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Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp

Genre: Psychological Thriller/Horror/ YA
Source: Midas Pr
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Rating: 
4’5/5
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About The Book

FIVE friends go to a cabin.
FOUR of them are hiding secrets.
THREE years of history bind them.
TWO are doomed from the start.
ONE person wants to end this.
NO ONE IS SAFE.
For five friends, this was supposed to be one last getaway before going their separate ways–a chance to say goodbye to each other, and to the game they’ve been playing for the past three years. But they’re all dealing with their own demons, and they’re all hiding secrets.
Finn doesn’t trust anyone since he was attacked a few months ago. Popular girl Liva saw it happen and did nothing to stop it. Maddy was in an accident that destroyed her sports career. Carter is drowning under the weight of his family’s expectations. Ever wants to keep the game going for as long as they can, at all costs.
When the lines between game and reality start to blend with deadly consequences, it’s a race against time before it’s game over–forever.
Are you ready to play?


My Thoughts

What can scare you more than an old house with some old friends, whom you hold a grudge against all of them?
This is a horror story, but not in the ghosty way, the fear comes from the feelings between these five friends, they had a good friendship in the past, they couldn’t stay away from each other, now they had resentments and they don’t trust each other. They decided to spend the last weekend together playing role-playing games, something that they loved in the past and could make their goodbye least bitter… but the weekend will not be as funny and enjoying as they were hoping, everything will be revealed.
The book is told in first person between the five characters of the story; with their thoughts and secrets, memories and resentments. I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy this read, it was profound and twisted, sometimes it reminded me of a theatre show, where each scene has more background that you can see at first sight and you have to look carefully at all the surroundings to understand everything.
I enjoyed the diversity of the characters, it’s not easy to have characters with chronic pains or LGBTA characters at the same plot, it made the story more real and interesting. I am totally in favor of changing the dynamics of the books, we are not all white or heterosexual in this world, it was time that everyone could feel represented in a book, don’t you think?
This is a Young Adult book, but I think that anyone could love this story and fell in love with the author, Marieke Nijkamp. I’ll admit that this is the first book I’ve read from her but it will not be the last, I specially loved the voice in off at the end of some chapters, they tell you some really thoughtful sentences.

Was there a way to win this? Maybe losing is the same as loss.


About The Author

Marieke Nijkamp was born and raised in the Netherlands. A lifelong student of stories, language, and ideas, she is more or less proficient in about a dozen languages and holds degrees in philosophy, history, and medieval studies. She is a storyteller, dreamer, globe-trotter, geek.
Marieke’s debut young adult novel This Is Where It Ends, a contemporary thriller that follows four teens over the course of the fifty-four minutes of a school shooting, will be published by Sourcebooks Fire in January 2016.