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the Art of Breaking Up

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Breaking up is hard to do. Whether you’re breaking up with a bad habit, a life you know, or your first boyfriend. But we all have to do it. It’s just one of the many sucky things about growing up. Some of us do it better than others. I do it badly.

Wade Phillips shattered Lisa McGinty’s heart in Year 10 for no known reason. One minute he was the perfect boy-next-door boyfri
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published June 8th 2021 by Sleeping Dragon Books
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May 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, may-2021, 2021
I really enjoyed this book. It was a cute. For most of the book, the characters didn't feel like they were teenagers. Granted, almost all of them were 18 or about to turn 18, but they were all mature.

Lately I've been trying not to read reviews prior to reading books, but I did see a few for this book and multiple people made comments about how great the friendship was between Nora and Lisa. I'll admit I was surprised at how long the secret relationship went on before Lisa found out about it. (v
May 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Releasing on June 8th is this wonderfully delightful New Adult Romance that takes you down a walk through memory lane. This story brought back all kinds of emotions that I experienced during High School and even college.

The friendship that we get to experience between Lisa and Norah reminded me of my own best friend through High School. We would at times have the same crush, but I never experienced it to the degree of Lisa and Norah during this novel. I loved the dynamic between Lisa and Norah
I really loved this one! I needed something cute and fluffy to binge, and this worked perfectly. I finished it in one sitting, this was that good.

My favorite thing about this was definitely the friendship between Lisa and Norah. So often, friendships are discarded for the romance in books. I hate that. So I loved that this book layed such a strong emphasis on friendship and loyalty.

I also really loved the relationship between Norah and Wade. It did fall into place super fast, but it was addict
Mimia The Reader
Apr 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
I've been saying since forever that if you want to read good high school YA (I'm not sure this is actually a genre but you get the feel for what I'm talking about) that's not too shallow but can also be enterteinment reading you should pick any of Elizabeth Stevens books. This one is no exception.

Funny dialogues, real characters dealing with high school problems and also more serious ones (like mental health or divorce), good friendships, funny moments, serious moments, cute moments. Yo
The Art of Breaking Up brings back memories of navigating young love in high school and college. But it's more than that. It's the story of finding your way through breakups - - not just in high school, but the devastating breakup of a marriage and its impact on the entire family.

The book started with me thinking it might be a bit of a bully romance. However, it quickly evolved into much more than that. It was a story of friendship, young love, finding support where you least expect it, growing
Apr 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This was such a fun but emotional read, it even made me cry, though in fairness I cry easily. And I cried more at the friendship stuff than the big emotional stuff, but I just really loved Norah's and Lisa's connection and I loved that the author spent time on that.

First things first, though. I really appreciated that the author clarified that this book was in Aussie English, which may seem like either a small or obvious thing to some, but I found it helpful. Then I was prepared to Google things
May 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
ARC Review | NetGalley


Nora | 4/5 | Nora can be stressful at times, but she's in a rough spot and doesn't know how to handle things or how to feel. I love how much she supports Lisa as a friend and how much she cares about her although it can be annoying at times. She shows a lot of sides and I think it makes her a better character as well as worse at times.

Wade | 4.5/5 | I love Wade, I think he was annoying but cute in a weird way. He struggles with a lot of things and I think that he sho
emmy ♡
Apr 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, arc, netgalley

thank you to the publisher and netgalley for the free copy in exchange for an honest review! all thoughts and opinions are my own.

i thought that this book was going to be pretty cliche, but the author added good elements and really changed it up from what i was expecting.

the main character, norah, constantly trades insults with wade, who she hates because he broke her best friend's heart. she thinks that her best friend, lisa, still likes wade, and doesn't see what lisa likes about wade. norah
Christiana Reads
May 02, 2021 rated it really liked it

I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review; all opinions reflected below are my own!

It's been a while since I last read a YA book that caught and held my attention like "The Art of Breaking Up" - a book which was remarkably honest and which often made me pause and re-read certain passages so as to re-experience them again. Family, friendship, love, second chances, taking risks, opening up; this book brings all these elements together and more. And it do
Leanne Crabtree
4.5 stars.

I got a copy of this book via Netgalley.

