Hearts Made for Breaking
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
**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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
*SPOILERS IN REVI ...more
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 ...more
reel him in. make him love me. break his heart.
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 ...more
- 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more