Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Book Review | The Heartbreakers 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.
The Heartbreakers is pretty cute, think girly teen romantic comedy, and you're in the right space for this book. Admittedly, it isn't all light and fluffy, with Stella's sister's illness, you get what I think is a much needed dose of emotion, that would otherwise be lacking.
Stella as a main character, for me, was just ok. At times I really liked her, and I loved her connection with her siblings, and her willingness to do anything for them. At other times, I found her to be a little bit annoying. For instance, the way she spoke to and about the band to their faces, when she didn't know any of them, seemed pretty harsh and strange. I mean, yes you may not like their music, but is that any reason to completely abandon any sense of polite conversation, and go right for the attack? 
As far as the story itself goes, it was ok. Fairly predictable, which I kind of suspected that it would be. There were some really nice moments in this book though, and it was nice seeing her become closer, not just to Oliver, but to the rest of the band as well.
Overall, this was a cute, fun, light read.

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