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From the author of SHUFFLE, REPEAT and SUMMER UNSCRIPTED comes a new novel about mysterious boys, first-time love, heartbreak, and the incredible bonds of friendship.

17-year old Lark knows how to survive high school dating: date boys briefly, let them down gently, remain friends, and move on. Her best friends, Copper and Katie, think that Lark is denying herself the opportunity for true love because she does not want to be hurt. They challenge her to break her pattern by staying in a relationship long enough for Lark — or the boy — to fall in love. Intrigued by the challenge, Lark sets her sights on the mysterious new boy, Ardy, who has been labeled “undateable” by the other girls in school. Lark is curious about, and then completely intrigued by, the enigmatic Ardy — so much so that she finds herself falling for him, only to risk having her own heart completely broken.

Jen Klein has once again crafted a funny, contemporary story sure to resonate with teen readers.

305 pages, Paperback

First published April 30, 2019

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Profile Image for Elizabeth.
256 reviews292 followers
May 5, 2019
Hearts Made for Breaking is a sweet, contemporary ya, that's a fun, fast read. Lark has spent high school making out with guys and always ending it before things can get too intense. She stays away from guys like. Ardy, especially him because he intrigues her. Naturally, the get together and fall in love but this story, though strictly by the tropes book as they come, is so smoothly written that you can't help but root for Lark and Ardy. Featherweight, but enjoyable and definitely a great read for younger and more reluctant readers who like contemporary ya--a market that it too often littered with books that aren't nearly as much seamless sweet fun as this.
Profile Image for Holly in Bookland.
1,011 reviews415 followers
May 22, 2019
This was adorable, sweet, & fun. I loved the characters, especially Ardy—he was nerdy, and sweet who deserved some love. I just enjoyed myself the entire time I was reading this and had a smile on my face for most of it.

*Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Alexa.
2,152 reviews11.3k followers
April 24, 2019
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There was true potential for this one to be a story I loved, but it felt underdeveloped overall.
Profile Image for Catherine.
229 reviews5 followers
May 9, 2019
I thought this would be a cute fluffy read honestly. But nope.

I really loved shuffle repeat but so far none of her other books have been good for me.

Particularly this one is garbage. Lark is messy and makes no sense.

First off her friendships aren’t great. She literally hates coppers boyfriend for no real reason at all beyond thinking he’s boring, without much excuse to back up that claim. Cooper doesn’t get along with her other friend Katie who basically just serves as a “party girl” I guess. But yet somehow they’re all bffs. Katie and cooper spear head the entire shit storm of this book. If it had been done differently it could have been good but they didn’t want to help their friend grow or find real long lasting love they basically forced her to do what she was already doing but with someone she actually likes. Which makes zero sense to me. How is that suppose to help lark? At all? Seriously how.
And when she does what they want they consistently say the boy they chose is weird or creepy but no reason is given for why. Beyond mild rumors. Even after she genuinely starts to like him Katie and cooper refuse to let it go. Which is a big part of why things blow up in larks face. Because she listens to their dumb asses and decides to dig into the rumors knowing damn well she isn’t going to get the full real story from anyone but Ardy.

Ardy himself is also messy. He has this fiend hope who obviously isn’t just a friend and it’s written to make that clear but also boldly saying they are just friends. Just friends don’t behave like this. They are so awkwardly close and weirdly intimate. To a point where they both feel the need to point out they’re not going to stop being friends like if you’re just friends you don’t do weird awkward shit like that. Because when you hold on tighter after making everyone else uncomfortable it doesn’t help your point kids. Beyond this I didn’t mind him. I think his back story was weak and stupid though. These kids just bullied the shit out of him for no real reason and that bitch triss didn’t want to listen to the actual story so she furthered his issues with the other kids. It was so gross how lark also had to have some commentary about how his mom should have looked past her grief and donated his dads eyes. No. Just fucking no. So in appropriate. Fuck off. Her little thought about how no cares what girls want wasn’t needed either. Like this isn’t a book where that is the topic of discussion. Stop. Her mother was also insane with those weird overprotective rules yet lark was out here dating the whole school. Girl bye.

The way lark approaches the entire conflict with finding out about what happened at his old school was also disgusting. She acts afraid of him and asks all these offensive questions all based on one side of the story. But claims to love him. How sway. How.

