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Jen Lewis is having a great junior year. She is the features editor of the school paper, and she’s dating Max Brown, the paper’s editor-in-chief. Everything is perfect—that is, until Max says, “Maybe it would be better if we were just friends.” In shock and total denial, Jen wonders how she is going to deal with the pain of seeing Max in school every day. Her misery only i

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ebook, 279 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Disney Press (first published May 1st 2007)
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Katy
Jan 25, 2009 Katy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: High school girls
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

Jennifer had the perfect boyfriend, the All-American Boy, Max Brown, who she has had a crush on since kindergarten. Everything was fine and peachy for them, or at least that is what Jennifer believed. Out of nowhere Max tells her that he has been thinking about this a lot and just ends their relationships. Heartbroken, Jennifer has no idea what went wrong and is having trouble seeking out the answers, most likely because all sh...more
Tori
Awesome book. Kinda reminded me of How to Be Popular with it's self-help book style. I loved the characters, they felt real and the plot wasn't some lame we broke up but then I found an even better guy kinda thing. I mean, she didn't even have a real new boyfriend by the end of the book. But I do like Gene. I wish I could salsa dance. I loved when Jennifer told Max to get over himself. I think he totally deserved it and that she should have been more pissed at him through out the whole book. And...more
Mary
Such a great story, and well constructed and written. And even though the main story line addresses the sad reality of heartbreak, I caught myself smiling at several different points in the novel (I mean, who *hasn't* blasted ABBA and danced wildly around the bedroom?).

I've always appreciated Melissa Kantor's writing style - it's engaging and endearingly sarcastic (not the kind of sarcasm that seems to be written just for sarcasm's sake; it could even be called an ironic sarcasm, the kind that p...more
Michelle (FabBookReviews)

I think Kantor was able to really elevate what could have been standard YA fare and create something more standout, fun and interesting. The storyline is relatively simple, and something we have read multiple times in YA lit: a teen boy breaks up with his unsuspecting girlfriend, and she is left reeling and completely traumatized by the break up. Now, I have to admit that I often get impatient with these female characters who lose their marbles, don't go to school, have a minor breakdown, etc. a...more
Jamie
The Breakup Bible s a really good book mostly for Teens. Its about a girl named Jen Lewis who goes to highschool and is dating a boy named Max Brown. They had a perfect relationship until he tells her he just wants to be friends. Jen feels like her life is over until her Nana gets her a book called the Breakup Bible. Her Nana is hopeing this book helps Jen move on from Max.

Warning: Plot Spoilers and Discussion Follow Below.

Setting: The book takes place in 2007 at Hillsdal High School.

The protago...more
Karla (Reads and Thoughts)
The cover was pink. shocking pink. It was so pink it seemed to throb with pinkness. Smack in the middle was a raised, gold heart, split in two by a pink lightning bolt. Above the heart, in white capital letters, was the books title. The Breakup bible

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Jennifer Lewis has it all: amazing friends, editorial position on the school newspaper and the perfect relationship with her boyfriend Max Brown, her editor in chief and the boy of her dreams. Then, out of nowhere, Max casually tells Jennifer tha...more
Jennaceng9
I recommend The Breakup Bible to someone who likes funny, realistic, young adult novels. This book would be perfect for someone looking for a light read. The Breakup Bible begins with a heartbroken Jennifer Lewis explaining how her boyfriend of five months, Max, dumps her. The story continues, and a day after the breakup, Jennifer's grandmother gives her a book. The book, titled The Breakup Bible, is all about how to get over heartbreak. With the help of The Breakup Bible's rules, friends, famil...more
Alisha_allen18
I am just finishing this book and I absolutely loved it. I have already recommended it to my friend who just went through a break up, but not because I think it has good advice because for one I don't think you need a man to be happy. I recommended it to her because it would help her understand how silly she was being having such hurt feelings because of ONE GUY. She could read the life of Jen and start thinking to herself "Jeez, she just needs to get over this jerk. She needs to realize that sh...more
Amy
The author did a good job pulling you in and making you feel the pain that comes with being dumped. Especially when it comes out of left field like it did for Jen when Max said he thought they were better off as friends. All the emotions and actions Jen went through trying to move on were spot on. I just wish there was more about Jen's life after she realized Max wasn't as great as she thought he was. I would have liked to have read more about her at her internship and about seeing Gene for coff...more
Sarah Dayton
Jennifer Lewis was a junior in high school and she was having a fantastic year. She was on the newspaper committee and she had an amazing boyfriend named Max Brown. That is, until he told her that he thinks that "they'd be better as friends." She was devastated and she didn't know what to do about the newspaper because she'd be seeing him since he was editor in chief. Then, her grandma gives her this book that she thinks would help Jennifer get over Max called "The Breakup Bible" (hence the name...more
Chelsea Nicole
This book definitely had good intentions but I think it was just executed poorly. There was too many subplots and I'm not all too sure why the book was even titled the break up bible. There was not even a proper guide to breaking up.
Jennifer has been moved up on my list of most annoying protagonists to ever have their own book. She was such a whinny little bitch. It felt like she wanted to seem so much smarter and mature than she was.
The plot I'm guessing had to do with Jen's boyfriend breaking...more
Chrissy♥Dev
What can I say I'm a sucker for romance and chick lit. I happened to devour this book in two hours give or take before eating breakfast or getting out of bed.

