Hearts Made for Breaking

Hearts Made for Breaking

From the author of SHUFFLE, REPEAT and SUMMER UNSCRIPTED comes a new novel about mysterious boys, first-time love, heartbreak, and the incredible bonds of friendship.17-year old Lark knows how to survive high school dating: date boys briefly, let them down gently, remain friends, and move on. Her best friends, Copper and Katie, think that Lark is denying herself the opport...

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Title:Hearts Made for Breaking
Author:Jen Klein
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Hearts Made for Breaking Reviews

  • Holly

    This was adorable, sweet, & fun. I loved the characters, especially Ardy—he was nerdy, and sweet who deserved some love. I just enjoyed myself the entire time I was reading this and had a smile on my face for most of it.

    *Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.

  • Vani

    When it comes to funny, fluffy, feminist YA, Jen Klein is my hero.

    Back in the beautiful days when my book blog existed, I wrote a review of her book

    that review never made it to Goodreads, but the basis was this: I adore Jen Klein for writing a novel like this. Where there are no end of the world stakes, and a girl and a guy just bond over music and

    And there was this scene that really stuck out to me where the guy asking the girl to prom c

    When it comes to funny, fluffy, feminist YA, Jen Klein is my hero.

    Back in the beautiful days when my book blog existed, I wrote a review of her book

    that review never made it to Goodreads, but the basis was this: I adore Jen Klein for writing a novel like this. Where there are no end of the world stakes, and a girl and a guy just bond over music and

    And there was this scene that really stuck out to me where the guy asking the girl to prom calls her a feminist in the asking

    And I was so stoked to see that in YA and I gushed and gushed, and in a moment of boldness, I tagged Jen Klein on Twitter, hoping she'd see the review.

    Well the wonderful lady genius sent me a beautiful email, which I still have though the blog is long dead, and she

    WHICH is so amazing and sweet and it was my first ever arc sent by an actual author and my life was made and ALSO

    is another adorable masterpiece.

    Now that I've gone way off (because I can't not talk about how much I appreciate this author),

    This book managed to make me nostalgic for a time and life and teenagerhood I never had, which is a special kind of magic. There's a scene in which all these teenagers are playing tag, (yeah, tag), and I actually had the thought

    even though when I was a teenager my life could not have been further from that. Super impressive.

    I love all kinds of books, I'll pretty much read anything, but sometimes I just

    something fluffy in my life, and this is absolutely magnificent for that. Again, no apocalyptic stakes, no one's gonna die. It's just

    And when I say cute, I don't mean it to be even the tiniest diminishment. The world needs cute. When I've been reading too many thrillers and I'm sure there's a murderer around every corner, I need cute. I need Jen Klein.

    Our two main characters, Lark and Ardy, are offbeat weirdos and I love and adore them both and every moment they were together made my heart sing and maybe sparkle. I love that they had realistic room for a relationship to develop. No insta-love. There's insta-interest, which is super realistic, and then their entire, weird, adorkable relationship unfolds ALL in on-screen time which I never don't appreciate.

    I will never not love a teen drama. Very, very few adult novels actually make me shriek because something is so cute, or cry over a crushed relationship, or have any real-time reaction. This did. I laughed aloud several times. I shrieked and blushed at how effing cute it was more than once. I'm nearly thirty and THIS is why I still read YA.

  • Lissa Hawley

    4.5 stars

    This is basically a modern day John Hughes movie in book form. Filled with slightly pretentious, inordinately angsty teens, who nevertheless have a je ne sais quoi that makes you want to root for them, and suffer through the embarrassing big gesture at the end to get to the happy ending. (Am I the only one who blushes when characters embarrass themselves?) Slightly racier than I was expecting, but still PG-13.

  • Samantha (WLABB)

    Lark was a heartbreaker, the boys just didn't know it. Her dating style was clear: she picked them, reeled them in, and made them break up with her before any real feelings were involved. It was working for her, or at least she thought it was. Her best friends, Cooper and Katie, felt it was time for Lark to try something different, and challenged her to pick a boy, different from her norm, get to know him, and actually give the relationship a chance. Her choice, Ardy, the new transfer student. H

    Lark was a heartbreaker, the boys just didn't know it. Her dating style was clear: she picked them, reeled them in, and made them break up with her before any real feelings were involved. It was working for her, or at least she thought it was. Her best friends, Cooper and Katie, felt it was time for Lark to try something different, and challenged her to pick a boy, different from her norm, get to know him, and actually give the relationship a chance. Her choice, Ardy, the new transfer student. He was known to be "undateable", but when push came to shove, did she really want to break his heart?

