How to Walk Away
by Katherine Center
Hardcover, 320 pages
15 May 2018, St. Martin’s Press
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
A plane crash has left Margaret with a life she doesn’t recognize. Is Chip her fiancé or isn’t he? What exactly is her prognosis? Why does her mother insist on redecorating her hospital room? Why does everyone insist on framing this in how it affects them rather than her?
I think this last question is the most interesting to me in the novel – when you’re a good girl, when you have always done what is expected, then there is this ability for people to expect that you’ll always defer, to be nice, to put their needs above theirs. I loved that Margaret figures out ways to change expectations. With everything that she’s lost in this crash, she gains the ability to see people more clearly, to self-advocate and to think more about what she needs and wants, rather than what will make others happy.
Beyond this….initially this felt like a fairly typical (if well-written) chick lit book where our heroine is overcoming adversity, finding herself AND also, the perfect guy. However, it moves beyond those tropes and stretches into a deeper and more complex story. While the book holds some predictability, it also gets you there in an unexpected series of events, draws a family of complex characters and makes the book a fantastic, interesting and soulful experience.
(I received this book from #netgalley in exchange for an honest review.)