They end up together anyway and they don’t even know much about each other. We go from ikea to her little game real quick. Also she’s a blonde. Not light brown. Blonde. The cover is blonde. Which really messed up how I tried to imagine her as I read. Either way I don’t think lark is a very good person I know towards the end she tries to make amends with all the boys but I didn’t need it and didn’t believe it. It wasn’t needed it wasn’t like she had full on relationships with them they mostly just kissed for a few weeks then separated. It didn’t warrant all this angst and “I’m so weird because commitment is scary for me”. Give me a break. I don’t think they should have ended up together because we all know we wouldn’t go back to someone who made a game out of us or date anyone other than the childhood best friend we’re secretly in love with.
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Profile Image for Lisa (Remarkablylisa).
2,255 reviews1,812 followers
September 1, 2019
This one was.... Odd. It started off decent and then it kind of went in a different direction where people were thinking and characters had odd backstories and it was... Odd
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1,524 reviews60 followers
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March 30, 2019
Hearts Made For Breaking is seriously adorable. I'm a big fan of romcoms, so this was a perfect read for me. The characters are likeable and engaging. The story is lively and charming. It's nothing new, yet it's a refreshing read. Light, easy and fun! Everything about this story is perfect for the romcom genre. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Samantha (WLABB).
3,442 reviews233 followers
April 7, 2019
Lark was a heartbreaker, the boys just didn't know it. Her dating style was clear: she picked them, reeled them in, and made them break up with her before any real feelings were involved. It was working for her, or at least she thought it was. Her best friends, Cooper and Katie, felt it was time for Lark to try something different, and challenged her to pick a boy, different from her norm, get to know him, and actually give the relationship a chance. Her choice, Ardy, the new transfer student. He was known to be "undateable", but when push came to shove, did she really want to break his heart?

The set up was something I had seen variations of before, and I know that when there is romance and a bet, there will always be some mess to clean up. So, no big surprise there. But, not only did Lark begin this relationship under less than honorable terms, she also bought into the rumors about Ardy, and went behind his back to find out more about them. Yes, a lot of dishonesty, but also a lot of lessons learned.

Ardy was different from your average teen boy, but I loved the kid. He was sweet, a good friend, and had some pretty interesting hobbies. I actually loved him and Lark together, and I liked the things he brought out in her. He was the first boy she saw a future with and wasn't afraid to take risks for. He pushed her out of her comfort zone, and Lark felt like she could take off her mask and really be herself with him.

I knew this was going to get messy just from reading the synopsis, but I didn't realize how much I would care about all the people involved. I found myself very invested in all of Lark's relationships and my heart broke for her. I will say, that I adored the little atonement tour she did. It was fun, and the ending definitely did its job of bringing me joy and making me smile.

Overall: A fun and sweet story about not buying into other people's perceptions, breaking free of negative routines, making your own choices, not letting someone's past determine their present, and letting your true self shine through.

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

Profile Image for Finley.
73 reviews3 followers
June 6, 2023
i haven’t written a review in a while…
and so here is one on a book I do not recommend!!

I actually really enjoyed it but like it was not deep. at all. I just needed a sweet romance.
but there was some second hand embarrassment which sucksssss because I just need a book that doesn’t have that 💔

ok also this may be me being dumb but it was totally glossed over how it sounds like the girl (might) have ocd and the boy (might) have autism. like was that not clear to anyone else. enjoyed the rep tho. (no matter if it was on accident) now here is my evidence that they do in fact have these things


“That sense of justice. Of needing things to be fair. If I stepped over a sidewalk crack with my left foot, then I had to step over the next one with my right foot. To be fair.”

“At some point the fairness thing changed, and it wasn’t enough to be equitable only as far as portions went. I needed to be equal in chronology, too.”

now i ain’t no doctor and don’t know a lot about ocd…. but that sounds like something. right…???

ok now for the boy:


ok um i was to lazy to look for a certain thing but as someone who has autism i think he has it.
Profile Image for Dee/ bookworm.
1,345 reviews4 followers
April 25, 2019
#HeartsMadeForBreaking #NetGalley

At first I didn't really like Lark and it was hard to get behind the "game" her friends set up for her. I am glad, as it appears the trick was on them, that she overcame her lying, weird ways and made amends for every wrong, extensively. While funny and light hearted this novel really touched on loving, and almost irrevocably losing a loved one. It touched on good relationships, bad relationships, becoming a better person with hope instead of going down the same comfortable path that really doesn't allow you to grow.

There are a lot of really good messages in this book.

I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Profile Image for Lissa Hawley.
1,059 reviews21 followers
March 30, 2019
4.5 stars

This is basically a modern day John Hughes movie in book form. Filled with slightly pretentious, inordinately angsty teens, who nevertheless have a je ne sais quoi that makes you want to root for them, and suffer through the embarrassing big gesture at the end to get to the happy ending. (Am I the only one who blushes when characters embarrass themselves?) Slightly racier than I was expecting, but still PG-13.
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276 reviews10 followers
February 29, 2020
Let me preface this by saying that I recently discovered Jen Klein and instantly fell in love with her writing. Her writing reminds me of Kasie West only funnier (I know, I didn't think that was possible either!) But this book.... What the fuck?

Allow me to make a list of all of the weird/wtf/cringe moments that stood out to me in this book:

The love interest's name is Ardy Tate. ARDY TATE! We find out later, is short for Gerard. Why? Why would you go by anything but Gerard? WHY?!

But Arby Tank isn't the only one with a weird name. Our protagonist is Lark Dayton, not because her parents wanted to be hip and modern, but BECAUSE SHE WAS CONCEIVED ON A LARK. The book literally say something to the effect of her parents having "at least ONE moment of glory" and then deciding to get married in the same manner.
"Hey babe, wanna bone?"
"Sure, I'm not doing anything else right now."
(A few months later)
"Oh shit, I'm pregnant!"
"Wanna get married and then regret it and hate each other for the rest of our lives and have screaming matches and make our children's lives miserable?"
"Sure, why not."