    The set up was something I had seen variations of before, and I know that when there is romance and a bet, there will always be some mess to clean up. So, no big surprise there. But, not only did Lark begin this relationship under less than honorable terms, she also bought into the rumors about Ardy, and went behind his back to find out more about them. Yes, a lot of dishonesty, but also a lot of lessons learned.

    Ardy was different from your average teen boy, but I loved the kid. He was sweet, a good friend, and had some pretty interesting hobbies. I actually loved him and Lark together, and I liked the things he brought out in her. He was the first boy she saw a future with and wasn't afraid to take risks for. He pushed her out of her comfort zone, and Lark felt like she could take off her mask and really be herself with him.

    I knew this was going to get messy just from reading the synopsis, but I didn't realize how much I would care about all the people involved. I found myself very invested in all of Lark's relationships and my heart broke for her. I will say, that I adored the little atonement tour she did. It was fun, and the ending definitely did its job of bringing me joy and making me smile.

    Overall: A fun and sweet story about not buying into other people's perceptions, breaking free of negative routines, making your own choices, not letting someone's past determine their present, and letting your true self shine through.

    *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Dee/ bookworm

    #HeartsMadeForBreaking #NetGalley

    At first I didn't really like Lark and it was hard to get behind the "game" her friends set up for her. I am glad, as it appears the trick was on them, that she overcame her lying, weird ways and made amends for every wrong, extensively. While funny and light hearted this novel really touched on loving, and almost irrevocably losing a loved one. It touched on good relationships, bad relationships, becoming a better person with hope instead of going down the same

    #HeartsMadeForBreaking #NetGalley

    At first I didn't really like Lark and it was hard to get behind the "game" her friends set up for her. I am glad, as it appears the trick was on them, that she overcame her lying, weird ways and made amends for every wrong, extensively. While funny and light hearted this novel really touched on loving, and almost irrevocably losing a loved one. It touched on good relationships, bad relationships, becoming a better person with hope instead of going down the same comfortable path that really doesn't allow you to grow.

    There are a lot of really good messages in this book.

    I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

  • Elizabeth

    Hearts Made for Breaking is a sweet, contemporary ya, that's a fun, fast read. Lark has spent high school making out with guys and always ending it before things can get too intense. She stays away from guys like. Ardy, especially him because he intrigues her. Naturally, the get together and fall in love but this story, though strictly by the tropes book as they come, is so smoothly written that you can't help but root for Lark and Ardy. Featherweight, but enjoyable and definitely a great read f

    Hearts Made for Breaking is a sweet, contemporary ya, that's a fun, fast read. Lark has spent high school making out with guys and always ending it before things can get too intense. She stays away from guys like. Ardy, especially him because he intrigues her. Naturally, the get together and fall in love but this story, though strictly by the tropes book as they come, is so smoothly written that you can't help but root for Lark and Ardy. Featherweight, but enjoyable and definitely a great read for younger and more reluctant readers who like contemporary ya--a market that it too often littered with books that aren't nearly as much seamless sweet fun as this.

  • Alexa

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    There was true potential for this one to be a story I loved, but it felt underdeveloped overall.

  • Catherine

    I thought this would be a cute fluffy read honestly. But nope.

    I really loved shuffle repeat but so far none of her other books have been good for me.

    Particularly this one is garbage. Lark is messy and makes no sense.

    First off her friendships aren’t great. She literally hates coppers boyfriend for no real reason at all beyond thinking he’s boring, without much excuse to back up that claim. Cooper doesn’t get along with her other friend Katie who basically just serves as a “party girl” I guess.

    I thought this would be a cute fluffy read honestly. But nope.

    I really loved shuffle repeat but so far none of her other books have been good for me.

    Particularly this one is garbage. Lark is messy and makes no sense.

