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Happy New Year everyone!! I hope that you’ll have a fun, safe night and an awesome 2013! I thought I would get an early start on my resolutions by catching up on some book reviews. Here is one from Goodreads:

The Breakaway (The Breakaway, #1)The Breakaway by Michelle Davidson Argyle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading another of Davidson’s books, I was looking forward to this one. The Breakaway tells the story of a young girl named Naomi who is kidnapped after being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Given her abusive boyfriend and absent parents, Naomi isn’t so sure she wants to go back.

Davidson Argyle does a great job of making the reader feel for Naomi and her situation, while showing growth in other characters as the story progresses. Co-kidnapper Jesse and Karen (Naomi’s mother) are good examples of this.

The story starts off strong, with Naomi awakening to find she’s been kidnapped and progresses from there. She does a great job of building the tension and almost making you root for the budding relationship between Naomi and Jesse. I say almost because I did find Naomi’s attraction towards one of her kidnappers disturbing. I can’t think of any other YA story dealing with the phenomenon of Stockholm syndrome, so this was new territory for me as a reader. Overall, a very engaging read that is sure to raise some questions and make you think. I’m looking forward to the follow-up, Pieces.

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