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The Heartbreak Cure

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  474 ratings  ·  119 reviews
How to get over a heartbreak:

Step one: Eat your body weight in brownies.

Step two: Throw yourself into your dreams of becoming a famous writer.

Step three: Beg your (hottie) ex-neighbor to act as your fake boyfriend.

Step four: Skip step three unless you’re ready for some serious fallout.

After being dumped and humiliated over the summer, Cat Turner does what any sane girl w
ebook, 193 pages
Published December 4th 2017 by Entangled: Crush (first published November 27th 2017)
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Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you so much to NetGalley and Entangled Books for allowing me to read and review this sweet friends to lovers romance by Amanda Ashby. I completely adored this book. Cat is about to start her junior year when the boy she had briefly dated over the summer not only dumps her but posts on YouTube that she had been part of his challenge for the summer of "date a freak for a week and see how far you can get." Ugh. Kids at school are being jerks and the newspaper editor threatens her position, so ...more
Schizanthus Nerd
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Confession time! I accidentally got sucked into wanting to read this book purely because of the brownies and then kinda sorta maybe quite enjoyed the read, despite having the best intentions to rip its romantic heart to shreds. Sure, there were some soppy sentences, mostly focused around how people smelled for some reason, but overall I really enjoyed the story. I feel like I need to apologise to myself because I don’t do romance novels so I’m more than a little disturbed that I liked the charac ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
It started okay, it had potential. However the author threw in a LOT of unnecessary drama without the story benefiting from it. Wouldn´t recommend it.
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Heartbreak Cure is a friends to more romance and a fake boyfriend story. Two of my favourites, so this book was a winner before I opened it!

Kids can be cruel and unfortunately, Cat is the last victim. Her humiliation is displayed for the world to see and the tears that followed. The summer break is just about over and Cat has to face the music at school. She doesn't want drama. She wants a job on the school paper and is willing to do whatever it takes.

Alex has been in love with Cat forever

3.5 “Bad Boys, Dark Pasts and Kissing” Stars

ARC via NetGalley.

Thank you, Entangled Teen!

Another win when it comes to Entangled Crush.

While The Heartbreak Cure was just as cute and sweet as most of the YA romances published by Entangled Crush, it stood out to me because it did a great job building relationships that made me feel aside from the romance.

Using a mix of friends to lovers + fake relationship + bad boy tropes, the romance was swoony from start to finish, especially because I learned e
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review was first published on Melissa's Bookworld

~♥~ BOOK REVIEW  ~♥~
…there would be four large brownies, the color of freshly turned soil, nestled within the tissue paper-one for pain, another for hope, a third for wisdom, and the fourth for joy. Birdie referred to them as her heartbreak cure, guaranteed to fix even the most shattered of hearts.

This book was such a sweet, honest and extremely lovable contemporary romance! With a bit of a slow burning fri
Samantha (WLABB)
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, romance, ya, contemporary
Rating: 3.5 Stars

This was a very sweet story about second chances, believing in yourself, and letting go of the past to look towards the future.

Full review to follow.

*I would like to thank the publisher for the advanced copy of this book.

Kate McMurry
Enjoyable, G-rated, young adult romance

When 16-year-old Cat Turner is dumped and publicly humiliated by a classmate named Bennet, who callously brags on social media that he was only dating her over the summer on a bet, she is desperate to save face. She implores her former neighbor, Alex Locke, who has been a close friend for the past four years, to be her fake boyfriend. She is convinced that this desperate ploy will prove to the kids at school, who are all laughing at her, and the editor of h
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017

I've read several of Amanda Ashby's books in the past (Fairy Bad Day and You Had Me at Halo), and I've always enjoyed how sweet and fun they are. Therefore, when I heard about her newest release, The Heartbreak Cure, I instantly added it to my TBR.

The Result? The Heartbreak Cure is as sweet and delicious as a sugar cookie!

The Heartbreak Cure introduces us to Cat Turner and Alex Locke.

When The Heartbreak Cure begins Cat is suffering the ultimate heartbreak. She's sad, depressed, and feel
Erica Chilson
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

Young Adult age-range: 12+ for this sweet romance.

4-5 stars from a young adult perspective- teens will swoon over Alex.
3-4 stars from those young at heart, due to predictability.
3.5 stars overall.

