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Peek Inside Other Breakable Things

According to Japanese legend, folding a thousand paper cranes will grant you healing. Evelyn Abel will fold two thousand if it will bring Luc back to her. Luc Argent has always been intimately acquainted with death...

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According to Japanese legend, folding a thousand paper cranes will grant you healing.

Evelyn Abel will fold two thousand if it will bring Luc back to her.

Luc Argent has always been intimately acquainted with death. After a car crash got him a second chance at life—via someone else’s transplanted heart—he tried to embrace it. He truly did. But he always knew death could be right around the corner again.

And now it is.

Sick of hospitals and tired of transplants, Luc is ready to let his failing heart give out, ready to give up. A road trip to Oregon—where death with dignity is legal—is his answer. But along for the ride is his best friend, Evelyn.

And she’s not giving up so easily.

A thousand miles, a handful of roadside attractions, and one life-altering kiss later, Evelyn’s fallen, and Luc’s heart is full. But is it enough to save him? Evelyn’s betting her heart, her life, that it can be.

Right down to the thousandth paper crane.


5 stars: “I absolutely could not put it down and loved every second of this book - it’s such a poignant and beautiful story. I’m not sure I can write how amazing this book is, but I highly recommend it.” –Olivia Farr, Goodreads Reviewer

4.5 stars: “There are some books you know going in will leave you a broken and simpering mess and Other Breakable Things is one such book.” –Romance Readers Retreat

4.5 stars: Heartstrings tugged (no pun intended)! Following this young couple as their relationship grows and blossoms, even under a deadline of an illness that's taking a bad turn was so heart warming (again...no pun intended).” –Sarah Swann, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: Heartbreaking and bittersweet, Luc and Evelyn's story is one that would capture your heart and bring you to tears.” –Natasha, Dreamland Teenage Fantasy

4 stars: “A gorgeous book that reminds us to live our life to the fullest and love to until your heart is full.” –Dani B., Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: “This book was beautifully crafted and reminiscent of Morgan Matson's novel, Amy and Roger's Epic Detour which I love! [...] If you like books with adventure, love and an interest in health issue storylines, this is your book!” –Eve, Being Unique Being a Reader

4 stars: “ I hate comparing books but if you enjoyed books like The Fault in Our Stars, My Heart and Other Black Holes, and Love & Other Unknown Variables, then you definitely have to check this book out.” –Jilianne, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: “I could tell this was the type of book that, once you've read it, there's no going back. You will NEVER be the same. I was right. Oh God, was I right. Heartbreaking. Beautiful. Profound.” –Steph, S n M Book Blog

4 stars: “I'll be honest with you - I was comparing this to JG's The Fault in Our Stars on a regular basis while reading. And that's a wonderful thing, given how much I adored that book!” –Kate Olsen, The Loud Library Lady

5 stars: [R]eminded me a lot of A Thousand Boy Kisses, a book I absolutely loved. And don't even get me talking about the paper cranes... why did the two of them have to be so cute?!” –Sofia, Goodreads Reviewer

4 stars: “Evelyn and Luc's journey was endearing, heartbreaking, and bittersweet. But it's also about living your life to the fullest, having no regrets, and how true love never fades.” –Jess, Cozy Corner Reader

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633755949
Release Date: Apr 4, 2017
Page Count: 306
Imprint: teen
Genre: contemporary, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues, overcoming odds

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By Hristina April 25, 2017

It's my Other Breakable Things blog tour day!! Blog post + a Giveaway link HERE!!

Copy received through NetGalley

This is a YA contemporary romance about Luc, a boy who's had a heart-transplant, but his body is now rejecting it, and Evelyn, his best friend. It’s a moving story that explores subject... ...more

By Jennifer April 26, 2017

Oh, my goodness...this book! Ok so to be honest, I knew going into reading Other Breakable Things that the sadness factor was oozing from the pages. This rarely scares me away, I love a good cry as much as the next girl, but this book made me ugly cry. Like sob! And not just at the end, but multi... ...more

By Melissa (YA Book Shelf) March 24, 2017

I finished reading Other Breakable Things, late at night, as one does, and I really liked it. There are some very poignant moments about death, dying, and what it means to die with dignity, etc. so I found myself highlighting so much of the book that it's actually slightly ridiculous. Like there... ...more

By Jennifer March 22, 2017

Fuck. ...more

By Sarah March 17, 2017

4.5 stars! Heartstrings tugged (no pun intended)! Following this young couple as their relationship grows and blossoms, even under a deadline of an illness that's taking a bad turn was so heart warming (again...no pun intended). Already having a heart transplant, Luc just wants to live the rest o... ...more

By Shirley April 26, 2017

Original review

Other Breakable Things tells the story of Evelyn and Luc. They've been friends when they were younger but Evelyn had to leave town for her mother's boyfriend. Three years later they meet each other and they decide to leave town together. Both for another reason. Evelyn feels like... ...more

By Olivia March 07, 2017

“Other Breakable Things” absolutely wrecked me- it’s a beautiful and heartwrenching story about Evelyn and Luc. The book begins when Evelyn returns to town after leaving Arizona, where she and her mother lived with her mother’s boyfriend. Her best friend, Luc, has not been great about staying in... ...more

By Natshane March 28, 2017

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of Other Breakable Things provided by Entangled Publishing and the author. Thank you so much for the reviewing opportunity!

Quoting Jennifer on her one-liner review, my first reaction when I finished the book was indeed:

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I normally refrain from any crudeness i...

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Kelley York

About the author

Kelley York

Kelley York is the author of HUSHED and SUICIDE WATCH. She was born and raised in central California, where she still resides with her lovely wife, daughter, and an abundance of pets. (Although she does fantasize about moving across the globe to Ireland.) She has a fascination with bells, adores all things furry - be them squeaky, barky or meow-y - is a lover of video games, manga and anime, and likes to pretend she's a decent photographer. Her life goal is to find a real unicorn. Or maybe a mermaid. Within young adult, she enjoys writing and reading a variety of genres from contemporary with a unique twist, psychological thrillers, paranormal/urban fantasy and horror. She loves stories where character development takes center stage.

Rowan Altwood

About the author

Rowan Altwood

Kelley York and Rowan Altwood are a wife and wife writing team living in central California with their daughter and way too many cats. Kelley is the author of Hushed, Made of Stars, and Modern Monsters, and Other Breakable Things is Rowan’s debut.

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