ARC Book Review | How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

how to walk away
Title: How to Walk Away
Author: Katherine Center
Publish Date: August 9, 2018 by Pan
# of Pages: 320
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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(From Goodreads) From the author of Happiness for Beginners comes an unforgettable love story about finding joy even in the darkest of circumstances.

Margaret Jacobsen has a bright future ahead of her: a fiancé she adores, her dream job, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in one tumultuous moment .

In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Margaret must figure out how to move forward on her own terms while facing long-held family secrets, devastating heartbreak, and the idea that love might find her in the last place she would ever expect.

How to Walk Away is Katherine Center at her very best: an utterly charming, hopeful, and romantic novel that will capture reader’s hearts with every page.


Rating (1-5, 5 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 4
Pace – 4
Plot Development – 4
Ending – 4
Characters – 4
Enjoyability – 5

Overall Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐


How to Walk Away by Katherine Center is a story of survival. When Margaret suffers devastating injuries in an accident, she has to learn how to move forward and live the best life she can.

I really enjoyed this book! It was already on my TBR, so I was delighted when the publisher offered to send me a review copy. It lived up to my expectations, and I found myself growing rather attached to Margaret as the story progressed.

How to Walk Away was beautifully written with rich details and engaging characters. It’s fast-paced and had me hooked from the opening chapter. The injuries Margaret faced are devastating, and as you read through the book, you can’t help but wonder how you’d react if you were in the same situation. I think it would have taken me a lot longer to put a positive spin on things.

I enjoyed the story premise and how it was executed. I liked that not everything in the book was perfect. Charlie wasn’t the perfect fiancé, Iain wasn’t the perfect physical therapist, Margaret wasn’t the perfect patient, and Margaret’s family, with all of their drama, was less than perfect. These imperfections made the story incredibly realistic, and I loved how the author explored the complicated relationships in the book.

The ending of the was brilliant. Sometimes you just need a book with a happy ending, and this book delivered.

The characters in How to Walk Away were wonderfully dynamic. From the spunky Kitty, to the restrained Iain, the author provided a whole host of complex, unique characters. I couldn’t help but fall in love with them. That said, Kitty was probably my favorite character, outside of Margaret. Who doesn’t love a good black sheep?

Should you read this book? If you enjoy Women’s Fiction, I highly recommend you pick up a copy!

Thank you to Pan Macmillan for providing the paperback version of this book in exchange for an honest review.



  • “When you don’t know what to do for yourself, do something for someone else.”
  • “We don’t fix everything, but we sure do make things better. That’s really become my whole guiding philosophy. I would never tell you that the life you wanted couldn’t have been exactly as great as you planned. But you have to live the life you have. You have to find inspiration in the struggle, and pull joy out of the hardship.”
  • “More than anything, I know that you just have to choose to make the best of things. You get one life, and it only goes forward. And there really are all kinds of happy endings.”

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2 thoughts on “ARC Book Review | How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

  1. I read a lot of YA and I struggle to find books outside of the YA umbrella that captivate me, but reading your review and understanding what the plot of the book is about has already made this book captivating to me. It checks off so many boxes for me, like the fact it’s a story about survival (a theme that’s quite personal for me), and the fact that the characters aren’t perfect. I love reading a book where the author has made the characters imperfect. No one has a perfect life or a perfect family, and so reading imperfect characters makes it more relatable. It’s a book I think I’ll be putting on my TBR.

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    1. Yes!! I read a decent amount of books outside of YA, and this one instantly captivated me. It was engaging from the very beginning with a nice dash of romance thrown in. If you read it, I hope you enjoy it! 😍❤️


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