Series: Contours of the Heart #2
Published by: Berkley Trade on May 6, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Rating: Did Not Finish
He was lost and alone. Then he found her.
And the future seemed more fragile than ever.
As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise—until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.
All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy...
As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.
I bought Breakable thinking it would be a “sure thing”… you know, a guaranteed 5-star book. I ADORED Easy so combining that with the fact that Breakable is loaded with 5 star reviews, I thought this was a slam dunk. I wanted Breakable to rock my world. I WAS READY!
Well, I’m devastated to say that Breakable went the same way for me as Walking Disaster. In other words, it tanked.
Lucas was not sweet or charming—he was CREEPY. Like full on stalker creepy. He thought about Jacqueline, stared at her, had dreams about her, drew her, FOLLOWED her… all before he ever spoke to her. I was reading the book and literally turning my nose up. It just seemed so sketchy!!
And to make matters worse, from Lucas’s point of view I didn’t understand his obsession with Jacqueline. At least until I stopped reading (maybe it changes after that), she was a blank slate. Maybe it’s because Lucas never spoke to her, but the girl had no personality. She just existed.. and that’s it.
When we weren’t watching Lucas stalk Jacqueline, we were reading about Lucas’s life before and directly after his mother’s death (so, high school years). Although his mother’s death was sad, that part of the book was soooo dull. It read like an autobiography. I got very little emotion from those chapters and nothing made me want to care. It was just a sequence of events—like a history textbook. I was reading it and found myself thinking:
“Am I supposed to be caring about this? Should I be interested? Because I don’t give a shit.”
The ONLY thing that evoked any emotion in me was this line:
“You’re the man of the house while I’m gone. Take care of your mother.”
Then.. his mother dies. Yeaaah, major guilt trip there. 🙁
But other than that, I felt nothing. I had no reason to care about this guy’s teenage life. I think it just wasn’t presented well. It was like one big, huge, monologue that spanned over the entire book. Booooring.
By the time I got to 23% and realized that I just wasn’t enjoying Breakable, I decided to stop reading. Next.
Update: After some reflection, I completely realized the problem! Lucas has no friends. He’s an outcast in present day and in his high school years. Look, I get it, not everyone has friends or is super social. But no friends meant no dialogue. NO DIALOGUE. Since he had no friends and was stalking Jacqueline instead of talking to her, there were no conversations in the book. That made it extremely dull and monologue-y.