"Why do you say that?"
"Well, your ideal man is a vampire-werewolf hybrid who's as swift as a coursing river and mysterious as the dark side of the moon."
"And the son of Zeus."
"And here I thought being in a band counted for something."
This book was a fantastical read. I really enjoyed it. Now, technically I've already read this book. The original draft of it was posted on Wattpad and I read it last year shortly after reading and published and Wattpad (yes, I read both) versions of My Life with the Walter Boys. (fantastical book, I highly recommend it) If you've already read The Heartbreakers on Wattpad so you feel it's pointless to read this one, you're wrong. There are many, many differences between this Heartbreakers and the Wattpad Heartbreakers. If you were to ask me which version I like better, I couldn't tell you. Both are great in different ways. I'm not saying that they're completely different stories, just that the main story has a lot of differences in it. I am very fond of the Wattled version, possibly because I read it first, but the published version was also a very fun read. I was seriously fangirling at everything. Yeah, I was fangirling so much my cat, who was sleeping, gave me a you're-crazy and ran away.
Click the link here to read the Wattled edition.
I'm rating The Heartbreakers 8/10 stars. It was a very fun, romantic and cutesy read. I highly recommend it to anyone who's 1. in a mourning period 2. looking for a light and cute read 3. in love young adult romance books. And anyone, really. This book is great. And if I can't convince you to read this excellent novel this probably will-> Kasie West reviewed it. Kasie West. Yeah, like that awesome author who wrote those adorable books- On the Fence, The Distance Between Us, The Fill-In Boyfriend, Pivot Point and Split Second.
I was very surprised when Oliver called Stella 'Stella Samuel.' Like, WHAT? In the Wattled edition her name is Stella Walter and she's the daughter of Isaac Walter and another girl. If you didn't read My Life With the Walter Boys, that wouldn't matter to you. But Stella not being a Walter made a lot of changes to the story. I'm very curious, if Ali rights another publish book on the band, possibly based on The Queen of Hearts (Wattpad Story), how she'll write it because if Stella wasn't a Walter than all the Queen of Hearts stuff would've never happened. My best guess about why Stella isn't a Walter in this published book is because of the sequel to My Life With the Walter Boys coming out next year. It would spoil that book so Stella just has to come from a different family. Though it was disappointing not to see Jackie and Cole in this book, I was okay with it. Why? Because the rest of it was so much fun and *sigh* romantic.
See, the only problems I had with this book were because of things I was expecting to be in it from the Wattpad version. Such as Cara and JJ. Believe me when I say I was quite disappointed nothing much happened between the two of them. Ali, please, give us another book with Cara and JJ? Pleeeeaaaasssseeeeee? Oh and Ali if you're reading this review, I'm honored. Oh, and I find your writing amazing and you very inspiring!
The Heartbreakers is about this normal girl- Stella, who meets a seemingly normal guy at Starbucks. Turns out that guy isn't so normal, he's the lead singer of the world's most famous band- The Heartbreakers. (I kind of think of them as this book's One Direction) Yeah, well I don't really know what else to say about that plot that won't really spoil anything. It's great, I know I'm being repetitive but guys, it's a really good book. I want you all to read it, you won't regret it.
Stella is a good protagonist. She's strong, sassy, witty and funny. I really enjoyed reading the book from her perspective. I never got annoyed with her this whole story- which is surprising because I can get very easily irritated. Though, I did feel a lot of second-hand embarrassment from things that occurred in the book. That's how you know it's well written and has realistic characters- you feel their feelings and feel for them.
I really liked all the characters. JJ, Xander, Alec, Oliver, Cara and Drew. I didn't dislike any of them. Personally, I think JJ is more my type than Oliver but whatever. JJ is funny, confident and very passionate about his music. He's the 'bad boy' of the band. Can you see why he's more my type? I particularly enjoyed the relationship between the boys in the band. They were constantly pranking each other (which I fond hilarious) and the comments and jokes they make at each other's expense, which I also found hilarious. Like I said before, this was just a very fun read.
This book (am I saying 'this book' too much? If so, my apologies) was also very realistic in the cancer effecting your life sense. I would know, right now my mom has pancreatic cancer, stage four and before this she's had two other cancers. It kinda really sucks. While reading, I really felt like picking up a camera and taking a bunch of pictures of my mom. Why didn't I? 1. it'd be a little strange and 2. I doubt she'd appreciate me taking pictures of her doing everything. But yeah, cancer really does effect everyone around- not just the person who has cancer. It's a very scary thing.
Anyway, here's the synopsis:
"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.