendship issues, you're never sure whom to trust, and it includes trans and differently neurological characters. But, they play a game like Dungeons and Dragons, which I am just not into. So, if you are, totally read this book. I couldn't get into the premise of the book and the awkwardness and anger among the characters who are supposed to be friends. I wish I had more to say about it, sorry!

I also wish I knew someone else, other than the CYBILS judges, who has read this to see what they think about it.

Challenges for which this counts: 
  • Alphabet Soup--"N"
  • Diversity--autism/neurodiverse and trans characters
  • Cloak and Dagger

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