    First off her friendships aren’t great. She literally hates coppers boyfriend for no real reason at all beyond thinking he’s boring, without much excuse to back up that claim. Cooper doesn’t get along with her other friend Katie who basically just serves as a “party girl” I guess. But yet somehow they’re all bffs. Katie and cooper spear head the entire shit storm of this book. If it had been done differently it could have been good but they didn’t want to help their friend grow or find real long lasting love they basically forced her to do what she was already doing but with someone she actually likes. Which makes zero sense to me. How is that suppose to help lark? At all? Seriously how.

    And when she does what they want they consistently say the boy they chose is weird or creepy but no reason is given for why. Beyond mild rumors. Even after she genuinely starts to like him Katie and cooper refuse to let it go. Which is a big part of why things blow up in larks face. Because she listens to their dumb asses and decides to dig into the rumors knowing damn well she isn’t going to get the full real story from anyone but Ardy.

    Ardy himself is also messy. He has this fiend hope who obviously isn’t just a friend and it’s written to make that clear but also boldly saying they are just friends. Just friends don’t behave like this. They are so awkwardly close and weirdly intimate. To a point where they both feel the need to point out they’re not going to stop being friends like if you’re just friends you don’t do weird awkward shit like that. Because when you hold on tighter after making everyone else uncomfortable it doesn’t help your point kids. Beyond this I didn’t mind him. I think his back story was weak and stupid though. These kids just bullied the shit out of him for no real reason and that bitch triss didn’t want to listen to the actual story so she furthered his issues with the other kids. It was so gross how lark also had to have some commentary about how his mom should have looked past her grief and donated his dads eyes. No. Just fucking no. So in appropriate. Fuck off. Her little thought about how no cares what girls want wasn’t needed either. Like this isn’t a book where that is the topic of discussion. Stop. Her mother was also insane with those weird overprotective rules yet lark was out here dating the whole school. Girl bye.

    The way lark approaches the entire conflict with finding out about what happened at his old school was also disgusting. She acts afraid of him and asks all these offensive questions all based on one side of the story. But claims to love him. How sway. How.

    They end up together anyway and they don’t even know much about each other. We go from ikea to her little game real quick. Also she’s a blonde. Not light brown. Blonde. The cover is blonde. Which really messed up how I tried to imagine her as I read. Either way I don’t think lark is a very good person I know towards the end she tries to make amends with all the boys but I didn’t need it and didn’t believe it. It wasn’t needed it wasn’t like she had full on relationships with them they mostly just kissed for a few weeks then separated. It didn’t warrant all this angst and “I’m so weird because commitment is scary for me”. Give me a break. I don’t think they should have ended up together because we all know we wouldn’t go back to someone who made a game out of us or date anyone other than the childhood best friend we’re secretly in love with.

  • Jypsy

    Hearts Made For Breaking is seriously adorable. I'm a big fan of romcoms, so this was a perfect read for me. The characters are likeable and engaging. The story is lively and charming. It's nothing new, yet it's a refreshing read. Light, easy and fun! Everything about this story is perfect for the romcom genre. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.

  • Lisa Schneider

    Ardy first peaks Lark's interest in an IKEA, where she is mourning the end of another relationship. Even though she was the initiator of the break up. Lark is a repeat offender, she loves em and leaves em to avoid getting hurt, but there is something different about Ardy.

    So when her friends challenge her to date someone "undateable," Ardy immediately comes to mind. What began as a challenge, turns into something more.

    I love teen romcoms. I love the way it brings back all my feelings from high

    Ardy first peaks Lark's interest in an IKEA, where she is mourning the end of another relationship. Even though she was the initiator of the break up. Lark is a repeat offender, she loves em and leaves em to avoid getting hurt, but there is something different about Ardy.

    So when her friends challenge her to date someone "undateable," Ardy immediately comes to mind. What began as a challenge, turns into something more.

    I love teen romcoms. I love the way it brings back all my feelings from high school. The nerves of kissing someone new, of experiencing things for the first time, of being ready to burst from your life and spread your wings. This author has brought that in every book I have ever read by her. And I love it!

    4.5/5 stars rounding up to 5.

    **This book was provided to me by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review**

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