Break You by Jennifer Snyder
A Coldcreek Novel #1
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Blaire Hayes enjoys a quiet life, spending her days as a CNA at the local nursing home and nights studying for exams. She prefers things to be as uncomplicated as possible — but when her friends drag her to a party and she bumps into her high school crush, the path of Blaire’s life veers in an entirely different direction than what she had planned for herself.
Jason Bryant created a nice life away from his hometown, putting distance between himself and the suffocating sadness of his father’s death. But when he finds out his grandfather’s health is deteriorating, he decides he must return home. Partying was not on his agenda while in town, but it’s how he bumps into Blaire Hayes—the girl he’d always thought of in high school as an unobtainable pass.
Together the two learn there are moments in life that hold within them all the power to break you…
(New Adult: Contains sexual situations, language, mature themes, and alcohol usage.
Book Review ~ ‘Break You’ by Jennifer Snyder ~ 5 Stars!
Within a few pages of starting this book, I knew that this story was going to be special. Everything about it felt real to me, the characters, the settings, the feelings and emotions that people were experiencing. It just felt like real life, which is something that always endears me to a story. As nice as the ‘heroine meets hero and they live happily ever after’ is, it is always comforting to see realistic characters overcome hardship, much like we do in everyday life. Blaire was a character that I identified with so much, and I really felt connected to her, feeling her emotions and pain as the novel progressed, and I wanted more than anything, for her to have her happy ending.
Jason was a great character. I have a feeling some reviewers will say that they couldn’t identify with him, but I thought that the way Jennifer Snyder created him, and gave us peeks into his way of thinking, really made him a real and flawed guy. I also didn’t feel like I was reading a woman trying to write a man’s point of view, it felt very male and that is something that is particularly difficult to pull of so I commend the author for her talent. I liked seeing how Jason changed throughout the novel, almost starting off as a boy with few responsibilities, and having to learn very quickly how to become a man.
The pace of the character and story development was done to perfection, and not at one point did I wish that the story would speed up or slow down. I loved that there were bumps and stops in the story, and these had to be overcome throughout the journey and not just at the climax of the book. I liked the little things that built up, making Blaire and Jason feel hopeless, rather than one big event causing them to struggle. More than anything I adored Blaire for her kind nature. The situation she found herself in she could have taken an easier path, but she didn’t even consider it, and instead accepted the new path that her life would take.
Overall, this was a gorgeous story that I adored from start to finish. I loved the ending, as despite it being bittersweet, it echoed real life incredibly well, in which not everything in life can be fixed, but we have to fight for the most important things.
*I received a copy of this book through Xpresso Book Tours Review Opportunities, in exchange for an honest review.*