Friday, 16 May 2014

Book Review | The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel


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.

Pages: 336 | Format: Kindle ebook | Rating: 9/10 | Goodreads | Amazon

Becca is seriously like the anti Emma Woodhouse. Instead of matchmaking couples, she splits them up, and just like Emma, she's slightly misguded in her reasons for doing it. Yet this is what made me really like her.
While I was reading this book, I kept feeling like I shouldn't like Becca, that she was breaking these couples up for money, but the way she was written, made her likeable. You understood her reasons, and even though, as I've said, she was misguided, that made her really...human.
I loved all of the characters actually. I think everyone played a really good role, and they were all interesting.
There wasn't a moment in this book that I felt bored. The pacing was spot on, and the characters interesting.
I liked the storyline and the way it progressed.
I enjoyed the dynamic between Becca and her sister. That really added some depth to how and why Becca had such jaded ideas on love. 
Overall this is just a great contemporary novel, and I highly enjoyed it.

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