Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Pages: 336 (Hardcover)
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.
First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Harlequin Teen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.
What I would give to have someone like Becca at my school. Someone who is annoyed with people who absolutely find everything romantic and crank it to a disgusting level. It’s annoying how everyone in high school (and I’m sure this happens in all high schools) expect to find the love of their life at such a young age. The Break Up Artist is a reality check for most teenagers. It goes right up to some of the most loved movies of all time and pokes them in the eye and starts yelling at them that they’re stupid. I loved every second of it. This story made me laugh and had me reeling and ready to spit fire at many people. Overall, it’s a fun ride that many people will enjoy and agree with.
The bad thing about novels that have a serious underlining yet a light-hearted demeanour is that they often aren’t realistic at times and although I wanted to overlook some of these incidents in this one, there seems to be too many for me to do that. Becca is the Break Up Artist and leaves her email in quite a public place yet throughout the novel, she only gets two couples to break up in the span of months. Other couples are mentioned in passing but that’s it, it’s hard to believe that such a business would only have one costumer at a time when a lot of people at this high school are getting dumped by their best friends for their relationships. I also had a problem for how the break ups are done, since after the couples break up, that’s it. There’s no more mention on how they’re doing or follow-up. It’s as if the author was too eager to get to the better parts and not describe these littles ones and I felt let down by it.
Becca is great. She’s realistic and understands that romance isn’t everything, especially when it comes to friendship. I instantly liked her and her snarky attitude towards most things like school and her ex-best friend. It was pretty hard not to enjoy reading about her. I loved how Becca fought with her inner self at many times during the story, especially when a boy came in between her and her friend with Val. It’s done well and I was very excited and angry once Becca realized a few things to make up what she believed was more important to her. The relationship between Val and Becca is well done, I really liked that they’re relationship isn’t always strong, that they had a few obstacles because this made it really realistic and fun to read about although it is at times sad.
The Break-Up Artist is a great novel not only for young adults. With strong, funny characters and a serious message about living past the love, this story will appeals to almost everyone. I had so much reading it and I can’t wait to see what Siegel has next. I recommend this to everyone, especially if you’re looking for a light-hearted novel with a few clichés in it.