Friday, September 22, 2017
Break by JoLyn Brown
Author: JoLyn Brown
Publisher: Walnut Springs
Published: August 10th, 2017
Paperback/ebook: 266 pages
FTC FYI: I received a PDF copy from the publisher, all views and opinions expressed are my own.
Preston Bensen struggles with the same social anxiety that led his father to walk away years ago. With a younger brother who has Down syndrome, Preston has made it his job to hold together what remains of their family.
A few weeks after he loses a friend in an accident, Preston’s mother announces her decision to remarry. Now Preston must deal with a prying stepdad and three emotional stepsisters. After growing up with six neighbor boys, Preston doesn’t know what to do with glitter, pet mice, drama, and nonstop chatter.
The only thing untouched by change seems to be Preston’s relationship with Morgan, a girl he met during the summer. But he fears that sharing more of his past will scare her away. Juggling everything at once, he reaches his breaking point. Is Preston going to end up like his father after all?
Break is another great book by JoLyn Brown. I feel this author really understands teenage struggles and did an exceptional job with this book. Anxiety is a hard issue and a struggle for so many, and I feel JoLyn really new her stuff. As much as he struggled, Preston is a great character. I enjoyed seeing Morgan again and Sammy is always a sweetheart. I loved Alex and his overall presence in the book. He (whether Preston admitted it or not) was wonderful for Preston. His daughters were darling and even though they had their own struggles from a sad past, I enjoyed the way they all were working to become a family. Preston had a lot to work out in dealing with the death of a friend and I was glad he was trying to face what happened. The ending was great too. His problems were not magically solved, but Preston made some great realizations about life and himself.
5 out of 5 stars. This is the second book with these characters, but this book is about Preston and the first book was about Morgan. They can be read as a stand-alone, but there is something pretty significant that happens in Run that would be understood more if it was read. The author does do a great job of catching the reader up with the event, though.
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