My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
When her boyfriend breaks up with her on the first day of sophomore year, 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 a magical offer Lucy can’t refuse. All she has to do is get a guy to fall in love with her in the next seven days, and then…break his heart and collect one of his brokenhearted tears. As the girls teach Lucy how to hook a guy (with the help of a little magic), she quickly discovers how far she is willing to go—and who she is willing to cross—to get what she wants.I'm conflicted about this book. I've never read this author before but I will tell you that her writing is GOOD. Her understanding of the art of love, flirting, playing on heartstrings, and the deeper issue of fear is EXCELLENT! Honestly, there were some incredibly good nuggets of wisdom within the pages. The writing style is clear, humor written well, heartbreak and other feelings very well described, and the objectivity in describing matters of the heart is absolutely phenomenal.
Fans of Lauren Myracle, Jodi Lynn Anderson, and Meg Cabot will love this tale of breakups, friendship, new crushes, and magic. Told with wit and charm, The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers is sure to be one of this winter’s most irresistible reads!
Why the conflict? I just didn't like the story. I can't pinpoint why. Maybe it's the idea of an exclusive club that offers promises with nothing to show they have the goods. Maybe it's the social hierarchy that made me a little tired. Lucy, the protagonist, was fine. I liked Gil and didn't hate Liza and Olivia. I found Alex uninteresting and a waste of time. I wanted to get to know Tristan better but he was peripheral yet became central. Every dialogue with him made him more likeable. Which then proved to me that Lucy was kind of an idiot. On the other hand, what 16 year old isn't, at least at times?
The ending indicates it will be a trilogy or some kind of series. It didn't necessarily leave the reader hanging, although the power of the Heartbreakers is not yet known to the reader. The power of four is significant and it is intimated that there is more that Lucy doesn't know.
Bottom line is that I loved the author's writing. I loved her ideas and perspective. I just didn't completely love the story.
Swearing - strong. "F" words used
Sex - Peripheral and implied; Lucy starts the book announcing to Alex she is ready to lose her virginity. She does not and nothing is described.
Underage drinking - present
Worth reading? Yes.