Anyway, so the way Andy Tart's character is written gives you (or at least me) the impression that he may have high functioning autism. So I was like "Cool, representation is awesome. Way to go book!" And then they keep mentioning how people at his old school thought he was weird, etc etc, and our protagonist starts displaying nervous fidgeting/tapping behavior and I thought "This is great, they're both feeling like outsiders because they're both on the spectrum, and then they're going to admit this to each other and find understanding and acceptance along with their budding romance!" ….but no. They're just weird, normal white people with their token poc best friends.

Speaking of their best friends... Hope, Army Tang's asian best friend with two dads tell's a very "WTF" story that she offered up on her known without anyone asking.
"I French-kissed my dad once," she says casually.
"It was in ninth grade... let me preface by saying this: historically speaking, we are a lip-kissing family... totally normal. Except this time, Dad and I were on the porch. I was waiting for carpool and I was trying to tell him something and h was trying to tell me something else and we were both talking over each other. The lady driving the car pool pulled up in front of the house and honked her horn. I was trying to finish my sentence and Dad was trying to finish his sentence, too. I grabbed my backpack, turned to kiss him good-by, and... we were both still talking. And our tongues were out. ….fucking PARDON? First of all, do you know what a French kiss is? Because I do, and you don't accidentally French someone, not even if their tongues are out because they're talking. Also, do you know what talking is? Because I do, and you don't have your tongue hanging out of your mouth, at risk of "accidentally" falling into someone else's, while you do so.
What. The. Frack.

SPEAKING OF KISSING, on the first day that Arny Tram and Lark are going to hang out alone together, he meets her mom for the first time. She asks what his relationship is with her daughter, and he tells her "We're friends. However, if today goes well and she doesn't hate it, and if she turns out to really be as cool as I think she is, I MIGHT TRY TO KISS HER. But not until the very end of the day. Maybe on the front porch. With the light on." And I'm like "WTF?!" and Lark is like "Mom shoots me a look that I think I can safely interpret as WTF?" and then the mom ends up letting her daughter leave with this weirdo, who is in fact a weirdo and not just blatantly honest as the beautiful minds of the autistic often lead them to be.

The book has less WTF moments and actually gets a little better after you pass the halfway mark. It's not great, but it does have good parts like this:
Mom: "You're a pretty girl. All the boys want one thing from you. Don't give it to them."
Lark: (inner monologue) What is that supposed to mean? That I should NEVER have sex? That the ONLY reason a boy would want me is for sex? What about what I want? My body is programmed to want sex, too, just like any boy's ...isn't it? Why does everyone talk so much about what boys want and so extraordinarily little about what GIRLS want?" ….. PREACH, sista!

Umm... then her friend Cooper, who's idea it was for her to date Argo Thyme in the first place starts listening to rumors about him and telling her to break it off. She goes crazy and starts stalking all of his exes to figure out if the rumors are true, and he finds out and gets (understandably) mad.

I dunno. I'll give this 3 starts only because I kept reading it (hoping for the part where they reveal to each other that they're both on the spectrum and we as the audience are show that they're still people who live their lives and fall in love and have normal problems, etc, etc) but of course that didn't happen. I'm really sad this was the last of Jen Klein's books that I read because it left a weird taste in my mouth, but I'm also glad it wasn't the first or I wouldn't have gone on to read her other two books that I thoroughly enjoyed.

This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Profile Image for ♛Vanessa♛ Fangirl Faction.
845 reviews597 followers
April 14, 2019
4.5/5 Stars

Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher. All opinions in my review are my own. This review MAY contain spoilers.

I am seriously smitten with this book! It delighted me to no end. Earlier this year I read Shuffle, Repeat by Jen Klein and I absolutely adored it! It is one of those books that I could read again and again. This book measures much the same in feels. It grabbed me from the start and had my heart pounding until the last sentence.

These flawed characters really do make this book stand out. The characters are written so beautifully and unapologetically. They are real. So very real. I wouldn't say that I found myself relating to the main character because of her actions, but she was extremely captivating. I wanted to hear her story and live in it with her. While I didn't like the way that she strung boys along or accepted the bet from her friends, I found myself wanting to know why she did those things. I wanted to figure her out. Ardy was even more intriguing than Lark. He was a bit more mysterious. I liked that he wasn't the average teenage boy. He had unique interests and was all the more unique for them.

The romance was in your face cute. For real. I adored Lark and Ardy together. They definitely had great chemistry and they really brought out the best in each other. I thought that it was too adorable that the boy was the hesitant one at the beginning of the relationship. Sex is a topic that came up a lot, not just with Ardy and Lark but with other characters as well. The conversation that Hope and Lark had about "not being ready" for sex was an important one. I also loved how Ardy always asked Lark "is this okay?" anytime he touched her. It was beautiful that he respected her and her consent so much. I also liked how Ardy and Lark actually talked about it instead of leaving things unsaid as so many teenagers would have. Oh, and I have to add that I adored the memory that Lark has of first talking to Ardy at school. He had some of those markers that smell like fruit and she lets Ardy color her hair with them while he sits behind her in English class. Too cute!

