The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak
Series: The Heartbreaker Chronicles #1
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on August 4th 2015
Genres: Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: Book Expo America, NetGalley, Sourcebooks Fire
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"When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. Unbeknownst to him, I was the only girl in the world who hated his music."
Since Cara's health has been deteriorating, all Stella Walter can think about is trying to cheer her sister up. Her life revolves around Cara to the point where Stella drops out of one of the country's top photography programs so she can spend what little time she has left with her sick sister.
With Cara's birthday around the corner, Stella wants to get her the perfect gift. An autographed poster of her sister's favorite boy band should do the trick. Sounds simple enough, right? But life isn't always so easy.
Not only does Stella hate The Heartbreakers because of their terrible music, but when she realizes that the cute boy she met at Starbucks is really Oliver Perry, the lead singer of the band, her life seems to spin out of control...
Will Stella be able to swallow her pride and get the autograph that she so desperately needs to make Cara happy? And will Oliver be able to show Stella how to live her own life again?
Meet... The Heartbreakers.
Stella Samuels will do whatever it takes to make her sister, Cara, happy. Since Cara got sick, Stella has put her life on hold. Cara’s favorite band is the Heartbreakers, and even though Stella hates their music, she and her brother Drew still travel to Chicago to get a bunch of Heartbreakers paraphernalia signed for Cara as a birthday present. Stella didn’t expect that the guy she met in Starbucks that morning to be the lead singer of the Heartbreakers, and her life quickly turns into a cheesy love song, including late night swims and sneaking away from the band’s bodyguard. But should she be having the time of her life while her sister is dying?
I discovered Ali Novak’s book My Life With the Walter Boys a few months back and loved it. I’m not a member of Wattpad, the website the story was originally published on, so finding My Life With the Walter Boys in Books-A-Million had to be fate—I loved it! When I got approved to read The Heartbreakers on NetGalley I was over-the-top happy and couldn’t wait to start reading it.
Stella Samuels had always lived her life next to her identical twin sister and fraternal twin brother—one of a set of triplets. When her sister got diagnosed with cancer—Hodgkin’s Lymphoma—she put her entire life on hold so she wouldn’t miss a second of the one her sister had left. Suddenly, she’s living her dream. Stella didn’t give herself enough credit for the talent that she had, nor did she believe that it was possible for her to live her life when the person she cared about the most had to live each day not knowing what would happen next. Novak did a great job of capturing the essence of a girl torn between life and death. At first, when she starts hanging out with the band, I started to wonder how she could forget about her life back home. When she did think about her sister, it made her feel guilty about enjoying herself and clear why she didn’t let her thoughts wander. It made her character perfectly human and understandable.
There has been a sudden spike in the number of novels written about boy bands. What’s so great about these books is that they are never the same other than one thing: a member of the band falls for a girl. Oliver Perry was arrogant, pretentious, and created his persona based on how the record company told him he should act—none of it good. When he let himself—the real him—shine through, I couldn’t help but fall in love with him. Even though he had his teeth grinding moments, I wanted my own Oliver Perry.
Once again, Ali Novak has given us a novel that questions life after tragedy and what it means to be alive and fall in love.