Sunday, 11 April 2021

The Art of Breaking Up - Elizabeth Stevens (netgalley)

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Book: The Art of Breaking Up
Author: Elizabeth Stevens
Genres: Young Adult/New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Enemies to Lovers
Format: e-Book
Publication Date: 1st June 2021

My Rating: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌜
Date Finished: 10th April 2021


Breaking up is hard to do. Whether you’re breaking up with a bad habit, a life you know, or your first boyfriend. But we all have to do it. It’s just one of the many sucky things about growing up. Some of us do it better than others. I do it badly.

Wade Phillips shattered Lisa McGinty’s heart in Year 10 for no known reason. One minute he was the perfect boy-next-door boyfriend, star goalie on the soccer team, and future head prefect. The next he was like a different person altogether, dumping Lisa and systematically making his way through every girl in our year.

By Year 12, he’d made it through most of them and was on to the year below. He’d miraculously made Head Prefect and was somehow still on the Soccer team, even though he put more effort into partying.

Lisa and I were used to his sarcastic teasing, his shallow taunting, and his insincere flirting. My best friend put on a brave face in front of him, but she still felt the sting. I knew she still loved him. At least, she thought she did. I kept waiting for her to see he wasn’t worth it.

No one knew what happened to Wade and no one got close to him anymore. Not until a life-altering incident throws me unavoidably into his path.

For one single second, I see through the armour he’s built. It takes just one single second for him to see through mine. Something connects us. It turns out, Wade Phillips might be the only one who understands me. It turns out, I might be the only one who understands him.

Wade Phillips might be the guy to teach me the art of breaking up, but will my heart – and Lisa’s – break in the process?


I got a copy of this book via Netgalley.

This starts with Norah and her best friend, Lisa, in school talking about an assignment when they accidentally bump into Wade, Lisa's ex - who she still has a giant crush on. All Norah feels towards the guy is animosity for breaking her friends heart and their triangular friendship group. But when Norah finds out her parents are divorcing and her dad is rushed to hospital for surgery she struggles for someone to talk to when she bumps into Wade in the hospital and they get talking again without all the anger and hate. She finds the guy she used to know before and is surprised to find she doesn't hate him as much as she thought she did and when they kiss, she realises the hate might have been masking another feeling altogether.

I stayed up reading this and nearly read half the book in one sitting. I was just getting dragged into it so easily. It's exactly the sort of style I like and I just wanted these two people to get together. 

It has an air of enemies to it at the start - Norah is definitely holding a grudge against Wade for hurting her best friend two years earlier and thinking Lisa still has a big crush on him - but Wade is definitely giving Norah a run for her money with the trading of insults and scathing comments. It then seemed strange to find out that two years ago they'd all been so close and I was intrigued to find out what had happened to make them how they are now. 

The romance between the two felt a little forbidden but you could both see and feel the connection between them growing and I was urging it to happen. It was nice to read. They really were there for the other when they needed them most.

It does deal with some issues including depression and divorce and how teens may or may not cope well with it. It's done really well in my opinion. 

This is my first book by the author but after really enjoying this, I am looking forward to reading more of her work.

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