Welcome to my tour stop of How to Get Your Heart Broken by Rose Fall hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. You can view the full tour schedule here.
Title: How to Get Your Heart Broken
Author: Rose Fall
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 211 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: March 21st 2016
Source: I received an eARC of this book from YA Bound Book Tours for this tour in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
A self-proclaimed cynic, Eli is unsurprised by her boyfriend’s betrayal. Yet, its impact goes beyond what she realizes; a cruel bet, an array of secrets, and a thousand lessons not yet learned teach her how to trust again as an unlikely boy shows her a kind of love she never knew existed.
After Eli finds her boyfriend cheating on her, she seeks an escape. She heads to the beach to spend the summer before college with her two best friends. When Eli is unable to move past the betrayal, the girls devise a distraction; a bet about their handsome neighbor. Yet their thoughtless competition goes too far and their friendships are tested as they began to wonder how much they really know about each other and themselves. In the chaos, they manage to learn the truth about love, self-acceptance, and the journey back from rock bottom.
This book was quite a bit different from what I was expecting but nonetheless I ended up enjoying it. Eli’s heart breaks when she catches her boyfriend cheating at a party in her own house. Along with Eli’s two best friends- Rachel and Ash, they decide to spend their summer at Ash’s beach house left by her grandfather before they start their respective colleges. Rachel comes up with a plan to make Eli forget her betrayal by her boyfriend by making Jessie, the guy next door fall in love with any of them and then by breaking his heart. They reluctantly agree and promise that they will not fall in love in the process but what’s going to happen when Eli finds herself breaking that promise?
The plot was… different. Definitely different. Rachel comes up with an entire plan on how to stop Eli from moping anymore over her ex-boyfriend and start living but before doing that she needs to get it out of her system and hence the revenge plan. I felt Rachel’s plan was a bit like Miss Havisham’s in Great Expectations because she wanted to break every man’s heart in order to satisfy her need for revenge because her heart was broken as well. Although the plan was weird but watching them trying to attract Jessie and impress him at first was quite enjoyable. I liked the trio’s friendship, although it was not at all normal but they were there for each other.
Eli was an okay protagonist. I liked her but I was quite surprised when she easily agreed to Rachel’s plan. I liked that when she found herself falling for Jessie she tried to tell him the truth about their plan but she should have tried harder. Jessie was an easy going likable guy. I enjoyed how the story flowed out although I felt some parts dragged out a bit. I was a bit surprised towards the ending as well, I would have been actually very angry if there was no epilogue but thankfully it made up for it.
Overall, How to Get Your Heart Broken was a different kind of read. The plot was executed well and although I couldn’t connect with the characters much, nonetheless I liked them. The writing was simple and easy to read. I easily finished this book in a few sittings.
Rose Fall was born in New York City to Senegalese immigrant parents. She is currently studying Communication and Global Studies at UNC Chapel Hill. Her debut novel “How to Get Your Heart Broken” is set to be released Spring 2016. You can find her at her blog here.