I was wondering how Jennifer was going to get over Max. As anyone whose every been in love knows breakups hurt and take some time to get over. I liked how there was another storyline and another guy Gene who sounds too sweet.

I got another lucky pick here. Plus I do like happy endings :)
Laura
I enjoyed reading the break up bible myself, I new it would be a great book because the cover said it all! As soon as I saw the bright pink cover and dramatic title! I didint have a second choice but to chose this book. It gave me tips or when I go trough a brake up such as getting rid of everything of him, move out, don't chase, do not bad mouth your ex to other people &most of all you cannot be friends. I love drama books they get me into the book a lot & I won't stop reading until I g...more
Keshia
The Breakup Bible is about as much as you can expect from your typical YA chick-lit style novel. It was a fun, light read but in the long run is not a story that will make a lasting impact. It tells the story of seventeen year old Jennifer, who has just been dumped by Max, the supposed love of her life. It's the usual drama of whiny teenage girl who finds a new love interest while snubbing old boy, and has some unique other story going on that helps with self discovery. In this case, it is Jenni...more
Michelle
I thought this book was fantastic. The book started with Jen and Max dating then breaking up. I had liked Jen till this happened because she became obsessed with Max. All she would do is think about him even when she got nominated to get an internship for The New York Times,her dream. But once she started doing more than just cry all the time because of Max I began to like her again. I love how the author wrote the goodbye between Jen and Max it was very satisfying as a reader. She not only wrot...more
Yuqi
I enjoyed The Breakup Bible by Melissa Kantor much more than I thought I would. I saw the bright pink cover in the YA section of the library by chance. It stuck out and having just gone through a breakup of sorts myself, I thought something with a title like The Breakup Bible might help me move on, or at least give me something to relate to.

Jennifer Lewis, the protagonist and dumpee starts the book off heartbroken after her then-boyfriend Max pulls a Let's Just Be Friends. She picks up a self-h...more
Les
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Kristin
The Breakup Bible by Melissa Kantor was a very teenage based book that I'm sure everyone in highschool can realate to. A highschool junior, Jennifer Lewis, was very popular and smart, and then she got dumped. No one likes being dumped, it hurts your ego, and it just plain hurts. Throughout the book, Jennifer finds ways to cope. At first she was really upset, crying all the time wondering why this had happened to her. Then she tried to get her ex-boyfriend back, which didn't work at all. At last,...more
Unguyen
The Breakup bible, by Melissa Kantor is about a girl name Jennifer Lewis, who is going though a tough stage of relationship with her boyfriend Max Brown. This book is revolving around Melissa’s breakup with Max after a beautiful relationship.
The breakup happened before the book starts. Jennifer Lewis a fresh start junior student also the head of the school newspaper who got dumped by her senior boyfriend Max Brown. Jennifer would usually go though the day complaining to her friends, mother and...more
Justine
Well, I thought this book was really good. For one, Jennifer is a great heroine. The way she narrates the story can hold your attention because she’s funny, real, smart and deep. She can also be relatable for those girls who ever felt like they can never let go of the ones who dumped them. Jennifer clings to Max for what seems like forever and that’s what it actually feels like for her. She claims that it takes such a long time to go from “heartache to happiness”.

