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Posted May 1, 2012
What a thrilling story! This is such a page-turning book that jumps right into the hotel where Naomi and her kidnappers are keeping her after a jewelry heist gone wrong. The jewelry thieves accidentally hit Naomi with their car and decide to kidnap her since they can't be sure whether she saw them or the car at the scene of the crime. She is later relocated to live in a house a couple of states away with her captors. Between a bad night with her abusive boyfriend and a distant relationship with her workaholic parents, Naomi isn't sure she wants to go back to her old life after living with her kidnappers for some time. We aren't quite sure whether she is suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, she just has serious dependency issues, or if she is just waiting for the right time to make her escape. It doesn't help that she starts to fall for one of her captors, Jesse, and that another captor, Evie, starts to become like a mother she never had.
The Breakaway really is an intriguing read that lets us explore the mind of a girl who finds herself being manipulated into considering living a new life with her kidnappers versus going back to the way things once were. We also get a few looks into the point of view of Naomi's mother back home where she's regretting not having had a closer relationship with her daughter and trying to make it right. This was such an intense story that will have you reading until late into the night to discover what happens to Naomi.
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Posted April 10, 2012
Michelle Davidson Argyle’s THE BREAKAWAY is a powerful and emotionally charged novel of a kidnapped victim struggling to find herself.
Naomi Jensen just wanted to take photographs of the fog, but when she is kidnapped by jewel thieves, nothing will be the same. As she leans on her weakness to survive, she learns to trust her new family in ways she never imagined, but escape still beckons. She must decide whether to find the strength to break out from her prison or to be content with her kidnappers.
THE BREAKAWAY stirs so many emotions. Naomi is unlike any main character I’ve read. She’s a quiet, weak young woman, but Argyle peels apart the layers to show Naomi’s inner strength. Half the time I was begging Naomi to do something, to flee, and the other half, I wanted her to remain with her kidnappers and have a happy life with them. It’s these conflicting characteristics that reveal the brilliancy of this novel. The reader becomes invested in the plot and all the characters as we learn more about them and who they are. Argyle’s writing style is also beautiful and lyrical. Sometimes the descriptions are breathtakingly wonderful that I would read them again.
Prepare for THE BREAKAWAY by Michelle Davidson Argyle to kidnap you into its gut-wrenching world.
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Posted March 4, 2013
Before I went back to regularly blogging, I read a few stories that dealt with the concept of the main character, female, being held by captures, and later that character would fall, or start to feel feelings, with one capture, that would lead to that psychology based term: Stockholm syndrome. This story in ways, is like other stories I have read, but there of course were different things that just set this one apart.
Naomi, I felt was a believable character. I think there was a good amount of background information on her, as in telling, but I wished there a few more scenes, on her life before she was captured, showing us more in her lonely life. As the story begins, she basically wakes up to her captures. As the story goes, you learn more about Naomi, her personality, and how, throughout her time, in a strange home, with strange people, she learns to gain more perspective on her old life, on how her workaholics, wealthy parents may have not truly cared for her, but...as she is gaining some new identity, she realizes a love she never really thought she could have, and that's for Jesse; the one kidnapper, that does not seem like a kidnapper, like one of the other ones, but he's different, and it is a wonder why he got himself in this situation, but that's explained, as well as their, relationship, yes they have one, and sometimes I did not want to trust Jesse, because in ways he does seem mysterious, but he is good to Naomi, and eventually shows how he cares about her, in the end, and that's something that you'll definitely have to read on your own.
I felt that the Author has really great writing, and to the last page, I was just intrigued into this story, and at the last page, all I want to do now is read Pieces, book 2 :)
My Rating: 4/5I say a Strong PG-13 Rating (Some Mild Sexual Situations, Language & Violent Content)
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Posted September 1, 2013
I was really excited to get the chance to read this book; It sounded so interesting and different! When I read the blurb, a million questions were popping into my head. How did this happen to her? Why wouldn't her parents pay attention to her? Why would she be okay with being kidnapped? But the most prominent was How could someone fall in love with the person who has taken them? I dove into this the moment I got it, hoping to answer some of these. I did get my answers, and a whole lot more.
We're thrust right into the action from page one. The entire time I was reading, there was a looming sense of danger that kept me on my toes and my heart racing. I felt as if I was in Naomi's place. It was so scary and frustrating and angering. There was a lull in the physical action after the first few chapters but with the situation that Naomi was in, things never were boring or slow paced. There was so many internal struggles and decisions that she had to face, I found myself completely glued to the page. I just couldn't pull myself away (even with an essay due the next morning).