I really like the overall theme of not buying into rumors, living on your own terms, not letting your past or your family define you and learning from your mistakes.

The reason that this book wasn't a five star read for me is not because of anything in the book because it was all wonderful, but rather because of what is left unsaid. There are many missed opportunities with this book. Ones that can make a book go from "wow" to "oh my god!" One such missed opportunity is Lark's parents and her home life. It was touched upon, yes, but the author barely scratched the surface. And honestly, it was pretty obvious that Lark's boy problems, the way that she constantly ditched boys before any real relationship could happen, hence the entire plotline of the book, stemmed from her parents' constant fighting and lack of a functional relationship. The fact that there wasn't more depth to this was a little disappointing. The same can be said for Ardy and his mostly absentee mother. Ardy is an adorable character that I loved greatly, but he was definitely not the average teenage boy. He acted differently and as you read about him you could sense that there was something more to him, but nothing was ever really explored other than his horrible nickname and the ex-girlfriends from his old school. I also felt that Lark's friendships could have been explored more. She only had two real friends at school, both of whom didn't like one another, no less, and everyone else liked her well enough but never went out of their way to include her. It was like she kept people at arm's length and didn't put in an effort to really be friends with anyone else. Which could stem from her sucky home life. But social status and friendships play an important part in shaping a person and who they become just as much as their home life. So in short, this book is fine the way it is but there was so much more that could have been said.

Overall, this is such a refreshing read. This book is definitely not what I was expecting and I loved every moment of it! If you love young adult contemporary romance then I highly recommend this book. It has powerful characters that are flawed and finding their own way, an engaging plot that will keep you entertained, and a romance that will make your face hurt from smiling so much. It's truly a wonderful book and I am totally on board for the next Jen Klein novel! This is two for two for me so I can safely say that I am a fan now.

More reviews on my blog: Novel Nerd Faction
Profile Image for Ashleigh.
166 reviews32 followers
May 6, 2019
I absolutely adored this book! Even though I have had it as an eARC (thank you NetGalley!) for a few weeks now I hadn't gotten a chance to read it yet. It just released last week and I plan to purchase it because it is that good.

Something I really admired about the book was that it discussed sensitive topics that I don't think we talk about nearly enough. Lark, the female protagonist, struggles with keeping relationships. In fact, she intentionally pushes the boyfriend out of the door before they can even become something real. Throughout the story you start to realize that she feels that way because of the relationship her parents have. She continually calls her home a "war zone." I don't think there are nearly enough examples of psychological connection and transference in literature. Ardy, the male lead, also deals with personal issues. You find out that his father and that others have thought the same thing about him during a trek into the woods after a break up. Another great example of transference but on the other side of the coin. Lark and Ardy are not their parents and the author makes sure you know and understand that by the end of the story.

Both characters deal with labels such a "undateable" or "weird" and learn to grow through those moments with each other. True relationship issues/emotions such as jealousy and uncertainty are portrayed in a way that is real and raw. There are moments when you want to hurdle Lark's friends, Katie and Cooper. However, you appreciate having Cooper, the gay best friend, also struggle with his love issues. The "game" they play is obviously morally wrong but they soon find they don't actually want to play.

Overall, the writing is done well and you grow to love the characters and their struggles. The ending is adorable and exactly what you would hope for after everything they struggle through, both individually and as a couple. If you enjoy a good high school love story that feels real, this is a book for you.
Profile Image for Rameela (Star).
657 reviews225 followers
April 28, 2019
Initial Thoughts: This wasn't what I expected it would be but it was a nice surprise! Really fun and cute and exactly what I needed!

FULL REVIEW (also on my blog--starisallbookedup.wordpress.com)

The synopsis seemed like a really interesting play on the "fake dating" trope (which is basically one of my all time favorites) so I was definitely intrigued by this book! After reading a bunch of fantasy, I usually always get into the mood of reading something contemporary, so this book came at just the right time!

Though I didn't really relate to Lark, I did enjoy her character. She had to deal with the normal family drama, and on top of that she was flawed. What I did enjoy was that her reputation for dating didn't automatically label her as some bad person. I've seen too many YA contemporaries where the serial-dating girl is automatically labeled and this was refreshing because she wasn't shamed for doing that-- it was more like her friends were getting annoyed that she didn't bother getting emotional or attached in a relationship (if that makes sense).

Her character arc was interesting and I really enjoyed her relationship with her friends and Ardy. The cliche romance was turned on its head and Jen Klein made the story her own with some fun drama. I was definitely intrigued by the "mystery" behind Ardy and his own reputation. And as much as I love romance, the drama in this novel (especially the climax) really made the story unique and fun!

Though the book wasn't what I expected it to be, I was genuinely surprised and got sucked in pretty easily. I wish there was more of a spotlight on the side characters, especially because they were only there as plot devices and didn't get a fleshed out personality... but I did enjoy the two main characters' and their individuality.

Overall, this book was fun and dramatic and just what I needed in the moment!

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys fun high school "drama", flawed characters, dating "games", and mysterious pasts. I think fans of Kasie West would enjoy the fun dialogue and witty characters. If you enjoy go karts, quirky characters, hot gossip, and falcons this is something you might enjoy!

