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Break It Up

(Someone Else's Fairytale #2.5)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  412 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Kyra Armijo is making a few changes in her life. One of them being, she's no longer going to give it up to every guy who looks at her twice. And she's putting her hopes and dreams for her future first. When the aspiring photojournalist gets the opportunity of a lifetime to tag along with international boy band sensation, Triple Cross, she can't pass up the chance.

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Paperback, 206 pages
Published November 12th 2013 by CreateSpace
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Jacob Proffitt
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chaste, romance
I admit I had both trepidation and hope going into this book. While I was excited to move away from Chloe and Jason (because I want them to be as stable as they deserve, finally), I worried about moving to the less mature Kyra. Yes, we see in the last book that she has matured in some very intriguing ways, but that could easily devolve into sappy or preachy territory. I shouldn't have worried.

As with most series reviews, I'm going to be less detailed than I might otherwise be because really, rea
Zoe and the Edge
Nov 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, ya, squeaky-clean
I am a huge fan of Emily Mah Tippetts so I was a little surprised that this book just didn't work for me. The plot is seriously lacking and the ending? Ugh. No.
Kyra knows her way around boys. She's been having sex since middle school and has a raunchy past. Now in her late teens she's turned over a new leaf.
It's interesting to see Kyra trying to be the good girl but she's still got all her experience from being the bad.
I had to smile a little as she tries to get her parents to be strict with h
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This is the weirdest book. It's in two separate parts. One part is the familiar family part: really great stuff from Jason particularly, and from Kyra's father, and from Jen. And one part is a sort of - paean for celebrity culture, and I never felt like that meshed well with Kyra's personality and story. I get why, logically, it would work, but I don't think it worked well when actually written out. Maybe because the idea that you just have to be okay with incredibly invasive media and horrific ...more
Caisey Quinn
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh how I loved the heroine in this story. She is flawed. She has a VERY dark past in which she, in her own words, "botched up her childhood," by trying to grow up too fast. But she is honest and she is level-headed and able to take things in stride that most girls her age would not. Break It Up was a sweet and emotional story of becoming an adult and learning to face life as it comes. Of holding your head up high and not accepting the labels the world tries to stick you with. And it didn't hurt ...more
Oct 10, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 - Mostly I liked this, and Tippetts continues to be spot-on with her refusal to allow any slut-shaming to sneak through in her books. It's just a personal thing really, but the whole "I know I SHOULD be honest with him/her but I love him/her TOO MUCH to lose him/her, which would inevitably happen if I STOPPED LYING" thing makes me wild. ...more
E.M. Tippetts
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Okay, the star rating is biased. And it's 5AM and I've been up all night, so I'm a little delirious.

Just a note to let you know that the book is now live! Here are links:


Paperback is not yet in print. I'm working on it!
This one was only okay for me. I was confused about the trajectory of the relationship. And I want to know what happens next with the band/Zach's career!

And I don't know. The plot about Kyra's past went on too long for me. I know she's young, but I guess I'm too firm a believer in the people who matter won't care. It was all too dramatic for me.
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
i REALLLLLLY WANT to read this book.... i love emily mah tippets... her books just get to me... i can't wait to read break it up.. ...more
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this! Deep in places and a very engaging read.
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak

FIRST - cheers to the bad-girl-turned-good.




I can feel my chest tightening as I read the novel…


Because I am dreadfully waiting for the IMPENDING DOOM – if Zach finds out about her past – what would happen???!

Kyra Armijo had a wild past. As past being the operative word here, she’s starting to change her ways. She no longer sleeps around, break curfews, or drinks. She gained herself straight A’s in school. All she wanted to do was to secure her future,
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
**review originally posted on Coffee Bean Bookshelf**

I will say that I was happily right about how much I would like this book! This was just what I wanted to read…a sweet little romance with an interesting and different plot. The romance wasn’t in my face that much, either, which was a change of pace

I immediately like Kyra’s character – she was a little bit self-depreciating, but strong in many ways because she was smart enough to see the mistakes of her past. I had a little bit of a hard time
Jenee -Jenee's Book Blog
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. Not that it was a surprise because I tend to love anything E.M. Tippetts writes. This book was a spin off of her previous series, Someone Else's Fairytale, and I absolutely loved those books as well. There is no cliffhanger.

