Breakdown by Ellie Grace : Book Review

Storyline Rating : 3/5 stars

Brief Summary from Goodreads :

Amy Porter has had a thing for her twin brother’s best friend since she was a teenager. After being considered “one of the boys” throughout her childhood, he’s the first guy to look at her and see past the tomboy she used to be. Unfortunately, he’s also completely off-limits. She does her best to move on as the years go by, but it’s not until her life takes a drastic turn that she finally accepts the fact that they aren’t meant to be. However, as her world crumbles around her, Nate always seems to be close by to help her pick up the pieces.

Nate Miller knows that Amy is the one girl he can never have. No matter how badly he wants her, he won’t risk destroying his friendship, or the promise he made to look out for her when her brother goes overseas with the Marines. As life continues to get in the way and keep them apart, the only logical choice is to give up… but giving up is the last thing he wants to do.

With so many obstacles stacked up against them, can they find a way to make it work or are they headed for a breakdown?

My Point of View :

Such a promising synopsis, but what a let down….(*sigh*). I have always love stories with the heroine falling in love with her brother’s best friend – especially if it started out since their childhood, but this particular story isn’t as promising as the synopsis depicted.

The book is written in dual POV – Amy’s & Nate’s. Amy describes herself as a tomboy since children to which she attributes it to the fact that she spends most part of her childhood deprived of girly clothing (wearing her twin brother’s clothes) and toys, as well as playing with her twin brother and his friends. By the time she’s a teenager, she believes that guys – mostly her brother’s friends, view her as nothing more than a tomboy. So when Nate – who isn’t part of her brother’s childhood entourage, met Amy for the first time and gave her a “look” (which I believe is the start of an insta-love), Amy crushed on Nate….hard.

The beginning seems very sweet and all, but as she reached to her final year in high school, most male population in Amy’s high school have never asked her out due to her twin brother’s warning them away from her – including Nate, who is somewhat attracted to Amy at that point of the story.

Now, I may understand that the Nate in high school is afraid of Dex (Amy’s twin brother), but as the story progresses (which spans approximately 8-9 years give or take), I find it hard to swallow that Nate did not try asking Amy out for the fear of losing Dex. He didn’t want to take the risk until VERY much later. I just hate guys with no balls (*ugh…*).

I have nothing against the story, it’s pleasant but not great (it could’ve been better). It ends with a HEA, but with much less impact that I had initially expected. If you are new to reading brother’s-best-friend-romance, go ahead and give this book a try. It’s not as bad if you aren’t as jaded about average romance stories like I am (and I have read a LOT of romance, mind you).

Favorite Quote : None from this book.



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