This starts with Norah and her best friend, Lisa, in school talking about an assignment when they accidentally bump into Wade, Lisa's ex - who she still has a giant crush on. All Norah feels towards the guy is animosity for breaking her friends heart and their triangular friendship group. But when Norah finds out her parents are divorcing and her dad is rushed to hospital for surgery she struggles for someone to talk to when she bumps into Wade i
May 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Received an early copy of this book from net galley and it was a pleasure to read. This book has so many feels and real life situations. I love it when books have meaning to then and brings you into lives of people you may not have had a chance to experience before.

We meet the main characters as they are trying to navigate through their last year in high school. Two best friends and am ex, really what could go wrong, or in their case what could be really right? Wade and Norah love sparring with
May 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a YA (Highschool aged) story that isn't entirely focused on the romance. I find it a little hard to explain, but it's more about the Heroine's life than just the romance. Norah is snarky and fiercely loyal to her best friend Lisa, going as far as hating Lisa's ex-boyfriend, and making sure he knows it (even though the three were good friends before that break-up.) One fateful day, she discovers something that totally rocked her world. And now, that ex-boyfriend is the one person who real ...more
Kasey Connors-Beron
May 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of The Art of Breaking Up by Elizabeth Stevens thanks to the publisher through Discovery in exchange for an honest review.

Relationships are complicated, whether with friends or romantic partners. The Art of Breaking Up tackles both these difficulties through exploring a disolved relationship and the friendship that ended with it. Wade and Lisa had dated two years prior and Norah was friends with both of them. When the relationship ended, Norah was forced to chose between the t
Jun 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have followed Elizabeth Stevens for a few years now, and I would place the Art of Breaking Up in my top three from her. For those who liked Keeping Up Appearances, this book will remind you of that; but this is a bit more.

The Art of Breaking Up tackles depression--and tackles it well. Don't worry! This is not a maudlin novel, nor is it depressing though discussing depression. Stevens shows the many facets of depression: the masks that people wear, unhealthy and healthy coping mechanisms, and t
May 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I typically have a hit-or-miss relationship with Elizabeth Stevens' writing. She has books that I absolutely adore ("Keeping up Appearances" and "Being Not Good") and she has books that I have DNF'd after the first chapter. I am thrilled to report that "The Art of Breaking Up" falls firmly in the former category! Like, for real - I read this in a day. And it's not short.

A bit deeper than her typical work, this novel follows our MC
May 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley-books
Thank you to NetGalley and Sleeping Dragon Books for an ARC of this book. All opinions in this review are my own.

I went back and forth between giving this 4 and 5 stars, but when it came down to it my heart told me this is a 5 star book, because of three main factors: 1) I didn't want to put it down; 2) I finished it in less than 24 hours; and 3) it brought back so many emotions and memories from my own high school experience - both good and bad - in a way that I hadn't experienced before.

Lexie Smith
Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Do you believe in girl code? Could you date a best friends ex? What if you fall for or start falling for a best friends ex no matter how hard you try? Elizabeth Stevens mastered the art of breaking up and I loved every second of this book.

Wade and Norah have been enemies ever since Wade broke up with Norahs best friend two years ago. Ever sense then Wade has been dating his way through the school and Norah can't stand him. But are her feelings for him really hate or is there something more to i
Elizabeth Stevens never fails to make me feel all the squishy feelings. The Art of Breaking Up is no exception—her ability to make the characters’ connection feel palpable breathes new life into old tropes. Norah is realistic, flawed, and likable, even when she is burying her head in the sand. Wade was charming, and I appreciated the depth brought to his character. Their relationship built gradually on the foundation of just being their for each other, which I thought was a nice change of pace.

Katie Bogdan
May 30, 2021 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

Reading The Art of Breaking Up feels like watching a 90s high school romantic comedy today. It is certainly enjoyable, but you realize that the stereotypes being used are not necessarily as fun as you remember.

Stevens is clearly looking to pull off an enemies-to-lovers story with this book, which I normally love. However, the reason for Norah to hate Wade is pretty weak considering just how horribly she treats him in the beginning of the book. The romance, which is triggered by Norah ne
Lexee Toste
Jun 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a great read! I loved the characters in this story. We really get to know Wade and Norah in this book. Wade has a big wall and façade up that has made him seem like a player with no cares in the world, when instead he has a lot going on. Norah and Wade trade barbs all the time since Wade broke up with Norah's best friend two years ago. There is a lot of depth to this story as things are not black and white. Wade is there for Norah at a time where she doesn't know how to open up to her b ...more
Jaynelle Dessirae
May 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Art of Breaking Up is a fun YA Romance that hits on some hard topics. This book is set in Australia (I am from the US) so some of the slang and terms were not familiar to me.

