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How to Break a Boy Hardcover – January 31, 2017
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Gr 10 Up—Olivia and her best friend, Adrienne, are the definition of mean girls. This inseparable pair have ruled over the small town of Buckley for years, using manipulation, intimidation, and cruelty. At the height of Olivia's power, her carefully constructed life comes crashing to a halt when her older brother dies in a tragic accident. Her inability to process her brother's death, combined with catching her boyfriend sleeping with Adrienne, brings Olivia to a breaking point. She realizes that in order to become a better person, she must turn her life around, and that means cutting out Adrienne, but Olivia knows that Adrienne won't let her go without a fight. Olivia turns to the town golden boy, Whit Du Rant, to help her re-create her image, while simultaneously trying to take down Adrienne. Olivia's plan spins out of control, though, after Adrienne begins targeting Whit with her destructive tactics. This is a classic tale of high school drama and redemption, with many common young adult tropes used throughout. Olivia's character is hard to root for because she is such an unlikable person, but through her relationship with Whit, she is able to redeem herself somewhat. VERDICT While the plot isn't very original, this title will have definite teen appeal. A good fit for fans of the "Pretty Little Liars" series or works by Sarah Dessen.—Annalise Ammer, Henrietta Public Library, NY
"Complicated girls, beautiful writing, and drama that will keep you turning the pages until the very end." ―Kody Keplinger, New York Times-bestselling author of The DUFF and Run
"Olivia’s interior world is full of layers and emotional complexity, and readers will root for her to find her way"―Publishers Weekly
"A razor-sharp look at grief, betrayal, and redemption. Readers won't be able to resist Olivia."―Kara Thomas, author of The Darkest Corners
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Top Customer Reviews
Throughout this novel, we are introduced to a whole range of characters, with the main being Olivia. When we first meet Olivia you can tell that she is going through many things in her life. She has moved to a new town, her brother has recently died, and her boyfriend cheated on her with her so called best friend. Needless to say, she hasn't had an easy life. In order to compensate for the misfortunes in her life, she becomes a "popular" girl at school by messing with and torturing her fellow classmates. In my opinion, based off of what I said above, this novel could be considered very close to a TV show and a movie. The bullying and torture makes it have a Mean Girls element, while the aspect of relating it to who committed the offence, make it similar to Pretty Little Liars.
Lets talk about Whit. I loved him. Not only is he smart and athletic, but he is also a genuinely nice guy. He is the reason Olivia starts to question what she is doing and he almost the entire reason Olivia begins to open up and discuss everything she has been through. It is for these reasons, and many more that I found myself falling for Whit.
This novel will take you through a whole range of emotions and feelings. You will hate some characters, while love the others. The bullying will appear to be a train wreck, but you can't look away.
I definitely enjoyed this novel, and can't wait to pick up more books from this debut author in the future.
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