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 attempt to regain some control in her life, Naomi embarks on a dangerous plan to make one of her kidnappers think she’s falling in love with him. The plan works too well, and when faced with the chance to escape, Naomi isn’t sure she wants to take it.
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 capture, so you don’t really have a chance to know what her normal life was like. Right away, she was scared and in emergency mode, which was great. But I didn’t know what she was normally like. I didn’t have a baseline. But that being said, the beauty in Michelle’s writing style is that she reveals all of that information throughout the vivid flashbacks. We learned about Naomi’s family and her relationships all through memories and flashbacks.
Like I said before, this book is very intense. My emotions were all over the place while reading the breakaway. Her captors were their own little family, which was something Naomi felt she was lacking. I thought the breakaway was a fascinating look into the psychology of captor/captive behavior.
The relationship aspect if the book was equally as intense. Naomi was no stranger to abusive relationships. (This poor girl..- I think that was my most common thought while reading) so I think it was a little easier for me to understand why she acted the way that she did. I do have to admit that I don’t think I would make the same choices she did, but then again I guess I can’t really understand what she was going through. The breakaway is an intense ride, but I really liked it. It was though provoking and very rough and real.