by Tammara Webber
Publisher: Penguin Berkley
★★★★★ (5 / 5 stars)
First off, some of you might think that this is a rehash of Easy, just told from Lucas/Landon’s POV, and to that, I will say ‘yes’ and ‘no’. Breakable, for the most part is actually two different books in one–two different genres in one. Landon’s story takes place before the events of Easy, and follows him when he’s younger, in high school and meets his first loves, Melody Dover and Yesenia, as well as engage in a bit of wild, teenaged hobbies. The story reads like a classic YA book, answering many questions about Landon’s past, like his relationship with his mother (as well as the tragedy), father and grandfather, the origin of his tattoos, his run-in with the law, and more.
Meanwhile, much of Lucas’s story retells the events from the NA story Easy, from his POV. But even if you read Easy, you won’t be disappointed by the new insights you learn from the events that happened from his POV.
That said, I definitely enjoyed Landon’s story much more than Lucas’s in this book. Not just because I read Easy and already know the story, but because I felt more emotionally attached and connected to the kid who had been bullied and shunned by society. But even so, this darkness is a foreshadowing over his life, that he has the ability to turn a bad situation good.
And then came the heartbreak a little over halfway through the book. You can’t help but feel for Landon after all the stuff that happened to him before. Knowing Landon makes me appreciate Lucas’s story more in Easy. He’s been through a lot of pain and heartbreak, and had taken on the new persona, Lucas, in hopes of starting a new life for himself. But even he knew he couldn’t cover up the scars of his past with just a change of his name. And as retold in Easy, the secrets don’t last for long.
The past eventually meets with the present and the story becomes one beautifully intertwined romance that makes you appreciate Landon/Lucas’s struggles to strive for his true happiness in the end: Jacqueline.
I enjoyed the unique way this book was written, and Ms. Webber doesn’t disappoint. YA and NA enthusiasts will definitely enjoy this book.