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That’s What They Said: The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel


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The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel

Some sixteen-year-olds babysit for extra cash. Some work at the Gap. Becca Williamson breaks up couples.

After watching her sister get left at the altar, Becca knows the true damage that comes when people utter the dreaded L-word. For just $100 via paypal, she can trick and manipulate any couple into smithereens. With relationship zombies overrunning her school, and treating single girls like second class citizens, business is unfortunately booming. Even her best friend Val has resorted to outright lies to snag a boyfriend.

One night, she receives a mysterious offer to break up the homecoming king and queen, the one zombie couple to rule them all: Steve and Huxley. They are a JFK and Jackie O in training, masters of sweeping faux-mantic gestures, but if Becca can split them up, then school will be safe again for singletons. To succeed, she’ll have to plan her most elaborate scheme to date and wiggle her way back into her former BFF Huxley’s life – not to mention start a few rumors, sabotage some cell phones, break into a car, and fend off the inappropriate feelings she’s having about Val’s new boyfriend. All while avoiding a past victim out to expose her true identity.

No one said being the Break-Up Artist was easy.

Source:  ARCs via Harlequin Teen for review (thank you!!!)

Memorable Texts:

Please note these have been editted to prevent spoilers as best as possible.


Overall Thoughts:

What a cute book!  If you know me I’m not a huge contemporary fan anymore, but this one was a surprisingly quick and fun read.  I immediately got a Hitch vibe (well the opposite of) and loved it.  There were several LOL moments, especially when reading about her sister Diane.  I saw so much of myself in both Becca and her sister that I felt like I was another sibling in their family.  I completely agree with Daph that the author nailed the voice of the characters perfectly.


Overall Thoughts:

The girl MC was very well done and I’m suspicious because the author is supposedly male.  Becca is a cynical high schooler who’s been burned because of (other people’s) love and now she’s trying to right the score by sneakily breaking up couples.    At times, I didn’t really like her, but her actions all came from a very genuine place. There’s a lot to like about this book and I recommend it to fans of contemporary books light on romance and big on life lessons.


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