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How to Unbreakup

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  205 ratings  ·  33 reviews
First rule of breakups: There’s no going back.

For three years, seventeen-year-old Grace Evers has regretted breaking up with Sage Castle.

That day, she lost her boyfriend and best friend. And let's be honest, it's impossible to just be friends with the one person who gets you, faults and all, and loved you anyway. It's impossible not to think about how it felt to be held by
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Published February 10th 2015 by Swoon Romance (first published January 1st 2015)
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Veronica of V's Reads
Probably need to check for cavities now; this is a super sweet, innocent YA romance.

Grace and Sage were childhood friends, the best of friends, and each other's first romance/kiss. They grew up together in wholesome Michigan, with parents who are BFFs and plan joint trips. In eighth grade Sage asked Grace to be his girlfriend, and she agreed, but it got a bit much for her to handle. Her friends complained that she was always with him, and she felt like she didn't have an identity of her own. Plu
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, 2015-reads
I wanted to like this book. I did. But I didn't like it. Let me give my reasons. Of course, other disagree with me and you should read their reviews too. Decide for yourself.

My reasons for not liking this book...

This is not how teens act anymore. As a middle school teacher, I hang out with 11-13 years daily. I have a lot of former students come back to visit me. Needless to say, I know how they do act. Not like this. They don't wait three years to realize and do something about breaking up with
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I love all Rebekah's stories because it's all about embracing your inner nerd and be proud of it, of who you are, and How To Unbreakup was no different.

Grace and Sage were best friends. Their fam
Paula  Phillips
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Growing up Grace Evers and Sage Castle were the best of friends, they did everything together and as they got older they decided to give dating a go and they were the perfect couple, that was until Grace overheard a couple of her soccer teammates talking about how she had gotten worst at soccer and it was all due to spending too much time and dating Sage. Grace had a choice to make - break up with Sage or continue to be the brunt of her teammates gossip. She chose to break up with Sage. Three ye ...more
Dec 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-ya-wishlist

How to Unbreakup is a character driven, super-cute romance with brilliant themes of identity woven into the narrative.

Told from Grace’s point of view, she is an adorably geeky character, family orientated and wonderful friend.

The start of the story focuses on three years in the past, the time when Grace and Sage moved their friendship from platonic to romantic. You have never seen two characters so perfect for each other. Although they are only 13 at the time and therefore, just starting to
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
How To Unbreakup centers around a relationship between Grace and Sage, longtime best friends. As the title states, there is a plan to unbreakup, because being broken up totally sucks. So when both families join together for a summer vacay, Grace is more than happy Sage will be there and nothing will stop her from winning him back. Except, maybe he'll try to stop her...

Three words: cutest story ever! I read How To Unbreakup in half a day because I couldn't bring myself to put it down. I was rooti
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
A really cute, quick read. I finished this book on a few hours and enjoyed traveling with the characters as they rekindled their relationship. I liked watching as the characters began to feel comfortable with their true selves. The setting was captivating and the over all journey sweet and entertaining.
Rachel Marie
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a cute book. Cute boys and Star Wars and beach houses and I'm not sure what more you could want.

Grace and Sage were best friends. They grew up together, played soccer together, has lightsaber battles with each other. So when they started dating at 13, it seemed natural. Until Grace broke up with Sage, and lost her best friend. Now, they're 17, about to enter their senior year, and Grace hasn't gotten over him. So, with the help of his sister, Grace makes a list of How to Unbreakup
Leila Hays
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sometimes it sucks to be a kid.  Sure, we adults have jobs and bills (usually), but we also don't have backstabbing so-called friends making us doubt ourselves.  Well, I guess we do, but since we're grown-ups, we deal with that kinda crap a bit more effectively.  Usually.

How to Unbreakup is about how the decisions we make can affect us for years to come.  What I like about it is that rather than being all preachy about it and looking too far into the future, How to Unbreakup keeps those conseque
Mackenzie Noel Foertsch
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How to Unbreakup is a really good book. I really liked Grace and Sage’s relationship development.
Feb 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

How to Unbreakup is my first book by Rebekah L. Purdy, and it was a good story. This one was cute and short, and I read it in one sitting. If you are looking for something light and sweet about high school age kids, I think this might be a story you enjoy.

Sage Castle and Grace Evers have been best friends since they were kids. When their feelings change though they decide they want to be more and become boyfriend and girlfriend. But then Grace
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
How to Unbreakup revolves between Grace and Sage, wherein they were best of friends which turned into something more but somewhere Grace broke it off with Sage with reasons that Grace thought was valid that time (though I must admit, I for one did not agree with her. Poor Sage). During summer vacation before her senior year starts both Sage's and Grace's families will join together. At the unexpected turn of events Grace will plan her 10 step of How to Unbreakup List. Will she succeed in winning ...more
T.H. Hernandez
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
How to Unbreakup is a sweet, fun, fast read, full of teen angst, witty dialogue, playful bantering, and enough pop cultural references to be terminally adorable. Childhood BFFs, Grace and Sage dip a toe into the dating pool at the tender age of thirteen, only for Grace to end things a year later, for reasons I'm still not sure I fully understand. Except what fourteen year old really gets the whole relationship and dating thing right?

