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Hearts Made for Breaking

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  56 reviews
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 opport
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s, ya
When it comes to funny, fluffy, feminist YA, Jen Klein is my hero.

Back in the beautiful days when my book blog existed, I wrote a review of her book Shuffle, Repeat. Sadly that review never made it to Goodreads, but the basis was this: I adore Jen Klein for writing a novel like this. Where there are no end of the world stakes, and a girl and a guy just bond over music and really want to make it to prom. And there was this scene that really stuck out to me where the guy asking the girl to prom c
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
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 f ...more
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
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There was true potential for this one to be a story I loved, but it felt underdeveloped overall.
Samantha (WLABB)
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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. H ...more
May 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Lisa Schneider
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
Mar 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
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.
Dee/ bookworm
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
#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
Lissa Hawley
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Real rating: 2.5 stars
Katie (Lost in Pages)
Thanks to edelweiss for the early e-ARC!

This one was cute, but some of the plot points felt pretty out of the blue. A lot of stuff was rushed toward the end, and some of the characters felt pretty bland to me. I enjoyed Lark and Ardy’s interactions, but I was never wowed or really invested.
Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
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 flaw
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 the
Star Shyne Brite (Stargirl)
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 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

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

Apr 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, read-in-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
Kate (kate_reads_)
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it
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 break
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 h
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
**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
Halei | DegenerateReads
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: march-2019-haul
3.75 stars. Review originally at DegenerateReads here -

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
KarenJo Custodio
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
**Disclaimer: I received a free digital Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of Hearts Made for Breaking from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book’s expected publication date is April 30, 2019.**

My Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

I read the description of this book on NetGalley and knew I had to read it. It sounded like the kind of quirky YA romance that is right up my alley. And I was definitely not disappointed. There were many great, more thoughtful moments, interspersed with humor and fun persona
May 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
So I'm not going to start my review by giving you a synopsis, read it on the page.

This book sadly reminded me why I no longer read YA novels.

I started off really enjoying the read. Great believable storyline; really loving how the relationship between Lark and Ardy was building; the friendship between Lark and Cooper is so perfect. Ardy's character was so interesting to read - even from Lark's POV. He's honest and charming, sweet and contrary to the storyline - totally datable!

Jenny {So She Tries}
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Hearts Made for Breaking is one of those sweet romance stories that also has depth to it.

Lark is the main character, and she's notorious for dating boys and then coming up with some reason for them to dump her. She doesn't ever get truly emotionally involved in the relationship and she remains friends with the guys after all is said and done.

Her best friends Connor and Katie, decide to challenge Lark into breaking out of her typical dating mold and go after someone she wouldn't normally. And to
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*ARC provided by netgalley in exchange for an honest review

reel him in. make him love me. break his heart.

wow. okay.

this is the second book i've read from jen klein. shuffle, repeat was full of fluff and intense moments and this book was no different. the synopsis was so good i was very excited and curious about it being a girl doing the heartbreaking for a change.

this book was so refreshing i thoroughly enjoyed it. Hearts Made for Breaking follows Lark, a girl that refuses to get her heart br
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much. All of Klein's books take me by surprise at how much I enjoy them, which I don't want to be taken as an insult. What I mean is that on the surface, they all seem like fluffy YA novels that aren't going to be super deep. And don't get me wrong, I love those types of stories too. But Hearts Made for Breaking was anything but. It starts out as a story with a game/bet and a frivolous view on love and relationships. But it turns into so much more—a story of misunderstanding ...more
Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
- There is A LOT of diversity in this book. However, it’s introduced on a superficial level, such as “this girl is asian and wears an asian necklace” and the reference of “my dads.” It’s great to have mentions, but I would have liked to see the diversity add more to a character than a tagline.

- The story is fast-paced, spurred by superficial drama that results from poor communication (or lack of communication).

- Many assumptions are made that result in the aforementioned drama. For example, Lark
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
High school sucks, like well and truly sucks for some people. From rumors running rampant to just a shoot load of insecurities during this time.. I myself could not imagine going through it again.

Hearts Made for Breaking introduces us to Lark, a girl from a plainly dysfunctional family who loves spending her time at IKEA (aka organizational heaven) who one day runs into the quirky and “undateable” Ardy, a new student to Lark’s high school. This run in leads Lark to remember Ardy’s name when her
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read from this author and it was such an enjoyable read. I devoured this book in one sitting. This high school romance story is filled with sweet moments, friendships, heartbreaks, laughs, tears, drama, mistakes, misunderstandings, apologies and forgiveness. The characters were wonderful and the storyline is one that romance readers will enjoy. Lark ends every relationship before she truly lets herself get in too deep but Ardy changes everything. What starts out as a ...more
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This wasn't my favorite contemporary I've read. It was cute and adorable, but I didn't agree with some of the concepts and issues that were talked about in this book. I feel like one certain issue dealing with Ardy and how he reacted to a breakup was insensitive and unnecessary. I didn't see how it fit into the plot and it seemed like it was thrown in there just to give the book a bit of drama. The relationship between Lark and Ardy was cute and I loved some of the scenes between them. I didn't ...more
Apr 28, 2019 rated it did not like it

I was hooked by the blurb of this book. Even more so, when I got an ARC. But this story fell short in so many ways.

Lark dates guys like its nothing. Because it is nothing, to her at least. She dates a guy, comes up with something to make them leaver her. Then the cycle goes on and on from there.

Her friends want her to change her views on dating. And so, she sets her eyes on Andy.

Andy is the new guy in school. Jot, smart, funny. Someone Lark can see herself with.

I wasn't all for the star
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