‘You’ve just had a holiday,’ I pointed out, trying not to yawn. ‘Wasn’t that enough of a break?’
‘I don’t mean that kind of break.’
There’s nothing worse than the last day of holiday. Oh wait, there is: When what should have been a proposal turns into a break.
Liv and Adam find themselves on opposite sides of the life they had mapped out. Friends and family all think they’re crazy; Liv throws herself into work – animals are so much simpler than humans – and Adam tries to get himself out of the hole he’s dug. But as the short break becomes a chasm, can they find a way back to each other? Most importantly, do they want to?
Though those of us who’ve experienced the wonder (and wickedness) of love would like to think otherwise, what sometimes feels like its repetitive portrayal in fiction can leave you with the impression that no matter how original each may feel, all human relationships essentially boil down to the same formula. Enter: We Were on a Break.
Refreshingly, Lindsey Kelk reignites the narrative and reminds us of the nuance and nakedness of human connection. Letting the charming (but frustrating!) dynamic of Adam and Liv do the talking, Kelk does justice to just how complex and disorienting love can be—especially in times of unspoken tension. It seems as though Adam and Liv have to jump through hoops just to understand one another, but what sets this story apart is that the biggest obstacle in the characters’ relationship exists, more than anywhere, in the unexamined corners of their own identities.
The ever-exasperating process of deciding where you want Adam and Liv to end up feels like a shared experience among the three of you; their alternating narratives grant you a peek into the minds of two people futilely hiding their own vulnerabilities while desperately trying not to fail one another.
It’s a messy feat. Adam and Liv are far from perfect, flawed with pride, prone to emotional mishaps and yet—you root for them (as readers, we can’t help but to be intrigued by the contradiction of likable characters doing unlikeable things). Above all, however, what’s most rewarding about getting swept up in We Were on a Break is that it feels less like reading about the characters’ relationship and more like witnessing their self-discovery. The intrigue of romance may be the initial bait, but there’s a third thing at play, here: the nagging question of who we are when we stand alone.
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