Kyra is just now starting to realize the error of her promiscuous ways and has decided she needs to change. After the death of her mother, she was raised by her father and tended to be a wild child. Now at the age of 18, she wants to prove to the
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It was a quick read that had me hooked. I read every free chance I had and finished it in a day.

Kyra is a young woman with a past that she has moved beyond in the last year. She is making better choices and gaining more responsibility and trust from her family even though she doesn’t think she deserves that trust. But she is slowly starting to believe she deserves it though. Kyra gets a once in a lifetime chance to go on tour with the most popular bo
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
Source: eARC for Honest Review from Author

For some reason I had no idea this book was a spin off of Someone Else's Fairytale so when I finally realized it I was pleasantly surprised.

For Kyra she has made some shit choices but once she finally believes in herself and the possibilities of a better life she reforms from her old self but the past always has a way of catching up with you.

For Zach he had been ruled my his mother, expectations, perceptions and so many rules. Him and his fellow band ma
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
little disappointed, but mad love for Kyra she is a well developed strong female character, Liam (i think that his name i just read the book and am not sure) was a complete and utter douchebag cry baby. This book is still worth a read i just think Kyra deserved a MAN not a spoilt little brat that she ended up with but that just me.
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3 Unimpressive Stars

As with the preceding Fairytale novels, this one showed so much promise and somewhere along the way it just fell flat. It should be known that Break It Up can be read as a stand-alone, though if you want to catch glimpses of a younger and rowdier Kyra, I would suggest reading them. (More info on the series HERE. ) Also don’t be fooled by the blurb, this is not a love-triangle, not even close, so if that’s what you’re looking for, you may want to look elsewhere.

To be hones
OK E.M.Tippetts. You've got me, I can no longer proclaim that I hate secondary character storylines/books. ...more
Aug 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
Poor writing and below average plot. The story had lot of potential but fails horribly to match up to it.
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

At A Glance
I was going to give this book 2.5 stars until the very end when Kyra gave a "speech" that Blew Me Away!

The Good
Break It Up started out good. I loved the concept. It sounds like a fantasy come true: meeting then working for your favorite musical star. And with Kyra's promiscuous past, it added just the right amount of spice. I loved watching Kyra fall deeper for the "good boy" Zach while trying to hide from the cameras and paparazzi. Because Kyra
Veronica of V's Reads
I liked this one from the start. Kyra is a witty, savvy narrator who takes us on her redemption tale--only to have her whole life go up in tabloid. The low-down: Kyra's mother abandoned her at birth and her father raised her. Despite his best intentions Kyra was a wild child. She carries the baggage of her promiscuous ways, and at 18, is only just seeing the value in valuing herself.

She has a tremendously supportive family, including her step-mother Jen and her step-uncle, Jason Vanderholt--Jen'
Nov 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Originally at The Fictional Reader

*I received this book for review via Goodreads First Reads*

At first, I couldn’t decide whether to give this book 3 stars or 3.5. I settled on 3.5 because I did overall enjoy it, there were just some aspects of the book that prevented me from giving it more.

As far as the story goes, I must admit I was engrossed by it. I started this book in the early evening and finished it before going to bed. A girl who gets to tour with a hot boy band, who wouldn’t want to be
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kyra used to be the girl with the bad reputation. A reputation she may have earned but she’s trying to redeem herself for her past mistakes. When she gets to meet with the somewhat reclusive but very famous band, Triple Cross, Kyra is a little star struck – and she has met her fair share of A-List celebrities. But Zach Wechsler is different. He’s even better than in Kyra’s fantasies. Can Kyra manage to keep her past a secret and have a chance with the clean cut pop sensation or will things betwe ...more
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved Break It Up. Seriously, E.M. Tippetts is one of the few people who can make me care about the lives of people who deal with celebrities. Possibly because she writes about who they really are inside and treats them like real people with slightly different conflicts. I love Chloe and Jason from Someone Else’s Fairytale and Kyra was a favorite character in those books, so I was excited to read her own story.

