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Product Details

  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743297539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743297530
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,154,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Delgado adds a few twists to the breakup lit formula in her chronicle of Erika Luna, a research scientist at a Miami pharmaceutical company who develops a pill to blunt bad love. Burned by her cheating husband, Erika turns to a rambunctious cadre of family and friends for support. Her out-of-the-closet father, Gilberto, and his partner, Benjamin, offer fatherly advice; her friend Lola recommends self-help books; attorney Consuelo advises divorce without vengeance; and Pedro Juan and Darien offer companionship. When Erika's heartbreak over Martin and some surprises in the wake of her failed marriage threaten to engulf her, Erika puts her Ph.D. in chemistry to use: she identifies the physiological chemicals associated with romantic feelings and creates a pill to regulate them. While standard romance elements are in abundance, there are also some great scenes and funny lines. Fans will have fun easily suspending disbelief throughout. (Apr.)
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"The Heartbreak Pill will make you laugh and cry, and reflect on what it means to be human, your feelings, your family, and the mystery of the opposite sex." -- Eva Hughes, editor in chief of Vogue México and Vogue Latinoamérica

"A welcome emotional maturity runs under the fun and frothy surface of this book." -- Marta Acosta, author of Happy Hour at Casa Dracula

More About the Author

Anjanette Delgado began her career as a journalist, working for outlets such as NBC, CNN, Univisión and Telemundo, covering presidential coups, elections, Olympics, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, both Iraq wars, which she executive produced, and winning an Emmy in 1994 for her human-interest series "Madres en la lejanía," about the plight of Latino mothers who leave their own children behind and come to the United States to work as undocumented nannies.

She has written for NPR, Vogue, and Urban Latino, among other outlets. In 2002, she wrote and developed the sitcom "Great in Bed" for HBO Latam. Her first novel is The Heartbreak Pill (the Latino International Book Award's first prize pick for Best Romance in English, a Triple Crown Winner for Best Romance in Spanish the following year, and first prize for Best Romance in Latino Literacy's "Books into Movies" competition in 2010). She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University, regularly teaches writing for the Florida Literary Arts Center, and lives in Miami with her husband, and her Mini-Daschund, Chloe. her favorite quote is Winston Churchill's "If you're going through hell, keep going."

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Eloquent, entertaining and super witty!
Eileen Cardet Guisasola
The characters have depth, are hilarious and remind me of the zany characters in many of our lives.
Ana Gloria Rivas-Vazquez
This funny and entertaining story will please all who read it.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ana Gloria Rivas-Vazquez on April 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
I could not put this book down! I laughed, I cried and I found pieces of me and my life in it. The brainy professional temporarily derailed by a love mess is an all too true tale and Ms. Delgado tells it in a delightful and compelling way. The characters have depth, are hilarious and remind me of the zany characters in many of our lives. I would love to see this made as a movie and look forward to Ms. Delgado's next book. If you haven't read it yet, put it on your summer or travel reading list. This book is quite simply great fun!
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Venus Goicoechea on April 1, 2008
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I really loved this book. I'm so tired of so-called chick-lit that leaves your mind wandering. This novel is smart, funny and actually made me feel like I was in Miami... really has the essence and Latino flavor of South Beach and the rest of it. I also loved the characters... Erika, the smart woman caught in a pathetic situation, her gay father and "stepmom" Benji and her best friend Lola... a post- "the secret" new-age wacky chic for these times. Finally, a book that doesn't include a girl whose boyfriend has commitment issues and works for a magazine. This scientist "chick" is no one's victim once she taps into her power. Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Maria C. Marrero on April 3, 2008
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I'm not a very fast reader and I have to say I read The Heartbreak Pill in three days!!! This book is full of energy and passion. It describes how the Hispanic women are in a very powerful story, so easy to identify with. As a journalist, I loved the fact that throughout the pages you can feel all the writer's passion into the research for the pill. I strongly recommend this book as one of the most sensible, easy-to-read, touching and VERY well-written novels I have ever read. Way to go!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on May 9, 2008
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Erika Luna is happy -- she has a successful job, a comfortable home, and a loving husband. All this comes crashing down when Erika finds out that her husband, Martin, is cheating on her with another woman. Fighting ensues that leads to a quick divorce. Now it's up to Erika -- along with her father, his partner, and a few friends -- to get her life back on track.

Along this road of self-discovery, Erika stumbles upon a brilliant idea: why not find a pill that one can take to cure heartbreak? Being the brilliant chemist that she is, Erika starts on a journey to end worldwide heartbreak in the form of a pharmaceutical pill.

Ms. Delgado writes a witty story about a woman on a path of self-discovery. Erika's story and realizations are inspiring to any reader. After finishing the book, the reader will feel satisfied and refreshed -- ready to go out on his or her own journey to figure out who they really are.

This funny and entertaining story will please all who read it.

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