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A Field Guide for Heartbreakers

3.08  ·  Rating details ·  375 ratings  ·  61 reviews

Best friends Dessy and Veronica arrive in Europe with wildly different plans. Dessy hopes to heal her newly broken heart by diving into the creative writing workshop that brought the girls to Prague. Veronica’s plan, meanwhile, is to conquer as many hot-dudes as possible in one month—and help Dessy recycle her heart in the process. Her method:

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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Disney-Hyperion
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Sep 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
The book gods taught me a lesson for being shallow on this one. One shouldn't judge a book by its cover and boy did I take something away from this experience. A Field Guide to Heartbreakers was the single most frustrating reading experience I have had since being made to read The Mayor of Casterbridge in the eleventh grade. But at least I could see the literary merit in Hardy's work even I was ruing the day he was born. This...the bright side is that it is pretty.

In attempting to be
Jun 13, 2010 rated it really liked it

Filled with outrageous, hilarious situations, sprightly and quirky characters, and a new setting, Field Guide for Heartbreakers is a cute, lively read. Two invigorating and vastly different main characters help add to the hilarity and endearment of this book. Stylistic writing and talented mindset help tie everything together.

Dessy is practiced and logical, not one to immediately throw caution to the wind. Still hung up on her ex and fault focused, she is a mix of damaged and naïve. She is a
Jul 01, 2010 rated it liked it
When reading the summary of this novel, I became really interested in it. It seemed like a great summer read and really original I will admit while it is that, I was somewhat disappointed in the novel as a whole. While Tracy did present an interesting plot, there was just something missing within the characters. I couldn't connect- even with the Veronica and her "man-wall" (which wasn't played out as much as I had expected), I just couldn't get into it. Maybe it was because there wasn't enough ...more
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a nicely written novel, with some very important life lessons sewn in. The writing program the two girls are a part of allows for some very deep conversations about the writing process, and how to edit your work afterward. The plot seemed a little fast-paced at points, to the point where I would have to re-read sections to understand them, but that can be overlooked.
Nov 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
I'll admit it now that this just was not the book for me one bit. Going into this, I was expecting a cute and funny romance, something similar to the greatness contained in Elizabeth Rudnick's Tweet Heart, but sadly enough, this summer YA read just fell short for me in the cute and funny scales. Instead it measured quite high on the boring and blah ones. Though, don't get me wrong, I didn't HATE it necessarily, but I didn't find it all that great either, but before I get to that, let me tell you ...more
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Gosh. I had high hopes for a light, fluffy travel read (with bonus creative writing workshops), but I guess I didn't read the reviews. This...did not work so well for me.

The heroine, Dessy, is off to Prague with her best friend, Veronica, for a fiction workshop taught by Veronica's mother. Veronica, to paraphrase her mother, has two settings: off and ZOOM. (For the most part Dessy has one setting: doormat.) Veronica is obsessed with meeting as many 'hot-dudes' as possible, Dessy is heartbroken
Erin DuBrock
Sep 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
I struggled with this book to say the least. It's been a long time since I had to force myself to keep reading a book. Normally, I would stop reading, but I am proud to say that I finished this book. It wasn't a terrible book.
I actually liked some of the plot and a few of the characters, but unforunately most of the plot felt like it was thrown together and the chracters that I did enjoy like Roger and Boz weren't around all that much. I liked seeing Dessy mature, and I definetly felt everything
Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit)
I was really looking forward to reading this book - the cover and title seem to fit my reading tastes perfectly. When it arrived in the mail, I was very surprised at the length (352 pages) because I apparently imagined it as a smaller book.

I began to read and immediately detested Veronica. She is a spoiled girl with a bad attitude, and I got tired of reading what she had to say after ten pages. And I got tired of how much drama she was - which made me feel bad for Dessy, who was getting her
Jun 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
You know, this book made me furious. You know why? Veronica is terrible. TERRIBLE. She is terrible in a fairly realistic manner, but, who cares? If I had to spend as much time with Veronica in real life as I did in this way-too-effing-long book (Hi editors, Make cuts! xoxo laaaames) I would throw myself out the window of a bone arthouse.

