In a nutshell (aka Goodreads description):
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.
My review (aka Diana’s review):
Holy moly. This freaking story ruined me.
I finished Other Breakable Things a few days ago and I’m writing the review just now because I had to wrap my head around everything that happened. I can still feel the aftermath of that humongous book hangover that I had as soon as i finished it.
Here’s how everything goes down.
Evelyn and Luc have know each other from way back. They used to be best friends once. But life pulled them apart three years ago when Evelyn had to move to Arizona with her mom and her god-awful boyfriend.
Now, one heart transplant and three years later, Evelyn is back in California and in Luc’s life. She’s oblivious to Luc’s transplant and how sick he actually is and Luc has no plans to enlighten her any time soon.
When Luc discovers the horrible things Evelyn went through while in Arizona and that her mom is about to take Evelyn back to that hell, he makes the decision to include her in his road trip to Oregon. Oregon, the only place where “death with dignity is legal” and where Luc is going to put an end to his life.
And so it goes. Evelyn and Luc begin their journey and find love along the way.
When the truth finally comes out, Evelyn will do whatever it takes to make Luc see that life is worth living.
It is hard to choose my favorite character from this book because I love them all, though I have to say that Evelyn’s character caught my attention the most. I can’t believe how strong she is. She has gone—is going through—a whole lot of crap and that made me so angry and sad for her. She has such a beautiful heart and she’s the person who deserves everything beautiful in the world.
Luc’s and Evelyn’s love is my favorite kind of love, so pure. Those kind of stories are the reason I fell in love with reading.
I have a love-hate relationship with the realness of this story. It is so incredibly realistic, Kelley and Rowan have a talent for writing stories that make the writer feel every single word. I love that.
With these types of books everyone kind of expects the same outcome, I thought I knew what was coming. I was ready for the ending. Little did I know, there are scenes towards the end where they played with my feelings and then I expected the ending to go completely different. But as I mentioned, this book is extremely real so of course the outcome is no different. And I hated that. I hate the way it ended, I hated the realness. For once, I wished a book wasn’t as close to life as this one is.
Other Breakable Things is one of those special books that you’re lucky to find once in a lifetime. It’s a story about love and death and while I’m not a fan of that combination, this book won me over and I feel like it is going to win you over too. You’ll fall in love with Luc’s and Evelyn’s love. You’ll swoon and you’ll shed some tears. I recommend this book completely!