Kyra had a rough past, but she was getting a lot better, thanks in large part to C
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing! I stayed up late last night finishing it because I couldn't put it down! I haven't read any other books that go with this storyline. This is the first book I've read of E.M. Tippetts!

Kyra has grown up the bad girl. She lost her virginity at a very young age and would give it up to anyone who would give her the time of day. She carried that reputation with her in school as well, but she's decided to change. She realizes that being able to get whatever guy she wants doesn't
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
Oh did I love this book! I think it's E.M. Tippetts's best book to date, by far - which is saying a LOT! It's a standalone book with a new POV heroine, but it's related to her earlier books Someone Else's Fairytale and Nobody's Damsel. After reading the first few chapters of this book and loving them, I was so intrigued by references to those earlier story lines, I actually stopped and read the earlier books first, before coming back to Break It Up. I didn't need to - I definitely could have enj ...more
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'll admit, I only signed up to review this book because I liked the author's previous work and the cover caught my interest. Who doesn't love boy bands? But I was pleasnatly surprised when I started reading and found out it was a companion novel to the Someone Else's Fairytale books. You don't need to have read the first two to understand this one, but I think it would help you understand where the characters are coming from if you did.

Kyra was a very refreshing character because she already kn
Jodie's W.I.N.E. List
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have to admit something, I didn't realize the main character in this book appears in E.M. Tippetts other books, as Jason Vanderholt’s niece in Someone Else’s Fairytale and Nobody’s Damsel. Had I known that, I would have read those two first. Although this was good without reading the others, I think it would have been a "great" had I read them. I couldn't understand why Kyra was acting like her past was such a HUGE deal, when it didn't seem that way to me. She had changed, Zach liked her for w ...more
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have read a few of E.M. Tippetts books from this series and I have enjoyed everyone of them so when I was asked if I wanted to review this one I jumped at the chance and I'm glad I did as it was just as good as the others.

I love the colours used in this cover but I would have liked it to have matched the others in the series a bit more even though this can be read as a stand alone it is still in the same world so it would have been better to match.

At the minute I am really into books that invo
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars with a caution that this really is not "young" YA material. Labeled as New Adult. See content explanation below.

Kyra has made a lot of mistakes. She’s got a past she isn’t necessarily proud of. Things are different now though. She is trying so hard to be the person she really wants to be. You have to admire a person who can sink so low in life and fight their way back up and out of it. That sort of tenacity makes for a great character that you can relate to and root for. Kyra is that k
Lani Woodland
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
E.M. Tippetts is one of my favorite authors. I haven't read a book she's written that I haven't loved.

This was a fantastic coming of age story filled with a sweet romance. Kyra, the heroine of the story, who we first met in Tippet's Someone Else's Fairytale books is a reformed party girl with a good head on her shoulders. Yes, she has made some mistakes in her past but has been working on cleaning up her life and becoming responsible. She was a delight to read about. She kept sticking her neck
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Emily Mah Tippetts writes romance under the name E.M. Tippetts and science fiction and fantasy under the name Emily Mah. Before she was a published author, she was an attorney who specialized in real estate, contracts, and estate planning, especially literary estate planning.

Her most recent pro publications have been her science fiction and fantasy short stories in magazines like Black Gate, Analo

Other books in the series

Someone Else's Fairytale (6 books)
  • Someone Else's Fairytale (Someone Else's Fairytale, #1)
  • Nobody's Damsel (Someone Else's Fairytale, #2)
  • The Hunt for the Big Bad Wolf (Someone Else's Fairytale #3)
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