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The Breakup Bible

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  2,866 Ratings  ·  286 Reviews
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 in
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 10th 2007 by Disney-Hyperion
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Jan 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: High school girls
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Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I stumbled upon The Breakup Bible after googling "books to read when you're heartbroken"... I believe the reason for this particular search is pretty obvious and doesn't need to be explained.

Thing is, I honestly didn't expect much from this book but I'm glad to be proven wrong (especially in times like this). This book will not mend your heart and get you back out there after a bad experience but it will definitely help you take some first steps towards that goal.

May 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, ya-lit
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
Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
Apr 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
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


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
Oct 19, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 19, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I feel like if this was something I'd read while in a relationship, I wouldn't have liked it as much as I did.

I got this book. I came out of a relationship three months ago, so this was very relatable to me.

Reading how devastated Jen was at the start of her breakup reminded me how I felt, and it was just interesting to see her progression toward happiness and getting over Max.

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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 :)
Christine Aeschbacher
Cute story. Since I'm 24 and married, I can't help but judge teenage girls in books who are "in love" and heartbroken when a guy breaks up with them.

But even though I'm 24 and married, I still enjoy teenage romances! So I enjoyed it!
I finished this yesterday or the other day and I can relate to Jen but she's moved on but I haven't lol but it's a good book :)
Salomé Reina
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Salomé Reina Bedoya
The Breakup Bible
Melissa Kantor

People in the nineteenth-century novels actually died of heartbreak, so basically a girl gets dumped by her boyfriend or lover and the next thing you know her family is sitting next to her bed waiting for the moment to happen, friends give their grieves to the parents and go away until the tradegy passes. Jen lewis is a junior student, she is one of the most non-popular girls at school but she is having a great time, on the other hand, she i
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer and Max are the perfect couple... until they aren't. With the breakup out of the way up front, The Breakup Bible walks us through the demise of their relationship and Jennifer's struggle with heartache and "being just friends." Taking the character and the reader through the stages of grief, showing Jen commiserating with friends and family, and introducing a self-help book that may or may not help her survive the school year, the novel peppers its pages with excerpts of the self-help t ...more
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
2.75 stars

I think the 'B' storyline was more interesting than the 'A' storyline. And the book could have been great if it were the focus. It truly surprised me and took parts of the story places I hadn't expected especially for a contemporary story about getting over a breakup. It wasn't perfect but it did really elevate the story and make it more unique.

Jen was a mixed bag for me. I didn't hate her but I didn't enjoy her either. She she was just there. She came across annoying at times and I f
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is literally one of my favorite books from any books. I would say this is a nonfiction book because many teenagers face breakups and heartbrokens in high school or growing up. According to this book , it's mainly about a girl named Jennifer Lewis who is a junior in High school, she had it all and she was in loved with her boyfriend named "Max Brown". Until Max Brown told her , " it would be better if we were just friends." , which it created a changed up to Jennifer lifestyles and unde ...more
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
For light, chick (YA) lit, it wasn't at all bad. Max was a jerk, and I couldn't help but relate to Jenny even given the tiresome trying-to-get-him-back part.
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Breakup Bible
Reviewed by Danielle Kobriger
“It’s not you, it’s me”, “I don’t have time for a relationship”, “I think we are better off as friends”, all of these are common break up lines. . The Breakup Bible, written by Melissa Kantor, tells the story of a teenage girl, Jen, whose heart is broken by her adored boyfriend Max, when he says the famous line “I think we should just be friends”.
I feel like Kantor, the author, is trying to make the point that time can heal all wounds if you let it.
Nyara (=^_^=)
Oct 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Nyara (=^_^=) by: Adie
Shelves: chick-lit
Actual rating: 3.75

I badly wanted to make this 4-stars but I'm not so sure... I'll just wait if ever that happens

Fair Warning: may contain mild spoilers though it wouldn't really tell you a lot about the story. Unless if you're like me who can easily stitch pieces together, then you might want to steer clear of my review. Yet again, these won't destroy the story for you

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I am truly amazed by the tattered effects on the cover. I thought it was authentic!! :P
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Dec 16, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I choose the novel “The Breakup Bible” written by Melissa Kantor because the title caught my attention. In this story a teenage girl with the name Jennifer; who in her 3rd year of High School has a massive heartbreak emotionally and mentally. The heartbreak was caused by her now ex-boyfriend Max Brown, a High School senior, who told Jennifer that he thinks that they should just stay “friends.” This gesture made by Max really interfered with Jennifer’s life. After the breakup, Jennifer only could ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
It's bizarre, but I like reading teenage break-up stories. I definitely didn't enjoy being dumped as a teenager, but I think the emotions of that experience always make for great YA literature. In this book, Jen Lewis, school newspaper reporter, is unexpectedly dumped by her boyfriend Max, the newspaper's editor. Totally caught off guard and devastated by the break-up, she wonders how she will ever possibly face him in school, and in newspaper meetings, now that they are no longer a couple. She ...more
Kate McMurry
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Chelsea Nicole
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Louise Metierre
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

This is about a girl, Jen Lewis who has a so called perfect boyfriend but suddenly Max Brown decided that it would be better if they're just friends. Broken hearted and clueless, Jen needs a reason why his boyfriend dumped him. Jen is having troubl
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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”
“...[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
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