Today I review We Were on a Break, Lindsey Kelk's latest book. As you probably know by now (basically because I repeat myself a lot), Lindsey Kelk is one of my top three favourite authors ever so the expectations are always high with her books. Here's what I thought about this one:
Title: We Were on a Break
Author: Lindsey Kelk
Published: October 6th 2016 by Harper
Blurb: Is it a break? Or is it a blip? 'You've just had a holiday,' I pointed out, trying not to yawn. 'Wasn't that enough of a break?' 'I don't mean that kind of break.' There's nothing worse than the last day of holiday. Oh wait, there is. When what should have been a proposal turns into a break, Liv and Adam find themselves on opposite sides of the life they had mapped out. Friends and family all think they're crazy; Liv throws herself into work - animals are so much simpler than humans - and Adam tries to get himself out of the hole he's dug. But as the short break becomes a chasm, can they find a way back to each other? Most importantly, do they want to?
Review: Lindsey Kelk is one of my favourite authors ever, so every time she publishes a new book I have the same thought, what if I'm not going to like this one? And then, I read it and think, why did I worry? Of course I loved it! So this is basically what happened with this one too. Plus, it has a Friends reference in the title, so she had already won me only with that.
But seriously, We Were on a Break is such a fun book. I've never been on a break myself but I think that Lindsey Kelk made a great job of describing all the worries, contradictions and doubts a couple must go through during such a confusing time. Also, I found it really interesting that we could read Adam's point of view, so we always knew where both characters stood. This also helped me to really connect with them both and care for them. And not take parts... well... almost... I was totally team Liv, who am I kidding? But I did care for Adam too. And wanted the best for both of them.
And then, there were the secondary characters. That was an interesting bunch. I think there were quite a few of relationships there that were not really healthy... I mean, what kind of brother makes it his life mission to remind his little brother what a waste of space he is? Adam's brother was definitely a character difficult to like. Well, impossible to like. But I have to admit that I have a friend who is a bit like him so I might have warmed a tiny bit to him too.
I always love stories that go one step farther with relationships. Most love stories are about how the couple meets and falls in love but I'm always left wondering if they would even survive the first 6 moths together. We Were on a Break presents us with a couple that has been together for a few years already and tells us the truth: no relationship is easy. There always blips, some minor, some insurmountable. And it does this with a great sense of humour and many warm moments. A very clever read, I'd say.
Rating: 5 stars