*I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Title: The Heartbreakers
Author: Ali Novak
Series: (The Heartbreaker Chronicles #1)
Expected publication date: August 1, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
“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?
If you like quick, perhaps slightly unrealistic romances, then this is definitely the book for you. And, it’s pretty much the perfect summer read.
I had absolutely no doubts about this book. Why? Because I was lucky enough to have read the first draft on Wattpad before the author even began the process of publishing it. I loved it then and I love it now. Sure, there’s instant love between Oliver and Stella, but it works. And they don’t get together right away. They have so many issues to go through first, considering he’s a famous singer in a band and she’s just a normal teenaged girl trying to get through life with her photos and sister who is a cancer victim.
But that’s also why it’s unrealistic: I mean, she’s a normal girl, and he’s a famous
pop star rock star, and they so happen to meet in Starbucks before his huge signing and they’re flirting, and then later that night she finds out they’re staying in the same hotel as her and her brother and the next thing you know, the whole band is in an elevator with her. I mean, he still gives her his number even after she yelled at them all in the elevator…
So why, you may ask, do I love it so much if I hate instant love (as I have mentioned so many times before in other reviews)?
It’s simple really. Why? Here you go: family and friendship. Those themes were abundantly clear throughout the novel.
Stella’s sister, Cara, is horribly sick; she has cancer. And it’s pretty bad. Stella blames herself, wondering why she hadn’t seen the signs sooner, and so she can’t bring herself to leave her and go to college in another city; she’s too afraid she’ll miss something, that Cara will get worse and she won’t be there. But since their birthday is coming up soon, Stell and Drew have the best idea as to how to make Cara truly happy this year; get her a bunch of singed merchandise from her favourite band in the whole world: The Heartbreakers. And though Stella herself despises the group and their music, she goes on a trip with eh brother anyway because Cara is a die-hard fan of The Heartbreakers and it’s the perfect opportunity to get something Cara will definitely love and cherish.
The fact that Stella decided to put her life on hold just for her sister is truly beautiful, because not many others would do that. She doesn’t want to miss out on Cara’s life in case there’s no Cara left to live anymore. And I adore that her and Drew care so much, enough that they’d drive hours away and wait another few hours in a line just to get Cara a gift signed by a band both Drew and Stella can’t stand. They sacrificed their ears (seriously, they hate their music) to make sure Cars would be happy.
And that’s just family. For friends, wow. I adored the time Stella spent with the band. They were having fun! Everything was so light and completely enjoyable. No matter what happened, you were left admiring how they formed such a strong friendship bond. Secret of life; people change people. And that shows clearly throughout the book as the band returns to their former glory (or, they’re starting to take risks to be who they really want to be) and Stella bursts out of the shell she cocooned herself in, in order to stay with Cara. She grows and becomes more confident in her work and being away from Cara.
Heck, even Cara’s illness was a pleasure to read about! Sure, she was sick and so close to dying at times, but she was always so optimistic and full of life! She was never moody or brooding or just plain rude just because she was sick. She was energetic, bursting at the seams with energy that her body couldn’t seem to stand! She was a great character, and it was easy to fall in love with her, as well as the others.
Overall, The Heartbreakers is a sweet, fun and light read that I definitely recommend. That is, if you don’t mind a good insta-love and slightly unrealistic story.