Monday, February 06, 2012

Magical Story Not So Magical

(Image from Barnes & Noble)

When 15-year-old Lucy Wrenn falls in love for the first time, she falls hard. So hard that, when her boyfriend breaks up with her, she's not sure she can recover. Without Alex in it, her life is dull, colorless, not worth living. She can barely function without him. The only question in her mind is: How can she convince him to come back to her? The only answer seems to be: The Heartbreakers. Lucy's not too sure about joining up with Olivia, Gil and Liza, three beautiful girls who are able to draw any—and every—guy they want to them. The trio gets results, sure, but Lucy finds the threesome's power a little terrifying.

The Heartbreakers are willing to help Lucy get Alex back, but the plan will only work if Lucy can get a guy to fall in love with her and then break his heart. All within the next seven days. It sounds cruel—too cruel for a bleeding heart like Lucy—not to mention impossible. Except that with a little magic and some coaching from the Heartbreakers, it's starting to look not just doable, but also addictingly fun. As she learns to wield her new powers, Lucy will have to ask herself who she really is, what she really wants, and how many hearts she's really prepared to break in order to win back the boy she loves.

Two things drew me to The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers by Lynn Weingarten: its tantalizing cover (Ooh, pretty!) and its premise (not entirely original, but intriguing nonetheless). After reading the book, those are still my two favorite things about it. Why? Well, because, besides Tristan, I found most of the characters unlikable. I also thought the story got long, dull and depressing. It just didn't speak to me, didn't capture me and—except for a fun little tidbit at the end—didn't surprise me. Sequels will be forthcoming, no doubt, but I won't be holding my breath. Because, frankly, I won't be reading them.

(Readalikes: I should be able to think of a million titles, but nothing's coming to mind. Suggestions?)

Grade: C-

If this were a movie, it would be rated: R for strong language, sexual innuendo/content and depictions of underrage drinking

To the FTC, with love: I received an ARC of The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers from the generous folks at HarperTeen. Thank you!

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