I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Harlequin on 2014-05-01
Genres: Young Adult
Some sixteen-year-olds babysit for extra cash. Some work at the mall. Becca Williamson breaks up couples. Becca knows from experience the damage that love can do. After all, it was so-called love that turned Huxley from her childhood best friend into a social-world dictator, and love that left Becca's older sister devastated at the altar. Instead of sitting on the sidelines, Becca strikes back—for just one hundred dollars via PayPal, she will trick and manipulate any couple's relationship into smithereens. And with relationship zombies overrunning her school and treating single girls as if they're second-class citizens, business is unfortunately booming. Even Becca's best friend, Val, has resorted to outright lies to snag a boyfriend. One night, Becca receives a mysterious offer to break up the most popular couple in school: Huxley and the football team's star player, Steve. To succeed, she'll have to plan her most elaborate scheme to date—starting rumors, sabotaging cell phones, breaking into cars…not to mention sneaking back into Huxley's good graces. All while fending off the inappropriate feelings she may or may not be having for Val's new boyfriend. No one said being the Break-Up Artist would be easy.
I found The Break-Up Artist on Netgalley a few months back, and noticed on GoodReads that most of my bookish friends were giving it high ratings, so I requested and was over the moon when I was approved. I started reading right away. And then promptly put it down because I wasn’t feeling it. I should have listened to my gut instinct last week when I finally picked it back up, because I was horribly disappointed.
I really wanted to love this book. But at the heart of it? I felt like the girls measured their worth by who their boyfriends were (UGH!) and there was WAY too much emphasis put on the importance of not only having a boyfriend, but a husband. (And then I’m reminded this was written by a man and… UGH!) Giving up your friends because they are unattached and thus making them feel even more worthless in this messed up world? Even worse!
Seriously guys! This book? Writing the review is making me want to bang my head on the keyboard. (And normally, I don’t publish a review on my blog below 3 stars, just on principal – but this one? I feel like I have to put my thoughts out there because they are so drastically different from what I was seeing!)
I finally stuck with the book, wanting desperately to finish it in hopes that it would get better. But it didn’t. Becca drove me insane because she was working so hard for the exact opposite of what she wanted. (Sure, we all put on a ‘show’ sometimes, but this went to the extreme!)
There was one redeeming factor in this whole book though (and the reason it got 2 stars, and not -10!) and that’s that friendship wins out in the end – not boys and other relationships. But friendship. It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, so a few points for that element of surprise as well! But overall? The Break-Up Artist was not the book for me.