Naomi showed a lot of her strength throughout her journey. She was a very strong character, despite what she thought about herself. She kept a straight face and a calm facade for the most part. I really loved reading and learning about her. She had so many different layers and problems. She was never boring or predictable. And then we have Jesse. I truthfully did not like him at all when we first met him. He just seemed so creepy. I didn't like the way he stared at Naomi or how close he got to her. More than once I just wanted Naomi to hit him where it counts and run. He redeemed himself eventually and I actually began to like him quite a lot, especially toward the very end. The other characters were all very interesting and I found myself enjoying them despite myself. I had to keep reminding myself that these people were criminals. They had kidnapped Naomi and hurt her. But apparently my feels didn't get the memo because I still like them.
The ending gave me very mixed feelings. I still don't know exactly what to think about it. Still, this was a very enjoyable book overall. I was completely hooked from the very beginning. I'm excited to dive back into the world of Naomi in the second book.
Posted July 2, 2013
Posted May 19, 2013
Ah The Breakaway, where do I even begin with this book? I had my eyes on it for MONTHS before finally caving in and buying the damn book, stupid of me to buy this book and start reading it late at night…I was up till 5 in the morning finishing The Breakaway cause I could not find a good stopping point, this book completely captured me. Captured me..get it?? Lame joke I know (._.)
So The Breakaway is about Naomi Jensen, to outsiders it may look like she has the perfect life, hell maybe she even convinced herself for awhile she had a great life, but with a boyfriend that says he loves her, then hits her, and parents that never give her the time of day, maybe Namoi's life isn't so great after all. One night after being hit once again Naomi needs some space from her boyfriend Eric, she goes for a walk. Naomi didn't know on this very walk she would be kidnapped by a group of criminals, little did she know that she was also going to fall in love with one of them..
This book was delightfully wonderful, in a very twisted weird way that I don't really understand yet. I don't know what it is about books that have main characters going through Stockholm syndrome in them, but I love it. I love it so much, and for some reason I always find myself loving the "bad" guy that kidnaps the girl. Actually let me rephrase that, I love the "bad" guy if they are actually caring and non-forceful to their hostage (such as in this book, and Stolen by Lucy Christopher which is a book beyond amazing and you should read it). I don't know what it is about these crazy obsessive guys, but I like them! Actually I do know what it is that makes me like them, it's because they are interesting to read, simple as that, crazy people are unpredictable and I like that in the books I read!
Alright now lets talk about the man in question, JESSE! He is our hostages "love"interest if you may. My first impression of him was that he was creepy, very creepy, this guy gave me the chills! I was also wondering the first few times I encountered him while reading if he didn't have a mental illness, but don't worry! He eventually stops being creepy and he becomes, very well, likable! I found myself enjoying him towards the end of the book, and the romance in The Breakaway was an amazing one between the Naomi and Jesse.
Overall I actually found myself liking most of the characters; each character was very different than the next. Each character also had their own secrets, which of course made this even more of a thrilling ride. In all this was just an amazing read, I was originally going to give this book 4 stars because I didn't like how it ended, BUT then I found out it is actually going to have a sequel (which I believe is going to be brilliant!) so I gave this 5 stars since the story did not end there.
Sidenote: This book does NOT have any sexual abuse, although it does have physical abuse such as the main character getting hit a few times and pushed around
Posted February 19, 2013
As the story begins, Naomi Jensen find herself waking up in a motel room with a strange man looking at her. She doesn't understand why she is there, but soon realizes she has been taken because of something she might have seen. What that may be, however, she has no clue. Unfortunately, her kidnappers don't believe her. Eric is the rougher of the two captors and hits her when she doesn't give him the information he wants. Jesse, however, is not, and he is very kind, wanting to make sure she is okay. In fact, Jesse is the reason Eric didn't kill Naomi in the beginning. Naomi soon finds herself the unwilling guest at the home of Eric, his sister Evelyn, her husband Steve, and also Jesse. The Breakaway chronicles her experience, thoughts, and feelings during the year she was held captive, and the events shortly following.
Though Eric is gruff and threatens to kill her if she tries to leave, he also has a kind side. His sister Evelyn is also very kind to Naomi. She is kept in a locked bedroom and gradually, as she earns the trust of her kidnappers, is allowed more freedom. Naomi is an only child and her parents are very wealthy. They have provided her with everything she needs and wants, except their time and love. This confuses Naomi even more when her captors tell her and show her how much they want her and care for her, causing her to have mixed feelings about them, and eventually caring for them and trusting them to. Naomi has always been a bit of a loner, and the only real friendship/relationship she has had is with her boyfriend Brad, which was really dysfunctional. Brad loved Naomi, but he was very rough and abusive, first sexually, and then he eventually hit her. In her naivety and denial, she always justified him. Jesse, one of her captors, is very, very kind to Naomi and they end up falling in love, and she enters into a relationship with him. During the course of her time there, Naomi comes to think of these people as her family, believing her parents don't really care about her anyway, using this twisted analogy to justify things in her own mind.
