Friday, 16 May 2014

The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and Netgalley.
The Break-Up Artist
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.


The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


The Break-Up Artist(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and Netgalley.)
16-year-old Becca is ‘the break-up artist’ – for $100 she’ll break a couple up, just email her.
When she’s asked to break up the high-school’s golden couple, she’s not sure if she can manage it, but sets out to try anyway.
Can Becca break up the golden couple? And is breaking up the best thing for everyone involved?


This was an okay story, but it didn’t really get good until the 77% mark for me.

Becca was an okay character, and her heart did seem to be in the right place. She genuinely believed that she was helping people by breaking couples up, and based on her sister’s experiences you could see where she would get that idea from. She did annoy me a bit during the second half of the book though, because I couldn’t quite believe what she was doing behind her best-friend’s back!

The storyline in this was okay, but I didn’t really get into the story until the 77% mark. I didn’t really see Becca’s plans for breaking couples up to be all that great, and she didn’t seem to really DO anything. I felt like nothing much really happened at all, until the point where Becca started to make some very big mistakes.
The romance in this was okay, but again, I just couldn’t believe what Becca was doing behind her best-friend’s back! To go from one extreme to the other with regards to a certain person was a little sudden, and I just didn’t get how she could do that to her best friend.
The ending to this was okay, and I liked that Becca began to see that breaking couple’s up wasn’t always the best solution, and that some relationships could be happy. It was a shame that it was only the last 23% of the book that I found entertaining.
Overall; okay story, but took a while to get interesting,
6 out of 10.


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