How To Walk Away Review

Publication Date : May 15. 2018


Even before this fateful day, Margaret has never felt comfortable to fly. if anything, she always feels like she will go right down and crash every second she’s up there. But on this day, Chip, Marg’s three-year boyfriend, insists on them test-driving his aerial skill as a new pilot who’s only second-away from his license. Marg really doesn’t have the heart to say no to him. Besides, she also has this strong hunch that he is going to propose, probably up there. So they fly.

It’s fine, until it’s not. Around the end of the short-loop flight, the plane is unexpectedly hit by a strong wind, and believe it or not, against all odds, it crashes. It’s like all these nightmarish imagination Marg has ever had now come true. Next thing she knows, she is hopelessly confined in the hospital. They’ve found that her nerves below her knee are totally dysfunctional, and even a simple wriggling a toe is now an impossible task. Not to mention, the enormous third-degree burn splayed on her shoulder and her half-cooked face.

To Marg, this all feels nothing but completely unfair. She didn’t even want to fly, she tried really hard to tolerate it, just for one time, yet now she’s lost her life as she knew it. And by the way, where is Chip? She knows that he made it out of the collision unscathed. But for reasons she doesn’t know, he barely visits her at the hospital anymore, or actually at all, since the accident? Is the engagement still on? And if Marg really doesn’t even have that much to hold, what should she hang her tenuous hope onto?  

Is this new, crooked life she’s about to enter worth struggling?

Though, moving on is sometimes not an option. Your instict won’t easily let you give up. But without functioning legs, what kind of life she’ll be able to make?


I am back in a reading slump right now, because this book has just taken away all my emotions with it.

Nothing not to love about How To Walk Away other than its overmuch antagonistic adversaries. I mean, Chip and his folks. Of course, they’re not outright enemy by classic definition, because the story provides no space for that clear-cut kind of a rival. But still, in a way, they’re utter jerks. And this comes a little bit too bad to be true to me, if that makes sense.   

I am unsure as to what this book’s genre is. Obviously, a romance is colouring the narrative, and it’s absolutely nothing to ignore. But I get the feeling that the story is not at all about love or even finding a new love.

It’s ultimately about a survivor of a tragedy and her arduous journey of getting out of this hermetic darkness  that engulfing her since day one. A tragedy is in nature, an unfair misfortune. All of sudden, a bunch of questions asking for answers. Why does this happen to you? Why should you move on when you don’t feel like it and seem can’t find an energy to face your gloomy upcoming days? And why should you let go your old idyllic life, when it’s not your fault you got into a disaster? And eventually, why should you continue on to live?

I’ve never experienced a catastrophe myself, but I can imagine that this book is reaching out to all survivors out there. It tries to address relatable devastation and self-contemplation. Bottomline message here is that,  no matter how unfair it feels, every survivor has to continue on to live simply because they’re alive. And life is something to celebrated itself.

Forgiving is not something you do for your violator’s sake. It is a kindness that you bless yourself with.

Read It?

How To Walk Away has such a strong plot enveloped with a thick layer of emotions. It is heart-wrenching and empowering at the same time. And to me personally, it’s such a great bonus that the narative doesn’t play too much with twists. It never goes around, it goes right ahead to the end of the journey. And it is always straightforward about its message. I really loved that about this book.

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