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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
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published December 18th 2018 by Henry Holt & Company
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emma
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
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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
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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
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may ❀
:/ <- my entire emotions towards this book

honestly i think the idea is really cool and uplifting: a bunch of teenagers send their heartbroken letters in and get these deep and emotional responses from some amazing authors

but in reality it felt like a motivation speech but on replay x17

idk if this was just me, but the letters from the authors started feeling really repetitive. they pretty much followed the exact same format, and 300 pages of that was just a lot

most of the letters were sweet a
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Jay G
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
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*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

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
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Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

Ironically, this book is so completely full of love. But not the kind you're thinking of. The love in this book is apparent in every single letter- it's the love the authors have for the young people they write for. It's the love they've found for themselves. And the love they hope to make their readers feel.

It's nice to find people who can understand what you're going through. It's cath
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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
2.5
Cat
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
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Alicia
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
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Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
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
peyton
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
ANOTHER BOOK BY BECKY WHAT?!?!
ellie
The biggest problem with this book is how long it is. A lot of the letters started to feel repetitive, and I hate that. Because I understand that these letters are individuals who feel alone but putting them together, back to back, just kind of makes the reader...bored. I loved all the advice the authors gave, but there’s only so many times you can read “you need to love yourself the most” / “self-love is most important” / “you have walls up” etc etc. So while I appreciate the effort and the car ...more
Linda
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wish I'd had this book when I was a teen. I would have loved to have known that someone else empathized; that there was life on the other side of heartbreak. That's what's great about this book. Each author takes time to address the issues in the letters not just in one paragraph but several pages in many cases. They don't just give pithy advice--they share their own stories of heartbreak in a way that the letter writers can't help but feel heard.
USOM
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: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...
Sarah
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Not too sure why someone thought this was a good idea
Kristie
Dec 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This novel really caught my eye, the cover is gorgeous and I was intrigued by the concept however, after reading the book I was disappointed. This novel just didn't go where I was wanting it to, the advice wasn't great and I agree with some of the other reviews. Some of the authors seemed, at times, condescending and didnt give any real advice or any connection to the letter at all, just a lot of generic love yourself before others can love you answers. This book had potential and was a great id ...more
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Mandy W.
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
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Sam
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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Lynne
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
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emma
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!)
Taasia (libraepaintspages)
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well this was a pleasant surprise.
Kalyn Delillo
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-arc
Dear Heartbreak is a collection of letters from anonymous teens to Heartbreak and responses from some of today’s most popular YA authors.

When I first started reading this novel, I was really enjoying it, but by the 6th response it seemed redundant and almost like the authors were repeating the same thing time after time. The 6th response especially made me uncomfortable due to the graphic account of rape that just doesn’t seem like something you would want to reveal to a teen that is trying to
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Lisa Reviews Books
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Teen: Dear heartbreak: you suck. I feel lonely.
Author: yeah, heartbreak does suck. At the ripe old age of 36, I have amassed all of the secrets of the universe. Before I met my husband, I dated a boy named Brad. He and i had no spark. We broke up and i cried. Not long after that, I met my husband. You will not be a loser forever, sweetie!! Get a hobby. Love yourself. Kisses - [name in cursive]
Two extra stars for Libba Bray.
Diana
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I went in knowing it’s about heartbreak of course and it’s interesting to read the teen’s stories of love and heartbreak but some of the stories had some disconnect (obviously the YA authors didn’t have a ton to go on in some instances). I was hoping it would be more like Dear Sugar but it wasn’t. That Being said, hopefully the exercise of writing down one’s feelings and heartbreak helped the teens heal.
Jessie
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
There are messages here that I like and think are important, but the book is pretty repetitive.

For all that one of those repeated messages is "love yourself" (with variations of "you don't need someone else to complete you" and similar) and all the talk of friendship in addition to romantic love, it's super not aro-friendly. (Not that that's a surprise, but still. Sigh.)

I didn't always understand the authors' choices of letters or how they chose to respond; sometimes it felt like they were read
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May Regan
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
the correct way to enjoy this book:
a) Bundled up in your fuzziest blanket, listening to sad music and quietly crying
b) Splayed out on the floor, listening to "Misery Business" and feeling the anger rise in you
c) Hanging on to the words on the page, reading them, seeing them unfold in to a story not unlike your own
d) all of the above ☑


I mean, usually I have trouble rating multiple-essay books, but I genuinely enjoyed all the advice and stories told in this book!
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Leila Jaafari
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Nothing I had heard before.
Barbara
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
Amy
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
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Heather Demetrios is a critically acclaimed author of young adult contemporary and fantasy novels. When she isn't spending time in imaginary places, you'll find her traipsing around the world with her husband, writer Zach Fehst. Heather has an MFA in Writing 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 Rea ...more