I'm not saying Dessy was the perfect friend, but holy effing godDAMN did I want her to just punch Veronica in the face.


And then I would YouTube that for
Jul 06, 2010 rated it liked it
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Carro Herdegen
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kiss-the-book
Language - PG-13 (80 swears, 0 "f"), Sexual Content - PG-13; Violence - PG
Dessy's heart has just been smashed before she and her best friend, Veronica, go to Prague for a writing work shop. There, Veronica goes crazy looking for "hot-dudes" and tries to help hook Dessy up with new guys. But their relationships with men aren't the only ones that get rocky.
This book gave me something to read and kept me busy, but it didn't entertain me very much. It was about a couple of seniors trying to get guys
May 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Title: A Field Guide for Heartbreakers

Author: Kristen Tracy

Publisher: Disney/Hyperion

Kristen Tracy's second novel, Crimes of the Sarahs, was one of the first books I reviewed. I'm not going to link to it, because even in the span of one month, my reviews got better. Seriously, looking at that thing makes me cringe. Doesn't change the fact Tracy is kick-ass with witty dialogue, and I was so looking forward to that in a release that seemed more easy-going and modern. But then the Naughty Book
May 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Kate McMurry
A wild romp of young-adult chick lit

Seventeen-year-old Dessy Gherkin is a straight-A student from small-town Ohio who receives the chance of a lifetime due to the intervention of her adventurous, long-time best friend, Veronica Knox. Without Dessy's knowledge, Veronica submits a humorous essay the two of them wrote together to a prestigious writing program which will be held in Prague the summer before their senior year. Amazingly, they are both accepted and assigned to the fiction workshop led
Christina (Reading Extensively)
Apr 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, read2010, romance
The title makes it look like this is mainly a romance but that is misleading. While Dessy does pine over her relationship with her ex and develop a new crush, the focus of the story is her friendship with Veronica and her beliefs about herself. I thought Dessy was a likeable main character. I love how much she cares about Veronica and how she tries to be there for her friend. She is not without flaws however. I did find her whining over her breakup to be annoying after awhile but it was her ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Dec 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Breanna F. for

Best friends Dessy and Veronica get into a college writer's workshop that Veronica's mother is teaching at during the summer in Prague. They will be there for a month, and both girls have different plans for their time.

Dessy wants to mend her recently broken heart after her first love, Hamilton, smashed it. Veronica wants to make her newly ex-boyfriend, Boz, jealous by encountering all the guys she possibly can in one month. Once they get to Prague,
Trisha W.
Jul 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-books, read2010
I thought this was a cute book. Not a favorite of mine. I didn't really feel any sort of connection with the characters. Especially Veronica, I actually found her quit annoying. She was always interrupting people and making people do what she wanted to do. If I seen her in real life she would be one of those girls I roll my eyes at and try to avoid at all costs.
The character of Dessy wasn't too bad. I thought how she kept worrying about her ex Hamilton instead of having a good time while she is
Jun 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Leaning toward 2.5 stars.

This book has a completely misleading title, cover, and back-cover blurb. It's really not just "how to get guys in Europe" (that's more of the best friend's concern than the main character's) and although yes, there is brief mention of ice-cream cone licking, I think they could have done better than such a generic cover that doesn't even really fit the tone of the story.

Dessy (is that SHORT for something?) and her obnoxious BFF Veronica go to Prague for a writer's
Nae Ayson
Jan 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
a A Field Guide for Heartbreakers kinda disappointed me.

Don't get me wrong. I liked the book. It's just that... well, for a book with an awesome blurb, amazing cover and an even more AMAAAZING title, I expected it to be really good. But it turned out to be... okay.

