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Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak

3.09  ·  Rating details ·  464 ratings  ·  176 reviews
The summer after senior year is not going as eighteen-year-old Lu Charles expected: after her longtime boyfriend unexpectedly breaks up with her, Lu can’t write a single word, despite the fact that her college scholarship is tied to her columnist job at hip online magazine Misnomer. Then, she meets Cal.

Cal’s ever-practical girlfriend Iris is looking ahead to her first year
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by Inkyard Press
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Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I came into this novel with zero expectations. I'm glad that I did... because I was a bit disappointed and not sure I really enjoyed this novel.

I was extremely frustrated with the main character and she got on my nerves. Felt like she was a tad bit self centered.

Lu's boyfriend breaks up with her and it breaks up her ability to write her romance column as well. All she can seem to do is focus on Leo and the heartbreak of losing her boyfriend. I had a lot of trouble relating to Lu... felt again th
A sweet story about first love, moving on, and growing up. Nobody ever forgets their first love, but some people have a much harder time getting over them. Lu is dumped by her first love Leo, his reason seems to be because they are going to different colleges. Personally I think this is a mature decision, I’m not a huge advocate of going off to college with a boyfriend/girlfriend back home. Now of course I say this and I had a long distance relationship when I was in college, but that didn’t wo ...more
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review

A YA contemporary, Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak is all about teenage first love and about dealing with everything when that love falls apart.

I see this as a bit of a literary palate cleanser, it was filled with our main protagonist, Lucinda 's angsty magazine column mission to chronicle a love story. Not all stories have to be deep and while it's just okay for me, I know a few of my high school students who would
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
I used to read a ton of YA and then I just sort of naturally moved away from it over the past few years. I think as I got older I found myself struggling to relate to the characters but when I saw the title of this one I just had to try it, I mean how catchy is it?! I’m really glad I did because even though I still can’t totally relate to a teenager anymore (maybe because I’m old enough to be a parent to a teenager now? 👵🏻) I found myself able to remember how it felt to be a teenager and that wo ...more
Samantha (WLABB)
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, ya, arcs, diverse
I guess this is a black sheep review, because I enjoyed this book.

Graduating from high school comes with the promise of so many wonderful beginnings, but sometimes those beginnings are accompanied by endings.

Lu was excited to be attending NYU in the fall until her boyfriend, Leo, preemptively breaks up with her since he would be attending college upstate. And so, Lu began her summer with a broken heart and a crippling case of writer's block. By some serendipitous stroke of luck, Lu overheard t
Nicole Overmoyer
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
I finished (skimmed the last quarter because I was a smidge invested in Pete) because... well, because Inkyard Press gave me access to an ARC and I want to be good, better about that - when it comes to ARCs I get from NetGalley, which I am bad at. But... this book was not for me. I didn't like it. Pete was the best thing about it and there was not enough Pete. It was just... no. ...more
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley2019
Started well, continued well for a while, but I wasn't so sure by the ending.

3+ stars.

Lu is about to lose her scholarship and thus her chances of going to college because her heart is broken and she can't write a word for her internship at the Misnomer. That's when she sees a couple almost break up for the same reasons her boyfriend left her and then stay together. She needs to write about them and maybe find how she can make things right again.

Even my summary may be slightly spoiler-ish but the
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
This is only getting three stars because I’m on vacation.

Lu was an annoying, slightly bratty, yet funny character that I didn’t root for and wanted to shake. Cal was too John-Green-esque and his girlfriend Iris was portrayed as a hipster version of the manic pixie dream girl. The three of them together made little sense. The saving graces were Lu’s friend Pete (who may have been the only character with rational thinking) and the ending, which thankfully did make sense.
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars, netgalley
What might a teenaged Carrie Bradshaw be like if she were based on the television series incarnation and not a glossy version with a backdropped snapshot of the 80s? Maybe this.

Lu Charles, recently dumped teenager and fresh off her first love, writes a column for online magazine Misnomer entitled Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heart. Through this publication and editorial effusions of her witty and acerbic teenage self, Lu has secured a scholarship for college and allowed her creative self to
linnea h.
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Idk I’m charmed.
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
I desperately wanted to love this one. In fact, I tried to force myself for about half of it to believe I did until I finally gave in and faced the truth. This book is just ok. The plot itself isn't bad, but the characters are all tropes and the main character unlikeable. Three stars only for the plot.

