Friday, February 6, 2015

How to Unbreakup {by Rebekah L. Purdy}
Title: How to Unbreakup
Author: Rebekah L. Purdy
Genre: YA Contemporary
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Received from publicist

First rule of breakups: There’s no going back.
For three years, seventeen-year-old Grace Evers has regretted breaking up with Sage Castle.
That day, she lost her boyfriend and best friend. And let's be honest, it's impossible to just be friends with the one person who gets you, faults and all, and loved you anyway. It's impossible not to think about how it felt to be held by him, or the way he looked right before he was about to kiss you with the most perfectly yummy kiss goodnight.
And now that things are over between them, they've become strangers to one another. Sage won’t even look at Grace, let alone talk to her!
Breakup life sucks and Grace is utterly miserable, doing whatever she can to ease the pain of losing Sage. She's spent the better part of high school pretending to be something she’s not and hanging out with people who probably wouldn't notice if she wasn't there. Crappy dates, backstabbing friends, and Sage's cold shoulder have taken their toll.
So when her parents propose going away to their house on Lake Michigan for the summer, Grace is thrilled. No more massively bad dates with horrible kissers or lunch with frienemies. Just three months of swimming,
hiking, and relaxing before senior year starts.
But when Grace learns Sage and his family will be joining them, she readies herself for a totally awkward family vacation of disastrous proportions. How can it be anything but awful if Sage won't even acknowledge she exists?
This is it, Grace's last chance to get Sage back and unbreakup.

This was such a cute book. Cute boys and Star Wars and beach houses and I'm not sure what more you could want. 

Grace and Sage were best friends. They grew up together, played soccer together, has lightsaber battles with each other. So when they started dating at 13, it seemed natural. Until Grace broke up with Sage, and lost her best friend. Now, they're 17, about to enter their senior year, and Grace hasn't gotten over him. So, with the help of his sister, Grace makes a list of How to Unbreakup and starts putting her plan into action. 

I liked Grace. She broke up with Sage when they were 13, because she needed to find herself, and become her own person. I can respect that. She's a closet nerd, but has decided that senior year, she's ditching her fake friends and letting her inner nerd come out, regardless of what anyone thinks. I also admire that. She was awkward, funny, kind, impulsive, scared. She was a well-rounded character that made me chuckle with her antics. I liked her, and the person she became throughout the story, truly finding herself. 

Sage I wasn't sure what to think about. I get that Grace broke his heart, but that was THREE years ago. They were THIRTEEN. That doesn't give him the right to be such a jerk for so long. Sage also kept bringing up the fact that Grace was "fake", just another popular girl, but I didn't see that from her. I know we really didn't see her in school, or with those fake friends, so maybe she was, but I couldn't see it. But he did eventually win me over. 

Of course, there were other love interests for both Sage and Grace. But Grace keeps going on with her list, determined that even if it doesn't work, at least she tried. I loved the side characters as well, as they added depth and humor to the story, especially the parents. 

With a Star Wars cosplay (or two), things catching on fire, campfire singalongs and…pirates? This book was cute and hilarious. (And maybe will give you some ideas for your own unbreakup needs?)

This review can also be found on   Goodreads


Rebekah L. Purdy

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