Title: Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Author: Katherine Webber
Publisher: Walker Books (August 2018)
Sometimes a broken heart is all you need to set you free… Reiko loves the endless sky and electric colours of the Californian desert. It is a refuge from an increasingly claustrophobic life of family pressures and her own secrets. Then she meets Seth, a boy who shares a love of the desert and her yearning for a different kind of life. But Reiko and Seth both want something the other can't give them. As summer ends, things begin to fall apart. But the end of love can sometimes be the beginning of you...
I received a review copy of this book from PanMacmillan SA, so a huge thank you to them for thinking of me and continuing to be so awesome.
I admit I had not heard of this book before receiving it, though I was eyeing the author's debut novel, Wing Jones.
This is a YA Contemporary with a small twist on the genre, where it dips its toes into magical realism. This aspect was not overdone and simply added a unique touch to the storytelling experience.
I particularly enjoyed the departure from the usual YA trope of girl-meets-boy, boy-heals-girl.
Reiko is a strong character that you will definitely care about by the end of the book. She doesn't have that affected John-Greenesque way of talking that seems to infect a lot of emotionally-charged YA books these days.
I really don't want to give too much away, but I can tell you that if you enjoy Jandy Nelson and John Green, you will adore this.
I cannot wait to read Wing Jones!