As the weather has been getting warmer, it seems like I’ve had a fire lit underneath me to tear through more and more books! I snuck off to the library down the street from my office on lunch last week and picked up How to Walk Away by Katherine Center and a few other titles.
By nature of the way the books landed on my passenger seat, How to Walk Away was the first on the agenda, and I am so glad that to share this sweet story as my first-ever standalone book review on my blog! Stay tuned for more book reviews on the first Friday of every month, in addition to some lists and round-ups throughout the month.
Margaret Jacobsen is a young woman who seems to have it all- she’s fresh out of her MBA program, has an aspiring pilot and overachiever boyfriend, Chip, and has a great new career lined up. Everything changes for her when Chip pushes her out of her comfort zone and forces her to face her fear of flying head on– and crashes their plane.
Her recovery looks bleak, Chip can’t seem to handle the fact that he caused a great harm to Margaret, and to top it off, her physical therapist is completely detached and not sympathetic to her issues. Much of this story takes place inside the hospital walls, and is really enhanced by the dysfunctional-albeit-caring family dynamics.
My favorite part of this story was how real the situation seemed to be, and that the author did not try to sugarcoat what recovering from a spine injury is like. I also got an even greater appreciation for the work that occupational and physical therapists do for patients in and out of the hospital. My uncle suffered from a broken pelvis and traumatic brain injury upon being knocked off his bike in a forest preserve; I remember the incredible work that OT and PT staff at the hospital did to help him learn how to walk, swallow, and talk again, and to live a normal life.
Without giving too much away, I loved that this story had a less-than-perfect, but still happy ending. How to Walk Away was a nice break from the psychological domestic fiction I seem to find myself reading (and also find myself being too scared to get out of bed to go to the bathroom at night) lately.
For: lovers of Nine Women, One Dress, people who love adorable covers, and fans of Liane Moriarty but could do with slightly less internal turmoil and negligent domestic crimes.
Pairs well with: Hard seltzer and a sunny spot on your back porch.
Rating: 4.75/5 stars (only because I feel like there could have been more misery inflicted on a certain character who deserved it).
Have you read How to Walk Away? Let me know what you thought, and look out for more reviews coming soon!