My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It's never easy to let go, nor to see what we don't want to see. Brooke Myers wants to believe she has the perfect relationship with Drew Brunson, the captain of the football team. She ignores the possessiveness and control and always forgave him when he pledged his love and said sweet things while apologizing. As often happens, emotional abuse escalates into physical abuse.
Before she can end the relationship, a fire breaks out in the restaurant she and Drew are dining at. Among the chaos, she loses track of Drew and is rescued by a stranger, Cooper West. The feeling of peace and safety in Cooper's arms contrasts with the fear and tension she feels with Drew. She struggles to let Drew go, but even in death, the control he has on her mind is overwhelming.
Meanwhile, Cooper resents his father for leaving him and his mother and sister behind. He refuses to give his father a chance to get close to him. His bitterness poisons their relationship and causes him to resent both parents. He refuses to see any good in his father.
This book is about seeing and not seeing, being honest and lying to oneself. It is about abuse and denial, and creating a fantasy life to shut out the nagging truth. Brooke and Cooper are only able to heal once they force themselves to face and embrace the truth, no matter how jagged and ugly. Only then can they move on and perhaps have a relationship based on honesty and openness. The truth really does set you free.
Break From You is a must read for teenagers and adults struggling with a controlling relationship. There is nothing romantic about possessiveness and any man or woman who makes you lose yourself, separates you from your friends, or wants to know what you're doing or where you are at all times is a danger. Controlling is not love, no matter how many sweet words come with it.
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