I’m going to be blunt right off the bat: I really didn’t enjoy this book.
By the end of the first chapter I could tell it wasn’t for me, but I pushed through and read the whole thing anyways because it was a quick read and I felt like it was time to write a not-so-glowing review.
How To Walk Away is about a young women who, essentially on the verge of getting married and starting her dream job, is in an accident that leaves her unable to walk. Most of the novel is about her adjusting to her new life and relying on friends, medical professionals, and family.
The premise is a good one. To be completely honest almost every single book I’ve ever read has revolved around able-bodied people. It was nice to read a story about someone struggling with a disability in a world designed for very able people.
My problem with How To Walk Away was the fluff.
The book is quite surface-level, never really digging in to many of the problems iassociated with such a debilitating injury. Center doesn’t bother to examine the effect of the accident on her main character’s mental health, and hinges the whole story on her main character’s romantic life. It felt wrong to be pushing a romantic relationship on a woman who has just gone through such a traumatic event and is trying to learn how to be happy with who she is.
I found most of the writing quite surface-level as well. It didn’t dig deep into the impact of the accident on the lives of those around the main character, and it used too-many side storylines that distracted me from what was really going on.
I can see why some people might enjoy the light tone of this book, but I personally didn’t. If you’re looking for an easy read, this could be for you. But if you’re looking for a deep book about disability, loss, self-acceptance and recovery, I would not recommend How To Walk Away.