THE HEARTBREAKERS by Ali Novak

THE HEARTBREAKERS

Age Range: 12 - 16
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KIRKUS REVIEW

It's been hard for Stella to concentrate on her life since her sister Cara was diagnosed with leukemia.

Cara is gaga for the Heartbreakers, a hot four-boy band, but Stella thinks they are all fluff and no talent. Nonetheless, to surprise Cara for her birthday, Stella and their brother Drew (they’re triplets) decide to drive overnight to attend the band's autograph signing. Upon arriving, bleary-eyed Stella hits a Starbucks, where a cute and sweetly flirty, blue-eyed boy strikes up a conversation. When Stella struggles to find money to pay, he plunks down $20 and leaves. Stella and Drew wait hours in line for Cara's autographs, but the band packs up right before they reach them—but not before Stella realizes that lead singer Oliver Perry is the boy from the coffee shop. One hotheaded encounter later, a relationship is born. Stella becomes conflicted about her feelings for Oliver; how can she justify thinking about him while her sister suffers? Novak creates a titillating tension between her leads; one moment, they're simpatico, the next, they're one cog tooth off. The predictable but pleasant romance offers touching moments as well as band high jinks featuring Jell-O and Silly String.

Fans of boy bands will be on this like tattoos on Harry Styles' chest. (Fiction. 12-16)

Pub Date: Aug. 4th, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4926-1256-8
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2015




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