The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel

cover43031-mediumHow did I get the book? Netgalley, thank you Harlequin Teen

Genre: Contemporary

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.

200words (or less) review: My view on romance is probably quite similar to Becca’s, the protagonist of The Break-Up Artist. I tend to roll my eyes at what I consider over-the-top love scenes in movies and books. Despite this personality match I didn’t like some of the things Becca does. I do think that made her more real though; there is a lot of growth in Philip Siegel book and not just for Becca.

Despite Becca’s mission of breaking up couples The Break-Up Artist is more about relationships on the whole. Becca and her sister and their parents, Becca’s sisters broken friendships and Becca’s struggle between her old and new friend.

Becca’s schemes are fun to read and because her narration is so endearing you do really feel for her. One of my favourite moments in the story is the conversation Becca has with her mother about love.

The Break-Up Artist is both entertaining and emotional, with a realistic protagonist that keeps you reading from the beginning to the very last page.

Recommend it?


Expected publication:
April 29th 2014 by Harlequin Teen

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