Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Book Review: The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers by Lynn Weingarten

Published: December 27, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 352 pages

If there’s an upside to having your heart broken, it’s this: A broken heart makes you brave. 

The first day of sophomore year doesn’t go the way Lucy planned. After a summer apart from her boyfriend, she’s ready to greet him with a special surprise and instead gets a shocking one in return: He’s breaking up with her. Beyond devastated, Lucy has no idea how she’s going to make it through homeroom, let alone the rest of her life. 

Enter three stunning girls with the unnatural ability to attract boys and an offer Lucy can’t refuse: They can heal her heart in an instant. And then she’ll be one of them—a member of a sisterhood that is impervious to heartbreak and has access to magic distilled from the tears of brokenhearted boys. But to gain their power, Lucy must get a guy to fall in love with her the old-fashioned way, and then break his heart in the next seven days. 

While the sisterhood may need another Heartbreaker, Lucy’s only desire is to get her ex back. But how far is she willing to go, and who is she willing to cross to get what she wants?

So I chose this book to be my Valentine's Day read. I wouldn't say that it's the 'happiest' of Valentine's Day reads I could have chose from, but I went with this one. This book had some great factors but some major flaws.

First, the writing style. I honestly think that Lynn Weingarten is one of the best third person's storytellers. I have not read her other book, but judging on the writing style of this one, I may just have to. The writing isn't awkward, and it's actually really great. I loved how she described things in the book, and I could see the book being played in my head as if it was a movie.

Next, the characters. Oh... no. I thought that almost every character was great and quirky and just a well-rounded character in this book -- except for one: Lucy, our main protagonist. Now we're heading into rough waters here if I, the reader, is having trouble with the protagonist. On almost every page, I heard the world "Alex" and how much she misses him and how much she wants him back. I can understand how your heart may be broken, but I do not like hearing it through the entire novel. But all the other characters were great! I think either Olivia, one of the Sisterhood members, or Tristan, Lucy's best friend, was my favorite. 

Then, we just have the storyline. This is what bumps the star rating back up. I love this storyline. For some reason, I found it interesting to read about getting vengeance over a broken heart. I thought that the story was unique and original, and the story always did keep my attention. It was just Lucy I had problems with!

Overall, THE SECRET SISTERHOOD OF HEARTBREAKERS had a great writing style, an unbelievable storyline, but, unfortunately, a very annoying main character.

My Rating: 


  1. Great review! I've been pretty curious about this book. I'm glad to hear that the author pulls off 3rd person story telling well, because I'm not a major fan of 3rd person.

    1. I really loved Lynn Weingarten's writing style. It's just Lucy brought the story down a little, haha. :D


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