The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers by Lynn Weingarten
Release Date: December 27th, 2011
HarperCollins, 352 Pages
Source: Advance Reader Copy
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers #1
If there’s an upside to having your heart broken, it’s this: A broken heart makes you brave.
The first day of sophomore year doesn’t go the way Lucy planned. After a summer apart from her boyfriend, she’s ready to greet him with a special surprise and instead gets a shocking one in return: He’s breaking up with her. Beyond devastated, Lucy has no idea how she’s going to make it through homeroom, let alone the rest of her life.
Enter three stunning girls with the unnatural ability to attract boys and an offer Lucy can’t refuse: They can heal her heart in an instant. And then she’ll be one of them—a member of a sisterhood that is impervious to heartbreak and has access to magic distilled from the tears of brokenhearted boys. But to gain their power, Lucy must get a guy to fall in love with her the old-fashioned way, and then break his heart in the next seven days.
While the sisterhood may need another Heartbreaker, Lucy’s only desire is to get her ex back. But how far is she willing to go, and who is she willing to cross to get what she wants?
The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers is the story of Lucy and how, after she gets her heartbroken by her boyfriend on the first day of school, three girls approach her and tell her they know a way for her to never be heartbroken again. And really, after your heart is broken, how awesome does the guarantee of one’s heart never being broken again sound?!
There were a lot of things that just really jived with me about this book. Lucy was a relateable character – am I 15? No, but I WAS 15 at some point in my life and I remember what it felt like to be that young. And Lucy wasn’t whiny (yay!). Was she sad about her ex-boyfriend? Yes, but when you get your heart broken, don’t you linger over them for a little while? Give the girl some time to grieve, people!
I also really liked the group dynamic between the 4 girls – if they were all “mean girls” it wouldn’t have worked the way it did. Each girl has something unique about her and I liked their differences. I also really enjoyed the platonic relationship between Lucy and her guy BFF, Tristan. He reminded me so much of a lot of my guy friends at home. I suppose that’s what I enjoyed about this book – I could see people I know and myself in so many of the characters. And although this is a “supernatural” type of book, the themes in it are very similar to those in contemporary novels. Overall, I just loved how Lucy grew through the novel and came into her own at the end.
This book was perfectly paced, wonderfully written, and deserves the Kirkus Star that it received.