ARC Review: The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel

Posted April 8, 2014 by Bee in Reviews / 4 Comments

ARC Review: The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel

The Break-Up Artist


by Philip Siegel
Published on April 29th 2014
by Harlequin Teen
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: The Revenge Artist

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.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

4.5 Stars

Wow, this was such a fun book! It may not be the most realistic image of High School, but I didn’t really care because I had so much fun reading it and it was such a cool story. I love me some cry books from time to time, but this also has its place. It made me laugh, sigh, sob for a bit and it gave me a big smile when I finished it.

Becca is The Break-up Artist. She breaks up couples for money and lately, business has been going good. But when she gets an e-mail from someone asking her to break up the most famous couple of the school, she’s starting to doubt herself. Can she really break up Steve and Huxley? Huxley used to be her best friend, but she ditched her when she started going out with Steve. Things get even more complicated when Val, her best friend, starts going out with a guy and she finds herself liking him a lot more than she should. And to top it all off, someone is looking for the Break-up Artist and is getting close to finding out Becca’s second identity.

I’ll be honest, I had my doubts when I first read the blurb. But then I started reading and I had so much fun! I finished this book within a few hours, I just could not put it down. It was exactly what I expected it to be, but still more. I expected a fun book, but what I got was a fun book with more emotional moments than I anticipated. It felt like it was really a story told by Becca herself, like she had written it. That’s not so easy to accomplish and it made me connect to Becca more.

I really liked Becca and I understood why she does what she does. And I did feel bad for her. She was a really fun, nice girl with a good sense of humor and she has had a bad history with relationships. Not her personally, but she’s been dumped by her best friend and she sees it happening all around her. Single girls are being treated like secondhand citizens. I don’t know if that’s so realistic, but I do know it happens. Friendships getting ruined over a relationship. And that’s stupid! Friendship always comes first, especially in high school. And in the end, Becca only broke up couples because she was hired by others to do so. And she did help others by doing it too.

I really liked the other characters too. They may be stereotypes, but I liked them nonetheless. I didn’t mind the fact that they were a bunch of stereotypes and cliches. That’s what made me like the book even more. I just had so much fun reading this book and I think that’s all that matters in the end. Does it have its flaws? Probably. Did I care? Not really. I didn’t look for flaws, I just read the book and enjoyed it. What about romance? There was a bit, but it’s not the one I expected. This one is really on the background and it doesn’t really start until the last 30% of the book. Just so you know, Ezra is a creep. Why are guys named Ezra always creeps? (Yes, that’s a Pretty Little Liars reference. The TV series, not the books.)

The Break-Up Artist is a fabulous and fun debut, perfect to read in the summer. So if you’re looking for that, this one’s for you. Are you looking for something less emotional and just plain fun? Again, this one’s for you. And this is the third book in a row I finished within a day. So that’s good, isn’t it? Philip Siegel, you’re on my authors-to-watch list. And this is just another great title from Harlequin TEEN.

Bee

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