The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak | Relationships and cuteness

Posted January 22, 2019 by Sophia

The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak | Relationships and cuteness

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The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak | Relationships and cutenessThe Heartbreakers by Ali Novak
The Heartbreakers Chronicles #1
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on August 4, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Library

When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for the Heartbreakers.

And he had no idea that I was the only girl in the world who hated his music.

Stella will do anything for her sister—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD…for three hours. At least she met a cute boy at the Starbucks beforehand. A blue-eyed boy who looks an awful lot like…

Oliver Perry. Of course Starbucks guy is the lead singer for her least favorite band. Thanks, universe. But there may be more to Oliver than his world-famous charm, because even after she insults his music—to his face—he still gives her his number. Seriously, what is her life?

But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver—dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band—when her sister could be dying of cancer?

The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak has got to be one of the cutest novels I’ve read in 2018.

Wow. Way to expose that this review is months late, Sophia.

I adored every moment of reading and want more from Novak because she brought out nearly all the feels. Plus if I didn’t have final projects or work at the time, I’m pretty sure I would have finished this in one sitting and be a sad bookwyrm right after.

The relationships are A+! 😍

From the very beginning, the band members and Stella have a great friendship and Novak does a phenomenal job showing that. They got along well quickly and while they had their disputes here and there, it’s obvious they all enjoyed hanging out and spending time together.

I also loved the sibling relationship between Stella and her siblings. Since her sister, Cara found out she had cancer, Stella has been making the effort to stay with her sister as much as she can and that made me cry on the inside. This is one of the struggles that Stella deals with throughout the novel: how can she be with Cara and make the most of the time they have left while creating a life for herself as well?

Lots of cheese and insta-love, but we’re not complaining.

I hate cheese and insta-love, but I had no issues with the massive amounts of them throughout The Heartbreakers. I found myself thoroughly enjoying the novel regardless of the tropes and cliches that I find myself trying to avoid often. The characters play pranks on each other often, which sometimes aggravate me personally in other books because they go too far, but I loved reading them. Plus I personally felt the pranks fit the characters’ personalities and really added to the relationship value.

It’s unrealistic but I don’t think I cared.

I really don’t think I cared because I was enjoying other aspects of the book and it kind of balanced everything out. And well… maybe my mood. I think I was reading way too much fantasy and got tired of that so I needed a good, fluffy AF contemporary novel to get me back on my reading toes. The Heartbreakers certainly delivered the fluffiness I needed.

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Sophia started blogging in February 2012 for the hell of it and is surprisingly still around. She has a GIF for nearly everything, probably listens to too much K-Pop and is generally in an existential crisis of sorts (she's trying her best). In 2020, she graduated with a Bachelor's in Communications and minor in Women's Studies. More of her bookish reviews and K-pop Roundups can be found at The Arts STL.

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16 responses to “The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak | Relationships and cuteness

  1. Ha you made me laugh with that review Sophia! And yes sometimes things we hate usually just work perfectly in a story and we are left astonished! That’s the author’s magic probably or too many wine???

  2. I have had my eye on this series for a while, and you know what? I am a cheese lover. Bring it! I also let fiction be fictional and don’t need it to be wholly realistic. Sounds like a fun escape.

  3. Clo

    Honestly…I was a sad dragon after reading it in one sitting. Mostly because I adored everything about this book hehe, and now I’m going to be impatiently waiting to get my hands on the next book.

    Also insta love usually makes me want to run away but honestly, I really didn’t care because it was just what I needed to kick of the year.

  4. Great review this is the first time I have seen or heard about this book but it does looks and sounds like a really cute and fluffy book. I am really glad you fully enjoyed reading it. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

  5. Ooo cute and fluffy, I love the idea of falling for someone when you hate their music! The element with the sister seems really heartbreaking with all the feels though! I love ‘its unrealistic but I don’t think I cared.’

  6. Cute review Sophia! Sounds like one of those books where it just clicks! The one that is the exception to the rule. We need books like this one. ❤️❤️

    • It definitely is an exception! Or should we call it a rebel? Either way, I agree, we do need more books (or maybe we do, but those books don’t break the rules for us).