The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak [ARC]

Stella and Drew would do anything for their sister, Cara. When Cara’s cancer comes back, they decide to get her a birthday present that will blow all other presents out of the water. They decide to get her signed merchandise from her favorite boy band–The Heartbreakers. Stella doesn’t understand her sister’s obsession with the band, but she’s willing to stand in line for hours if it means bringing a smile to Cara’s face. But when Stella is offered a job by the band’s publicist, she’ll have to learn to deal with two things: lead singer Oliver Perry and life without Cara.
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I remembered really liking My Life With the Walter Boys, so I was excited to read this new release by Ali Novak. The premise of this book was really light and fun, but I liked the depth that was added by Cara having cancer and just the whole dynamic between the triplets. I liked Drew a lot because it really seemed like he had his head on straight. He’s there for Cara, but he’s also not putting his entire life on hold for her like Stella was. He seemed like a fun brother to have. Cara was sweet and I was amazed by the strength that she had throughout the book. She was always positive and didn’t want pity from others. Compared to her siblings, Stella was just okay. She was really indecisive and a little bland. Honestly, she was my least favorite of the three siblings. I liked when she would talk about photography because I felt like we were getting a better glimpse of who this girl is and what she’s passionate about. Other than that though, she was a little boring and her character doesn’t really stand out. The band members also seemed pretty one-dimensional. The story hinted at there being some depth, but we never really got to see it.

The story itself was okay. I liked it, but there were some things that could have made the book more meaningful. Overall, it just kind of felt like a fluff book. For example, the band becomes friends with Stella and Drew REALLY fast. Maybe they’re starved for friends because they have to keep to themselves all the time, and Drew is really friendly, but I’m just not really buying it. It was just too much, too fast. The other thing was the relationship between Stella and Oliver. I wished that it had moved slower. I really wanted to see them become friends first. As it was, it was more like instant attraction and that made their relationship feel a lot shallower than I think it was supposed to be. It seemed like a relationship that was based purely on looks as opposed to personality, compatibility, and friendship.

The last thing that kind of bothered me was how much Stella hated The Heartbreakers’ music without any concrete reasons. She just kept saying she hated it but…didn’t really talk about why. Overall, though, I did enjoy the book. Probably more than I should have. It was just a fun no-brainer that was easy to relax to between more intense books. My rating is probably a little generous, so I’ll understand if some of you don’t agree with it.

Overall Rating: 4
Language: Moderate
Violence: None
Sexual Content: Mild
Smoking/Drinking: Moderate

Note: I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

July Wrap-up/August TBR

For July, I found myself with a lot of ARCs on my plate and a little less patience than usual. As a result, I found that I DNF’d more books than I do in a typical month. At another time, I might have tried to power through, but I just didn’t have the patience.

ARCs
Ghosts of Shanghai by Julian Sedgwick – DNF
Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood – Read and reviewed
The Kiss by Lucy Courtenay – Read
The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – Read and reviewed
Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George – Read and reviewed
Song of Summer by Laura Lee Anderson – Read and reviewed
Alive by Scott Sigler – Read and reviewed
Confessions of a Queen B* by Crista McHugh – Read
The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak – Read and reviewed
Wishful Thinking by Kayla Bulster – Currently Reading
Devil’s Daughter by Hope Schenk-de Michele et al – DNF
Bombs Away by Harry Turtledove – DNF

Kindle TBR Challenge
Something Real by Heather Demetrios – Read

Graphic Novels
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang – Read
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang – Read

Others
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – Read, review coming
Cress by Marissa Meyer – Currently Reading
Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti – Read and reviewed
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole – Read
Endless Knight by Kresley Cole – Read
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson – Read and reviewed
Impossible by Nancy Werlin – Read
Starkissed by Brynna Gabrielson – Read
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler -Read

In July I read a total of 17 books and 2 graphic novels and I didn’t finish 3 books.

For August:

ARCs
Con Academy by Joe Schreiber
Lumiere by Jacqueline Garlick
The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy
State of Grace by Hilary Badger
Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig
Everything, Everything by Nicole Yoon
A Whole New World by Liz Braswell
Whippoorwill by Joseph Monninger
Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

Kindle TBR Challenge (continued)
This month I hope to get in at least five from my Kindle.