Flash forward to the summer before senior year, and Grace wants
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Psychocat Reads Review of HOW TO UNBREAKUP by Rebekah L. Purdy

The Characters: Grace and Sage are two teenage characters that manage to exist with a healthy share of the awkwardness that comes with those years. They will make you smile, laugh, and cringe in turn, and that is part of what makes the book so much fun. I found both characters quite likable, although since we are only reading from Grace's perspective I suppose liking Sage should be no surprise. As far as Grace goes, reading along as s
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: clean-ya
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Breaking up with Sage was perhaps the biggest mistake she ever made. Not just she lost her boyfriend, but she lost her best friend as well. They have known each other for such a long time, and loved each imperfections. No one can get them like each other, so it is no wonder why half of her world crumble when she lost him. He wouldn't even talk to her, much less look at her. It was like their friendship never existed. She was miserable.

High school was supposed to be fun, instead
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Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Each book of Rebekah’s Purdy’s I have read get better and better and this one is no exception. This is a fun sweet adorable curl in a big chair under a blankie and be thoroughly entertained read. It’s lighthearted when it needs to be and covers a hefty topic without having it drag the book down. the idea of a how to unbreakup list is hysterical. Each character will have you smile.

The two dads are a hoot. the pirate restaurant scene is too funny. The main gist of the story is that Grace at thirt
What I liked: This story was super cute and I really enjoyed it. I read it in several back to back sittings between real life things because I couldn't wait to figure out what was going to happen next with these two! Grace is that girl that I connected with because she's a gamer, loves sports, and loves Star Wars. Sage was perfect for her, because even though he was a bit of a jerk in the beginning, as Grace does her best to rekindle their broken friendship he becomes much warmer and sweeter as ...more
I loved this book! No more than that, I adored Sage and Grace, they were so perfect together!

This book was more romance driven than some people like but I liked the romance between Grace and Sage was a big factor in this story and it helped them all grow up. But it wasn't just about the romance, it was centered around that yeah, but the more important message in the whole book was Grace pulling away from pretending. For the Evers and the Castle family, it was a time of change and fun and being t
Feb 12, 2015 added it
Shelves: earcs
If you are looking for a sugar rush How to Unbreak Up is definitely your fix. The story of two nerds finding their way back to one another is addictive and so so cute. Yes I totally got a tooth ache.

I really liked the story. Sage and Grace were best friends and who moved into the dating zone. The Grace had a pre-teen melt down and they broke up. Now it’s the summer before senior year and Grace now wants to make amends for the past she not only has to unbreak up but unbreak a heart.

Grace is a gre
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. I completely understand why Grace and Sage broke up in the first place. They were quite young at the time and life is already confusing in your early teens. I felt sad for them that neither one of them was truly happy for several years following the break-up. I was even sadder that they weren't able to maintain their friendship. That best male friend is one of the most important in your life. Bonus points if you can turn it into something romantic.

I loved the list that Grace m
Lea (Between fantasy and reality)
Review also posted on my blog Between fantasy and reality

I really liked this one. It was fresh, funny, sometimes heartbreaking and a good lesson.
You should never listen to other people and not your heart, popularity is overated, sometimes, best friends are for life.
This is the story of two young people who have been best friends for years and they fell in love with each other and decided to give it a go. Some time later, Grace breaks up with Sage because she heard some "friends" talking that she
Lynda Dickson
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 15+
Shelves: young-adult
Grace Evers and Sage Castle have been best friends since they were two and started dating on Grace's thirteenth birthday. Eleven months later, everyone thinks they spend too much time together, to the point where they are collectively referred to as "Grage". So, Grace decides to break up with Sage. It's now three years later, and Sage still hasn't spoken to her. Grace's dad plans a family holiday to Lake Michigan for the summer, only he doesn't tell her he's invited another family, too - the Cas ...more
Jaime ~ Fiction Fangirls
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blogged, arcs
This is exactly the kind of book that I would recommend to my 15 year old daughter. This is a true YA novel, so if you are looking for one of those YA's that push the boundaries, you should avoid this one.
I really enjoyed this story for the multiple lessons that Grace learned after her break-up with Sage and during the summer as she tried to win him back. While I disagree with some of her reasons for breaking up with him, I am also impressed that at a young age she recognized that being in a ser
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
How to Unbreakup, by Rebekah L. Purdy, has been on my list since 2015, and when I saw someone in my feed give it a whirl, I thought I would too. I don’t think I ever understood why Grace broke up with Sage in the first place. It seemed like it was on a whim, and yes, in that respect it was something an eight grade girl might do. But to pine for the guy for 3 years of high school? That seemed really unlikely. As best friends, I might have been able to understand her missing that part of their rel ...more
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
My inner geek absolutely loved this book. It was cute, fun, sweet and got my giggling because of how cheesy it was. But I love a good cheeseball fest and this one was exactly what I needed.
I loved Sage and Grace and how well they matched together. You really wanted to root for them to end together again at the end of the book. It was easy to read, flowed well, and hard to put down. I also loved the fact that while this is a standalone, it's in the same world of The Romeo Club
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Like a hundred on the adorable scale. =)
Claire Sayan
Jun 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
Immature characters and dialogue. Extremely far fetched.
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
There's one thing that I wish this book had more of, or rather..

Jessica Fether
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Super cute :)
Jun 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Very cute read. I like the author's writing style.
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I was born and raised in Michigan (just look for the giant mitten on the map—it’ll likely throw a snowball at you). I spent most of my time in Michigan, but while in the army got to call KS, SC, MO, and CA home for awhile as well.

As a kid my family moved around a lot. Try spending both your freshman and senior years at new schools (yeah, loads of fun). I could’ve changed my name to “new girl”.