Early Review: The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers by Lynn Weingarten

December 23, 2011 Review 1

Early Review: The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers by Lynn WeingartenThe Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers by Lynn Weingarten
Series: The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers #1
Published by Harper Collins on December 27th 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Romantic, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Abigail
3 Stars

A charming tale of breakups, friendships, new crushes, and magic, The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers by Lynn Weingarten is perfect for fans of Lauren Myracle, Ally Carter, and Meg Cabot.When Lucy's boyfriend breaks her heart, she discovers just how far she'll go to mend it. Lucy is stunned when her boyfriend suddenly ends things on the first day of sophomore year. She barely knows how she'll make it through the rest of the year without her one true love. Then she meets three beautiful girls who promise Lucy they can fix her broken heart. All Lucy has to do is get a guy to fall in love with her and break his heart in the next seven days. And then she'll be a member of the Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers—irresistible to guys, unbelievably popular, and able to control magic. Lucy longs for her broken heart to mend, and the sisterhood's magic just might be the perfect way to win back her ex . . . but how far is she willing to go?

THE SECRET SISTERHOOD OF HEARTBREAKERS isn’t the first paranormal YA release this year to feature a trio of beautiful but magically dangerous girls who prey on those they deem deserving, but it is the best.

There is a lot to like in this book, most notably the character of Tristan.  He was just plain cool as Lucy’s blues playing, lollipop loving, insomniac best friend.  I could have read an entire book just about him (which I hope to do since Weingarten confirmed ‘he’ll play an even bigger role in the next book’).  Lucy was a slightly harder sell since she came across as very young.  Her obsession with her ex-boyfriend Alex, while realistic, was a little uncomfortable at times.  She was completely consumed with him, and for very little reason apart from that fact that he paid attention to her at a time when no one else did.

Then there are the Heartbreakers, sort of a cross between the girls from Heathers, The Craft, and Mean Girls.  There were extremely interesting if not exactly likable.  I had some issues with their very mature behavior and experience with guys given that they were supposed to still be in high school.  I think it would have worked much better if they were in college, or even fresh out.   Aside from that, they worked, and the mythology for the Heartbreakers worked even better.  I wasn’t expecting there to be a whole lot of explanation for what they did, which is why I enjoyed the very intricate breakdown and history behind the Heartbreakers all the more.

Overall, THE SECRET SISTERHOOD OF HEARTBREAKERS is a fun and thought provoking read that was anything but predictable, and will leave you wondering if it’s ever okay to break a heart.  The ending did catch me completely off guard, and to be honest, I’m still trying to decide what I think about it.  It’s very unconventional, and it will very clearly polarize readers, but if you’re looking for an atypical read full of surprises, you might enjoy being a heartbreaker too.

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One Response to “Early Review: The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers by Lynn Weingarten”

  1. Paige Cuccaro

    I loved The Craft! And the cover of The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers is eye catching. The trailer is pretty cool too. (Love the music!) Nice review. If The Secret Sisterhood is like The Craft, I'll probably like it. Thanks for the insight, Abigail!