posted at Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 at 8:00 AM | Reviews, Young Adult
I received this book for free from BEA in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak
Series: The Heartbreaker Chronicles #1
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on August 4, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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"When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. Unbeknownst to him, I was the only girl in the world who hated his music."
Stella will do anything for her sister—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD... for three hours. At least she met a cute boy at the Starbucks beforehand. A blue-eyed boy who looks an awful lot like...
Oliver Perry. Of course Starbucks guy is the lead singer for her least favorite band. Thanks, universe. But there may be more to Oliver than his world-famous charm, because even after she insults his music—to his face—he still gives her his number. Seriously, 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?
Going into The Heartbreakers, my expectations were incredibly low. I mean, the words “Wattpad sensation” generally send me running in the opposite direction. Still, I’m a total sucker for girl meets celebrity romance. I mean, there was this one and this one and this one. Yeah, I like them all. Has this trope been my one of my favorites since I was naïve enough to think that one day I WOULD be that girl and fall in love with Lance Bass or someone like that (major trolololol)? Oh yeah. The Heartbreakers delivers most excellent girl meets hot celebrity, so much so that I had a ridiculous grin on my face from beginning to end.
Seriously, I read all of The Heartbreakers in one sitting, with a break for lunch, on a road trip. This book goes fast and it goes down oh so smoothly. I expected the fluffiest fluff and an unbelievable premise. Well, okay, the premise remains a bit unlikely but come on if you like this trope, you don’t give a single fuck about that. The Heartbreakers also does fit the fluffy fluff label, but there was also a lot more depth to it than I was expecting.
Often, these girl meets celebrity romances don’t really deal with anything outside of the ship. Now, I don’t mind that because hello have you met me, but I also have a special place in my heart for books that build out the secondary characters. The Heartbreakers actually captured my heart before the cute boy even came on the scene. The banter of Stella and her siblings drew me in, and I was totally lost when I met the pop sensation extraordinaire The Heartbreakers.
Stella’s sister Cara is a MEGA FAN of The Heartbreakers, but Stella looks down on their music and really doesn’t get the hype. Cara says she’s a snob, and Stella just thinks she has good taste. Cara, Drew, and Stella are triplets. I’m actually sort of surprised I’ve not read a book about triplets before with how much YA loves splashy premises and unique heroines. The triplets have an amazing connection, and their family is adorably silly too. I love that the dad does all the cooking and the mom’s creations are legendarily inedible. They feel like a real family, and my heart really went out to them.
Cara’s been battling with cancer for years now, and this time it seems like the cancer might win. With Cara facing the strongest chemo yet, stakes are high. Stella has deferred college a semester, not wanting to be away in New York while her sister is possibly dying. Cara meanwhile feels like Stella’s missing out on her life to watch Cara battle the cancer. Their affection and frustration towards each other really hit me in the feels in a big way. Part of why the fluffy whirlwind romance and absurd circumstances feel so believable is that Cara’s got pain she’s trying to avoid facing.
Stella and Drew take a road trip to Chicago so that they can get some of Cara’s fan merchandise signed by The Heartbreakers as a present to her, because Cara fears she won’t live long enough to see one of their concerts. Stella just happens to meet Oliver, the lead singer, at a Starbucks. They have a little flirt. Then, later, at the signing, she loses her shit when she realizes who she was flirting with, because, little hipster that she is, she had no idea.
By another twist of fate, she and her brother happen to be staying in the same hotel, and they end up making friends with all The Heartbreakers after Stella yells at them. Believable? Umm, no. Do I care? Hell to the no. Anyway, the four guys are so freaking adorable and silly and I love them all bunches. JJ makes inappropriate jokes and has a big heart and cannot resist a competition of any sort. Xander’s adorable and sweet. Alec is quiet but my favorite of the boys, observant and kind. Also, I will totally sit here on my crack ship of Alec and Drew regretting nothing. View Spoiler »I MEAN, DREW SAID ALEC HAD THE PRETTIEST EYES SO YOU KNOW OBVIOUSLY THEY ARE IN LOVE. « Hide Spoiler
The ship is super shippy and adorable. It’s funny because Oliver isn’t really my favorite of the boys, though I love him too. Still, they are so cute together that I can’t not be pro them. Really though I think I ship her being friends with The Heartbreakers as much as I ship the romantic ship. I love the way that they all encourage her to go for what she wants, to really try to make her dream of being a photographer come true.
I kind of really desperately want another book about Alec and Drew falling in love these people. The sequel totally ruins my crackship, but I want to read it anyway. I’ve fallen completely in love with these characters and with Ali Novak’s banterfluff skills. I’m a big fan, okay.
“On a scale of humble to Mariah, I’d say he’s only at diva.”
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