Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak

Title: The Heartbreakers
Author: Ali Novak
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication date: August 4, 2015
Pages: 336
Source/format: e-ARC from Netgalley

Rating: ☆☆☆

Synopsis (from 

 "When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. Unbeknownst to him, I was the only girl in the world who hated his music."

Stella will do anything for her sister—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD... for three hours. At least she met a cute boy at the Starbucks beforehand. A blue-eyed boy who looks an awful lot like...

Oliver Perry. Of course Starbucks guy is the lead singer for her least favorite band. Thanks, universe. But there may be more to Oliver than his world-famous charm, because even after she insults his music—to his face—he still gives her his number. Seriously, 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?

My Thoughts

Cara, Drew and Stella are triplets. Cara's health has been declining and the triplets' birthday is approaching on July Fourth. Every year the triplets have a competition to see can get the best birthday present and usually Cara wins. With Cara being sick, Stella and Drew decided to team up and to go on a road trip to Chicago to get an autographed CD of the Heartbreakers, Cara's favorite band.

The beginning of the novel started out great but when Stella accidentally befriends Oliver and Oliver invites her and Drew to hang out with the band, it seems unrealistic. The lack of security is a bit weird for big stars like the Heartbreakers. The fact that Stella was asked to be an on tour photographer is improbable as well. I wish some of the events and actions that take place in the book are more practical. The chemistry between Stella and Oliver didn't do it for me.

The book is more of a fun read. I enjoyed reading about the different personalities of the triplets. Each one of the triplets is unique and Ali Novak makes readers second guess themselves about judging a book by its cover. Stella thought she never liked the Heartbreakers before she met them. However, once she gets to know them, she feels comfortable hanging out with them and even starts to fall for the lead singer. Although the book focuses more on Stella and Oliver, I would love to read more about Stella's siblings and the other band members of the Heartbreakers.

If you are looking for a fun, cute and quick read, The Heartbreakers might be a book for you.


  1. Hmm. I'm sad to hear the plausibility issues made this one not work at times (especially since I was already wary after seeing the mention of cancer in the blurb). This one sounds a lot like Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham--have you read it? I feel like it might have slightly fewer plausibility issues (although more now that I think about it than I might have initially noticed).

    1. I haven't read Reunited. What did you think of it?