Review for ‘The Heartbreakers’ by Ali Novak
Release Date: 8/1/2015
Synopsis: “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?”
The Review: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, so that’s what you’re about to get. I was pretty excited to jump into this one, mainly because I had a feeling I was going to get a good fluffy romance and possibly a few tears. I was not disappointed. Our main female protagonist, Stella, was one of my favorite people from the get go. She was brutally honest with her dislike of boy bands, especially her sister’s favorite: The Heartbreakers. There is plenty of awkwardness when Stella meets Oliver in the beginning, and you can bet it was the best kind of awkwardness. I think the characters really made this book. I don’t want to post spoilers, but I can tell you that even if you’re not an Oliver fan you will soon be a fan of the other band members in The Heartbreakers. JJ, the drummer, was hilarious! I was pleased that most of this book gave me a happy fuzzy feeling, just as a good fluffy romance should. The storyline was sweet; there were moments where my heart hurt and there were moments where I couldn’t stop giggling. It’s a YA novel so the mushy parts are pretty G-rated, too. I like how there was more than just romance, too. Cara is sick with cancer and Stella has to come to terms with being brave enough to handle that and also struggles with her own thirst for independence. When I was done, I felt decent closure and the author left enough space for a possible sequel (fingers crossed!). All in all, I really don’t have much negative criticism for this story-it was a book about love and finding yourself. If you go into expecting that, you won’t finish it disappointed.
The Conclusion: Read this if you’re into: A good fluffy romance, books where ‘normal’ girls get thrown into the spotlight, and sisterly bonds that bring tears to your eyes.
Don’t read this if you can’t stand: Stories with cancer and illness, innocent romances, or boy bands (I mean, if you really hate boy bands, you’re going to be forced to read about them in this one.)
The Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars because Stella was a level headed main character and a far cry from some of the whiny and wimpy girls we see in so many YA romances these days. I also give this book a high five for making me laugh out loud.
Author’s Goodreads Page: Ali Novak Goodreads