I also liked how Melissa Kantor...more
Laura Place
The Breakup Bible, by Melissa Kantor, is a book about a girl going through a harsh breakup with her boyfriend. When Jennifer's boyfriend Max tells her that it would be better "just to be friends", her heart feels as if it has literally split in two. Her friends and family give her the usual: "You'll get over it, he's not good enough for you", and they comfort her. Her grandmother, however, gives her something much more unpredictable. She gives her a bright pink book called The Breakup Bible. It...more
Kate McMurry
Cute, funny, YA chick lit

Everything is going sixteen-year-old Jennifer's way. Her boyfriend Max Brown is a handsome, witty senior who works with her on the school newspaper, and she is on track to be a future journalist. She has two great best friends who are intensely loyal to her. Her parents are divorced because her father is gay, but she and her mother get along well, and her father and his significant other are sensitive, kind and loving toward her. But then, tragedy strikes. Seemingly out...more
Stephanie
I adored this novel - it was everything I had expected and more.

I loved the book The Breakup Bible that was in this novel because it gave the funniest advice ever. And what I liked best was the character - Jen's - reaction to them. Absolutely hilarious! Though Jen's reaction and depression after being dumped by her ex-boyfriend, Max, is too unrealistic, it was still an appealing plot.

My favorite character would have to be Jay, Jen's dad's boyfriend. That's right, boyfriend. Apparently her dad fo...more
Julia
“The Breakup Bible” is a novel by Melissa Kantor
This Young adult novel starts as Jennifer Lewis (aka reporter Lewis for the school newspaper) gets dumped by the dreamy Max Brown (aka the head of the school newspaper). As she goes through days of crying, her mother takes her to her nanas, her Mom’s mom. Nan gives her some advice and a book titled “The Breakup Bible.” She doesn’t give it a chance, as she is too caught up in trying to get Max back. But as the days and weeks and months go by she fin...more
Shannon
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Rebecca
This book is about a girl named Jennifer Lewis who seems to be having an amazing junior year, she has two great friends, a spot as an editor at her school's newspaper, and an amazing boyfriend (good looking, valedictorian, and the editor-in-chief). He life seems to come to a screeching halt however when Max, her boyfriend, breaks up with her after five months of, seemingly, blissful courtship. Jen doesn't know what she is going to do. What did she do wrong? How will she ever be able to go to sch...more
Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ]
typical.funny. and vital

At last i finished this book. actually I start reading this June and I stop reading this because many other great books come and I read it again yesterday and finished it.

So here's Jen Lewis, editor of the school paper and here's Max Brown, the paper's editor-in-chief. And their together until Max tells her “it would be better if we were just friends.” Making matters worse, she catches him kissing another girl from the paper. Jen wonders how she is going to deal with the...more
Mirka Nahuat
Girl Get's Depress Cause Of A Guy?Girl Dies Cause of Her ex-Boyfriend? At the beginning of the book it talks about this girl who committed suicide cause her boyfriend broke up with her & she was so in love with him, that she didn't know what to do wit out him.

As the book goes on their is another girl that the same thing happens to her.Her name is Jennifer, she had the best boyfriend ever, Max.But then one day it seems like Max just wanted to be friends, so he broke up with her & then J...more
Caroline
My book talks about a high schoolers break up with her boyfriend, Max, who she was "in love" with. The two dated for 6 months, then a tragic break up occured out of the blue. The problem is, they always see each other because they both write for the school newspaper. The whole book talks about Jenifer's path to "recovery" to happiness again. Her Nana gives Jennie a book, called The Break Up Bible. In this book, it talks about ten commandments to follow after a breakup. Jennie tries to do these t...more
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“...[W]hen I told my dad why I was calling, he just said, 'Honey, you're so beautiful it doesn't matter what you wear.' I wondered how many dads in America were, at that very moment, giving their daughters the same useless advice mine was giving me.” 7 likes
“TEN BREAKUP COMMANDMENTS:
1. Move out
2. You cannot be friends
3. Do not process this break-up together
4. Do not bad mouth your ex to other people
5. Get rid of anything that reminds of him
6. Start and exercise regimen
7. Pursue an interest you could not have pursued while you and your ex were together
8. Take a vacation
9. Embrace Change
10. Go on a date”
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