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The Unbreakables

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  2,169 ratings  ·  381 reviews
A delicious, sharp novel about a woman who jets off to France after her perfect marriage collapses, putting the broken pieces of herself back together while rediscovering her own joie de vivrea lust for life, art, and steamy sex. 

The worst birthday ever might just be the gift of a lifetime…

It’s Sophie Bloom’s forty-second birthday, and she’s ready for a night of celebrati
ebook, 352 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Harper Paperbacks
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Larry H
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Life is messy, love is messier. But pain is the messiest of all. And yet in brokenness, there is rebuilding, a rising from a fall."

When a book starts getting a lot of hype, I always get a little apprehensive that I may be the outlier. Will I be the person that's disappointed by the book that everyone says is so excellent?

Where Lisa Barr's new novel, The Unbreakables , is concerned, I needn't have worried. This is a smart, sexy, emotional story about a woman losing and then finding herself ag
Elyse  Walters
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Sophie & Gabe TLF...
True Love Forever?
The Little Fu#ker? ( Gabe’s secret infidelity exposed)

It’s Sophie’s Birthday celebration dinner....a Tuesday night in July, in North Grove, Chicago, (she’s 42 years old) .... out with best friends:
Samantha & Eric
Lauren & Matt

Gabe Bloom, cardiologist surgeon, has been caught cheating.
His name showed up on the ‘Ashley Madison’ list.... an on-line dating website for anonymous ‘cheaters’.
Hackers got into the database: cheaters were now cheated out of t
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5 rounded up.

Life is messy, love is messier. But pain is the messiest of all.

The Unbreakables by Lisa Barr may have been a lot sexier than I was expecting, but I still loved the heck out of it!

What it's about: On Sophie Bloom's forty-second birthday she receives the shock of her life when she finds out that her seemingly 'perfect' husband Gabe is on the Ashley Madison list of cheaters, and not only that, but he is the top cheater in their town of North Grove. Almost immediately
Sep 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

I never rate DNFs on GR, but this book was brutal to listen to.

I acknowledge that this is definitely a case about not being able to connect with the heroine. And the amount of cliches in this book was excruciating.

The never ending lamenting about her cheating husband was repeatable, and kept the book from moving forward. I'm currently more than half way through the audiobook and most of the time the heroine thinks about her husband, and his deeds. There is no moving forward. No progress. No
Renee (itsbooktalk)
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up
First and foremost, I highly suggest you only read that short snippet above and then dive right in to this fantastic story. The entire Goodreads synopsis gives too much of the plot away and this is definitely a story with surprises that you’ll want to experience. Forty two year old Sophie Bloom jets off to France and what a perfect place to escape to. The author captures the setting so brilliantly that if you asked me what I did last Friday my answer is…I spent an afternoon i
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I don’t know about you but when the Ashley Madison scandal broke I was equally horrified but also morbidly curious. How could so many millions of people be using such a tacky and torrid site?! It still blows my mind actually, and this book opens with Sophie having a birthday dinner with her closet friends and finding out her husband is on the site. Not only that, he’s their cities most active user 😱 I cannot even imagine the humiliation and pain this would cause but as far as an opening hoo
Dilek VT
Jul 22, 2019 marked it as lost-interest
I was interested in this book earlier, thinking it might involve some good revenge on the husband who cheated on her 43 times!!!!!! But, thanks to my friend Bookylicious, who has recently read it, it seems all she does is to enter into a threesome, then some time later go and sleep with that d*ck of a husband once more and then towards the end, embrace a rushed new romance... Nope, not interested in it anymore...
Laura • lauralovestoread
“𝙸 𝚗𝚎𝚎𝚍 𝚊 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎 𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚑𝚊𝚞𝚕, 𝚊 𝚁𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚟𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝙼𝚊𝚗𝚒𝚏𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚘. 𝙰 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝙶𝚊𝚋𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚗𝚊𝚗𝚝. 𝙰𝚗𝚍 𝙸 𝚗𝚎𝚎𝚍 𝚊 𝚝𝚒𝚝𝚕𝚎. 𝚂𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚋𝚘𝚕𝚍, 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚖𝚒𝚝𝚜 𝚖𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚋𝚒𝚗𝚍𝚜 𝚖𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚝. 𝚃𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚌𝚝 𝚖𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚋𝚎 𝚄𝚗𝚋𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚔𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎. 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚄𝚗𝚋𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚔𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎𝚜.”

Oh man! This book you guys, it was such a delight. This book gets all the stars from me! I had just finished reading Normal People, which put me into quite the sad slump, and this was just the pick me up that I needed!

