Review of The Break-Up Artist Part 3

Until Mr. Towne calls Becca and threatens to ruin her high school reputation, nay, her whole life, if she doesn’t end Steve and Huxley’s relationship soon.

To top it all off, towards the end of the book you find out who Mr. Towne’s And while I won’t spoil anything for those who want to read this, let’s just say it left me with this reaction: O_O oh_hell_no O_O

Because it was so weird and improbable and creepy that I could not find it believable at all. I am sorry, Becca, but when a grown man is threatening you, you tell someone. I seem to be the only one with these reactions, but I can’t get past this. I mean, weird, right?

The rest of the story was all ups and down: Becca, succumbing to the dreaded L word, starts like liking her best friends boyfriend, her sister has to get her life together, and people learn some lessons. Actually, I really do not know that Becca learned anything in this book. While she seemed remorseful at some points during the story, they get glossed over or are quickly swept under the rug. Because, hey, those couple were going to break up anyway, so really she was just speeding up the inevitable.

I want to finish by saying that I am all for unsympathetic characters. They make stories more interesting. And I do not think YA characters have to be models of virtue. I think they can set bad examples and teens can still learn something and grow from a character’s mistakes. And maybe this story is totally relatable to an average teen and they will see something in Becca that makes them feel less alone. But the characters in this story felt so flat to me, I could not imagine any of them being real.

Thank you for reading my rant. I am sorry I could not enjoy this book more.