He was lost and alone. Then he found her.
And the future seemed more fragile than ever.
As the author says: [Breakable is Lucas’s story – a companion novel to Easy, both prequel + the story of Easy from his perspective. Breakable is NOT a sequel, but I strongly recommend reading Easy (which can be read as a stand-alone, if you wish) first.]
I love the original book in this series, Easy. It is one of the very, very few New Adult books that isn’t rampant with misogyny, slut-shaming and offensive stereotyping. It is also one of the few NA books with actually likeable lead characters.
It has become a gimmick to rewrite successful books in the genre from the perspective of the other main character (most books for younger readers are written in the first person), and it’s not a trend I like. However, Tammara Webber is easily my favourite NA author, so I was actually excited to read this one, and preordered it on Kindle.
A huge portion of Breakable definitely reads “younger” than its predecessor. The reason for this is that the first half of the book involves many flashbacks to Lucas’ high school days, starting when he was thirteen. So if, like me, you feel a bit too old to be reading about children’s drama, you might not enjoy this one as much as the first, which is set entirely at university.
However, on the other hand, when we do get to the adult scenes, they’re definitely more adult than in the past book. I haven’t read Easy for some time, but there seemed to be more about sex in this one. I felt like I’d run the gamut from children’s fiction through to full-on adult romance.
I was happy that Lucas’ point of view wasn’t misogynistic. I liked that his integrity and maturity is there in his POV as it was when we saw the story from Jacqueline’s perspective. I don’t like him because OMG tattoos and piercings!; I like him because he is a genuinely good young man and despite a troubled past, he has his act together.
It’s hard when rewriting a story to keep things fresh, so I understand the inclusion of the teen scenes. I also understand why scenes from the original book weren’t written in their entirety. However, the way many conversations were summarised rather than shown will leave newcomers wishing they’d read the original book first. I didn’t think we got to know Jacqueline as well as we did in the other book, and not just because of the different point of view. This book is Lucas’ life story, and so she didn’t get the page time I would have liked her to have.
Was Breakable as good as Easy? No, but it was still very, very good. The first half read too “young” for me (I’m not that old, but I felt ancient reading about some of the schoolkid drama). At first, it felt incorrect to label this one as anything other than Young Adult. However, there isn’t anything Tammara Webber has written that I haven’t enjoyed, and I am glad I ordered this one and put everything else aside to finish it.
But do yourself a favour and make sure you read Easy first.