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Dear Heartbreak: YA Authors and Teens on the Dark Side of Love

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This is a book about the dark side of love: the way it kicks your ass, tears out your heart, and then forces you to eat it, bite by bloody bite. If you’ve felt this way, you’re not alone…

In this powerful collection, YA authors answer real letters from teens all over the world about the dark side of love: dating violence, break-ups, cheating, betrayals, and loneliness. This
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: December 18th 2018 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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This idea would make a great, like, project. You know. A pay it forward/start a movement/promote kindness type of deal. As a book? Eh. Not so much.

The conceit of this thing is that Heather Demetrios had a bunch of teens write a letter to “heartbreak” - like, as a concept - and then famous YA authors wrote them letters back. Except not really letters back. They just wrote some response paragraphs and then gave them to ol’ Heather and then Heather compiled them alongside the teens’ very upsetting
destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
DNF @ pg 87

This is probably the most disappointing, upsetting DNF review I've written in all of 2018 (with the year almost over, at that), but I can't continue this.

When I requested this ARC, it was pitched to me as YA authors writing fictional stories in response to teens' letters about heartbreak—not nonfiction self-help columns, which is what I got. And there's nothing inherently wrong with that, if that's what you're looking for, but I can't stand self-help columns, so that was very jarrin
Julie Zantopoulos
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own-it, read-in-2018
"Loving yourself is damn hard because it means accepting all the parts of you that you can't stand. it means knowing you're actually okay even though society wants you to believe that you aren't. It's downright revolutionary."

At the very core of this collection of letters from teens to Heartbreak answered by YA authors is a common thread that the power to overcome, to love, is within us already. There is a uniting message that we are more powerful and resilient than we believe we are. Each autho
Elise (TheBookishActress)
Oct 31, 2017 marked it as please-give-me
another cover reveal I've added and oh my god isn't it beautiful?

✨ okay an ownvoices abuse fiction anthology sounds really good and important!! and look at that author list, guys: Heather Demetrios, Becky Albertalli, Libba Bray, A.S. King, Nina LaCour? this is amazing.
Jay G
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
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3.5/5 Stars

This is an anthology of letters real teens wrote to YA authors about heartbreak. The authors chose which letters spoke to them and wrote back to the teen with advice.

I really enjoyed this for the raw vulnerability it brought to the table. Having some of my favourite authors share their experiences with the wo
Olivia (The Candid Cover)
Dear Heartbreak is a unique concept for a YA book. The format is an interesting compilation of letters from teens that have important questions about terms of the heart. Many of the responses written by the YA authors are surprising and provide teens with a sense that they are not alone in their feelings.

Full Review on The Candid Cover
Jillian Daniels
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2018
First of all - don't be fooled, it's NOT a short story collection! It's more of an essays anthology, with letters from teens struggling with different shades of love, heartbreaks, loneliness and feeling of being 'not worthy' and responses from YA authors, sharing their personal stories.

Concept is really interesting, but execution is weak... Or maybe it's just not a book material? I don't know, but as much as I liked some replies (mostly for style of writing! And comparision to truffles!), I thi
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Truly disappointed in something that I thought was going to be different in light of the fact that I adored the darkness and beauty of Demetrios' own book.

But this one was really all about the YA authors even though it was set up to be teens writing in and then YA authors responding-- really there was no teen voice if that was the attempt and really ALL about the YA authors themselves with an interspersed bit of positivity and encouragement. And taken all at once, even though it was super short
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. I’m 100% too old and cynical for this book, but I’m not the target demographic! But still, I felt like this collection was very jumbled, and the “advice” was often so heavy handed in the “love yourself before you can expect anyone to love you ALSO you don’t need a partner to find happiness ALSO you’ll find love when it’s meant to be ALSO ALSO ALSO” variety as to be patronizing. As a former perpetually heartbroken teen, reading some of the author responses would have caused Teen Jane t ...more
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I adore the concept and introduction in Dear Heartbreak. Talk about an ingenious idea. How I'd like to write multiple letters to Heartbreak. And the teens in here do just that. And the authors answer. They answer with brutal honesty, with love, and with care. Both the letters and the responses are genuine, raw, and emotional. They bleed, they cry, they rage.

full review:
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC!

I always find anthologies difficult to rate, mainly because the stories in them often tend to be a mixed bag. What I loved about Dear Heartbreak, is that it isn't typical of what an anthology would be. Real teens submitted letters to "Heartbreak" and popular YA authors took the time to respond to plights. It's an interesting take on Dear Abby, that's for sure.

What I loved about this book was more the letters themselves rather than the responses. I found m
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Cover Story: Heartfelt
The Wallflower: "We Have to Be Who We Are" by Libba Bray
The Guarded: "Knock Down These Walls" by Ibi Zoboi
The Mythbusters: "Own Your Heart" by Jasmine Warga; "Life in the Friend Zone" by Varian Johnson
The Survivors: "We're Not Alone" by Kim Liggett; "Down the Rabbit Hole and Out the Other Side" by Cristina Moracho; "Love Is All, Love Is You" by Heather Demetrios and Zach Fehst
Bonus Factors: Love Yourself, Introspection
Break Glass In Case Of: A Heart That
Taasia (libraepaintspages)
Jan 26, 2018 marked it as i-need-wishlist
Can I write a letter to one of the authors? Please?

I'd give this one a 3.5. Despite some of the naysayers who didn't like this book, I did. Its concept is original--real teens writing letters to Heartbreak--and then various authors, many of them well known and well established, choosing a letter to which they then responded. The teens' letters are heart-wrenching and sometimes ever so innocent and hopeful while some of them seem ready to give up, and the authorial responses are honest, drawn from the writers' own life experiences, offering hope, ...more
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways, ya, nf
To be released on Tuesday, Dear Heartbreak is a collection of letters written by teens concerning their heartbreak struggles and the corresponding responses from YA authors. The authors provide encouragement, life tips and personal anecdotes to address the teens' issues. Topics dealt with include loneliness, self confidence, disability, assault, depression, termination of a relationship, lack of a relationship and self love, among others. Clearly some letters and responses will be more relatable ...more
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Letters from teens about love and heartbreak, answered by YA authors. I love this book. It’s gentle and fierce and generous and raw. I love how casually these authors write; this is truly their thoughts, not as a voices of authority, but of caring, feeling people whose hearts have been through it. Lovely. (and representation! hurray!)
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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belle jane
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
this was really good!!!!

rtc 💕
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Wait, so this is going to be letters from real life teens answered by authors in story form (possibly)?

That’s such a unique and awesome idea! Can’t wait to see how it plays out!
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When Heather Demetrios isn’t traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, she lives with her husband in New York City. Heather has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real. Her critically acclaimed novels include I’ll Meet You The ...more