The Unbreakables is a beautiful coming of age story of a woman named So
Jamie Rosenblit
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
The Unbreakables finds Sophie Bloom on her 42nd birthday discovering her husband has been cheating on her left and right. What follows is Sophie’s journey to find herself personally, sexually and learn to define herself beyond her marriage.

Barr writes Sophie as a woman you just want to be friends with - she’s been broken down and you want to root for her, see her built up. A woman with a heart so big has been let down by so many and all you want is for her to get a break! Heading to the South o
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well! I just finished this phenomenal book, and now I’m off to book my plane ticket to France. I’ve never sculpted anything in my life but I think while I’m in France, I’m going to start sculpting! ☺️ I love stories about people and relationships and personal growth and this book has it all.
Sophie Bloom has been with her highschool sweetheart since she was 17 years old and they’ve been happily married for many of those years. Or so she thought. On her 42 birthday, her world comes crashing down
Pam Jenoff
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Already a master of historical fiction, Barr turns her formidable talents to modern women and relationships. The book is about 42 year-old Sophie Bloom, who flees to Paris to see her teenage daughter after her perfect marriage blows up, and finds herself for the very first time. Sexy, funny and fun -- don't miss it when it comes out in June!
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sophie Bloom goes out to dinner with husband Gabe and two other couples to celebrate her 42nd birthday. As a lark, one of the husbands decides to share the list of people from their town involved with the Ashley Madison spouse cheating website. Sophie is devastated to discover Gabe is a serial cheater, including with one of her BFFs so she flies off to France to help their daughter deal with some of her own personal issues, including an affair with her art teacher. Sophie cannot bear to return h ...more
Joan Happel
Sophie Bloom is spending her forty-second birthday with her husband, her two best friends and their spouses. What could go wrong? Well the discovery during dinner that her high school sweetheart/husband has been outed as a serial cheater; that one of his conquests was best friend number one; and finally that best friend number two new about it. Sophie decides to deal with this mess by escaping to Paris where her 19-year-old daughter may be pregnant, and the possible father a forty-some year-old ...more
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arc
Sometimes, birthdays can be the worst days.

Especially if you are at your OWN birthday dinner and someone whips out the Ashley Madison scandal list and, oh lookie here! Caught with his pants down... there's your husband's name! 43 TRANSACTIONS. The top performer in your city. Hurrah! Let's have cake!

It all just plunges downhill for Sophie from there. It gets worse, and more scandalous, and just plain awful for her. But good for us readers, cause I was fully absorbed in this story from the minute
Basic B's Guide
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you @getredpr and @harpercollinsus for the free copy of THE UNBREAKABLES.
Sexy, surprising and emotional, this was a surprise summer hit for me. I went into this one fairly blind and I’m so glad I did. I had a feeling it might be comparable to Eat, Pray, Love and I had my issues with the character in that one. To be honest, I found her a bit selfish. Although Sophie’s situation in this book is not something I’ve been through, I found her so relatable. Her life is centered around her f
Kris - My Novelesque Life
2019; Harper Paperbacks/HarperCollins Canada

"A 40-something woman finds out her husband is cheating and now her happy life is falling apart, so she goes on a mid-life journey to discover herself."

The above statement is what I imagined the synopsis of this novel to be. Honestly, I categorized this as just another fictionalized novel of Eat, Pray, Love. It is a superficial synopsis that does that do the novel justice. When Sophie finds out that her beloved husband is using Ashley
3 stars - It was good.

The plot was a bit unrealistic and full of cliches, but it didn’t take away from the questions the novel asks or the message the author conveyed. Kind of like following a character through a season of Desperate Housewives, but better because it’s a book.
Favorite Quote: Until you were caught. That’s usually the finish line for cheaters.

First Sentence: Gabe, my husband, still incredibly sexy at forty-two, approaches me from behind
Rochelle Weinstein
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn't read the back cover of The Unbreakables, so I had no idea what I was in for. The first chapter will slam into your gut as one North Shore mom's seemingly "perfect" life is upended by an Ashley Madison scandal. I'd like to think I'd know how to handle such a situation, but for now, I know I'd want the strength, resiliency, insight, and courage of Sophie Bloom.

