Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Heartbreak Cure by Amanda Ashby ~ Review

Source:  Received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

How to get over a heartbreak:

Step one: Eat your body weight in brownies.

Step two: Throw yourself into your dreams of becoming a famous writer.

Step three: Beg your (hottie) ex-neighbor to act as your fake boyfriend.

Step four: Skip step three unless you’re ready for some serious fallout.

After being dumped and humiliated over the summer, Cat Turner does what any sane girl would do. She asks bad boy Alex Locke to be her fake boyfriend and show the world (and her editor at the school newspaper) that she's fine. Problem is, the more time she spends with Alex, the more she risks getting her heart broken. For real this time.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a swoony bad boy who will melt your heart, brownies, and witty banter. One, two, or all three might prove addictive…

This book is set-up for me to like.  I love faking it kinda relationships.  It's my very favorite trope.  I love the idea of friends becoming a couple.  I really enjoy YA books.   The blurb has a funny feel to it and I was really hoping to enjoy this one.  And while I liked parts of it, it just wasn't for me. 

It's cute.  There's drama flying after Cat is dumped by the popular guy at school.  She tries to write him out of her system with killer ants.  Yeah, that's a cute part.  Step in the bad boy who used to be her neighbor that everyone thinks the worst of.  He's hot.  He's friends with her but only privately.  At school, he's a loner.  He has a past.  And he has feeling for Cat.  But he doesn't see himself as good enough.  All of this is adorable and aspects of the book that I enjoyed. 

Here's the problem though.  I just never connected with the characters.  They didn't jump off the page and make me cheer for them.  They feel forced and paper thin.  I thought the story was fine.  The ending fine.  The premise promising but it all just fell flat for me.

Of course, this may not be your experience.  I admit to be a very character driven reader.  I need the connection to the character before I love a book.  I have to see them as real.  And YA authors have a huge hurtle to get by with me.  I teach teenagers.  I know how they act.  And sometimes that's just too much to overcome for me.

It's okay but that's it.

Other's felt different.  Check out their reviews below. 


Mary gave this book 4 1/2 stars

Moa gave it 4 stars

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