Watch Me Walk Away (book review)
Watch Me Walk Away was written by Jill Prand. It is book 1 of The Walking series. This post has been organized by N K Author Services. I was provided with a copy in exchange for my honest book review. All opinions are my own.
About the book:
At the age of seventeen, Lisa was broken when Bobby left. He was suppose to be her first. First Love. First Time. First Everything. No word for six long years. She moved away from the painful reminders sacrificing her relationship with her best friend Brad. She struggled to rebuild her life.
Now six years later she returns as a strong, successful woman grabbing a job at one of New York’s hottest marketing agencies. She is dating a gorgeous guy with his eyes on a corner office. But it all changes when she sees Bobby.
Can she risk another heartbreak from Bobby? Will she be able to repair her friendship with Brad? Lisa will have to decide between the man she's with, and the two men that want her.
Who will she be with, and who will she tell to "Watch Me Walk Away?"
There was SO much going on in this book. There's the history that Lisa has with all of the characters (mainly the men currently and previously in her life)... as well as the interactions and opinions the men have of each other. There are all of the different ways that each characters actions have had an effect on who the other characters are. The title is perfect... because there is definitely ALOT of walking away. It was clever how different characters, at different times, were the ones doing the watching while others took turns being the ones walking. It was especially interesting to me... since the characters don't necessarily notice that they've each had their turns being the one watched. Honestly... the whole book was a bit of a juggle.
I don't know how I can give my further opinion without have a few little spoiler moments. So be warned... POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD!!!
I had multiple times while reading that I wanted to reach into the book and shake some sense into a character. I CAN understand the in the beginning, all of the characters were really young (just graduating high school and after... as well as looking back to the relationships during high school). They were immature. They didn't treat each other well. They made assumptions rather than communicating. I get that. But later on... I wanted someone, ANYONE, to just sit down and clear the air on past and present. FINALLY that one girl friend (I feel horrible that I can't remember her name.... but she was really minor until she was major) steps in and tells Lisa ; you love Bobby... Bobby still loves you... you needed to know so you can make a decision. I wanted to stand up and cheer. BRAVO girl who's name I can't remember. I still wanted to shake sense into all of them after that though.
I have to take a moment to say that while it wasn't terribly surprising (after getting to know Lisa a bit)... I was really disappointed in how Lisa dealt with Stuart (the man she was dating when Bobby showed up again). I mean... I had no love for Stuart... but the way she strung him along instead of making a clean break... that was just wrong. I really can't blame the guy for turning into an ass with her.
Sometimes... I have to say... no matter how much a character (or group of characters) drives me bonkers... I really enjoy them. I was rooting for Lisa to get her crap together and figure out exactly what (and who) was important to her. I kept hoping she would get out of her own way and find her happiness. And... I have to say that in the end... I was pretty happy with the ending. And... I can't wait to see what happens in the next book. I'm still not convinced that Bobby, Lisa, and Brad are all where they should be.
About the author:
I live in Northern New Jersey. I am a wife and mother of two girls. I have been an avid reader my whole life, I cannot remember a Sunday afternoon that did not include my parents reading. We had a huge bookshelf in our den with a diverse set of authors like Ayn Rand, Stephen King, Mario Puzo & Danielle Steele.
I have always had ideas and characters running around my head but it took a few good friends to push me to start putting them down on paper. I hope you enjoy my musings. Please feel free to contact me I would love to hear from you.
Five Books on my Kindle (okay I’m cheating on this one a little):
Thoughtless Trilogy by SC Stephens
Anything by Nicole Edwards ** this one will update every time a new one is released**
Anything by Olivia Cunning ** this one will update every time a new one is released**
Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day (All five – even though only 4 have been released)
Bronte Sisters – The Complete Novels