Cat is suffering from heartbreak- a hot boy from school used Goodreads, of all places, to learn about her and figure out a way to hook her emotionally, since the physically was a given, all to win a bet. Cat learns a valuable lesson,
(Love, Stars and Books)
I received a free eARC from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
“Men are jerks, and love is for fools.”

Title: The Heartbreak Cure
Author: Amanda Ashby
Format: ebook (eARC)
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary
Rating: 3/5 stars
[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

How to get over a heartbreak:

Step one: Eat your body weight in brownies.

Step two: Throw yourself into your dreams of becoming a famous writer. 

Step three: Beg your (hottie) ex-neighbor to act as your fake boyfriend. 

Step four: Sk
Becky Rendon
3.5 stars

The Heartbreak Cure is sweet, cute, and the prefect remedy to a dreary day.

Thrown in the limelight and turned viral in the worst way possible, Cat scrambles for a way to fade out of the public eye. Her unlikely friendship with the hot "bad boy" formerly living next door creates the perfect opportunity. He just needs some convincing.

Shenanigans and wiley octogenarian make for some very amusing entertainment. Careful, you might just wish for some heartbreak yourself...if brownies are invo
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The Heartbreak Cure was a light, quick read, and it really wasn't that bad. I enjoyed the witty conversations between the main characters, Cat and Alex. It has one of my favourite tropes, too--fake dating! Yay.

Minor things bothered me, though. One of them was the way Cat referred to certain things as girly, be it movies or otherwise, and I just?? I don't get why you need to say that, as if it's a bad thing? Nothing wrong with liking girly things, movies or otherwise. Th
Shirley Cuypers
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, arc-beta, 2017
Original review

This book was provided by the Publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley and Entangled: Crush!

The Heartbreak Cure tells the story of Cat and Alex. Cat Turner just got dumped by a boyfriend who dated her just for fun. She’s so embarrassed that she and her friend Alex Locke pretend to be boyfriend and girlfriend. The problem is, the more time they spend together, the more they start to fall for each other and they both don’t want that…

The Hear
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-romance
The story was actually pretty good, but it needed more editing. It had a few wrong words, but the one that jerked me out of the story completely was just silly.

Normally that would mean an inscription or heading. Well, I guess it was technically close since "He titled his head."

If he'd TILTED his head, though, it wouldn't have taken me completely out of the story the first, second, or third time I came across it. One time, I might have understood, but three or four times? Show stopper.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
The Heartbreak Cure was such a sweet and precious book. This is a book that can be read in one sitting and will leave you with a smile on your face.

One of my favorite things about this book was the dual POVs of the two main characters, Cat and Alex. I loved getting the opportunity to really get to know both of the characters throughout this story. Seeing the way Cat and Alex felt about each other and watching their feelings grow was so cute and romantic. The author did a great job establishing
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
"The Heartbreak Cure" is a sweet and quick read about a fake relationship turned into something more. Cat, an aspiring novelist and journalist, has just been publicly humiliated when a one week relationship ended with a youtube video saying she was part of a summer challenge (to date a loser and get her to fall in love with you). To make matters worse, the no-nonsense editor of the school paper is going to kick Cat off to prevent any snags during her senior year as editor. To prevent this from h ...more
Jessica *The Lovely Books*
The ‘fake boyfriend’ trope has always been one I adored immensely. There’s just something about two people unexpectedly falling in love with the pretense of a relationship and turning it into something more. I’m a very emotional reader and if I can’t connect to characters on a personal level or relate to them in some kind of way, then the story is just a dud for me. That’s exactly what happened with this book.

I knew it from the very first sentence I read, that it would not be the nook for me. B
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
My thoughts and review

Cat Turner is a nice girl that has just had her heart broken on social media. Having to start the school year with everyone talking about her is not going to be easy but Cat comes up with a spur of the moment plan. Her old neighbor and resident 'bad boy' Alex agrees to be her pretend boyfriend so everyone will leave her alone. They only need to pretend for a couple of days until everything goes back to normal, right?

What can I say? Wow! What a great book. A nice storyline
E.A. Walker
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As good as a fresh, moist, thick, fudgy-dark-chocolate brownie!
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
When I requested this title, I was expecting a hate-to-love romance trope, with a lot of angst and all. Honestly, I didn't expect that the two main characters would've known each other--even being a best friend. Still, this book is pretty cute and perfect if you're looking for quick reads.