First, the structure of the novel. The title implied (to me, anyway) that there's some kind of list of rules at the start of every chapter. It goes well with the theme of field guides and stuff. But the author simply proceeded with the
May 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
Unsatisfying book. Not so horrible that I stopped after 50 pages (I usually force myself through at least 50 pages), but by the end I regretted wasting my time. Two stars because the writing was at times laugh out loud funny. But that wasn't enough to prompt me to give a hoot about the two main characters. I was particularly put off by Veronica, the sassy best friend of the narrator who I assume we are supposed to love for her uninhibited, boy-crazy charms. To me, though, she was just a jerk. ...more
Nov 24, 2009 rated it liked it
A Field Guide For Heartbreakers was not a book for me. I don’t feel like I ever got fully into the story and I am honestly just glad to be done with it.

Dessy Gherkin is going to Prague. She and her best friend, Veronica, have been accepted into a month-long college writing program and it’s going to be great. Too bad Dessy has a broken heart and Veronica has a goal to meet as many hot dudes as possible. There are so many ways things can go wrong especially when you throw a homicidal roommate into
Dessy and Veronica were the perfect duo. Dessy was heartbroken after her first love laminated all of her flaws. That's right Laminated! While Dessy is trying to mend her heart, Veronica is on a mission to be a crazy hormonal teen(boy crazy).I did feel Veronica out shined Dessy's character. I thought this was going to be just a simple book of friendship and how to deal with life. Boy was I wrong. The turn in the plot was wonderful and unpredicted. Down right entertaining. The book kept at a great ...more
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Damn, this book was horrible.

First of all, the setting is in Prague and these two girls are attending a book conference where aspiring authors from around the world share stories and whatnots.

Anyway, the two main characters, Dessy and Veronica, are just horrible. Seriously, Dessy is a coward and Veronica is a bitch who has serious problems. Yeah, you're right. They're best friends.

I had high hopes for this book, but the only fun part was when...(spoiler) their deranged roommate who is named
Claire Hennessy
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Dessy and Veronica, best friends and aspiring writers, are off to Prague for a writers’ seminar. Even though they’ve applied for a non-fiction seminar, they end up in the short story section that Veronica’s mother is teaching. Both of them have recently had break-ups – Dessy, the narrator, quieter than Veronica, still misses her boyfriend (who gave her a laminated list of her faults) a lot, while Veronica’s determined to flirt and possibly more with as many Hot Dudes as possible during their ...more
Nov 02, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
For a book about a writing seminar (in a way), it really needs some work. There was a line in it about how you either finish a book for two reasons, one was because you were hooked, or two because you had already committed so much time to it that you felt like you had to finish it. OR something to that extent. I kept giving this a chance in hopes it would get better, and for me, it didn't. The characters weren't appealing and the story wasn't too interesting either. I don't feel like the lessons ...more
Jun 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Getting dumped by a bird-obsessed guy named Hamilton not only sucks, it's humiliating. Dessy, the dumpee and main character of A Field Guide For Heartbreakers by Kristen Tracy, is a quintessential good girl, about to embark on a summer writing trip to Prague with her screwball bestie, Veronica. The girls decide to throw caution to the wind and meet all sorts of cute boys in Europe.
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Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: summer-reads
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Apr 28, 2010 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. I really wanted to like this book. It's about two girls who go to Prague for a creative writing workshop. I mean, how awesome is that?! But I just didn't really care for it. I could definitely relate to the main character, Dessy, in many ways, and I liked her for the most part (despite her ridiculous name). However, her best friend Veronica was extremely annoying and I found myself looking forward to any scenes Veronica wasn't in.

I have to agree with my friend Jessica on this: I
Dec 16, 2011 rated it liked it
The story was a bit slow in the beginning, and I wasn't really fond of the two main characters at first. Then after a few more chapters I really loved all the weird adventures that Dessy and Veronica had. When I was finished with the book I couldn't shake the feeling that the book was missing some details. It felt kind of empty, I thought Dessy didn't really have much personality, but I Iiked that Tracy wrote the story from her point of view other than Veronica whom to everyone else in the book ...more
Feb 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
honestly i didn't like it. I had to force myself to finish this book just so i can start with a new one. The story is still boring even if some of the characters are a bit eccentric. I would've love dessy and veronica if the plot was different or anything that is more suitable with their personality. Aside from that almost everything that happens in this book is too random, it just doesn't have a connection and it really ruined the whole book
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