YA review: The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak

Title: The Heartbreakers
Author: Ali Novak
Series: The Heartbreaker Chronicles #1
Acquired: Review
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release date: 1st August 2015

Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD…for four hours. She’s totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she’ll never see him again.

Except, Stella’s life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry – lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favourite Disney movie in her ear. 

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? 

Stella, Drew and Cara are triplets and each year they have a competition to see who can get the best birthday present. Cara is obsessed with The Heartbreakers so Stella and Drew head off on a road trip where the band are doing a signing to get the perfect present. After standing in line for hours the band leave and Stella and Drew never got an autograph but a chance meeting in their hotels means spending more time with the band that Stella hates and she even tells them so!

The Heartbreakers is a really fun young adult read. Stella’s twin sister Cara is a massive fan of The Heartbreakers whereas Stella doesn’t like them one little bit. Still, she’s prepared to wait for hours in line for an autograph for her sister. Cara has cancer and undergoing some pretty serious treatment so Stella and brother Drew want to do something amazing for her. I absolutely loved the relationship between the triplets. All three are incredibly close and I really enjoyed seeing how far they would go for one another. 

Although Cara has cancer that isn’t really the main aspect of the story which was refreshing. There are plenty of other novels out with characters with life threatening illnesses which are quite depressing and dark in parts but that wasn’t what this one was like at all. Cara’s cancer is part of the driving force behind Stella’s actions and her interactions with The Heartbreakers. Cara herself was a great character. For someone with cancer she was upbeat most of the time, supportive of her sister and pretty funny as well. 

Stella was a wonderful protagonist. She’s fiery, outspoken and brave too. The relationship between Stella and Oliver (lead singer of The Heartbreakers) was so much fun. There is a lot of banter between the two characters, mainly due to Stella’s dislike of the band. As Stella and Oliver are around other band members quite a lot of the time when they are together they add something as well. Each band member has a distinct personality and I would love to read their stories as well. 

The Heartbreakers was a lot of fun and quite different to other books with similar ideas e.g. a band member and ‘regular’ girl. The characters made the plot more light hearted than it could have been and there was very little I disliked about it. The dialogue was a bit cheesy at times although I’d expected that so it wasn’t a big deal. As I said before, I’d love stories about the other band members as I did enjoy this one. 

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