On the heels of the worst birthday ever, Sophie, ever the selfless mother, sets aside her own anguish and heads to Paris to care
Cindy Wilkerson
The first part had me totally hooked.
And then...I just found that I could care less about the main character and her journey to find herself. I enjoyed the bits where she was home, dealing with everything and everyone, but that was about it.
I skimmed a lot of this book so I don’t feel like it’s fair to give it a rating. And I think I can see why it’s received such high praise. But reading this after a book I truly adored, I found it to be hard not to compare.
If the story sounds interesting, I s
Susan Peterson
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I might have set a personal record with how quickly I read this book! Such a riveting story about betrayal, oozing with passion on every page. I loved Sophie from the beginning, and felt so emotionally invested in what happened to her, cheering for her as she gained strength, changing from a shell to a pearl. I was enthralled with the artistic part of the book, too—the raw talent, the need to create something beautiful and moving. The pain, the sensuality, healing, the self-discovery, were all t ...more
Linda Zagon
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Lisa Barr, Author of “The Unbreakables” has written an intense, intriguing, sexy, controversial and emotional novel. The Genres for this Novel are Domestic Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and Contemporary Fiction. The story takes place in North Grove in the United States and France. The timeline for the story takes place in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. The author describes her dramatic characters as artistic, complex, complicated, and ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first thing that stood out to me in this novel was that Sophie's birthday is the day after mine and we're the same age. She also lived in a fictional suburb of Chicago, partially inspired by the town where I grew up. Both factors created an instant connection for me. While I can't relate to what she was going through, I was horrified on her behalf and loved the ways she went about reinventing herself in the aftermath.

I loved the armchair adventure feel of being in France. Lisa Barr brought
Margie Senechal
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Freaking wonderful book.

This book captured me within the first few pages and didn’t let go until the very end. You hear about situations like this—unexpected infidelity that destroys a “healthy” marriage and wonder, “What would I do?”

I hope that I could create a new life with the spirit of Sophie Bloom.

This book reminded me of Under the Tuscan Sun in the way Sophie Bloom finds her true self in another country by rediscovering her passion and opening her heart. The French countryside and l
Get Red PR, Ann-Marie
Loved, loved, loved this book! Loved.
Seema Rao
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Like Le Divorce with less France and more cheating, the wealthy, and their conceits.
Toya (the reading chemist)
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was initially drawn to this book because it kept popping up all over bookstagram as a must-read for the summer. While I was a bit hesitant at first (since I hate being let down with over hyped books), I finally decided to take the plunge into The Unbreakables. Let’s just say, this one definitely lived up to the hype for me.

On the night of Sophie Bloom’s 42nd birthday, Sophie is surrounded by her husband Gabe and her two best friends, along with their husbands. The group of six have been insepa
Jamie (jamie.bookworm)
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
The hype is real and so well deserved for this book friends! Sophie Bloom has the perfect life, marriage and close knit group of friends, until she doesn’t. Finding out your husband is on the Ashley Madison list of cheaters on your birthday may destroy most people, but Sophie decides she needs to go to Paris to figure out who she really is, as her world as she knew it around her crumbles. A friend of mine said this book is best to go in knowing only that and a bit blind and I couldn’t agree more ...more
Vicki (MyArmchairAdventures)
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Life is messy, love is messier. But pain is the messiest of all.” Another great vacation read! Don’t read the synopsis and just jump into The Unbreakables by Lisa Barr. Sophie and her husband Gabe, along with her two best friends and their husbands have done everything together since high school. They are The Unbreakables. Until everything breaks apart.

Sophie’s solo journey to Paris, reminiscent of Eat, Pray, Love, is about self-discovery and finding her lost passion for art that she abandoned
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
#FirstLine ~ Gabe, my husband, still incredibly sexy at forty-two, approaches me from behind in our walk-in closet, wraps his muscular arms tightly around my waist and kisses my neck hungrily.

A fantastic story that makes one think. I love that Barr writes stories that are multi-layered allowing the readers to fully connect with the characters. I love stories that not only entertain, but also make you think about things on a deeper level. Barr captures the readers attention and holds it throughou
The Unbreakables is an exquisitely written story about rebuilding life, finding oneself and finding happiness after a devastating betrayal. Sophie Bloom's seemingly perfect life is turned upside down when she finds out that her husband of more than twenty years cheated on her with dozens of women. Sophie escapes to France, where her teenage daughter is studying abroad. In France she meets new people, experiences sexual reawakening and rediscovers her love for arts and sculpting.

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LISA BARR is the author of THE UNBREAKABLES (HarperCollins) -- named as a "Best Book of Summer" by PopSugar and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Publishers Weekly says: "This exquisitely wrought novel will appeal to readers who believe in the redemption of new beginnings, and the necessity of facing the past while making a deliberate effort to move forward."

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