It isn't until almost a year later when she accidentally sees her mom on the television, that she comes to the realization that her parents actually do care for her. Distraught and confused, she has to rethink everything about who she really trusts and who she really wants to be, but when the opportunity presents for her to finally escape, Naomi isn't sure that is what she wants anymore.
I found The Breakaway to be an interesting story and even though Naomi was labeled as having Stockholm Syndrome, the circumstances were different than you would see in a typical case where this occurred, because her captors truly did care about her. I found Naomi's character to be a little too gullible, but her circumstances also could have caused this, along with her background of being in an already abusive relationship. As far as the love interest, I could see the good side of Jesse and was rooting for him to do the right thing. The irony of it all was that Naomi never saw anything related to the crime her kidnappers committed, which was the reason she was taken. In fact, it was quite some time into her kidnapping before she even realized why she was there. The ending was bittersweet, setting things up for the second book in this two-part series.
Posted February 11, 2013
The Breakaway is a story that will surely make you have an opinion about Naomi's choices, whether it's a good or a bad one.
Naomi is... hard to read. She's like a paradox, sometimes. She doesn't try to escape, she obeys, she behaves, then she wants to escape, fight for her freedom. She's more of a love-hate character.
The book will give you a lot of different emotions, from hate to love, from sadness to happiness and then sadness again. Naomi passes through all these emotional stages, this... internal struggle, that it's hard to keep track. Being kidnapped surely can't be a good thing and I guarantee you'll feel her fear. One of the kidnappers usually has these mood swings, let's call them. He's okay one minute and punching you the next, so whenever Naomi's around him, you'll definitely feel the tension.
However, Naomi soon realizes that she's taking care of, even more than she was at home. She grew up with nannies parents that are always at work, so when her kidnappers make sure that she's taken care of, she doesn't know what to think anymore.
The Breakaway is filled with powerful feelings and revealings and bonding with your family, your boyfriend, it's just one big book with a lot of things going on. I'm giving it 3 stars, not because i didn't like it enough to give it 5, but at times, the story felt unreal.
Naomi finds that she's been kidnapped. All because of something they think she might have seen. She tries to think of a way to escape, all the while getting to know her kidnappers. Even if they treat her better than her own parents ever did. Or so she thinks anyway. Hadn't heard of this one before. The writing was really good and kept me reading. Also like that we got to know what the parents were thinking, especially the mom, Karen. The book references were interesting. Makes you wonder what Naomi will do and if she will escape in the end. Really good readWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 25, 2013
Posted November 30, 2012
Incredible book!! I can't wait for the 2nd one to come out. Incredible themed writing and very well-written, at that. Extremely addicting YA (or older) book!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 12, 2012
One of the best books I have EVER read. Amazing writing, amazing storytelling, amazing how the author can grab you and wrench out every emotion possible. Hatred, love, greed, pity, despair, fear, sorrow, lonliness, happiness, joy, loss, redemption ... and so much more. Yes, all from one little story.
Bravo. Please get book 2 out fast. I must have more.
Posted June 29, 2012
I had the privilege of reading this book in draft form many years ago, and I had the most wonderful experience when I read the completed version recently. You know how you tend to remember books you like holistically, as general impressions of what was good, and so on? And sometimes, when you pick them up again years later, they're not quite as good as you remember, and you realise you'd forgotten all the flaws. But sometimes, you pick them up, and they are exactly as great as you remembered. That's how I felt about The Breakaway. I know it's changed since the early-ish draft I read, and I can even point to the places where it's changed - but the overall story, the essence of the book, is exactly how I remembered it, and it's wonderful.
Michelle explores an issue not often explored in YA literature - Stockholm Syndrome - and does so thoughtfully and sensitively. The MC Naomi grows up in the course of this novel, and I love how real her journey is; she isn't some fictional hero full of verve and courage and strength, she's just an ordinary girl - and I mean a real ordinary girl, not as in "Oh look at me, I'm so ordinary and average, even though really I have no flaws at all and am actually just a Mary Sue, written so that you can fill my blanks in with your own personality and pretend you are me." I'm not a fan of that kind of story; can you tell? O:)
For all that this is categorised as suspense, it is, like much of Michelle's writing, a very quiet sort of suspense. It's not a high-pace heart-pounder; it's thoughtful, and intelligent, and the suspense is elegantly done, revolving around Naomi's mental state and decision making rather than chases and physical danger. If you like real MCs who have real, mixed up emotions and can't always bring themselves to be strong, and if you like intelligent stories about intelligent people, and if you like thoughtful stories about real issues - with a smattering of romance, of course - then this is very much the book for you.
This is a smooth, effortless read and a really interesting exploration of a topic that doesn't see much attention in YA usually - a fantastic book.
Posted June 16, 2012
I never thought it was possible to have so many confusing emotions while reading a book.
