5 Hearts · YA Contemporary

The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak


“When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. And he had no idea that I was the only girl in the world who hated his music.”

Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD…for four hours. She’s totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she’ll never see him again.

Except, Stella’s life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry – lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life?

But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver — dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band — when her sister could be dying of cancer?

Ali Novak wrote her debut novel My Life with the Walter Boys when she was just 15 years old, and has since penned her next book, The Heartbreakers. First a hit on the online community Wattpad, her second novel has over 38 million reads and is loved by readers around the world.
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With these two world colliding into a funny, heart warmer, tearing jerking story. There is sacrifice and love.

I personally would recommend this book. I am hoping the author Ali Norvak continues with the story of the other three band members and Drew.

Bravo Ali. You put together a difficult topic of cancer and loss, with love and moving on. It is a perfect in-between novel for Young Adults.

How do you stand out when you are one of three? Stella, Cara and Drew are triplets and are trying to find their own identity. Cara has Cancer and is a lover of the famous boy band The Heartbreakers. As a birthday present to their sister, Drew and Stella head out to Chicago to get autographs for Cara, but one trip up to the windy city becomes a turning point for Stella. The choices she makes over the summer can help her future or put it on hold indefinitely.

Oliver Perry is the lead singer of the famous boy band, The Heartbreakers. They started out more punk rock style, but now the music industry dictates what they can and can’t do. When Oliver meets a beautiful girl who has no idea who he is, he becomes intrigued. With her nose piercing, and blue-streak in her hair, she stands out from other girls he is used to. Now if he can only convince her to give him a chance.

I truly enjoyed this book. Our protagonist, Stella, is a well-rounded character. This is a coming-of-age story at its finest. It has love, sadness, heart-break, fear, determination, goals, pressure, loneliness, friendship and family.

The overall story line of the siblings struggling together and individually.  Each of them have a different view of life and death. Stella is allowing her sister’s cancer to dictate her own future because of what may happen. She has become codependent on her family and is allowing it to hold her back.

Then we have out boy band. They gave up their personal identities for what the music industry told them they needed to be. Do they continue with the charade or do they stand their ground and change their good-boy-band image for their edgier side.

The following has spoilers

I don’t think I have laughed so hard with a book in a while. Man I had to try so hard to not burst out laughing in the middle of the night, while everyone else was sleeping.Let me explain. Four teenage boys on the road that love to do practical jokes on one another. Here are my favorites.

1) During a challenge of who can eat the most ketchup one of the containers was tampered with. The guys put Hot Sauce in so the guy who was doing the contest was having a hard time keeping it down. His mouth, lips and tongue were on fire. It was so freakin funny. Picture

2) They had a huge party and 3 of the 4 guys woke up in some weird form.

Guy #1) woke up with permanent marker on him. I huge circle around each eye, a lightning bolt on his forehead, and on his chest it said, “Harry Perry The boy who passed out.” That was priceless.

   Guy#2) was passed out in the bathroom with a bra on over his shirt, while clutching a life-size cardboard cutout of himself and a chicken was in there with him. Sounds like the hangover to me. Just not a Tiger.

 Guy#3) His entire body was ducked taped to a chair. When the guys came out and saw him, he said, “Finally, Can you guys help me? I’ve had to go to the bathroom for like an hour… I am seriously going to pee on myself.”

Oh man my friends. I swear it was so funny. This book has some seriously great moments in it.

I LOVED IT Will Read and Reread You should Buy IT!

Parental Advisory

Mild swearing consistent with ages 14 and up. Words used: P*&sy, Dip-sh$t, Ass. Sexual innuendos. Heavy make-out scenes.

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