Some sixteen-year-olds babysit for extra cash. Some work at the Gap. Becca Williamson breaks up couples.
After watching her sister get left at the altar, Becca knows the true damage that comes when people utter the dreaded L-word. For just $100 via paypal, she can trick and manipulate any couple into smithereens. With relationship zombies overrunning her school, and treating single girls like second class citizens, business is unfortunately booming. Even her best friend Val has resorted to outright lies to snag a boyfriend.
One night, she receives a mysterious offer to break up the homecoming king and queen, the one zombie couple to rule them all: Steve and Huxley. They are a JFK and Jackie O in training, masters of sweeping faux-mantic gestures, but if Becca can split them up, then school will be safe again for singletons. To succeed, she’ll have to plan her most elaborate scheme to date and wiggle her way back into her former BFF Huxley’s life – not to mention start a few rumors, sabotage some cell phones, break into a car, and fend off the inappropriate feelings she’s having about Val’s new boyfriend. All while avoiding a past victim out to expose her true identity.
No one said being the Break-Up Artist was easy.
M: I don’t know where they were going with this cover, but it did not work.
R: No, no it did not. The color scheme works, if you take out the two characters on the front. Who are they even supposed to be?
M: Absolutely no idea, they don’t resemble anyone in the story that I can imagine.
R: The story though, was pretty good. Very funny I thought, ya know? We both agreed very Mean Girls-esque.
M: Yes, it really did have some Mean Girls qualities. I also enjoyed that the main character was about as bitter as I am when it comes to love.
R: I loved that element of Becca as well! But you know me, I don’t do romance. At all.
M: True. It doesn’t bother me that much, but for some reason in contemporary fiction it is a lot more annoying than it would be in other genres. Mostly because of the whole “you have to be in a relationship to be fully human” aspect that is prevalent in most of them.
R: I know exactly what you mean. It’s sad that so many of the contemporary fiction in YA is so MUST BE IN A RELATIONSHIP. I can’t decide what came first, girls having to be a in a relationship to feel whole or strongly focused romance in YA literature. It’s your classic chicken or the egg scenario.
M: I did like how this book was sort of a departure from that. However, there were parts where I thought it was not going to be.
R: You mean the parts where I wanted to punch her?
M: Exactly! Those parts. For her being so anti-love she falls for a lot of BS really fast. It got pretty annoying.
R: Me too. You know who was also annoying? Her friend Val. I hated that she lied to get her boyfriend. He obviously knew she hadn’t seen any of those movies, but he just went along with it because he wanted someone to make out with.
M: Yeah, Ezra was definitely not my favorite character. I also wanted to punch her sister a few times.
R: I liked that that storyline drove home the point of not marrying someone just so that you can be married.
M: I also liked that it stressed the importance of friendship and how one should be able to lean on your friends for support in times of trouble. Though I completely understood where her sister was coming from, because if someone left you at the altar you would only be able to focus on that and you would imagine that EVERYONE was talking about you.
R: Like Ted from How I Might Your Mother.
M: I will say this, I would not have read this book if we had not chosen it for Bibliomaniacs. It really isn’t my style; however, I did enjoy it. I was curious to see where it was going to go.
R: I feel bad that we can’t tell any of you more than what we’ve said, but to say anymore would give away some very big spoilers.
M: But it was a good book, if you’re in to this thing or even if you’re not. ‘Cause I’m not really, but I liked it.
R: We apologize for this kind of horrible review. But it’s excellent proof that you win some, you lose some.
M: I’m just glad this is over.
Book: 4 out of 5 stars
Cover: 2 out of 5 stars