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693 reviews24 followers
April 28, 2019
arc received from netgalley for an honest review

2.5 stars. This book was just not for me.

To start off, I’m not a fan of the plot. Because of the “game” It reminds me of After in a way which is a book that I literally despise. The whole “breaking hearts for fun” thing was just not something I personally agree with.

I found the characters to be boring and I just couldn’t connect with him. I guess I’m not a big fan of the “I’m different, I’m a weirdo” thing. The characters I did enjoy reading from all had minor roles in the story.

Something I did like was the friendship between Lark, Cooper, and Katie. Eventually Lark and Hope as well. I was a little disappointed to see Lark and Cooper’s relationship go downhill but I’m glad that they worked things out. I also didn’t like how they treated Lark at certain points and continuously put down Ardy but I guess that contributed to the conflict. Something I didn’t like was how Cooper and Katie were the stereotypical best friends. Cooper was the gay best friend and Katie was the best friend who goes out to parties every week and drinks to make the MC seem boring.

The romance was underwhelming. Lark said she was in love with Ardy but I feel like neither of them really showed it? I did like the almost-sex scene where she stops it and he explains that it’s okay. I feel like we often don’t see consent in books or the lack of consent and seeing how Ardy responsed to Lark was just a really perfect scene.

This book has the potential to get deep and become a hard hitting novel. However, it didn’t go the route which disappointed me. It was more fluff than substance. Lark’s parents are constantly fighting and I wish we could’ve seen how that affects both her and her brother. Ardy’s father had committed suicide which again, I feel like that could have really affected him as a character but it was a pretty insignificant detail to the story.

Anddd the ending. It was so unrealistic and a bit cringey. I mean, there were definitely cringe worthy moments in this book but the whole screen thing and then him wearing the shirt? yikes.

Overall, I feel bad for not liking this book, but I need to learn to be more critical. This was entertaining and I flew through it but it just was not a well written novel. I hope someone else gets the opportunity to read it and enjoy it a lot more.
Profile Image for Kate (kate_reads_).
1,346 reviews187 followers
April 28, 2019
This was a cute YA romcom. Lark is a serial dater - she dates a guy for a few weeks, then makes up a lie so he will end things. Oh no, her parents have gotten really strict all of a sudden and she’s never allowed out, etc. You get the idea.

Lark’s BFFs are tired of watching the same pattern play out on repeat. So they make her a deal. She has to date someone else - someone who is different from her usual type - and date him for 3 months. Then if she wants to end things, she has to do it by breaking up with him in an awkward conversation.

Is it a bad idea to start a relationship on a dare? Yep!
Is it very easy to predict what will happen? Yep!
Was it still enjoyable to go along for the ride and see how it gets there? YEP!!

For me - Ardy totally made this book. He was quirky and smart and really fun. I would like more of him.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
Profile Image for Nhi ❤ Books.
434 reviews
August 12, 2021

Hmmm, I have very mixed feelings about this book. I can't say I completely hated it. There were some good parts sprinkled throughout the book. Lark wasn't a horrible character, but I wouldn't say she was the most likable. The plot was interesting, not too boring but also not too exciting either. The character development was maybe the best part of this book. The romance wasn't horrible but it didn't make me swoon. I absolutely hated Lark's friendship with her friends. I felt like Cooper was okay, maybe more near towards the end. Katie, however, I absolutely despised. She didn't show up in the book very much, but I hated how she treated Lark and their friendship. I would rather have more Lark-and-Hope moments, to be honest.

Overall, a very mediocre book.
Profile Image for Amanda.
1,077 reviews
March 31, 2019
Lark has a tendency to date boys and then find excuses to get them to break up with her to avoid confrontation. When Lark's friends notice this pattern in her behavior they challenge her to date a boy then have her be the one to end the relationship. The game soon begins when Lark dates Arden, but as she soon finds out that what starts out as a game soon becomes all too real.

This is being compared to How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, that's what drew my interest. The basic concept of the plot does have some similarities. There is some drama and there were times tat the whole game was irritating with all the lies and sneaking around. The relationship between Lark and Arden had some cute moments, but I was never totally invested in the relationship and didn't care overall how it played out. This was a quick read that had some enjoyable moments. The end felt a bit rushed to me, but overall an okay read.

I received an advanced copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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287 reviews51 followers
June 7, 2020
This one was okay. I was looking to get a little more out of it. I mean it wasn't bad, and it was quirky and cute I just felt like there were some holes. The characters were almost there but not quite. They were likeable and had potential but I didn't love them. Kind of felt the same about the book as a whole.
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964 reviews164 followers
July 7, 2019
I really enjoyed this light and funny romance. It had me laughing out loud quite a few times! It's the perfect beach read or palate cleanser between heavier works.

