When Jason Marshall’s younger sister passes away, he knows he can count on his three best friends and soccer teammates–Mario, Jordie, and Chick–to be there for him. With a grief-crippled mother and a father who’s not in the picture, he needs them more than ever. But when Mario starts hanging out with a rough group of friends and Jordie finally lands the girl of his dreams, Jason is left to fend for himself while maintaining a strained relationship with troubled and quiet Chick. Then Jason meets Raine, a girl he thinks is out of his league but who sees him for everything he wants to be, and he finds himself pulled between building a healthy and stable relationship with a girl he might be falling in love with, grieving for his sister, and trying to hold onto the friendships he has always relied on.
A witty and emotionally moving tale of friendship, first love, and loss, Breakaway is Kat Spears at her finest.
Contemporary young adult novel with male leads = <3! I am a lover of contemporary young adult novels, but wished there were more of them geared towards males.
Spears did a great job of finding the right mix of appeal for both male and female readers in Breakaway. This is honestly something I think many authors struggle with when writing contemporary young adult novels, but Spears kicked it right in the goal (pun intended).
Spears also did an amazing job with the emotions and struggles that the characters in Breakaway are facing. I can remember being a senior in high school and just after graduating how my friend group started to drift apart, just like in Breakaway. It can make everything seem so different and somewhat scary. It can be a struggle, but a never natural occurrence, especially after the kind of loss like Jason had in the beginning of the book. Never once while reading did I feel forced to feel a certain way, because the writing was so well done that the emotions came naturally.
I am giving Breakaway 5/5 stars.
*I received an ARC copy via NetGalley and the publisher St. Martin Press in exchange for an honest review. I will try to refrain from giving spoilers, but I will just state facts that have already been stated in the description.*