Tuesday, August 4, 2015

{ARC Review} The Heartbreakers (The Heartbreaker Chronicles #1) by Ali Novak

"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?
Ali Novak wrote her debut novel My Life with the Walter Boys when she was just 15 years old, and has since penned her next book, The Heartbreakers. First a hit on the online community Wattpad, her second novel has over 38 million reads and is loved by readers around the world. (Blurb via Goodreads)
{Details} eARC, 336 pages. Expected publication: August 4th 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire. Source: ebook provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

{Rating} 3/5 - I liked it!
A cute upper YA/New Adult novel about facing fears, taking chances, first love, letting go and holding on. I absolutely loved the band, their enthusiasm, the fun they have pranking each other, I wish we could have seen even more of them.

Stella and Oliver. Hmm. I never really connected with Stella. I understood her fears - especially in light of her close relationship with her siblings - but she required lots of prompting and pushing to do things, to leave, to start her life. And she broke her promise - that's not cool. I did love the relationship between the triplets, they're close but everything is changing - they're facing the separation of college - something a lot of readers could relate to - and the possibility of losing Cara to cancer. For the most part I liked Oliver; he has a sweet side, a fun side, a charming side, but he also has his own issues.  I did expect a bit more from his issues but in his world, with what he wants out of life, they were huge to him.

The conclusion to this first installment in the Heartbreaker Chronicles was satisfying, the grand gesture and where all the characters end up - for now - and I look forward to see what happens next.

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