I recently finished another NetGalley book!
The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel was released on April 29, 2014.
I waited to review this book, because I wasn’t sure what to say about it. I thought that the premise of the story was really interesting, and it reminded me of a backwards version of Nyrae Dawn’s What a Boy Wants. Basically, Becca is paid to break people up, but no one knows that she is “the break-up artist.” Becca is very cynical about love and relationships, because her original only friend ditched her when she got a boyfriend, and recently, Becca’s sister got dumped six hours before her wedding. Through most of the book, I had a hard time liking Becca. She did some very unlikeable, non-friend things, and it was very frustrating to me. The story was enjoyable enough that I tried to guess what was going to happen, and I was excited or dejected when whatever happened did or didn’t go the way I wanted it to. I was pleased with how the book ended, but it mostly left me unsatisfied.
The thing I struggled with the most in the book, and liked the least to be quite honest, was Siegel’s portrayal of girls in high school. As a girl that, surprise, surprise, went to high school, I couldn’t help but be. . . offended by how these girls were portrayed. With the exception of Becca, every high school girl in the story was either slutty or in a relationship, but that isn’t even what bothered me. What bothered me was that the girls in relationships decided that they were SO superior; any girl that was single couldn’t be friends with girls in relationships. That is absolutely, positively NOT how high school was, at least not for me. When I was in high school, single girls, and girls in relationships were friends, and girls in relationships didn’t act superior. Did girls in relationships have moments of stupidity where they basically dropped their friends for awhile before they started hanging out again? Absolutely (Guilty.). Really, I don’t think this guy should have been writing from a girl’s point of view. Some girls are jerks and could, and do, act like they are superior to the girls without boyfriends, but not all of them. He could have at least tried to diversify the girl characters.
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