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The Pursuit of Miss Heartbreak Hotel

2.85  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Two teen girls, once best friends but now estranged, share an electric connection that is rekindled—and tested—in their common struggle with identity, sexuality, and the undeniable necessity to confront their emerging selves head-on.

It’s senior year and Lucy Butler has fallen into a comfortable rhythm; she’s captain of the track team, a sarcastic introvert, and the second
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published May 21st 2019 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
May 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
I tried to give this the benefit of the doubt because I always want to support books about queer girls, but this was quite possibly my least favorite book of the year? The writing was just... not great. Ugh.
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I can't get past the third chapter. I just can't. The writing is like a pretentious "hip" 60-year-old trying desperately hard to get down with the kids.

"Man-o, that prego pop quiz the betty took is aces!"

I don't care if this book is sapphic, I can't fucking continue.
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never thought I'd find a contemporary-adjacent YA that fits in my books that will cause problems on purpose list, but now I have!
The Pursuit of Miss Heartbreak Hotel is gorgeous and deeply, unapologetically weird, to the point that there are entire sentences of which I don't understand the meaning; it's full of strange choices in wording and imagery that contribute to it becoming a goldmine for cursed™ quotes; and there's a deliberate attention to rhythm in word choice and sentence structure t
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
(1.5 stars) Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review can be found here at Booked J.

An ARC of this book was won during a giveaway. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

The Pursuit of Miss Heartbreak Hotel was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019. Not only is the cover art simply gorgeous, the premise was just as eye-catching. I'm always here for LGBTQIA+ representation and will forever advocate the necessity of having more books in this category. 2019 has given us quite a few releases
Jackie Abeel
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
The only reason I’m rating this book a 2 is because it kept me intrigued as to what would happen between Lu and Eve but I could not get past the language in this book. I had no idea what time period this was in or what was going on most of the time but I am happy they ended up together in the end
May 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
An okay book, ruined by the fact that the story is told in an incomprehensible author-invented slang. I honestly had a difficult time understanding it.
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Brian
Cover Story: Little Lambs Eat Ivy
Drinking Buddy: Meh
Testosterone Estrogen Level: Low
Talky Talk: Huh?
Bonus Factor: End of Life
Bromance Status: No

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Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
This is going to be such a weird thing to say, but sometimes, when a book really gets me in the heart, I feel it all the way to my fingertips. Like a literal sensation in my hands. That happened with this book. The writing style won’t be for everyone, but I loved it. I rarely see young adult novels playing with language this way.
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. The story was good (queer girl drama/romance = yaaaass!), but I found the language and slang difficult to follow at times.
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2019
Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.

While the book did technically have a plotline - mainly the situation with Lu's grandmother and her relationship with Eve - the abbreviated pacing made it difficult to become emotionally invested in any of the characters or storylines. (For example, the intense crush on teacher storyline, which was somewhat uncomfortable, nevertheless disappears entirely after the first third or so, predicting the emotional staying power of the rest of the work.) However, I wouldn
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Happy book birthday and huge thanks to NetGalley and Henry Holt and Co. for the advance review copy.

Lucy “Lu” Butler and Eve used to be best friends, that is until Eve got super hot and ditched Lu for the “Pretty Pennies” of the school. After a chance encounter in the girls’ bathroom senior year during Eve’s pregnancy scare, the two slowly start to reconnect, and Lu realizes that her feelings for Eve may be more than platonic. In addition to gradation stresses, Lu is facing the potential death o
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Aug 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.

DNF @ 12%

The writing in this is terrible. I have no idea what is going on because of the language used. How did anyone think this would be okay to publish tbh. The made up slang and the way the characters interact does not make sense at all. Honestly, don't read this.
DNF: page 72

*I received this ARC in a giveaway from a fellow book blogger

Absolutely not. The weird slang was far, far too much. I thought I could manage because it's a small book, but dear god I couldn't. It can't have been a "youth of today" mistake, it just had to be a poorly made creative choice. But it was nonsensical and ruined any chance I had at connecting with the characters.
Mace Francis
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Understandable that people can be really turned off by the excessive amount of slang (to the point where you think to yourself, “surely I’m not the only one having trouble understanding what this word means?”). Once we get past that, at the very core, it is a beautifully written story. Some of the descriptives are devastatingly gorgeous, and so pinpoint accurate that leaves you wanting more
Grace W
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-lgbtqia, ya, romance
I just.... no one talks like that????? I literally couldn’t get over how much LITERALLY NO ONE TALKS LIKE THAT???? I think it was supposed to be unique and new but it read as so “look at how young kids talk” and I can’t

The writing just wasn't working for me.

