<shakes self awake> I’m back. I so totally didn’t need to worry. Breakable is definitely a novel in its own right. It does tell the Easy story from Lucas’s POV, but that really only makes up 50% of the book and it doesn’t just re-hash what we already know. The rest of the book is Lucas’s back story, which was heartbreaking and compelling in equal measure. Rude, too. Goodness, that boy got around before he met Jacqueline. My word. I should also point out at this juncture that Unbreakable is most definitely a New Adult book, not Young Adult.
The story starts off where Lucas has just noticed Jacqueline in their economics class and starts sketching her. It’s a testament to Tammara Webber’s writing that she manages to make Lucas not sound like a creepy stalker all the time when he’s admiring Jacqueline from afar. From there, the book alternates between present day and a few years ago in the aftermath of his mum’s death. Getting in his head and seeing all his guilt, insecurities and self-doubt made for an emotional whirlwind.
You also see a lot of new characters - there’s a bit more about Lucas’s relationship with Dr Heller and the other Hellers, the girls at the coffee shop and even some brand new characters. So yeah, for a re-telling, Tammara Webber has managed to keep the story very fresh.
I rarely re-read books, so the fact that I’ve re-read this and skimmed through it a third time speaks highly. If you enjoyed Easy, you should definitely take a look at this one.