This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.
Profile Image for dana.
47 reviews
March 18, 2023
3.5 stars def not as good as shuffle, repeat #oliverily but was funny and entertaining so..? earns that half star
P.S katie and cooper sucked as friends.
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425 reviews9 followers
June 30, 2019
Profile Image for Mindy.
528 reviews28 followers
April 2, 2019
**Disclaimer: I received a free electronic ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

To be completely honest, I'm not a fan of storylines about relationships that are started based on a one-sided game. Not only because it's predictable, but it's cruel to the other person who does not know about it. No matter how cute the couple is in the story, there will always be that ugly feeling hanging over your head because you know that the secret of the game will destroy everything. That's how I felt when reading this. No matter how cute Ardy and Lark were, from their awkward friendship to actually dating, I knew the secret was a ticking time bomb.

While not being a big fan of how the story started out, I did think Ardy and Lark were cute together. Lark is a rather flawed individual who lies her way out of her many past relationships, but I don't think it's as bad as her friends are making it out to be...or is that only me? Yes, it wasn't a nice thing to do, but Lark's BFFs paint it out to be some major problem, which pushes her into this whole game. The whole game itself was stupid and I wish it wasn't kept a secret for as long as it was.

Despite how cute the couple was in the story, this was still a miss for me. Probably because it was filled with many useless characters or too many angsty teens. Honestly, I started to lose interest about 3/4 the way through. I have seen many positive reviews for this book, so it was probably just me who didn't enjoy it as much as I would have wanted to. Nevertheless, if you're wanting to read a cute YA teen romance, you might want to give this a shot.
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1,051 reviews
May 23, 2019
*I received a free copy of this ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

I'm going to go with 3.5 stars on this one. I liked it more than 3 stars, but it's not quite in 4-star territory.

Let me start by clarifying something from the book description. Katie and Cooper don't challenge Lark to stay in a relationship long enough to actually care about the guy she's dating. They challenge her to stay in a relationship for three weeks (which they deem long enough for her to care) and then break the guy's heart. Intentionally. And I have a problem with that. It's one thing to try to get your friend to break her cycle of short-term make-out buddies who she'd passively convince to break up with her; it's another thing entirely to convince her to get into a relationship with the intention of hurting herself and the other person in it, and then continually push her to continue on with that plan when she genuinely likes the guy.

That said, I did not like either Katie or Cooper, though my dislike for Katie was far greater. She never seemed to actually care about Lark, and I can't figure out why Lark would choose to be friends with her. Perhaps it was default, I don't know. Cooper, at least, appeared to care about her. Mostly. I'm not saying Lark was a saint--she wasn't. I wasn't a fan of her "dating" habits, but she was never vindictive or spiteful. She was able to maintain civil friendships or acquaintanceships with the guys she had dated (though, yes, it was because of her lying to avoid confrontation). She cared whether or not Cooper was being himself or pretending to be someone else. And when it came to Ardy, she mostly tried to be honest with him and didn't try to avoid being her weird self. Speaking of Ardy, I was a huge fan. He was odd but not in a bad way; he just wasn't the stereotypical teenage boy.

Something I pay more attention to in YA books now that I have my own kids is the parents and other adult figures. Although a number of adults flitted in and out of the book, the only ones that really had a significant amount of page time were Lark's parents. I liked them individually, when they were interacting with their children; however, together they were awful. Good parents but bad spouses. I'm not entirely surprised at Lark's dating behavior when I look at her parents' relationship, I suppose.

Random thought that just popped into my head from the book. At one point Lark says that when Californians speak of summer, they refer to it as a "dry heat." False. I spent the first 18 years of my life (plus summers between college) living in California. It is not a "dry heat." It gets humid there. Especially in southern California, where this book takes place. (I'm from the Bay Area, but I've spent plenty of time visiting family in southern California.) I know what I'm talking about. Now I've also lived in Nevada and Arizona--those states have "dry heat." Just saying.

But back to the book.

I enjoyed the writing style and Lark's voice. It had the right amount of sarcasm and snark combined with sincerity and self discovery. Lark's insecurities and weaknesses were believable, but so were her strengths and her confidence. I liked her more as the book progressed. However, I wish she had been honest with Ardy much earlier and not given in to the pressure Katie and Cooper kept putting on her. I feel like they were both hypocrites, by the way. Did I mention I didn't like either of them?

Overall, it was a cute book. Would I recommend it? If you can put up with two awful BFFs and push through the frustration of watching Lark as she grows a spine, then yes. Also, you've got to be put aside the stupidity of making a game out of two people's hearts.

How it ends:

Note: Some swearing. Characters talk about sex (like if they have or not--not details). Cooper is gay, as are Hope's parents.
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138 reviews9 followers
April 22, 2019
Ardy first peaks Lark's interest in an IKEA, where she is mourning the end of another relationship. Even though she was the initiator of the break up. Lark is a repeat offender, she loves em and leaves em to avoid getting hurt, but there is something different about Ardy.

So when her friends challenge her to date someone "undateable," Ardy immediately comes to mind. What began as a challenge, turns into something more.

I love teen romcoms. I love the way it brings back all my feelings from high school. The nerves of kissing someone new, of experiencing things for the first time, of being ready to burst from your life and spread your wings. This author has brought that in every book I have ever read by her. And I love it!

4.5/5 stars rounding up to 5.

**This book was provided to me by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review**
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115 reviews29 followers
April 11, 2019
3.75 stars. Review originally at DegenerateReads here - https://degeneratereads.wordpress.com...

