Thursday, May 29, 2014

Review: The Break Up Artist by Philip Siegel

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 336
Received: Received a copy from the publisher through Netgalley

Release Date: April 29, 2014
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Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

This book has such a different concept, a girl who makes money by breaking up couples at her high school. Becca has a very skewed view on relationships after watching her sister get left at the alter, also she is someone who has lost her best friend to a relationship. This is the one thing that really got her into this line of work. There were some things about this story that were fun and had me laughing, but there were a lot of things that made this a hard story to get through.

The biggest thing that bugged me about this story was how all the female characters could only talk about boys and how life was nothing if they weren't in a relationship. I just felt that it was over-the-top and no girl in high school is truly like that. There is so much more to life than being in a relationship and the only thing any girl would talk about is boys and relationships, it was too much for one book.

This book also makes girls seem desperate and will do anything to get a boyfriend, on the other end you have the guys who really take advantage of that. Everything about that was just too much and really unrealistic. Now the actual part where Becca is attempting to break up couples, that was amusing, and she has a great snark about her that adds some good humour to the story.

Becca is a very dark person, but you understand why she despises those in relationships, everything she has seen and been told has given her a very dark perspective, especially having an older sister having problems. When the one person who gives you advice has a skewed perspective it is all you know, and that is how Becca has been taught. I do like how Becca grows and begins to understand that not everything is as it seems. She sees that even though she helped break these couples up, that shows that if it could be that easy than maybe it was not as perfect as it seemed. There is a great sibling relationship with Becca and her sister but I would have loved to see that developed a little more.

There are definitely some great parts to the story, with a lot of snarky humour, but all in all it just was not the book for me. The way the characters acted really made it difficult to get through and I wanted a bit more substance to the book rather than just how much people want to be in a relationship. 

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