1 August 2015

Happy Release & Review - The Heartbreakers

The Heartbreakers #1
by Ali Novak

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What they say: "When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. And he had no idea that I was the only girl in the world who hated his music."

Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD…for four hours. She’s totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she’ll never see him again.

Except, Stella’s life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry – lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, 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? 

Ali Novak wrote her debut novel My Life with the Walter Boys when she was just 15 years old, and has since penned her next book, The Heartbreakers. First a hit on the online community Wattpad, her second novel has over 38 million reads and is loved by readers around the world.

Coming 4th Aug by Sourcebooks Fire.

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Author Spotlight:

Ali Novak is a twenty-three-year-old Wisconsin native and recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s creative writing program. She started writing her debut novel My Life with the Walter Boys when she was only fifteen, and since then, her work has received more than 100 million hits online. When she isn’t writing, Ali enjoys Netflix marathons and traveling with her husband Jared.

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I received a copy from Sourcebooks (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: I'm going to start out by saying that I haven't read any of Ali Novak's work as Fallzswimmer on Wattpad. This gave me the chance to approach her writing and The Heartbreakers as a complete newbie to her style and read the story as it is now.

I'm feeling slightly conflicted about The Heartbreakers because on the one hand it's a cute and charming contemporary YA romance, but on the other hand I've read several similar stories recently and I wasn't 100% convinced by the insta-love element. 

On a road trip with her brother, Drew, Stella meets young rockstar (to be honest he was more of a popstar) Oliver Perry. She doesn't recognise him as the lead singer for The Heartbreakers aka her sister Cara's favourite band. Cue her horror when she realises the hot guy she had a chance encounter with, was the singer from a cheesy band she hates. I did really laugh at Oliver's reaction to her dismissal.

The Heartbreakers is a coming of age story. It's about tackling difficult problems and overcoming your own insecurities. The book focuses on Stella and her trip with the band, but also on her relationships with Drew and Cara. I really liked Alec, Xander and JJ (the other guys in the band), and would happily read more about them. I did keep expecting Cara to end up with one of them. 

The story is sweet but it's also really sad in places (have a few tissues at the ready). The relationship between Stella, Cara and Drew was really sweet and I liked how the other two challenged Stella to branch out. 

Oliver and Stella were extremely sweet together and as much as I don't like insta-love relationships I don't mind it so much in YA stories. Their relationship reminded me of the kid's movie Starstruck (yes I have seen it). I did have a few issues with their age because they seemed to alter between behaving like much younger and more immature teens, to having adult problems. As much as I enjoyed the sweet relationship between Stella and Oliver I wasn't entirely convinced by the reality of their romance, but this didn't lessen my enjoyment of the story. My teenage self would have loved the idea of ending up with my favourite singer - there's no chance I'm telling you who that was.

3.5 Stars in my Sky!


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