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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 9 and up
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423127188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423127185
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,095,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kristen Tracy (www.kristentracy.com) is the author of the young adult novelsLost ItandCrimes of the Sarahs, and the middle-grade novelCamille McPhee Fell Under the Bus. Her newest book isSharks and Boys. When not writing, she tutors at 826 Valencia and volunteers as a gardener on Alcatraz. She lives in San Francisco.

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A Field Guide for Heartbreakers:

Veronica held up a cutout shaped like a paper doll. Sort of.

“This is the paper replica of a hot-dude. We met four hot- dudes last night, so

I’m going to stick them on the wall. By the time I leave Prague, I aim to cover my

entire wall area in hot-dudes.”

“What?” I asked.

Veronica stopped cutting and looked up at me. “Let me start over. I’m constructing

a man-wall out of hot-dudes. I’m making four hot-dudes right now. A

Kite. A Waller. A Frank. And a Roger.”

“Who’s Roger?”

“The hot-dude in the ball cap who pulled super-hot Frank out of the Ficus

tree.”

“I can’t believe you remember all their names.”

“Dessy, it’s hard to conquer a man if you don’t know his name.”


More About the Author

My name is Kristen Tracy and I write books for teens and tweens and people younger than that. I also write poetry for adults. I grew up in a small town in Idaho, but left there to go to Los Angeles where I earned my B.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University. I also have an M.F.A in poetry from Vermont College, an M.A. in American Literature from Brigham Young University, and a Ph.D. in English from Western Michigan University, where I was an All-University Creative Scholar. In addition to writing books, and volunteering as a gardener on Alcatraz, I've spent a lot of my life teaching at places like Johnson State College, Western Michigan University, BYU, and Stanford University. I also taught aerobics, but that's a different story. Currently, I make my home in Rhode Island with my husband, Brian Evenson.

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I'd recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a relaxing summer read.
TeensReadToo
If Veronica could have been toned down a bit, I think I would have liked it a lot more - as it stood, it was too much drama and too much snottiness.
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Veronica has always taken advantage of that, because she loves to lead, and she starts out the book dragging Dessy behind her everywhere she goes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By flamingo1325 VINE VOICE on June 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Filled with outrageous, hilarious situations, sprightly and quirky characters, and a new setting, Field Guide for Heartbreakers is a cute, lively read. Two invigorating and vastly different main characters help add to the hilarity and endearment of this book. Stylistic writing and talented mindset help tie everything together.

Dessy is practiced and logical, not one to immediately throw caution to the wind. Still hung up on her ex and fault focused, she is a mix of damaged and naïve. She is a well designed character, her quirks, attributes and flaws coming across strongly. She complements Veronica and though she finds herself in some awkward and obnoxious situations on account of her friend, she is, in the end, a great friend. She starts out strongly developed but grows further and the way Tracy plays this out adds spark into the book. Both through her interactions with Veronica and her classmates in Prague as well as her analysis of both her own writing and others in her class help brings things together.

Veronica is rambunctious, boy crazy, blunt and apt to do stupid things. She is overdramatic and exaggerates yet through Dessy's eyes, the reader can understand the affection and appreciation. As with Dessy, Veronica starts out with much of her personality exposed but she grows and changes as the book progresses. Despite this, she still holds many of the same quirks including her penchant for using euphemisms and sayings wrong. The banter between her and Dessy is engaging and amusing, cropping up at unexpected moments.

The "hot dudes" the girls meet and go after make up a large part of the characters, coming in a variety of personalities. Some are in their same program- college guys- while others are locals or visiting the area.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate McMurry TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 11, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Seventeen-year-old Dessy Gherkin is a straight-A student from small-town Ohio who receives the chance of a lifetime due to the intervention of her adventurous, long-time best friend, Veronica Knox. Without Dessy's knowledge, Veronica submits a humorous essay the two of them wrote together to a prestigious writing program which will be held in Prague the summer before their senior year. Amazingly, they are both accepted and assigned to the fiction workshop led by Veronica's mother, a famous literary novelist. They are the only two high school students among dozens of college students attending the writing program.

Dessy had been moping the entire month prior to the trip to Prague, because her boyfriend and fellow geek, Hamilton Stacks, dumped her, giving the excuse that he was heading to university and didn't want to maintain a long-distance relationship. Bouncy, bossy Veronica is determined to take Dessy's mind off Hamilton, whom Dessy persists in believing will eventually come back to her, in spite of glaring evidence to the contrary. Veronica insists that the cure for Dessy's Hamilton fixation is to get interested in other guys, and Prague is just the place to do it. Rather than taking the writing workshop seriously, Veronica is determined to spend her time hunting down "hot-dudes," and drags the reluctant Veronica along with her.

This is a hilarious buddy story with the classic chick-lit theme of dating disasters. Dessy is the "straight man" of this sprightly pairing, playing the part of the stooge and comic foil, who is constantly shocked, awed, or physically bowled over by the wild and crazy antics of willful Veronica.
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Format: Paperback
I began to read and immediately detested Veronica. She is a spoiled girl with a bad attitude, and I got tired of reading what she had to say after ten pages. And I got tired of how much drama she was - which made me feel bad for Dessy, who was gett...more I was really looking forward to reading this book - the cover and title seem to fit my reading tastes perfectly. When it arrived in the mail, I was very surprised at the length (352 pages) because I apparently imagined it as a smaller book.

I began to read and immediately detested Veronica. She is a spoiled girl with a bad attitude, and I got tired of reading what she had to say after ten pages. And I got tired of how much drama she was - which made me feel bad for Dessy, who was getting her study abroad experience ruined because of her friend.

I enjoyed situations that were purely Dessy - how she interacted with the boys on the trip, reading about the stories she was writing, getting to see how she was learning from the class she was taking. But that would only satisfy me for so long before Veronica barged in and did something utterly ridiculous.

So basically, what I'm saying is I only partially liked this book. If Veronica could have been toned down a bit, I think I would have liked it a lot more - as it stood, it was too much drama and too much snottiness.
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