The Breakaway, a review by Shelley

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THE BREAKAWAY
Jennifer Weiner

Atria Books
Publication Date: August 29th, 2023
400 Pages
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Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. β€”Albert Einstein

This book was so good. Jennifer Weiner is known for her character driven storylines and The Breakaway is no different. It is so much more than a romance, she tackles a lot of tough topics in this one…It’s about loving yourself, mother/daughter dynamics, body positivity, mental health and a woman’s right to choose. Fans of the author will see familiar themes that are in most of her books, but Weiner manages to keep it fresh.

I loved the location of the ride as I am very familiar with upstate New York. My son lives in Fort Erie, Ontario which is a 15-minute drive away from Buffalo and I have been to Niagara Falls on many occasions. What I also liked were the different points of view of the other riders as it helped me to get to know them and appreciate what they brought to the group and the book itself. Abby is aware that her life is pretty chaotic for someone her age and she struggles to find her place in the working world, taking on the bike tour gives her some confidence and she gets to know her mother a little better along the way.

As much as I hated the cheating aspect I was really cheering for Abby and Sebastian. They were both so real, flaws and all. The sexy scenes were hot enough without bringing any of the ick factor. The 400 pages just flew by because the story was so engaging and highly entertaining. I loved this book, it was in a word, propulsive. I suggest you pick it up and just sit back and enjoy the ride. (No pun intended)

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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