Wednesday, February 18, 2015

[Blog Tour] Excerpt + Giveaway + Review: How to Unbreakup by Rebekah L. Purdy


How to Unbreakup
Release Date: 02/10/15
Swoon Romance
Summary from Goodreads:
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.

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“Let’s check out the deck.” Mom looped her arm through mine as we made our way around the furniture to the glass doors. As soon as we pushed them open, the scent
of the lake and beach hit me. The sound of gulls echoed in the air. Beach chairs lined the deck, the view breathtaking. From here, I saw there was already a fire pit dug out on the beach. The doorbell rang from inside and Mom squealed. “Come on,” she said. My parents rushed to the front door, us kids on their heels. “Time for our other surprise.” Dad glanced at us as he whipped open the door. There, standing on the porch, was the Castle family. No. Flipping. Way. Sage’s
mouth dropped open in disbelief. He met my gaze then looked away, obviously his parents hadn’t let him in on the surprise either. I squeezed my eyes tight then opened them again, trying to ignore the sick pit in my stomach. Okay. Just keep calm. It isn’t the end of the world. Not yet anyway. “Welcome Castle family,” Dad said, hugging Mr. and Mrs. Castle. “The Evers and Castles together again.” Mr. Castle chuckled. “Now how’s this for a surprise?” “I gave up soccer camp for
this?” Sage asked, his eyes narrowed. “Yep, and you’re going to enjoy it. End of discussion.” Mr. Castle gave him a warning look. Sage pushed inside, carrying his stuff, not even bothering another glance in my direction. Crap. This wasn’t happening. It might be the end of discussion for Mr. Castle, but I had a feeling this was far from over. If things kept going like they were, it’d be a long, miserable summer for all of us. Allie smiled as she came
inside. “This is freaking sweet. We’ll be able to hang out all summer. Just like old times.” “Yeah. Just like old times.” I gave her a quick hug. Minus the part where Sage actually talked to me. Things in my life were about to get a whole lot more complicated.

How to Unbreakup revolves between Grace and Sage, wherein they were best of friends which turned into something more but somewhere Grace broke it off with Sage with reasons that Grace thought was valid that time (though I must admit, I for one did not agree with her. Poor Sage). During summer vacation before her senior year starts both Sage's and Grace's families will join together. At the unexpected turn of events Grace will plan her 10 step of How to Unbreakup List. Will she succeed in winning Sage again or not?

This was a very sweet story albeit it has some corny/cheesy times but it works. I read this in one sitting and well, I shouldn't have hurried in reading it but I couldn't help myself. I liked all the characters especially the supporting characters. It's like everything match and their personality fitted with each other. I was disappointed i Grace in the beginning though but if that didn't happen there would be no story. It's kind of sad though that it took her three years to realize what she really wanted but better late than never. Then there's the peer pressure. I was happy that she finally stood up for herself same goes for her friend.

Okay. Back to the main story. Like the whole point is that Grace would do everything in her list which would either break or make her relationship with Sage. There were times she just felt like quitting and I'm thankful for Allie's support, Sage's sister. I agree with Allie, that it is better that you do everything you can do so you wouldn't regret doing nothing at all later.

I really liked Sage. He was totally sweet once he put down his barriers although he was still a bit stubborn regarding his feelings for Grace. I loved the scenes where he kind of gets jealous of a certain someone. At the same time, he is still protective of Grace.

There's more than just the romance between this two but also when Grace finally accepted everything about herself including her nerd side which Sage loves.

Although this wasn't a sequel to the Romeo Club, there were some cameo of the characters there. At first, I thought these names seem familiar then I remembered about the Romeo Club. Just wanted to mention that tidbit.

I loved the ending. I had a feeling about that list. But it turned alright for them. What's nice about this too, is that they are not the only who's in a relationship as well. I won't spoil who those are. I'm wondering if Logan will get his own story since I liked him too, despite how his role was in the beginning and well, I won't spoil his past. I hoped that Grace and Logan would still be friends afterwards. I liked his role in the ending when he said good luck to Grace.

They got their happy ending and I liked how Sage surprised Grace. I recommend this to anyone who loves a fast paced, sweet romance with some cheesiness, and a bit more of finding one's self. 

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…

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