How to Walk Away

How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was on my book cart and since I had tried to make the commitment to read titles that I have had for awhile, I chose this one for a couple of reasons:

1. It got a ton of great reviews
2. The author’s latest book releases in August and I wanted to feature this one on my blog before the new release.
3. I had a day off from work and I knew I could read uninterrupted.

Wow, I loved this book. I’m grateful I bought it on the recommendation of my fellow Bookstagrammers. From the first page, I was pulled into Maggie’s story. One thing I really loved about it? It was told through Maggie’s POV. No alternating narrators. Not that there is anything wrong with alternating points of view. I’m just so happy I read a book without that back and forth between multiple characters. Because Maggie told her story so well.

When Maggie’s entire life is changed in an instant, she has to find a way to go forward. She must face her new life and challenges and she does that with grit, humor, determination and resilience. Life can change on a dime for anyone. It can throw roadblocks in our path that we never thought we’d face. In an instant, life can be altered so much that we don’t even recognize the person we used to be. I found life lessons here–to be grateful for the smallest things, to sometimes give people second chances, to embrace a new friendship or relationship, to have the courage to think outside the box.

I loved the characters we meet through Maggie. Her mom and dad, her sister, Kitty. Ian. Even the ones I didn’t like. Because they felt real. Because in life, not everyone is perfect. Not everyone does the right things. In the words of Ian, some people are “wankers.” (And they probably always will be.)

I will happily find every book that Katherine Center wrote and read it. I can’t wait to read her new book! I’m so happy to have found a new author to love.

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