How To Walk Away Review
Title: How to Walk Away
Author: Katherine Center
Publication Date: May 15, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Margaret Jacobsen has a bright future ahead of her: a fiancé she adores, her dream job, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in one tumultuous moment.
In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Margaret must figure out how to move forward on her own terms while facing long-held family secrets, devastating heartbreak, and the idea that love might find her in the last place she would ever expect.
How to Walk Away is Katherine Center at her very best: an utterly charming, hopeful, and romantic novel that will capture reader’s hearts with every page.
How to Walk Away was a very in-depth emotional book. Margaret’s struggle is so heart-wrenchingly painful to witness- it’s almost cringe inducing with the amount of detail. Overall, I really liked the book. I love when books take you out of your comfort zone and force you to experience life from a completely different perspective. This book did that for me. I found myself truly feeling for Margaret and routing her on. My favorite line from the entire book was ‘that was a nice “guy butt”’. I don’t know why I laughed when I read that line but I did. For longer than was necessary.
This story is emotional. It would have me chocked up, then laughing, and then soooo mad!!! It was a rollercoaster of a listen (I listened on Libro.fm)! Watching Margaret grow into a newer and, may I say, better version of herself was so traumatic and fantastic. Being stuck in a hospital like Margaret was is one of my worst fears. I hate doctors, I hate hospitals, I hate being helpless, I hate the idea of all that. So I found her grit so inspiring because I know I would be a ball of fear and shaking like a Chihuahua.
When I first started listening to this book I really and truly loved it. I was about five chapters in and thought this book was going to be a top read for me. It's so well written and gripping, especially the first few chapters. However, it just took a turn for me. I went from loving the book to being annoyed with it and then back to loving it again. Over and over again. Here are the problems I had and my reasons:
Almost all the characters were unlikeable and I’m including minor characters in this. Margaret’s mom!? Ugh!!! I found myself wanting to reach into the story and strangle her. She was awful!! And so was Chip’s mom!!! Margaret’s sister, Kitty, also hit me wrong on multiple occasions. Her obsession with posting things on Instagram was just annoying. Especially, when asked multiple times to stop, she ignores Margaret’s wishes and continues to post. Everything she does is for a reason but it was very disrespectful. If you want to read more about why I didn’t like other characters you can scroll down. I’ll be writing about spoilers but i will give you a warning!
It was also hard for me to take Margaret’s word seriously. She made it a point to prove to herself that she did not need a man. She did not need anyone but herself to make herself better. However, she does the complete opposite and is motivated by wanting to please a man. Her actions spoke much louder than her voice. I understand- as humans we can say we do not care what other people think of us until we are blue in the face but at the end of the day, we do care on some level. People want to be attractive to other people. Margaret kept saying she was a feminist and that she needed no man but that was not how she acted. I know you can be a feminist and still want a man to find you attractive but the way Margaret went about it irked me.
Overall, the book was a good listen. I did enjoy it, it was a wee predictable with somewhat unbelievable character personalities. I would recommend this book if you are interested in reading about a character growing up and realizing the mistakes she has been making her entire life. Just be prepared to hate almost everyone!
Spoilers!!!! Spoilers!!! Spoilers!!!!
If you read past this warning then be prepared to have some aspects of the book spoiled. I have written this is bold print and you have read ‘spoilers’ three times. It’s on you if you read something you did want to read!!!
Ok- Let me start by asking, how in the world did Chip NOT get arrested and jailed? He stole a plane and then crashed it!!! And also paralyzed his girlfriend!! His only punishment is to pay for a new plane?!?! What?!?!?! Completely unbelievable! And god, he was a horrible person. How did he avoid getting punched in the face?
I did love Ian. I mean, who doesn’t like a brooding hot Scottish man? However, I did not like the fact that he kept telling Margaret she didn’t know how she actually felt. That was hard for me. I hate when people tell you, you aren’t actually feeling what you’re feeling. I understand where he was coming from but it was still hard. Especially because he also had feelings for her. The minute he felt something for Margaret he should have stopped being her PT! Common sense here, people.
I also had a bit of a problem with Margaret jumping from Chip to Ian within a month, while also going through depression, suicidal thoughts, and the trauma of surviving a damn plane crash!!! It was difficult for me to get past that point.
Now that I’ve gotten my ranting over I will reiterate. I did like this book. I just had some problems with it. It was hard to put down because I did need to know what was going to happen next. It was just tough for me to get past some of the things I saw as problematic.