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The Breakaway

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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  2,809 ratings  ·  279 reviews
When Naomi Jensen is kidnapped, it takes her parents two days to realize she's missing. Escape isn't high on her list of priorities when all she has to return to is an abusive boyfriend and parents who never paid much attention to her. For the first time in her life she's part of a family-even if it is a family of criminals. But she's still a captive. In a desperate attemp ...more
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Published May 1st 2012 by Rhemalda Publishing (first published April 22nd 2012)
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Nov 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Stockholm Syndrome: "[noun, Psychiatry] an emotional attachment to a captor formed by a hostage as a result of continuous stress, dependence, and a need to cooperate for survival."

This is not my first foray into this psychiatric syndrome and I find it fascinating to be honest. Developing feelings, or yet, falling in love with your abductor? Sounds impossible, right? Or at least something you can't ever imagine allowing yourself to do in their situation. You're too smart, too strong, you would have too much awareness to"[noun,
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
“Why did you leave me? Why did you run? Why can't we stay together”? Her mind reeled with sudden panic. “I'll go with you. Whatever we have to do, I'll do it.”

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. Ca
Farah *Professor Dean's Beauty*

This is a different kind of dark love story
Yes Kidnapping too..


The girl who has everything but has nothing.
She has rich parents, has anything and everything she's ever wanted.
A doooosh bag boyfriend Brad who is controlling and abusive.
Parents who don't give her the time of day because they too busy working. It takes them two days to realise she's missing.

Then the best thing ever happens to her..
She gets kidnapped. Now- these people were not bad. They trul
Stacia (the 2010 club)
2.5 stars. I rounded up for an ending which was tolerable. This book had the potential to go south quickly but the last couple of chapters were tackled with a fair amount of respect for the subject matter.


1. Teacher/Student Relationships
2. Kidnapping
3. Polygamy
4. Incest

Obviously there are more, but these happen to be the few bizarre subjects which seem to have made their way onto my reading radar over the past year.

For whatever reason, num/>
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
I really enjoyed this book but I must say I hated the ending. I don't like reaching the end of a book and just feeling like I was left hanging. This type of book is hard to give a concrete ending...But I am happy because I see that there is a second book!!!!!I cant wait to see what happen between Naomi and Jesse!!!
Jessica Bell
Nov 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Cross-genre books will one day become the next best thing. And I truly don’t understand why it isn’t condoned by publishers more often. How could it not be? Doesn’t it mean that there will be a broader readership for the book? You’d think so. And logic would say so. And thank goodness Rhelmelda publishing thinks so too. The Breakaway is going to rock the Young Adult and Adult shelves, and it will stay put—even through a 9 Richter earthquake.

As soon as I read the blurb for The Breakaway, I
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Before I talk about the book, I want to mention that Michelle is my friend. She's been nothing but supportive in the years on the Internet we've known each other, and I am thrilled to read her books!

Okay, five things about THE BREAKAWAY and Michelle...

1) First, it is an intense story about a serious situation. I know this sounds kind of basic, but let's face it. I'm normally all about fantasy and science-fiction. So if I say that THE BREAKAWAY is realistic fiction, that d
Jun 04, 2012 rated it liked it
You'd know that the story will always ends dissatisfyingly when it's focused on a kidnap plot.
Don't get me wrong - this book was lovely. I liked it. It was in many ways similar to Stolen: A Letter to my Captor , but this book was less grey and much happier, and thus in other words, less realistic.
What i really hate about such kidnap stories is that the nice guys always happen to be the villians. By nice, I mean kind, caring, thoughtful and good. I know, it's complicated. If that's th
Donna {Book Passion For Life}
I’m not sure where to start with this review but The Breakaway….I wanted to love it….but I just couldn’t.

This story is about a girl called Naomi who has been kidnapped. While being held by her captive’s, it’s there that she starts to fall for one of them; a guy called Jesse. She has a connection to him that she can’t deny and he really seems to love her back. However, in order to survive Naomi isn’t allowed to leave her captives home or try to escape – ever. They want her to forget about her parents that n
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 b
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've just finished my third read of this book and it was just as emotional as ever.


This is the second time I've read this book. I'm not sure what made me pick it up again bit I'm so glad I did. I have so many feelings for this book, it was sad and hopeful and heartbreaking all at once.
Nov 13, 2011 marked it as to-read
an unhealthy dose of stockholm syndrome?
Nov 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars

The Breakaway was INTENSE. It's a captivating, original story that will make you question everyone and everything. Who are the good guys? Who are the bad guys? Are they really the good guys? Are they really the bad guys? As a reader, you pretty much develop Stockholm Syndrome along with Naomi. I mean are her captors good people? At times, they seem like really decent people, but they kidnapped her so how could a
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, favorites
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Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
Recommended to Katy by: Rhemalda Publishing
Please note: Read and reviewed in June, 2012. The sequel is due out soon!!

Book Info: Genre: Suspense
Reading Level: Young Adult
Trigger Warnings: Domestic abuse, parental neglect
Recommended for: anybody to whom it sounds good

Disclosure: I received a free ebook ARC from Rhemalda Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: When Naomi Jensen is kidnapped, it takes her parents two days to realize she’s missing. Escape isn’t high on her list of priorities when all she has to return to is an abusive boyfriend and parents who never/>:/>:/>Recommended/>Trigger/>Book
Emily Blake
*An ARC was provided by Rhemalda Publishing in exchange for an honest review*

I will admit that going into this book I didn’t think I would enjoy it that much. But, after about 10 pages, I knew that I was wrong.