I quite like Cat and her love interest, Alex. Cat is an aspiring writer, and she's on the school's journalist team, which make it easy to relate to her since I was too. Alex, on the other hand, was the typical
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

The Heartbreak Cure started off with what looked your classic bestie to pretend lovers to the real thing storyline. Your classic cute and fluffy it seemed.
I was quite content with that. If you would have asked me around halfway in, what I thought, I would have told you very swoony cute & fluffy, very predictable and really enjoyable.
And then it took a turn. So suddenly this is more than a cute & fluffy. And I still love it.
But while The Heartbreak Cure did somehow manage to breach th
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-on-blog
The Heartbreak Cure  is a young adult contemporary romance by Amanda Ashby. This book was super cute! It was exactly what I was in the mood for. The tagline for this book sums it up perfectly; " This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a swoony bad boy who will melt your heart, brownies, and witty banter. One, two, or all three might prove addictive…". It is sweet, addictive cuteness that will satisfy your YA romance sweet tooth. I love a bad boy with an ooey gooey marshmallow center, and that is ...more
Katherine Paschal
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cat was just dumped, and to make it worse, the boy who dumped her only dated her as a dare and recorded the whole situation to upload to youtube for everyone to see. To make things worse, her job on the school newspaper is now on the line since the editor believes she might be too emotionally unstable to handle it. Enter Alex, Cat's old neighbor and friend, thought of as the "bad boy" but really just keeps to himself. Cat comes up with a plan to fake date Alex to make everyone believe she moved ...more
KarenJo Custodio
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 - Sweet, Adorable and Scrumptiously Delightful

The Heartbreak Cure by Amanda Ashby is an endearing friends to lovers story that satisfied my endless cravings for swoony reads. It’s funny, super sweet and so scrumptiously delightful!

In case I don’t say it enough, Entangled Teen Crush books are engaging, utterly captivating, and some of the best reads for curing those long tiring and stressful days. Stories like The Heartbreak Cure always make my heart so full of happy. I even had some good l
lacy white
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a, arc-copy, 4-stars, 2017, ebooks
Thank you to Entangled Teen publishing for allowing me to read this early. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

I love fluffy stories. I love those stories that make my heart all happy and I forget all the trouble of the world and the stress. And if that fluffy story contains my most favorite trope ever, the friends to lovers, than I love it even more!

And that is what I got with this book. I got two amazing MCs with so much heart and soul, despite what has happened to them. I got redemption a
Three and a half stars.

Cat Turner got punked by one of the popular boys at school and she is dreading going back. What with the YOuTube video and the complaints to the school she knows she is going to be a laughing stock. Even worse, she knows that the editor of the school paper won't let her write for the paper - afriad she'll use the paper to slander her ex. Until she hits on a cunning plan. Why not ask her taciturn bad boy friend Alex Locke to be her pretend boyfriend in return for her help w
Whoo Gives A Hoot
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
* Read more of my reviews at Whoo Gives A Hoot *
The Heartbreak Cure by Amanda Ashby was a sweet and quick young adult friends to lovers + fake boyfriend story! This was hands down two of my favorite kind of stories all rolled into one and I absolutely adored the entire concept of the book from start to finish.

Teens can certainly be cruel especially when it comes to high school drama so my heart went out to Cat when she was dealing with the fallout of her summer romance. Dreading the start
The Reading Rabbit
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

The heartbreak cure is a enjoyable young adult contemporary for a younger reader. I enjoyed some parts of this book but I definitely feel like it's something I would've enjoyed more when I was 15. Most YA I don't feel like this but some I do the characters were definitely more immature than I prefer but I have to remember they are 16 years old. I did not connect with the characters, I felt like they were not as flushed out as I
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am new to Amanda Ashby's writing style, I got this through NetGalley, I loved the cover, totally what 1st pulled me in to wanting to read it. Friends-to-more kind of YA read. Cat & Alex and such great characters, It was a fun quick gotta know the ending now kind of read. lots of witty banner, adorable romance, such a sweet read. I really enjoyed every second. I will be checking out more from Amanda very very soon. You will love this read, if you are a fan of YA & an all around great read. ( ; ...more
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Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand where she writes romance, young adult and middle grade books. She also works in a library, owns far too many vintage tablecloths and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture.

She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. Her debut book was nomin

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“Crap. If he could get turned on just being a fake boyfriend, no wonder he’d never tried to date her. I wouldn’t stand a chance.” 5 likes
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