Review of The Break-Up Artist

Title: The Break-Up Artist

Author: Philip Siegel

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Publication Date: April 29, 2014

Pages: 336

That is what I thought of when I read the premise for this book review. Those darn youths and their mistreatment of what they think is love. ¬†And because they are so misguided (who is not during one’s high school years), one girl has to take it upon herself to make her small world right because she understands relationships and all the drama that entails. Of course, the best way to set everyone straight is to assist in their break-ups. It is only logical.

I knew this was going to be a fluff read. I was totally prepared for that. Sometimes it is nice to read something light and enjoyable. This book has been getting decent ratings on GR so I was looking forward to something fun and silly. However, my main reaction was this: O_O

Becca is a pretty typical teenager. And by typical, I mean she is almost stereotypical. She is not likable, but I think that works in her favor because it should make the story more interesting, but she possesses no depth whatsoever so her unlikableness did not add to her character at all. I never felt anything for Becca. Not hatred or love or even pity. Just nothing. That could be attributed to several reasons. I am not a teen, I was not obsessed with getting a guy in high school, even though I did date, but being in a relationship was not my main focus. My friends were not that way, either. Just because she was not relatable to me does not mean she is not relatable to someone else. that is just my opinion.

But back to Becca. She watched her sister get dumped at the altar and she thinks she is got the whole love thing figured out, which is to say that love is not real and anyone who thinks it is is a complete fool. People do not stay in love, especially in high school.