Naomi is kidnapped when she is hit by a car driven by two criminals. They take her back to their house which contains a deranged family atmosphere. Eric is the leader of the group and is the one that everyone seems to be afraid of. His sister Evelyn, her husband, Steve and Jessie all live in the house. During the day they lock Naomi in her room and head to work. After they feel they can trust her, they end up letting Naomi out to eat dinner with them and after time they leave the door unlocked and she is free to roam the house... of course Eric is always near by. Throughout her stay at the house she battles her emotions both old and new. He home life was pretty lonely with her parents job taking presidence over her and the fact that she was in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend. After staying in the house for a year she starts to view these people as friends and even finds comfort from Jessie.
A lot of people may look at Naomi and think, "oh she's too weak." but is she? If you were in her shoes, what would you do? Would you do what your captives asked acting submissive and biding your time until the perfect opportunity for escape presented itself. Or would you fight tooth and nail to the very end, which would be all of 2 minutes. Eric is a ticking time bomb, his own sister is afraid of what he would do to Naomi is she even twitched towards the front door. Which is why they broke her down emotionally locking her up in her room and rewarding her with time in the main house for good behavior. Do I think Naomi is weak? No, I do not. It takes her a long time to get comfortable around these people and she is still never 100% comfortable with Eric. But with Jessie, he is the only one that has ever shown her any kindness and at times it seems as if he is a captive in the house as well.
While all of this is going on with Naomi the book also follows her mother while she comes to terms with her daughters disappearance. At first she just assumes that her daughter just needed some space and has run off to blow some steam. However, by the time she comes to realize that something is wrong, it's far too late. She keeps herself busy while working and pretty much shuts everyone out. You find out that she really cares for her daughter and was just trying to not smother her like her mother did.
Like I said an emotional roller coaster. I can see why Naomi started to feel like part of the family while captive, hell I started to forget that they were her kidnappers. However, you never forgot for long and neither did Naomi. However, by that time the kidnappers had humanized themselves by teaching her to cook and buying her birthday presents that even though you knew they were the bad guys you didn't want Naomi to escape. Heck she herself didn't want to escape anymore. And Jessie, he was always the solid rock in the story. There's one instance where Naomi broke down and Jessie was the only one to get through to her and calm her down and then he ripped Eric a new one... well at least I hope he did with all the yelling that pursued afterwards.
Like I said the author wrote this story so well that it had me all twisted and confused and sometimes rooting for the wrong team.
Posted June 14, 2012
i got this ebook for review from the author this book is so so amazing, i really liked and enjoyed this book alot, i liked it so much i could hardly put down my nook, this book grabs your attention from the very first page and holds on to it until the very last page, this is the 2nd book i have read by Michelle and i am really looking forward to reading more by her, Michelle is such a talented Author, the storyline was very good and very interesting, this book will blow you away, i give this book 5 stars, i highly recommend this book to everyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 9, 2012
This book was freakin' AMAZING! I loved it from start to finish. I was hooked through the entire book. The beginning grabbed your attention immediately diving into the plot. Naomi lives a lonely life up until she was fourteen when she got with her first boyfriend Brad. Naomi's parents are too busy caught up in their work to bother with their own daughter. Most teenagers Naomi's don't want their parents attention, but it's the opposite for Naomi growing up with nannies to care for her. Brad made her feel wanted and not so alone anymore. But Brad was controlling, temper mental, and aggressive. Naomi let's him force her into things because her parents never really did. His love is the only love she's ever really known. When Naomi is hit by a car and kidnapped by the two people who hit her she learns there's more to a family and love than she's ever known. Eric planned to kill Naomi fearing she would runaway and turn them in if she saw their license number. Thanks to Jesse and the woman who is like a mother to them all Evelyn her life is spared. Naomi is given a chance to live with them and be part of their family as long as she does what they tell her to. Naomi only attempts to escape once, but Eric spares her life since she promises she won't do it again. I think Naomi is the type of person to keep promises and Eric realized that so he spared her life. Naomi plans to trick Jesse into falling in love with her so she can finally escape. But she really does end up falling in the love with and he does with her too. Jesse never hurts her and keeps his promise to her. He tries to keep Eric from her hurting her when she disobeys a few times, but he eventually realizes he can't protect her though. He loves her and wants to see her happy again so he takes her away and together they escape away from them. Jesse drops Naomi off at a police station and leaves her. He let's her go because he loves her wants her to be happy. Naomi is reunited with her family again and they work on trying to be an actual family together. Four months later Jesse and Naomi find each other on a beach and are reunited briefly. He tells her he's going to turn himself in because he feels like it's the right thing to do. He would feel better doing that and would feel better about being with her in the future if she'd be willing to wait. Jesse does turn himself in at the end. The story was bittersweet and everything fit perfectly together. This is my favorite book enough saidWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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