This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.
Meet Lu.  A whiny, eighteen year old who thinks life is horrible because her boyfriend broke up with her.  Ever since her boyfriend broke up with her, she can't write.  This is a huge problem because she writes for a popular online blog that is connected to a scholarship for college.  Without it, she can't go.

Her column is about love.  Think Sex & The City vibe column.  She has written about her love and about what she hears around her.  She meets a cute young man on a park bench and ends up eav
Lu is a columnist for the online magazine Misnomer. Lu is currently dealing with a breakup and writers block as a result. When Lu witnesses a couple trying to decide if they should break up before college or try long distance. Lu is inspired to write an article about relationships pre-college, now all she has to do in convince the couple to let her interview them.

Lu is dealing with her own heartbreak after her boyfriend Leo breaks up with her and seeing this couple, Iris and Cal, in the same sit
Makenna Fournier
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, arc, 2019
Huge thanks to Netgalley for providing an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

I feel like I was being set up to not enjoy this book since the beginning when I thought this books was going in a different direction than it was. I was really into the book for the first chapter, our main character Lu is at the park and she meets this boy Cal, and I loved the chemistry between them. Then it turned out he was half of the relationship that Lu was going to document over the summer while
Oct 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
**I recvd this book in exchange for my honest review from netgalley**

I would have liked this book a lot more if I liked the main character. She ruined it for me. We've all had to write something that we weren't prepared to, being a report for school, or a review for a book, or a column in her case. JUST freaking write something! She was throwing away her future and scholarships for what?? nothing is worth that, though I'm sure it happens in real life, and maybe it makes her more relatable for no
Wendi Lee
*3.5 stars*

Lu writes a column for a hot online teen magazine. The column is kind of a big deal - Lu just graduated from high school, and her scholarship to NYU is contingent on her being a staff member of the magazine. But Lu has been recently dumped, and she can't stop thinking about a couple she met by happenstance at the park ... a couple she wants to write a column about, but they keep saying no.

While I read this, I kept thinking about Donna Tartt's The Secret History. They are NOTHING alik
Debbie Gascoyne
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, arc, 2018
This is a really enjoyable book, and quite unexpected, given the publisher is Harlequin Teen. I can't say much more without spoilers, but suffice it to say that while it hits a lot of YA buttons it has some unique aspects going for it. I did feel that one of the central conflicts (is Lu going to meet her writing deadline, or not) was rather too unrealistically drawn out, But Lu herself and her friends and family are all sympathetic characters, and nothing is resolved in quite the way that you wo ...more
Jan 11, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019, reviewed
Thanks to Netgalley for the chance to read early for an honest review.

Like other reviewers, I couldn't really connect with this story and its characters.

I'm not the target audience (I'm in my 30s) so I couldn't identify with the angst of 'should we stay together or break up before college?' And the main character's previous breakup. I found her rather annoying and pushy. I understand writer's block, but she shouldn't be badgering people into telling her about their lives in order to write her c
Rep: Filipino main character, POC secondary characters, aroace secondary character

An exploration of romantic love and the longevity of relationships from the point of view of a young adult, this book would have been much more enjoyable if not for the length. Lu, freshly dumped, is suffering from writer's block and is unable to write anything for her love and relationships column, which is also her ticket to getting a scholarship to college. She is understandably stressed and when she happens upo
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up!

Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of Brief Chronicles of Another Stupid Heartbreak in exchange for an honest review! All quotes are taken from the review copy & may not match with the finished edition.

Love that ends was still love.

According to my spreadsheet ~stats~, I read mostly YA Contemporary. Who knew? & apparently, after reading so many YA Contemporaries, ya girl caught onto the formula of these novels. While reading Brief Chronicles of Another Stupid Heart
Bre Mckae
Sep 27, 2021 rated it it was ok
Avengers Initiative Reading Challenge: I used this book for Dr. Strange and Vision's boards.

I read this book during the Take Back the Throne Boss Battle.

