Friday, February 20, 2015

Blog Tour + Giveaway: How to Unbreakup by Rebekah L. Purdy

How to Unbreakup
Release Date: 02/10/15
Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:
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.

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Review: When I decided on my February TBR I chose to read a lot of contemporary books, and I was quite happy to be able to add this one to my list of books to read for the month. It sounded so cute when I got the email about the tour, and it had me eagerly awaiting my copy so that I could get to it. It should come as no surprise that I absolutely loved this book, which is too cute for words. I read it in a day when I had time here and there, though each time I had to put it down I was unhappy. I could have sat and read it all in a few hours and been perfectly content, thank you very much. I loved how sweet and innocent the whole story and plot was, and I do look forward to re-reading this one when summer rolls around.

The book centers around two former best friends, Grace and Sage. In the past they realized that their feelings went past friendship, and so they began to date. They were a wonderful couple too, it seemed. Unfortunately, Grace overheard some of her soccer teammates discussing that her skills on the field had suffered greatly since their relationship began, and she knew that she had to make a choice; either break up with Sage or continue to be the butt of her teammate's disappointment. She decided to break up, something that she has obviously regretted ever since seeing as Sage has refused to say one word to her since that day.

At the beginning of the book three years have passed, and Grace seems to regret the breakup more than ever before. She wants nothing more than to get back together, but Sage seems to want nothing to do with her. Then her parents inform her that they will be spending their summer in the cabin at the lake...and they have invited Sage's family. Suddenly they will be forced to spend the whole summer together after having not spoken for nearly three years. Seems pretty rough!

Grace is determined to get Sage back though, and with the help of Sage's little sister, Allie, they devise a ten step plan that should get Sage to forgive her and fall for her again. Or so she hopes. Naturally, it is a YA contemporary, so it does not come without its problems. Things don't go as planned, other possible crushes come into the picture, and some things don't work out nearly as Grace had hoped. In the end, she completes the steps and everything is left in Sage's hands. 

I think that Purdy did a wonderful job of writing this story in a way that we love both of the main characters. In fact, I really enjoyed all of the characters in the book. I thought that they were all unique and interesting, and definitely well-written. Grace was a great main character, and very relateable. While she was going through a tough situation and was hurting, she never took the low road or was cruel to anyone (like the girl trying to make Sage her summer fling). She handles everything with maturity and understands that she was the one who made the decision three years ago, and so she is the one who has to fix things.

Sure, the ending may have been a bit predictable, but you should all know by now that I am not bothered by that at all when it comes to my YA contemps. In fact, it is usually something that I hope for (and tend to get a little angry about if it doesn't work out that way...). The writing overall was just wonderful. Everything was clear and detailed, and very interesting. I wanted to continue reading to see what was going to happen next throughout the entirety of the novel. I would strongly recommend this book to other contemporary fans.

Rating: 5.0 / 5.0

About the Author
Rebekah Purdy grew up in Michigan, where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. When not hiding at her computer and getting lost in her stories, she enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games and hanging out with her kids. She loves the unexplainable like Bigfoot, the Dogman, and the Loch Ness Monster (lots of good story material)! She admits to still having all the books she bought throughout her childhood and teen years, and she may or may not have an obsession with anything chocolate…

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1 comment:

  1. Aww, I remember feeling like that once upon a time and wanting to "unbreak up". (but I'm glad we didn't, lol) Thank you for the giveaway chance, Tiffany!! You host the best ones! An awesome book and Star Wars swag?? Love it! (:

    Pearl @ AsteriskPearl's Book Blog


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