ARC Review: The Heartbreakers

The Heartbreakers
The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Release date: August 1, 2015

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?

If you are looking for fluffy contemporary YA with a take-no-shit heroine and cutesy romance, this is a good book to pick up. But personally, I think I’m a little tired of the girl-meets-hot guy/superstar theme, which probably means I should steer clear of similar books before I start hating the genre. Stella gets a gig as a part of the crew on Oliver’s band – she is their official photographer, since the guys and she hit it off the first time they met. She is falling for Oliver, and vice versa – but their relationship, while first lets-just-be-friends soon leads to hot-makeout since they can’t deny the attraction they feel towards each other. Stella becomes good friends with each of the guys, but Oliver is special to her. Their relationship, however, runs into problems because of his star status, and her feeling guilty over leaving her sick twin back home.

Probably the best thing about the book is how she and the guys just hang out like friends – no awkwardness or superiority from any of the guys. They all love her to bits, and are protective about her – when Oliver messes up, he faces their wrath. The rest is pretty cliche, but I loved easily she and the guys become this tight group of friends. The writing is good, too, and I loved the fact that she actually stands up for herself and calls bullshit when she has too. More importantly, she also decides to take the plunge when it comes to her future, growing out of the fear she has for abandoning her sister, and looking forward to developing herself as a person.

Received a free galley from Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley; this does not influence my opinions or review.

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