This book is about a senior in high school realizing that she is in love her with best friends ex-boyfriend, all while juggling her parents getting a divorce and juggling what goes along with moving on to the next stage of life after high school.

The male main character talks openly about his suicide attempts, depressio
Meghan Lew
Thank you NetGalley for providing an arc of this book.

This book felt like two very different books. The first half of the book was fun and light and seemed like a normal romance novel, but the second half got deep and dark really quickly. And that was my biggest problem with the plot. It went from light and fluffy to super heavy with no build up and it’s as if I was reading about completely different characters.

This made it hard for me to connect with the very real struggles the main characters
May 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
*the ARC was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Art of Breaking Up is a charming young adult romance. It revolves around Norah and Wade, two teenagers who are both broken inside, each fighting their own demons. They get close, connect, and a secret romance develops between them. Why secret, you ask? Because Wade is the forbidden fruit, Norah's best friend's ex.
Who will Norah choose? Her own happiness over her best friend's, or will she put sisters before misters?
Jun 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have read a couple of books by Elizabeth Stevens, and I truly appreciate how she handles serious issues in her YA romances, and "The Art of Breaking Up" is no exception. While the drama level is quite high, both the family drama and the mental health issues are dealt with in a way that feels realistic and shows that both can be addressed, and neither necessarily has to be the end of the world.

Another thing I like about this story is the strong friendship between Norah and Lisa. You go, girls!
megan (wingsandfables)
DNF @ 51%. It's just way too slowly paced and the characters seem to have the same conversations over and over again (Are they friends again or not? Is this a relationship or not? Don't forget we keep kissing each other.). I also just can't get on board with how the main character is going after the guy her best friend is still in love with even if the main character thinks her best friend really isn't and is just using him as an excuse to not get back out into the dating life. It's an icky feel ...more
Apr 20, 2021 rated it liked it
Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review

“There went that look in his eyes again. The one that was a little dark. A little sad.” (Quote from ARC)

A sweet story of young love and friendship,“The Art of Breaking Up”, by Elizabeth Stevens (Sleeping Dragon Books), features a charmer with a lot of baggage and a strong heroine going through family trouble.
Wade was so intriguing in the beginning; he has an aura that makes him an enticing hero. The fact this incorrigible flirt is deal
May 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Norah finds put her life is about to change forever and, in addiction, she might have a crush on her best friend’s previously hateful ex-boyfriend. Now, Norah mist come to terms with what is about to turn her life upside down and the feelings she might have for the guy who broke her best friend’s heart.

The Art of Breaking Up touches on important subjects such as family, depression and friendship. It is a cute read but a little slow paced for my tasting. I felt like the climax was a little too la
May 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
I am a sucker for YA/NA and this book was such a fun read. The banter is great. It is hard to get the flirty and witty tone just right in the written word and Elizabeth Stevens does this well. The chemistry of the characters sparks off the page and the emotions of the characters feel real. I loved the friendship between Lisa and Norah. Friendships are often under represented or outright discarded for the advancement of the romance and the author kept the friendship relevant throughout. As an FYI ...more
Jun 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Yes! This was Elizabeth Stevens in all her YA-goodness! I always say Stevens shines best in her YA novels, and this is certainly the case here. I finished it all in one sitting, reading through the night. She does a great job of mixing realistic topics into a coming-of-age romance. Add in humor and fun banter between the characters, and you have a winner. Stevens also does a decent job of not always playing into what you think is going to happen, even when tried-and-true tropes are being used. H ...more
Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
Apr 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
This YA story has so many layers and I loved the way Ms. Stevens approached it. Norah, Lisa and Wade were a trio that hung out together before he broke up with Lisa hurting her. Then he became an enemy as far as Norah was concerned. All of that changed when Norah’s parents were going through trauma that upended her life and Wade was there to talk to about it. It turns out Norah’s feelings were not as negative as she thought. As you begin to peel back the layers of this story it has so much going ...more
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