Title: The Heartbreakers
Author: Ali Novak
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: August 4, 2015
My Rating: 5 stars
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley 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?
This book made my boy band loving, fan fiction reading little heart sing with happiness. If you enjoy these things, trust me when I say that you need this. Seriously. Even if you’re not into boy bands, you’ll swoon for the adorable romance in this book. Stella and Oliver have one of the cutest relationships that I’ve read about in a while. It’s not necessarily the most mature relationship, but they’re both teenagers, so they still can get away with cute.
The Heartbreakers isn’t all fluff though. Some more serious issues are addressed, such as Stella’s sister’s battle with cancer, and how cancer affects entire families. At one point in the book, Stella points out that when one family member gets cancer, it’s like you all get cancer. Cara is put through multiple treatments, and her family members have to each find their own ways to deal with the highs and lows of Cara’s battle.
Another big issue that is touched on in The Heartbreakers is fame, and how being famous can really affect a celebrities life, and their choices in general. Unlike us “normal” people, celebrities can’t really do anything without it ending up all over the Internet within a few hours. They have to consider every move they make and every word they say. Anyone who associates with a celebrity is also usually thrust into the same spotlight. Oliver’s character allows the reader to know what it’s like to have to hide in public places in fear of being mobbed by fans or paparazzi.
The Heartbreakers boasts a loveable cast of characters, from Stella’s family to the band and their management. Each and every one of these characters has their own personality, and it was easy to tell them apart. The band members never got mixed up in my head due to similar personalities. My one complaint about this book lies with the characters, though. There were times when Stella would come off extremely snobby, and just kind of crappy in general. I get that this was to give her character room to grow, but there were times when I really felt that she just went overboard on being rude.
With that said, I still felt like The Heartbreakers was an adorable romance that I would recommend to anyone who likes cute romance and music storylines. I give it five out of five stars, and I immediately pre-ordered it after finishing. It comes out next week, so you guys should check it out!