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How to Get Your Heart Broken Paperback – March 11, 2016
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Rose Fall was born in New York City to Senegalese immigrant parents. She is currently studying Communication and Global Studies at UNC Chapel Hill. Her debut novel "How to Get Your Heart Broken" is set to be released Spring 2016. You can find her at her blog on rosesarecool.wordpress.com
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My main issue was around the bet that happened between the girls. I don’t think I fully captured the terms of the bet and what was supposed to happen. I could see betting for the guy to fall in love with one of them, but the others back off once he shows interest. It was confusing when he was showing attention to one of the girls and the other one would not back off yet. I kind of felt like if you were a true friend you would back off right away or make the bet to begin with. I don’t see either how the bet would have made them have a stronger friendship or fix any of the heartbreak. In the end everything does work out I just didn’t love the whole concept of a bet and this being a huge part of the story.
I did love how each character went through their own journey of self discovery. They each learned a large amount about each other and leaned on each other during their learning. The story is only told through Eli’s eyes, but we get a real sense of how the other girls feel as well as their overall growth at the end. Each comes from a broken home of some sort so for them to realize that they will be ok and be able to move on from these issues. The girls were able to confront the issues and move past them, which I believe should have been the major portion of the story versus keep going back to the bet. They all needed to grow and the bet just didn’t add to their growth in my mind.
I also really liked Jessie from the beginning. He seemed like a very stand up guy and someone that one of the girls could fall for. He had a lot of positive attributes and you could see him as Eli’s compliment. He stayed by her side through everything and I couldn’t have imagined a better way to show what love is.
After Eli finds her boyfriend cheating on her, she seeks an escape. She heads to the beach to spend the summer before college with her two best friends. When Eli is unable to move past the betrayal, the girls devise a distraction; a bet about their handsome neighbor. Yet their thoughtless competition goes too far and their friendships are tested as they began to wonder how much they really know about each other and themselves. In the chaos, they manage to learn the truth about love, self-acceptance, and the journey back from rock bottom.
I liked the friendship story, but it kept getting interrupted by the love story. I liked the love story, but it kept getting interrupted by the friendship story, and soon I felt as though I had a slight case of whiplash, especially as plot points were introduced to move one story ahead, leaving the other in murky waters. And, the plot device from which everything stemmed-a bet between the girls-stood on rocky ground from the beginning, with no real definition.
Eli had her heart broken on graduation night and heads to the beach with her best friends, Rachel and Ashton, to try and mend her heart. Each girl has their own demons to slay as they move into adulthood and are easy to identify with for the book’s target audience. As the summer progresses, secrets are revealed, which challenge girls to not only look inward, but to redefine their approach to friendship. Introducing summer romance to this seems natural, but having it stem from a bet added unnecessary drama.
There’s great potential is Eli and Jessie’s romance. Eli is angry and sworn off boys for the foreseeable future. Jessie is the opposite of everything Eli believes boys his age are: he’s kind, funny, and sincere. A summer of him slowly trying to win Eli over would have made for a fun story. Instead, it gets bogged down with guilt and melodrama because the girls know what they’re doing is wrong, and, naturally, Eli falls for Jessie and inevitably breaks his heart. I’ve seen this thing done well in John Tucker Must Die and She’s All That, but author Fall never makes the bet feel important unless it’s to make Eli feel guilty and, of course, as the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back.
How to Get Your Heart Broken is a light read with a steady pace. 3 stars as I liked it. Heat level: 1 (some kissing and hints of intimacy)
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for honest feedback.
Sure, Elle and Ryan understood their two year relationship would come to an end once they left for college, but what Elle did not expect was to find Ryan in her bed with another girl.
AT HER GRADUATION PARTY!
Well, Elle showed Ryan what she was made of by sending him to a trip to the ER and all I can think about is Carrie Underwood singing, “Before he Cheats.”
Fast-forward the plot and Elle is with her best friends, Ash and Rachel spending the summer at Ash’s beach house. Elle meets a hottie, and the romance begins.
I loved reading the innocence of young love blooming and the author did a fantastic job tele-porting me back into the days of my youth when summer time and boys were all that mattered. Each character introduced are brought to life with wonderful attributes to Elle’s life. The story line was quite perfect.
What was not perfect was the writing.
I found there to be way more errors than what I would normally accept, but because the story was so compelling I tried to ignore it. An editor could have easily turned this book into a 5 star rating but frequent mistakes such as “I scouted over” instead of “scooted” or “my eyes snapped upon” instead of “open” took way too much focus off of the story at hand.
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