I don't think I can give this an accurate rating because I had such mixed feelings, but I will say that if you can get past the garbled language, some of the writing is quite beautiful, and I liked the romance and Lucy's relationships with her dad and siblings.
Although the slang and rhythm of this book takes a little getting used to and made this 60+ reader feel ever so ancient, once I relaxed and settled into the book, the unique phrasing and world view weren't off-putting at all. In fact, they seemed as much of the protagonist as her personality and wrld view. Without that unique authorial voice, this would be just another LGBTQ YA novel. With it, the story seems somehow fresh and new. No, it isn't easy to fall into this book, but it was worth the e ...more
Liz Koehler
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really, REALLY wish this book wasn’t written the way it is. I truly don’t understand how any editor sat down, read this and said “yes, this makes complete sense.” It’s just written SO poorly, and if I didn’t have a soft spot for sapphic romances this would be 1 star.

The plot is fine! The characters are also actually very lovable and if the language was written like a NORMAL book, then I really think this would have potential to be a popular YA romance. At first I thought maybe it was regional
Lea  M
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
The writing in this is just...incomprehensible? I could not follow what was even being said. It's not even quirky or charming, it's just confusing and off-putting. I think the story itself was fine, but the writing was so painful to try to push through that I couldn't focus on anything else. ...more
Jessica Trick
Aug 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
Horrible didn’t like the characters at all and the lingo and language was really hard to understand. If this wasn’t for a readathon i would have DNF it.
Cindy Stein
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star, lesfic-ya, 2020
Former childhood best friends, Lucy and Eve go their separate ways when Eve drifts toward the popular girls. After four years of separation, the two re-connect, at first by accident and then more deliberately.

This short summary does not do this book justice. It's probably one of the most unusual books I've read, written in the first person vernacular of Lucy, with words and phrases I couldn't even find in Urban Dictionary. This teen-speak turned a lot of people off resulting in a bunch of DNF re
Jun 25, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Lu and Eve’s relationship is the best part about this book: they have excellent chemistry and make a very sweet couple.

That said, understanding this book was near impossible. Every other sentence included slang that was so obscure, it must have been from a specific area or been made up by the author. Phones were “speaks,” parties were “toasters,” and cars were “bangers.” It’s possible that these are phrases used by some group, but I am fully unaware of them.

I am always excited about reading sa
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it
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Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
I actually really liked the characters and story, but the slang is so bizarre and CONSTANT. I felt like I was having a stroke. It's also not just weird slang that is specific to one character or one friend group. Every character uses it. I was talking about it to my friends and one said "it sounds like Jack Kerouac decided to write a YA Romance novel." It really didn't suit the story or the genre. ...more
Jennifer Meister
Jan 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
I have to agree with the other reviewers; the writing is horrible. The made up slang is off-putting. At first, I thought maybe the book had been translated from a different language. Girls are betties, boys are shavers, cars are whips, etc. Jacks...heart jacks, Apple Jacks, wtf? Skip it.
Jun 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: queer, read-fiction
The made up slang was very very strange, but it was ultimately gay and sweet at the end also NOT ALWAYS VERY PG so I'll give it three stars! Wierdest thing is that there is no way that you would know that the whole thing is in made up slang unless you read it in a Goodreads review? ...more
Brianna Donato
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
The slang was a little hard to follow at times.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good coming of age novel. Read it all in one sitting, then pasted it on to a friend!
Charlie Hernandez
2.5 stars - I enjoyed the story itself but the writing style was almost incomprehensible
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