Disclaimer: I received this eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was beyond excited to be approved for this ARC because the synopsis immediately made me think of Always Never Yours—another YA contemporary romance which I adored. Unfortunately, it didn't quite meet my expectations. Maybe ANY was just so good that it ruined me for other YA romances, maybe not, either way—let's just say I had some issues with this. 

The novel has an abrupt start and throws you right into the plot without taking a moment to pull you into the story. Because of this, the novel has a very fast pace, which I consider a plus, but the pacing is also quite jarring, which I consider a negative. We don't get a naturally flowing pace until the midway point, but then we get an abrupt ending as well, without the characters actually solving their problems.

The writing—I'm not even sure what to think about the writing. This feels like it was written by two separate people. At times the writing is funny, but at others it's really cheesy. Same thing with the dialogue—totally realistic in one instance, cringey in the next. There's also weirdly transitioned time jumps in the first third, but the time jumps throughout the rest of the story transition naturally.

The main character, Lark, starts the novel off being (and I cannot stress this enough) so annoying. She's very judgmental towards nearly everyone she interacts with, and is pretty damn mean without it seeming like she's supposed to be a "mean girl" character. She also has a tendency to make awful assumptions about the people around her without any real basis for the assumption.

At first this really bothered me, but I kept an eye out for character development as I figured the character would have plenty of room to grow as a person, having started in such a bad place. By the conclusion of the novel Lark is a much better person, but despite this character growth, there's plenty of growth opportunities missed.

When faced with everything she's done wrong, Lark mostly mopes around about people being upset with her, and hopes they'll just decide to forgive her. I didn't feel she took the time to genuinely consider what she'd done wrong and experience the guilt that we, as the readers, are led to believe she's feeling.

The things I feel Lark does improve on are the minor details, rather than the key points of what should be her character development. At the start of the novel, for example, there's another girl who Lark dislikes for no reason, and the girl-hate trope was something that grated on my nerves until Lark grew out of it. However, Lark never acknowledges the uncalled-for girl-hate—she just decides she likes the girl, and moves on. The friendship that grew out of this was one of the better parts of the story.

This issue was my main problem with Lark as a character—her behavior changes so that by the end of the story she treats people better than before, but she never took the time to actually recognize that she was being a shitty person in the first place, or why it was wrong to act the way she had.

I'm going to segue into a little rant here. Aside from Lark not genuinely learning from her mistakes being frustrating from a reader's point of view, it's also annoying considering the ideals pushed on the reader by the author.

There are several instances where the author goes in pretty heavy handed to instill a specific ideal in the reader. I don't love when authors do this, but I understand it is common, especially in YA, and this is not the first writer to do this. However, if you're going to use your novel as a life lesson to youngsters, then you have to be consistent in what you teach your readers.

In this specifically there's a pretty clear message given to the reader on virginity (when is/isn't the "right" time, teen sex, and gender politics in relation to sex talks), for example, but no acknowledgement of the wrongness of things like internet stalking and teen drinking. Not even an "I shouldn't have done that".

My other big issue with Lark was her consistency in making terrible decisions. I understand this adds drama to the plot, but even so, it's annoying to see a character hurt the people around her repeatedly, just to learn nothing from those mistakes. And these actions are often inconsistent with her goals, so I don't even understand Lark's logic in getting from point A to point B.

The thing that really saved this for me was the romance. Despite the constant drama surrounding Lark, and how much I seriously hated the way she treated her love interest, her scenes with the love interest were some of the cutest YA romance scenes I've ever read. The characters have such a natural chemistry, and fit each other so well. In this aspect I was definitely reminded of ANY, which truly shocked me given how much I struggled with this. But as far as gooey, heart-melting scenes go, this is definitely the story for that. 

If you liked this, I highly recommend Always Never Yours—in case I didn't mention it enough—especially if you want the same cutesy romance, with a less problematic take.
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342 reviews15 followers
April 23, 2019
4.5 stars

This book is a YA contemporary gem! It was utterly charming and so ridiculously adorable. I was completely enamored with how cute and fluffy and wonderfully entertaining it was and cannot stop thinking about that swoony ending that left me smiling and wanting more.

I read Shuffle, Repeat a few years ago and absolutely enjoyed the chemistry between Oliver and June. I smiled, laughed, and even teared up a bit in the end. I knew then that Jen Klein would be one of my go to YA contemporary authors when I want something lighthearted, fun, and cute. I haven’t gotten the chance to read Summer Unscripted since I’ve been playing catch up with my TBR, but when I saw this book and the cover on Netgalley, I just couldn’t resist. My feedback ratio is still around the 50ish percent, so I didn’t really set my hopes up too high. BUT, to my surprise, I actually got it! I squealed (internally of course since I was at work when I was checking my inbox) and was super excited when I received the approval email. I had to get through a few more books for reviews, but when I finally started reading Hearts Made for Breaking, I was completely smitten!