» Trigger Warnings
absent father
divorced parent
» Adumbration (Representation/Diversity)
racial, various
» Archetypes (Tropes)
The Strand-bookstore in NY, the characters spend a lot of time there
platonic friendship
online magazine
"love is not for me"
» Controversial Topics
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh to be young again. Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak was the kind of book that made me remember what it was like to be young and also glad that I am not suffering in those young adolescent situations.

Author Adi Alsaid brings to life a young girl, Lu, on the verge of starting college. When we meet Lu, she's trying to win back her boyfriend Leo, who has broken up with her because he will be leaving for college. Still feeling like they belong together she calls him out to meet and ta
Jordan Wooldridge
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ok, y’all, I must confess my sins: I watched Love is Blind on Netflix. If you know me, you know this isn’t my typical show. Nevertheless, I watched it, and perhaps that is the reason I did not read the books I was planning to read over spring break and instead decided to read Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak by Adi Alsaid since I had love on the brain. This story follows a journalist, Lu, whose boyfriend recently dumped her in anticipation of them moving away for college. Facing writ ...more
Mar 29, 2021 rated it liked it
Last night, as I was scrolling through the endless downward hole that is social media, I somehow found myself at the profile of my old tumblr. It was one that I had made when I was in second year of high school - a mere five years ago. Like any teenager with a tumblr fueled by adolescent angst, it was full of quirky quotes, poetry excerpts that complained about how "complicated" love is, movie stills with fake subtitles that make your favorite pop punk band a run for their money. How I miss thos ...more
Pamela Kelley
Mar 20, 2019 marked it as did-not-like-or-finish
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway, and I really appreciate the publisher sending it out as an ARC. Unfortunately, after 100 pages, I wasn't able to keep going and I decided to DNF the book. I did not provide a rating because I don't think it's fair to rate books that I DNF.

I kept looking for any angle of this story that would hook me in, but it just never arrived. The main character's obsession with her ex-boyfriend did not feel genuine in the least. The small snippets in which she shared the g
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-netgalley
The first 200 pages of this book:
Lu: I'm going to do this thing.
Pete: That's a bad idea, here's why, and you're going to regret it later.
Lu: I'm still going to do this thing.

The last 120 pages of this book: I'll take plots that could be completely resolved by polyamory for $400, Alex.

After really enjoying North of Happy, I really wanted to love this, but I very much didn't. It was just so obvious that everything was going to go badly in entirely preventable ways. It was engaging enough that I di
Feb 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, dnf
I tried. I gave this book 110 pages, and I just really don't like anything about it. I am EXTREMELY uncomfortable with the way Lu obsesses over Iris and Cal before she even really knows them, and the way Lu kept asking Iris if she could write about their relationship after Iris told her no (multiple times) ratcheted up my discomfort even more. I also think Lu's voice was... off somehow. I don't know. This book didn't feel very well-formed to me, and listening to Lu's inner monologue obsessing ab ...more
Mar 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
I wasn't able to get into this book within the first couple pages. I didn't really like the characters and didn't feel the need to read on further to find out what happens. The cover is very pretty but I didn't like how long the title of the book was nor the name. I suggest this book for a younger audience than older teens. The book might get better but I rather spend my time reading books in enjoying. This one however I was not. ...more
Sep 13, 2021 rated it did not like it
this was incredibly boring all she did was mope about how jealous she was of others relationships and then mope and sulk some more for about 3/4ths of the book because of her ex…. who she then rejected …. this was painfully slow as well i had to skim read the book in order to reach a pace with it so definitely kinda disappointing considering i usually love this author’s books
Brendan Linwood
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Of all YA authors I have read, Adi Alsaid is the most capable of capturing what it really feels like to be a teenager (particularly a teenager in love). People may get fewer tattoos of his prose on their bodies than the likes of John Green or JK Rowling, but what he lacks in pure "quotability," he more than makes up for in honest, often difficult emotion. He consistently prioritizes representation, he defies expectation and trope, and he writes compulsively readable books. I continue to be a hug ...more
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Adi Alsaid was born and raised in Mexico City, where he now lives, writes, and spills hot sauce on things. He's the author of several YA novels including LET'S GET LOST, NEVER ALWAYS SOMETIMES, and NORTH OF HAPPY. ...more

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