Monday, October 19, 2015

Review: THE HEARTBREAKERS

Hello! I hope everyone is having a fabulous day! I'm going to be doing a review on a YA romance novel today.

(source: Goodreads)

Ali Novak's author website can be found right here.

I tried writing a summary, but Goodreads covers everything pretty well, so I'm going to leave my blurb out this time.

Goodreads says:
"When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. And he had no idea that I was the only girl in the world who hated his music."
Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD...for four hours. She's totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she'll never see him again.
Except, Stella's life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry – lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life?
But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver — dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band — when her sister could be dying of cancer? 
Ali Novak wrote her debut novel My Life with the Walter Boys when she was just 15 years old, and has since penned her next book, The Heartbreakers. First a hit on the online community Wattpad, her second novel has over 38 million reads and is loved by readers around the world.
My review:

After reading VIP: I'M WITH THE BAND (not a book I loved), I was still in the mood for a book about a boy band. I roamed the shelves of Barnes and Noble for an hour and found this book.

Like most books with pop star and regular girl pairings, suspension of disbelief is a requirement. The situations in THE HEARTBREAKERS weren't too outlandish, but I still found myself a little bit removed from the story due to the never-ending stream of extraordinary circumstances.


THE HEARTBREAKERS did a great job of really showing the pop star lifestyle. It didn't just show the exhilaration that comes with packed arena shows and hordes of fans. THE HEARTBREAKERS also allowed us to peek into the fights between band members and the difficult parts of the music industry that leave artists ripping their hair out in frustration.

Oliver, Alec, Xander, and JJ were all very well developed. I wish there had been more scenes with Xander, but there was a good balance. 

The writing style is fun and definitely addictive. Stella's point of view is extremely well-written. I'm not kidding. The writing is amazing. At parts where the plot seemed thin or the situations were just a little too much of a coincidence, the writing style kept me turning pages. 

I didn't fall in love with the idea of Oliver and Stella as a couple. When they ran into difficulties in their relationship, I didn't feel like they needed to get back together. Even though I liked the characters, I wasn't invested in their relationship. 

Although the book is not explicit, the language contains a lot of cursing and some more mature topics. There is nothing more than what one would hear at a high school, but I think I would only recommend it to eighth graders and high school students.

4.5 out of 5 stars.

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