I loved it. Loved loved loved it! I usually avoid books like this because the whole being kidnapped situation really bothers me, but I really enjoyed this story about it. I think the reason I did was because her captors were super-nice to her and didn’t really mess with her, if*An
Nov 13, 2011 marked it as to-read
Ohh, books about kidnapping are so addicting! I just finished "Held" by Edeet Ravel about a month ago, and already I'm foaming at the mouth for this one!
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Really good! I liked Stolen and Held better but I was still intrigued and had some Stockholm Syndrome.
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a really good choice as my first read of the year. While I mostly enjoy reading fluffy soft things every once in a while I decide to succumb to something more dark and I must admit that captor/captive relationships always intrigue me so it was really nice to read such a good book about that theme.

What I really liked about this novel was that it allowed us to explore the whole inner turmoil of leading character and how because of how her life had been up until that point it w
Feb 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, e-books, suspense

The Breakaway was a haunting–and yet compelling–read. It's the kind of book that creeps up on you months after you turn the last page. It definitely deals with some tough, unconventional stuff, but everything is handled so well. I really did like it, despite its flaws and the fact that it gave me the creeps.

Naomi isn't a very strong character, and she's extremely difficult to relate to. She's lulled into a new life so easily with her k/>/>
Reeka (BoundbyWords)
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I have always been into the disturbing phenomena that is Stockholm Syndrome. I'm not sure sure if that places me in some very small margin of people who like weird things, but let's pretend it doesn't. It just fascinates me to no end, this human psyche of ours, and the extent it goes to to fold itself into it's surroundings, no matter how uncomfortable. I'm all too familiar with the real life accounts of such cases, but this was my f
Feb 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Wow. This was an intense book. It deals with some very real and some may say controversial issues. Naomi is kidnapped and the whole story centers around her and her captors and the various relationships they have. This book is masterfully done. I think Michelle Davison argyle's writing is incredible.

Naomi is very brave. I felt so bad for her throughout the whole book. She had a pretty rough life, and then of course this happens and she is basically a prisoner. The story starts off with her capt
P.A. Warren
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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*REVIEW**Possible Spoilers

Another new Author for me.When the story first takes place you meet Naomi when she is 17 and after she has been kidnapped.I was a bit surprised that Naomi did not fight her captors a bit more but then who knows what I would have done?Her mom bothered me...I don't care who you are If your child is kidnapped you do anything in your power to get them back. I have to wonder if Naomi's mother Karen had shown her some amount of affecti
This book The Breakaway is a whole new take on how a person can fall in love with her captors.

Naomi was a rich girl and her parents never seemed to be around or care that much about her.(* clench teeth *) That was until she got kidnapped and her life changed. She had no one but she didn't have anyone before except for Brad, her boyfriend. Her captors believed she witnessed their crime so they took her on that faithful foggy night. SHe put on a strong front but since she never had to
May 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I bought this book after I saw a GR giveaway from this book. When I read the blurb I was intrigued enough to buy it.

The book was based on a girl that was kidnapped and ended up falling in love with one of her captors. Classic case of Stockholm syndrome. The Breakaway I've seen categorized as YA, but it really didn't have that feel to it. Naomi is seventeen when she is kidnapped. She is abused, threatened and even loved during her capture. Naomi already had lots of problems going on in her life
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am not into contemporary..but after reading a few last week..i though i will try something than the regular ones and got this.
Breakaway is a very emotional has so many emotions that we see in form of Naomi's journey's heartbreaking,sad and yes i cried.
Naomi is kidnapped by a group of 4 people who thought she saw something about their crime and now she is a hostage.
The kidnappers try to take care of her as much as possible and Jesse(*SIGHS*)tries to help her come
Laurel Garver
First of all, I think the publisher is doing this lovely book a disservice by labeling it YA. Readers expecting a spunky heroine with lots of voice and a fast-paced plot--the standard fare for the genre--are going to feel cheated.

The book's closer cousin is, I think, Labor Day by Joyce Maynard. In other words, literary fiction with a teen character in it. That isn't to say I think teens won't like the book, but rather its pacing, style, POV, characterization, symbolic layers, approac

I don't usually read these kinds of books, meaning I'm more of a fantasy kind of person and don't usually read books that could be a real life situation. I have to say, it is an amazing book. All the emotional termoil Naomi has to go through is described with such detail that it was easy to connect with and understand her feelings through out the story.
Personally, I think the first half of the story was kind of slow, with an occasional, important, and/or interesting event. What I mean by tha
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Stockholm Syndrome is one of the most interesting thing of human psychology in my opinion. So that makes me a sucker for books about that.

However, there isn't much really going on with this book, except for these activities:

Whining, kissing, terrified, crying, reading, more whining, having sex, more crying, thinking, yoga, meditating, whining, waiting for Jesse.

If I want to watch a girl strutting hopelessly in a cell with pseudo-family, I would have watched an
Sydney Jackson
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Okay, I am going to start out by saying that I think that Stockholm Syndrome is one of the most fascinating things to read about. I really liked the way that Argyle showed the subtle change's in Naomi's thoughts. It isn't a normal kidnapping either.... Naomi gets kidnapped after "witnessing" a jewelry store robbery. She came from a home where she wasn't too loved. Her world gets turned inside out as the story goes on and she starts to develop feelings for one of her kidnappers.....

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