Review: "Breakable" by Tammara Webber
My very first review for this blog simply had to be for one of my most awaited book releases this year by one of my favorite authors: Breakable by Tammara Webber. It was released on May 6th, 2014 in both digital and trade paperback editions. My fellow Tammara Webber fans will have already fallen in love with her New York Times bestseller Easy and its cast of characters, led by Landon Lucas Maxfield and Jacqueline Wallace. I was given the trade paperback of Easy by one of my dearest friends, Philip Mateo, as a "pasalubong" (a souvenir or gift while visiting a different city/province/country) since the paperback wasn't available here in the Philippines at the time. Breakable was also a "pasalubong" from my youngest sister, Nicole, because the paperback has yet to be released here. Ah, don't you love it when you get books as gifts? ^.^ But I've digressed...
Breakable by Tammara Webber is the second book in the Contours of the Heart series and was on my TBR list since the announcement of its publication was made public. While it may be part of a series, I feel that it can be read as a standalone (as is the case with Easy) and it can be read even if you've never read Easy before. Breakable isn't a retelling of Easy from the male lead's point of view; it's Landon's/Lucas' story and, for those of us familiar with Lucas already, gives us an even better understanding of who his by way of his journey from being Landon to becoming Lucas (though I believe one cannot exist without the other).
This was a beautifully told story about a boy who experienced loss in the most traumatizing way possible and goes through various stages before metamorphosing into a young man still trying to deal with the aftereffects of that one life-altering episode and not wanting to form attachments...until he meets someone who makes him want to feel again. Yes, we get to experience Lucas and Jacqueline's love story again but from Lucas' viewpoint but we also witness the struggles he went through, both in his past and present. I loved the use of two voices in the storytelling: Landon's for the past and Lucas' for the present. Well done, Ms. Webber. ^.^
I highly recommend both Easy and Breakable for anyone out there wanting something more than the usual boy-meets-girl love story. You can't help but cheer both Lucas and Jacqueline on, not just as a couple, but as individuals. Five-plus stars for Breakable (and yes, for the record, Easy got five-plus stars as well) and this was a one-sitting read for me (which usually means I LOVED it!). ^.^
Date read: 03 June 2014
Learn more about the amazing Tammara Webber here.
Note: For those living in the Philippines, both books are available in Fully Booked.