Title: How to Walk Away
Author: Katherine Center
Published: May 2018
Summary: Margaret’s life is right where she wants it. She recently graduated from business school with her MBA and secured her dream job. She is dating the perfect man, whom she has known her whole life, and she’s pretty confident he’s about to ask her to marry him. Things are pretty great. In the blink of an eye her worst nightmare is realized, and her life carefully constructed life is completely shattered. Now she is having to reimagine what her life will look like, come to terms with her very difficult reality, and discover how tragedy changes her relationships, some for the better, some for the worse. With this new life she never imagined for herself she needs to rethink what makes her happy and how to find it in her new world.
Thoughts: This was a tremendously satisfying read. There were parts that made my jaw tingle with sadness, parts that made me laugh out loud, and parts that made me swoon. Katherine Center did such a thorough job describing Margaret’s trauma and her long road to recovery. She didn’t gloss over the icky parts–she fearlessly led me through a very unglamorous and often demeaning journey with Margaret. Sometimes I felt so hopeless right there alongside Margaret, that I would have to snap myself out of it after I read to remind myself that this was a book and I wasn’t myself actually hopeless. Margaret was a really wonderful character who I felt very connected to while reading. One of the hardest parts of the book to stomach was how her relationships really went through the wringer as her body did. It was really telling how each of her loved ones reacted, especially her boyfriend who completely nose-dived (pun intended?). It was hard to watch as he disappointed her time and time again. Her relationship with her family was very endearing, especially with her estranged sister. Although it took some navigating for all of them, their family bond definitely strengthened.
My favorite aspect of this book was the overall message. I found it to be very hopeful and helps to put life into perspective. No matter what life throws at you, even if it isn’t what you imagined for yourself, there are ways to find a happiness. The older I get the more I realize that although I may have plans it doesn’t mean that’s they way things will turn out, but that’s okay. This was a really heartwarming read that reminds me a lot of the feeling I had after reading another Katherine Center book, Happiness for Beginners. Click here if you’d like to check it out.
P.S. How beautiful is that cover??