The Heartbreakers

The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak

Publication Date: August 4, 2015

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Synopsis:

Stella isn’t into mainstream music. She couldn’t care less about a silly boy band called the Heartbreakers. But Stella’s sister Cara loves them. Since Cara’s sick and can’t go to their concert, Stella is determined to get the Heartbreakers’ autographs for her.

On her way to the autograph signing in Chicago, Stella stops at Starbucks for an early morning coffee. The only other person in the coffee shop is a cute guy. Stella is shocked when she shows up at the autograph signing and the cute coffee shop guy is none other than the Heartbreakers’ lead singer.

Stella’s shock doesn’t end there, though. Cute coffee guy / lead singer Oliver gives her his number and asks her to call. Stella can’t believe her is actually interested in her.

As Stella and Oliver start to fall for each other, things become complicated. Cara’s illness becomes worse and Stella feels guilty for not being around more when her sister might be dying. Meanwhile, Oliver and the band are dealing with breakup rumors. Will the pressure of it all ruin the first bit of happiness Stella’s felt in a long time?


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


A while ago, I read and reviewed My Life with the Walter Boys. I was really impressed with the story. I loved how Ali Novak took a character that had just gone through something heartbreaking and instead of letting her wallow in it, added warmth and humor to help her heal.

When I picked up The Heartbreakers, I was hoping to get the same type of story. I had recently finished a couple of books that, while they were brilliant, left me feeling down. It wasn’t exactly a book hangover, it was just that I needed something that was going to pep me up. Luckily, The Heartbreakers was exactly what I needed. I loved it! It was an upbeat, funny and fast-paced read.

Stella may have been dealing with her sister’s illness, but Cara’s cancer didn’t steal the show. Her positive attitude toward life and her illness helped Stella live her life to the fullest. And that meant following her heart when a certain boy band member pops up.

I have to admit The Heartbreakers were my favorite part of the story. Each one of those guys made me smile. Ali Novak sure knows how to write hilarious teenage boys. I’m so excited that this book has The Heartbreaker Chronicles #1 after it because I would love to read a book about any of these guys!

If you’re looking for a YA to make you smile, you’ve found it!

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The Nightingale

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Publication Date: February 3, 2015

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Synopsis:

It’s 1939 and war is raging in Europe. France has been preparing for war, trying to keep Hitler’s army out of its boarders. In the village of Carriveau, the Mauriac sisters are driven apart by their views on the war.

Vianne, the elder of the two, does not believe war will come to France. Even has her husband is sent off to war, Vianne chooses to believe life will go on as it has been. But when the Nazis invade her village, Vianne can no longer deny it. War has come to France. She must do everything in her power to keep herself and her daughter alive.

Vianne’s younger sister, Isabelle, does not agree with Vianne’s stance. Eighteen-year-old Isabelle would rather meet the war head on than mearly try to survive. She joins the Resistance and spends her time trying to save others.

As the war rages on, Vianne and Isabelle will make choices that tear them apart and pull them back together.


My rating: 5 out 5 stars


To be honest, I avoided reading The Nightingale. I wanted to read it, but I didn’t want to read it. I love Kristin Hannah’s books, but I heard it was a little slow and a lot sad. I checked it out twice from the library. The first time, I had to return the hardback before I had a chance to read it. Really, I just wasn’t in the mood. The second time, I checked out an electronic copy. I only read 18  pages before it magically returned itself. Then, my friend let me borrow her copy. It sat on my counter for two weeks before I picked it up. I’m really sad I waited so long to read it. It was really, really good.

I feel like no matter what I write about The Nightingale, it won’t adequately reflect my feelings about this book. It was heart breaking. It was beautiful. It was captivating. I couldn’t put it down.

I can tell The Nightingale is going to be a book that sticks with me long after I have finished reading it. Kristin Hannah did a wonderful job weaving the French history of World War II into her story. The Nightingale may have been fiction, but I could easily imagine it being real. It’s a devastating thought because the history of World War II is so devastating. It happened and a lot of people died. There’s no avoiding the truth of it all.

The Nightingale is a book I would recommend to readers who enjoyed Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. I would also recommend it to those reader who like historical fiction or just a really amazing book.