The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: August 4th 2015
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Music, Family, Friendship, Celebrity, Illness
“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?
The perfect summer read.
I had my doubts regarding this book. Mundane teenage girl meets rock star (though I’m leaning more toward ‘‘popstar’’) and, from that exact moment, her entire life changes… talk about serendipity. Not-so-realistic serendipity.
I hate to say this, but it was insta-love between those two. I’m not a fan of insta-love.
So how did this book manage to kindle my interest so much, then?
Two words: family and friendship. Those themes were fully present.
Stella’s sister is deeply sick; she has cancer. And it’s bad. So Stella’s can’t bring herself to leave her and go to college – in another city. But guess what? Cara is a die-hard fan of The Heartbreakers, a group Stella despises, the group Oliver Perry is in.
I didn’t think it was a good idea for Stella to defer her attending college, but the fact that she did it so she can spend time with her sister was truly beautiful. I don’t think many would do as much, even for a family member; we’re a pretty self-centered generation. Or is it my spontaneous cynicism that is speaking right this moment?
But that wasn’t the only thing that enchanted me. I loved the interactions between The Heartbreakers group members and Stella. They were having fun! And we cannot deny that a celebrity can make your dreams come true… or be a life-size dream altogether *wink* *wink*. Everything was so light and completely enjoyable. Even Cara’s illness didn’t make her a moody, brooding day and night character; she was full of life, even more than Stella, and it was always a pleasure to have her around.
Don’t go thinking that the romance escaladed at 100 km/h. It was a rollercoaster… When you’re a celebrity, you have to be careful not to expose your personal life or the people you love, and for that, it was hard for Stella and Oliver to be together… among other things.
A lovely story to lighten up your mood, whatever mood you’re in.
Sometimes, instant-love is forgivable. I think if the character was halfway in love with the rock/pop star already, then, I suppose that’s okay. I can’t get enough of these tropes!
Friendship and family are always two good topics for a book mainly as it’s not often really used. I’m glad it was a good summer read, I didn’t know about this one.
Ooh! I HATE insta-love, but I LOOOVE books about family and/or friendship! So I may have to check this one out. 🙂
Hi! I recently started my book review blog and I stumbled across your one through Goodreads. I’m amazed to hear that your blog has only been up for about one year and yet you obviously have many followers and are very “blog-famous”. Do you have any tips to any new blogs or anything? Thanks!
I’ve read mixed reviews on this one but glad you enjoyed it so much. I may give it a try!
Jen @ YA Romantics
I’m prejudiced regarding celebrities but sometimes I catch myself feeling sympathy for them. Like how invasive is it when the whole world knows your marriage fell apart and every appearance is scrutinized? Gosh! That aside, this sounds cool though
This sounds like a cute read and it’s good to hear there are some good themes other than just insta-love. Great review! 🙂
AW! This sounds so cute! I wasn’t sure, because of the whole rock star/regular gal thing but I do love the focus on family.
YAY! I’m glad you liked this one, Lola. I have to admit my first impression of this book is cheesy Disney teen-flick. But it’s good to know that this book has more depth than I thought. Can’t wait to read this!
I have to pick up this arc soon, and I’m so glad to see positive reviews on it. I’m not even going to lie, I’m VERY apprehensive about picking this up. I’m not the biggest fan of ” cancer stories “, only because it seems like the ” trend ” or the ” easy route ” to take these days in YA. I’m also not a fan of rockstar stories. They just . . . don’t do it for me, so I’m nervous, but surprisingly excited to see what I think about this one.