How to Unbreakup by Rebekah L. Purdy

How to Unbreakup by Rebekah L. Purdy

4 out of 5 stars

First rule of breakups: There’s no going back.

For three years, seventeen-year-old Grace Evers has regretted breaking up with Sage Castle.

That day, she lost her boyfriend and best friend. And let’s be honest, it’s impossible to just be friends with the one person who gets you, faults and all, and loved you anyway. It’s impossible not to think about how it felt to be held by him, or the way he looked right before he was about to kiss you with the most perfectly yummy kiss goodnight.

And now that things are over between them, they’ve become strangers to one another. Sage won’t even look at Grace, let alone talk to her!

Breakup life sucks and Grace is utterly miserable, doing whatever she can to ease the pain of losing Sage. She’s spent the better part of high school pretending to be something she’s not and hanging out with people who probably wouldn’t notice if she wasn’t there. Crappy dates, backstabbing friends, and Sage’s cold shoulder have taken their toll.

So when her parents propose going away to their house on Lake Michigan for the summer, Grace is thrilled. No more massively bad dates with horrible kissers or lunch with frienemies. Just three months of swimming, hiking, and relaxing before senior year starts.

But when Grace learns Sage and his family will be joining them, she readies herself for a totally awkward family vacation of disastrous proportions. How can it be anything but awful if Sage won’t even acknowledge she exists?

This is it, Grace’s last chance to get Sage back and unbreakup.


My Review
How to Unbreakup is a sweet, fun, fast read, full of teen angst, witty dialogue, playful bantering, and enough pop cultural references to be terminally adorable. Childhood BFFs, Grace and Sage dip a toe into the dating pool at the tender age of thirteen, only for Grace to end things a year later, for reasons I’m still not sure I fully understand. Except what fourteen year old really gets the whole relationship and dating thing right?

Flash forward to the summer before senior year, and Grace wants Sage back. Big time. So much so, she devises a plan with his siter on how to unbreakup with him. Hot girls, hotter guys, and parents and siblings with the worst timing ever all seem to be conspiring to sabotage her plan with sometimes hilarious results.

It’s a straightforward plot revolving around Grace’s plan with very little subplotting, but I don’t know that any more is necessary. This isn’t about character development or a difficult subject matter. It’s just a lighthearted teen romance and it does its job extremely well with both humor and tenderness.

World Building
The world building is subtle, set in a small town on the banks of the Great Lakes in Michigan. But where the world building takes off is the environment of friendship that feels as warm and intimate as a summer cottage. Rebekah L. Purdy creates a history between Grace and Sage that is almost a part of the setting and she pulls us into that complex friendship, effectively making us a third party to it.

The characters are refreshing in their averageness. There are no dark secrets, no special powers, no hidden abilities. Just average teens dealing with average problems with heart and soul. Grace, Sage, Allie, Benji, Lyncee, Logan, and even Lila are infinitely likeable, funny kids that you would love to hang out with.

Top Five Things I Enjoyed About How to Unbreakup
1. The Nerdiness. I loved being able to embrace my inner geek right alongside Grace and Sage. The Star Wars references were right up my alley.

2. The Angst. Angst is as much a part of the teen years as zits and gossip, and the author does a great job of pouring it on just enough without taking it over the top.

3. Allie and Benji. Because the younger sibs are just too cute.

4. Lyncee’s Phone Calls. Grace’s BFF, stuck at home babysitting a pair of hellions, are among some of the funniest moments in the book.

5. The Ending. Because I didn’t quite see it playing out that way, and I love when an author can surprise me a little when it comes to formulaic romance.

Bottom Line
A fun, fast read wrapped up in a nerdy romance that made me laugh out loud at times.

I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


About the Book
Title: How to Unbreakup
Author: Rebekah L. Purdy
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Pages: 172
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon


Author Rebekah L. Purdy

Author Rebekah L. Purdy

About the Author
Rebekah Purdy grew up in Michigan, where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight.

When not hiding at her computer and getting lost in her stories, she enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games and hanging out with her kids.

She loves the unexplainable like Bigfoot, the Dogman, and the Loch Ness Monster (lots of good story material)! She admits to still having all the books she bought throughout her childhood and teen years, and she may or may not have an obsession with anything chocolate…

Where to Find Rebekah L. Purdy

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