Good afternoon you guys. Today I have another book review ready for you. This time it’s How To Walk Away by Katherine Center.

Honestly, I just finished it five minutes ago. And I want to write the review right away, but am also at a loss for words.

It was that good.

So where I normally list the negatives and the positives, I will now just dissect the book into little bits and tell you why it was so great.

First things first. Here’s the synopsis: 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.

Doesn’t that already sound very promising?!

How To Walk Away – the full review

The plot

A good story line makes the book. As does all the other things, but when there is not a story to tell, the book won’t be as good.

This story line has it all. A romance, a heartbreak and family feuds. Not to mention an incredible obstacle for the main character, Margaret. Some moments were a little bit won’t-ever-happen-in-real-life-moments, especially towards the ending. But hey, it’s a book and not real life.

I also like to point out here that the point of view and the writing makes the whole story very personal. Therefore, the story is inspiring and makes you think about life, without it being a self-help book. That takes some skill, in my opinion.

The characters

Margaret is a very relatable character. Also, because it’s written in a first person point of view, it’s easier to sympathize with her.

The other characters are all needed for the story.

Mom and Dad: They both have their own way of coping with the medical stuff. They made me think of my own parents, with the mom being on top of it and the dad just being there silently supporting.

Kitty: She is Margaret’s big sister and is a very stereotypical one. I loved how she pushed herself into the lives of everyone. She was out there, very supportive and just a great sister.

Chip: I hated him from the start. And as the book went on, I realized he really is just a prick. But he was absolutely necessary to make the story complete.

Ian: I didn’t know how I thought about Ian at the beginning. I was rooting for Margaret, and she did not like him. But as I came to know him more and more, I loved him.

The relationships

These were everything. The complicated relationship between Kitty and her mom took forever (or so it felt) to get to, but eventually you figure out why it is what it is. And it’s heartbreaking for the entire family.

The relationships that Margaret has – with her sister, parents, Chip and Ian – are really the center of the book. But even more importantly, the relationship she has with herself. There is so much self-discovery, insecurity and confidence which makes this book so inspiring and real.

The Final rating of How To Walk Away

Do I really need to tell you? OK, I will. Absolutely 5/5 stars. ⭐

Which 5-star book have you read recently?