The Breakaway

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Author: Jennifer Weiner

Category: Fiction & related items

Book Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Piatkus

ISBN: 9780349439075

RRP: $24.99


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‘Incredibly fun . . . A lovely, compulsively readable story about finding your path and believing in your own worth’ Kirkus Reviews

‘This is a winning combination of a light read with serious emotional depth, the very mix Weiner’s many fans have come to expect from her’ Booklist

‘Charming . . . lively banter reels the reader in . . . this breezy outing goes down easy’ Publishers Weekly


From the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, comes a warmhearted and empowering new novel about love, family, friendship, secrets, and the power of a trip to change your life.

Thirty-four-year-old Abby Stern has made it to a happy place, with good friends, her bike, and her bike club in Philadelphia. She’s at peace with her plus-size body – at least, most of the time – and she’s on track to marry her childhood sweetheart. Abby and Mark met at the weight-loss camp Abby’s perpetually-dieting mother, Eileen, forced her daughter to attend. Fifteen years later, when Abby reconnects with a half-his-size Mark, and finds out that he still adores her, it feels like fate.

Yet Abby can’t escape the feeling that something isn’t right . . . or the memories of one mind-blowing night spent with a man named Sebastian two years ago. So when she gets a last-minute call to lead a group bike trip from New York City to Niagara Falls, Abby is happy to have time away to make up her mind.

But on the first day, Abby is shocked when she sees Sebastian in the tour group. A serial dater, Sebastian is far from Mr Perfect, and Abby is determined to keep her distance, even if their chemistry is undeniable. To make things worse, Eileen, whom Abby blames for a lifetime of body shaming and insecurities, also joins the group unexpectedly.

Over the next two weeks, strangers become confidantes, hidden truths come to light, and a teenage girl with a secret will unite all the riders in surprising ways – while all of Abby’s certainties about herself, her mother, and the nature of love are challenged.


Find out why everyone’s talking about Jennifer Weiner:

‘You’ll love this book and wish she was your friend’ MINDY KALING

‘Fiercely funny, powerfully smart, and remarkably brave’ CHERYL STRAYED

‘Like Helen Fielding, Weiner balances fresh humour, deft characterisations, and literary sensibility’ GUARDIAN

Mrs Everything is like Beaches but with mothers and daughters and sisters. I may never recover’ JILL GRUNEWALD

‘Generous and entertaining’ Publishers Weekly

‘You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to read

Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over twenty books, including Good in Bed, The Littlest Bigfoot, and her memoir Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, Jennifer lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at

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