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Hearts Made for Breaking

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  497 ratings  ·  104 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, 305 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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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
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
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.
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.
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
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
May 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
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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
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
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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.
Real rating: 2.5 stars
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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
Rameela (Star)
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: 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
Shelves: arcs
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
Jun 07, 2020 rated it liked it
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.
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
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.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
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
*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
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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
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
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
**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
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Hailey Newbury
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lark Dayton strings along any boy that comes her way, and is the queen of breakups. When she ends things with a boy, there are never any hard feelings, because she deliberately says something for the guy to have doubts about their relationship. Lark does not want to hurt anyone, nor does she want to hurt herself over a boy. Her best friends, Cooper and Katie, though, dare her to have a bad breakup with someone that actually matters- meaning she has to have feelings for a guy and then she would b ...more
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I heard this compared to the movie How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. So, I’ll admit that I just expected this to be really light and funny. But it was actually quite sweet.

Lark never lets herself get serious about a guy. She’s dated a lot but she’s never fallen in love. Maybe she’s afraid of getting’s not incredibly clear to me....but she always gets into relationships with guys she hasn’t serious about and then she pushes them to break up with her. She doesn’t actually want to hurt anyone
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