Thursday, August 6, 2015
The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak
By: Ali Novak
Released: August 4, 2015
Source: ARC from BEA
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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? (Goodreads)
I liked The Heartbreakers. It was a cute and quick story to read. I love books that incorporate music in any way, so I was really excited for this one.
The Heartbreakers is the story of Stella who tries to meet her sick sister's favorite band and get her a signed cd. Stella hates their music, but she'll do anything for her sister. However, it's a surprise to her when the cute guy she flirted with at the coffee shop actually turns out to be the band's lead singer.
Stella was an interesting character. She's a triplet and wants to have her own separate identity. However, she's still scared about being apart from her siblings. I loved how close Stella, Cara, and Drew were. Their love and support for each other came right off the pages. Stella's love for photography and a night with the Heartbreakers leads her to an amazing opportunity that will completely change her life. Stella grows up a lot through the course of the story and learns a lot about herself.
The side characters were also really great. I loved Stella's siblings, Cara and Drew. I wish that Drew didn't just drop out of the story in the middle though. He was in the beginning and end, but I would have loved to see him more consistently throughout the whole book. I also loved the Heartbreakers too. They were all a fun group of guys to get to know and the pranks they would play on each other were hilarious. I especially loved Alec and JJ. I honestly liked them even more than Oliver. Oliver wasn't always likable and it made me question the romance between him and Stella several times.
The plot was fun and I finished this book within a day. The moments with Stella's sister would take a much more serious turn though. However, the plot did become repetitive quite a lot, especially in the middle. At times I felt like I was reading the same thing over and over again in chapters.
Overall The Heartbreakers was a fun story to read. I laughed out loud a lot, especially when the Heartbreakers were all together. I would definitely love to read another book based on the other characters.