January 04, 2022

#BookReview: Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp

Synopsis: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp comes a shocking new thriller about a group of friends tied together by a game and the deadly weekend that tears them apart.

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.

Are you ready to play?


Rating: 1 Stars
My Review: This one was super 
disappointing. This one was just super confusing and I just couldn't get into it at all. 

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-With a beginning worthy of a horror movie, five teenagers arrive at a deserted cabin on a supposedly haunted mountain intending to spend the weekend enjoying their long-standing role-playing game. The five, once good friends, have drifted apart, but with graduation near they decide to get together one more time, perhaps to mend some of the brokenness. They are all "Wonder Bread white" but otherwise a varied group: Liva, the rich owner of the cabin; Carter, the one who wants to escape town and become the rich man he thinks he deserves to be; Finn, a transgender boy living with arthritis; Ever, the non-binary leader of the game; and Maddy, who is bisexual, autistic, and an injured athlete. The game starts well, at least until Liva disappears, leaving a bloody room and a finger on the windowsill. The terror continues as secrets are revealed, lives are put in danger, and those who remain must decide whether to trust each other. With movie-style pacing, the plot carefully unravels relationships and plans for the weekend as the remaining characters are targeted. While the characters are distinct and unique, they are also fairly well-rounded and developed with their differences being only part of their characterization. The fast pace of the action slows down when three of the characters escape the cabin and head back down the mountain, deep in conversation that, at times, seems a little forced and out of character. While the climax might be predictable for some readers, it does not detract from the overall atmosphere of the book. VERDICT A thriller with appeal for a variety of readers.-Janet Hilbun, University of North Texas, DentonĪ±(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


"Worthy of a horror movie... While the characters are distinct and unique, they are also fairly well-rounded and developed with their differences being only part of their characterization... A thriller with appeal for a variety of readers." - School Library Journal

"An engaging read, providing readers with some solid suspense, and twists to sink their teeth into." - Booklist

"The darkly twisted ode to self-discovery briskly whisks an intersectionally inclusive group through a reasonably stormy, emotionally charged scenario that considers the sometimes-steep price of growing up and growing apart." - Publishers Weekly

"Immersive and captivating. From its well-drawn characters to their twisty game-turned-crime scene, Even If We Break is thrilling in every sense of the word." - Karen M. McManus, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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