Title: The Break-Up Artist
The Break-Up Artist will be released May 1st. It will be available for purchase via Amazon HERE in one month! Make sure to buy it! :)
Author: Philip Siegel
Summary: Some sixteen-year-olds babysit for extra cash. Some work at the Gap. Becca Williamson breaks up couples.
After watching her sister get left at the altar, Becca knows the true damage that comes when people utter the dreaded L-word. For just $100 via paypal, she can trick and manipulate any couple into smithereens. With relationship zombies overrunning her school, and treating single girls like second class citizens, business is unfortunately booming. Even her best friend Val has resorted to outright lies to snag a boyfriend.
One night, she receives a mysterious offer to break up the homecoming king and queen, the one zombie couple to rule them all: Steve and Huxley. They are a JFK and Jackie O in training, masters of sweeping faux-mantic gestures, but if Becca can split them up, then school will be safe again for singletons. To succeed, she’ll have to plan her most elaborate scheme to date and wiggle her way back into her former BFF Huxley’s life – not to mention start a few rumors, sabotage some cell phones, break into a car, and fend off the inappropriate feelings she’s having about Val’s new boyfriend. All while avoiding a past victim out to expose her true identity.
No one said being the Break-Up Artist was easy.
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 of 5)
First Paragraph: Couples are made to be broken. That’s what my sister, Diane, told em when I started my business, and she knows better than anyone. “Don’t get duped like I did, Becca,” she said almost a year ago, as she shoved her wedding dress into a garbage bag. She’d had it designed to look like Kate Middleton’s, lace sleeves and everything. It’s a shame nobody saw her wear it.
I’ll be honest. Going into this book, I thought I’d hate it. Obviously, I didn’t. I mean, really? That cover’s not very good, and the synopsis sounded like every book I’ve ever hated. Your typical “Never-had-a-boyfriend-strong-independent-woman-who-don’t-need-no-man-hates-everyone-with-a-significant-other-thinks-all-men-are-evil” female lead who’s whiny and a jerk to her friends because she has a serious victim complex. Then girl meets boy, hates boy, but gradually falls in love with boy, forbidden love deal, they live happily ever after, boring teenage romance novel.
But I was wrong. That’s not what it was at all. Even though it felt that way to start, it gets better, I promise. So much better.
I received an ARC via the amazing Literary Lushes in for an honest review.
Hero/Heroine: As I previously stated, you just roll your eyes at every idiotic statement Becca makes in the beginning of the book (and don’t even get me STARTED on her sister!!!), SO cliche. SO boring. SO predictable. Or so I thought. Boy, was I wrong. Becca (and even her sister!) really grows on you. She is a flawed heroine, and at first you assume you know everything about her and her motives. But as the book goes on, you learn that you can’t judge someone based on your immediate assumptions. Becca grows a lot, and learns the consequences of actions. And the “Hero”. I’m not gonna name names, but let’s just say, once more, you can’t judge someone on your immediate assumptions. There’s a lot more to him than meets the eye. Die-hard romantics may not like this book, because it defies all cliches, and flat-out makes fun of your stereotypical YA romance novels.
Plot: This was the best part! It’s what you’d expect of a Gallagher Girl in a public high school. Becca makes a living breaking up couples – secretly. She has to be inconspicious, and unexpected. Her twisted methods of discovering what a person most fears in their significant other, and then making it come to pass our pure GENIUS. Becca is a master of sabotage and slander. Waiting to see what she came up with next was probably my favorite part. But the main romance? Let’s just say (as I’ve said a million times already) this book is NOT your average YA romance. Everything that’s never happened in one of those, happens here. It’s all about girl-empowerment, how you don’t NEED a boyfriend to complete you – but sometimes, just sometimes, true love is possible. The plot is complex, and completely unexpected, but in the end? Absolute perfection. You are on the edge of your seat, as the plot slowly unravels around you, and everything begins to fit into place…
Content Advisory: Maybe 10 or 15 minor cuss words. BS, the B-word, the S-word, the H-word. Some sexual innuendos. Mention of a condom. Mention of rumored sex. A fair amount of under-age drinking, getting drunk, etc. A lot of kissing, though nothing graphic. Frat party, not very graphic.
To Sum it Up: So far, this review has probably made about zero sense, so here goes: NO CLICHES, everything is unexpected, and yet amazing! Girl empowerment, but you can still have a boyfriend! It teaches real morals for real girls. The plot and character development are amazing! Really? I LOVED THIS BOOK. First YA Fiction Romance I have honestly enjoyed. I highly recommend this book to 13+.
Have you heard of this book before? Have you read it? Did you like it?