This book had everything… and I mean EVERYTHING I love in YA romances. It was interesting, nostalgic, heartfelt, funny, swoony, and realistic. There were a few cheesy moments that may make other readers cringe, but to me, they were actually kind of fun. If I’m being totally honest, sometimes cheesy works and I’m a hopeless romantic, so I like them more than I don’t. I thought the pacing was good and if I didn't have work or adulting to do, I easily could have finished this in one sitting. The romance was one of the cutest I've ever read. I liked the twist with the prom, the tag scene, the texts between Lark and Ardy, the meet-cute in Ikea, and all the other adorable and amusing moments in the story. The ending may have seemed a tad bit rushed, but it was absolutely gooey, sweet, and adorkable. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I was really looking forward to an epilogue (because I wanted more Lark and Ardy moments), but I was quite happy with the conclusion.

I loved that both Lark and Ardy were perfectly weird, relatable, and likeable characters. I liked that there was something offbeat about them which I thought made them even more interesting and lovable. I also liked their easy-going chemistry and just how effortless and real it felt. Sure, they were a bit awkward at times, but the fact that both of them seemed to be acting that way together was super adorable. Nothing felt forced between them and I liked the way their relationship developed. They had so many cute and deliciously swoony moments that made my heart melt over and over. Of course they also had their own drama, tension, doubts and heartbreak, but they’re all part of what made their relationship so realistic for me. I totally shipped them so hard and to me, they were really great together.

I have to talk a bit ARDY because I absolutely loved him with all my heart and soul. I never understood why he was being labeled “undateable” or why him being a little different or weird makes him that. He was irresistibly sweet, caring, kind, loving, honest and just a really good person. I loved how he introduced himself to Lark’s mother and what he said to her. I loved that he respected boundaries and never pushed. He was a true gentleman and I adored him so much.

The other characters were interesting and entertaining enough. I wasn’t too fond of Katie or Cooper in the beginning, but I definitely liked Cooper more. I did really like Hope and thought she was sweet and such a great friend to Ardy. All in all, none of the side characters really stood out for me, but they made the story a bit more fun with their personalities, quirks, and drama.

Hearts Made for Breaking was just too charming and adorable! I swooned more than I expected and smiled like a dork who’s falling in love for the first time. With lovable characters, an addictively engaging storyline, and meaningful coming of age lessons, this book was a truly delightful, fun, and heartwarming story. I can't wait to read Summer Unscripted and whatever else Jen Klein comes out with next.

If you love reading sweet, swoony, and lighthearted teen romance stories, then this book might just be perfect for you.

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts, opinions and swoons are my own.
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July 25, 2019
Shuffle, Repeat is one of the cutest books, so I was excited to read Hearts Made For Breaking, as it’s written by the same author. In short, it was nowhere near as sweet as Shuffle, Repeat, but a decent story with some nice moments.

Ardy first came off as a mysterious student who kept to himself, but we quickly learn he is excitingly different and unpredictable, quietly thoughtful and above all forgiving.

Lark is some kind of serial dater who is afraid of being herself and getting heartbroken. She’s liked by everyone but inside feels she doesn’t fit anywhere. Although Lark makes many mistakes, she recognises this and tries her best to redeem herself and fix up any wrongdoings.

I liked the main characters, but couldn’t say the same for Lark’s so-called “best friends”, Katie and Cooper. They were absolutely awful and didn’t actually seem very close to Lark, or care about her wellbeing. They didn’t really have any personality and there were no endearing friendship kind of scenes.
Although these “friends” were integral to the storyline, they were bordering dangerously close to the position of token best friend. I think romance-focused books really stand out when they can also nail strong friendships. Not having characters who are there just so the main character doesn’t look lame.

I can’t say Katie or Cooper could be cut out of the story, due to the nature of the plot, but I could not understand how they are Lark’s “best friends”. This was one of the reasons I didn’t give this book full stars.

Anyway, Cooper and Katie hate each other for some unknown reason, but they can agree on one thing: a game for Lark to change her serial dating patterns. So basically, they want her to do the exact same thing as she’s always done, but this time, break up by a set time point, ensuring that her and the guy get strong enough feelings so that they will both be heartbroken.

Lark chooses Ardy for the “game” as she’s always been kinda intrigued by him. Anyway, she starts to like Ardy more and more. Cooper and Katie are negative and judgemental, calling him weird, undateable and spreading old rumours. Lark investigates the rumours and among other things, accidentally outs Cooper’s boyfriend, Ian.
Cooper slams Lark for only thinking of herself, and although she was meddling, she had good intentions for Cooper. Lark not knowing about Ian made me question how close Cooper and Lark actually are. Although Lark tries to make amends for her mistake, funnily enough I don’t recall Cooper apologising for his terrible behaviour. Same with Katie, she only seems to bring out the worst in Lark.

Ardy’s best friend Hope seems nice, but their whole friendship is also really weird, they say there’s nothing between them, and tell Lark that they won’t stop being friends which seems really unnecessary. Hope’s whole motives in becoming Lark’s friend are confusing.

I liked Ardy and Lark’s name texting thing, and how the story didn’t have the most clean-cut ending. It made the book more realistic, in that not every single aspect of the character’s life has to become completely problem free.

Overall, I feel the romance was clouded with a lot of toxic side characters and not enough cute moments. However, Ardy and Lark brought out the best in each other and helped one another accept themselves, which was a refreshing and unique YA message.
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