Synopsis from Edelweiss:
Stella never meant to fall for a rock star…much less a Heartbreaker
When Stella’s sister Cara is diagnosed with leukemia, Stella puts her dreams on hold to move home and be with her family. With Cara’s birthday approaching, Stella wants to get her the perfect gift—an autographed poster of her sister’s favorite (and Stella’s least favorite) band, The Heartbreakers. But when she meets Oliver Perry, the band’s lead singer, she can’t get him out of her head.
If she gives him a chance, will she resent him for taking her attention away from her sister—or will he help her find the courage to live her own life?
About: The Heartbreakers is a young adult fiction written by Ali Novak. It was published on 4/4/15 by Sourcebooks Fire, an imprint of Sourcebooks, 336 pages. The genres are fiction, young adult, contemporary, and romance. There are 2 books to The Heartbreak Chronicles series so far where book two, Paper Hearts will be published on 7/4/17. Sourcebooks was founded in 1987 by Dominique Raccah and their mission is “to reach as many people as possible with books that will enlighten their lives” and is one of the largest independent publishers in North America. Please see below for more information about the author.
My Experience: I started reading The Heartbreakers on 6/14/17 and finished it on 6/16/17. This book started out great! It had a great sense of humor. I laughed a lot and was unable to put it down. It kept me turning the pages for sure! This book also makes me cry because it discussed about a family member going through cancer and how it affected everyone else in the family. I had to skip that part because it’s just too sad to read.
“If you don’t constantly remind yourself about the good, the bad will seep in and take over.” 2%
In this book, readers will follow the point of view of Stella Samuel, a high school graduate who has a passion for photography. Being a triplet is cute when they always stand out. People like to gawk at them and ask them many twin questions. They have a good laugh when they joke to others that they can read each other’s mind and feel each other’s pain. Taking great pictures is what sets Stella apart from her brother Drew, a jock, and Cara, a cheerleader. When Cara has cancer, Stella puts her life on hold because the college she wanted to go is far away in New York. Cara is obsess with a boy band called The Heartbreakers when Stella and Drew don’t. Since Cara is sick, she worries that she will never get to attend The Heartbreakers’ concert. Drew and Stella decided to go on a road trip from Minnesota to Chicago to obtain The Heartbreakers’ autograph as a surprise gift for Cara. Since Stella is not a fan of The Heartbreakers, she doesn’t know how the boys look like, so when she runs into one of them at Starbucks for her morning coffee stop, she doesn’t realize who he is until she sees him again at the signing. The signing closed by the time she reaches to the front of the line. She runs into the band members again at the hotel, but since she’s in a foul mood, she gives them an earful. Little did Stella know, she will one day become The Heartbreakers’ biggest fan, though, she has to travel through a bumpy road to get there.
“But there’s no guarantee about anything in life. Sometimes you just have to take a chance.” 93%
I enjoyed the first half of the book a lot. I really like the humor in this book. The chicken fight is fun to read. I love the Cheetos ambush. It’s interesting to read about a famous band’s busy day to day tour schedule. I like Stella and her realistic thinking. She knows that photography can’t be made into a career and give herself a second route. I like Stella and her family. I like the boy band and their friendship. I like Oliver and his try at romance. I do still recommend everyone to read this book if you are looking for a book that will both make you laugh and cry!
Pro: family, humor, fast paced, easy to read, photography, friendship, finding oneself
Con: I skipped through the sadness because I don’t want to be sad
I rate it 4 stars!
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About the Author:
Ali Novak is a Wisconsin native and recent creative writing graduate from UW-Madison. She started writing at fifteen, and since then, her work has received more than 75 million hits online. When she isn’t writing, Ali enjoys watching Food Network shows even though she can’t cook. http://www.alinovak.com Twitter @Fallzswimmer (Photo obtained from Goodreads and Info obtained from Edelweiss).
***Disclaimer: Many thanks to the author Ali Novak, publisher Sourcebooks, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.