- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1261.0 KB
- Print Length: 144 pages
- Publisher: Entangled: Crush (4 Dec. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077F29395
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127,207 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Oh guys. That was so adorable. After being humiliated on Youtube during the summer, Cat doesn't want to go back to school. To control the message and keep her spot on the school newspaper, she enlists loner Alex into being her fake boyfriend. But alas, these two secret friends have far too much chemistry for the charade to last.
Here are just a few things that I loved about this book:
- Brownies are a feature. Brownies are glorious. Give me brownies.
- Cat reviews books on Goodreads. Way to know your target audience, Ashby!
- Alex works hard and takes care of himself even though everyone thinks he's a bad boy.
- Alex's grandmother's friends are adorable old people.
- Cat's mom illustrates greetings cards with puntastic messages.
- Alex can dance. Swoon.
The romance was sweet and clean, if that's your thing. Alex wanted Cat long before the book opened, a secret he tried to keep from everyone (but hey, Nikki wasn't fooled). Cat, on the other hand, slowly realises her feelings, and it's her that is the strong one in this book. There was such a nice balance of pushing each other to be better while also supporting and accepting each other, which is so important in relationships.
Regarding my trigger warning, for those who might be affected, this book does deal with the aftermath of drug abuse by a parent. Alex lost his mother and sisters in an accident as a young teenager, and this weighs heavy on him. His feelings of guilt are a big part of his side in the story.
The one thing that was slightly frustrating for me was that we never really learn what happened to Cat in the video other than that she cried in it. I know it shouldn't be important, but I spent the whole book waiting for more details on this.
However, I raced through The Heartbreak Cure for a reason: it was sweet and heartwarming, just like a good brownie.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Cat Turner got punked by one of the popular boys at school and she is dreading going back. What with the YOuTube video and the complaints to the school she knows she is going to be a laughing stock. Even worse, she knows that the editor of the school paper won't let her write for the paper - afriad she'll use the paper to slander her ex. Until she hits on a cunning plan. Why not ask her taciturn bad boy friend Alex Locke to be her pretend boyfriend in return for her help with writing his college applications.
Poor Alex has had a tough life, his parents were junkies and his mother and baby sisters died in a car accident when he was only 13 years old. He went to live with his grandmother but she has had to move in a old people's home so at 16 years old he is working two jobs and living in a tiny, dingy apartment above a garage. Alex has been in love with the girl next door for years but he knows that Cat is destined for great things whereas he is a loser with secrets, secrets which would make Cat hate him if she ever found out.
This is typical Entangled Teen Crush - high school kids, some drama, lots of homework and school spirit. Cat is a lively, bubbly girl who likes to write fantasies based on real life. Alex, on the other hand, made some mistakes and can never forgive himself. But as they fake date, Cat and Alex get closer and discover that they have a lot in common.
This is the first Amanda Ashby novel I have read and I enjoy her lighthearted writing style.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Kids can be cruel and unfortunately, Cat is the last victim. Her humiliation is displayed for the world to see and the tears that followed. The summer break is just about over and Cat has to face the music at school. She doesn't want drama. She wants a job on the school paper and is willing to do whatever it takes.
Alex has been in love with Cat forever but feels she can do better. He was the boy next door. He has had an unfortunate upbringing and has gained a bad boy reputation. He likes to keep his head down and doesn't get close to people. Cat is his only friend.
Cat sees the good in Alex and she wants the best for him. Maybe they can help each other out of their slumps?
The Heartbreak Cure is a sweet story with a lot to offer. There are also a few side chapters who have their own stories. This book worked really well and I enjoyed every minute of it. 4.5 stars out of 5.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review
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Cat and Alex went back a quite a few years. As former neighbors, they shared a childhood and a friendship. I was won over in the first chapter, when Alex comes to deliver some of his grandma Birdie's Heartbreak Brownies. I loved the way Alex and Cat interacted. There was an ease and familiarity, and I pretty much started shipping them immediately.
I wholly embraced both Alex and Cat straight away. Cat was an aspiring writer, who had her heart broken via YouTube. I instantly hated the boy who did this, and was rooting for Cat. I did not want him to take anything else from her and stood behind her choice to pursue a fauxmance in order to save her chance at writing for the school paper. I found my solace in the fact that Cat was lucky to have a great support system in her mom, her best friend, Alex, and even Alex's grandmother.
Alex was so much more complicated and his back story was really tragic. I wanted to hug him, and force people to see him for who and what he really was. He was treated quite unfairly, and it infuriated me that they could not see how he was working so hard to improve himself and his life, while still giving so much of himself to other. I was pretty overjoyed to see that Alex actually had a few people on his side, and even had someone unexpectedly watching over him.
The romance was sweet and adorable. It was fun to watch the attraction between Cat and Alex blossom, and I was whooping it up when they finally acknowledged it. I also enjoyed the side romances. There was some love in the air for a bunch of the characters, and I adored it, because everyone deserves their happy ending.
I was also a fan of the auxiliary characters in this book, and the relationships they forged with the main characters. Cat and her mom had a really wonderful bond. Due to their circumstances, they were quite close, and I always love seeing positive families in YA. There was also Nikki, who was a fun and fierce best friend, and I knew Cat would be ok with Nikki on her side. The bond that was growing between Joe and Alex was quite special too, but my favorite connection was between Alex and his grandmother. He was so sweet and doting and you could tell how much he loved her. Those precious displays added polish to the heart of gold I knew Alex had under the bad boy exterior.
Overall: Another solid Entangled read that delivered what it promised: a swoony boy to melt my heart, witty banter, but also an adorable romance that warmed me up and left me in a happy state.
"...there would be four large brownies, the color of freshly turned soil, nestled within the tissue paper-one for pain, another for hope, a third for wisdom, and the fourth for joy. Birdie referred to them as her heartbreak cure, guaranteed to fix even the most shattered of hearts. "by Cat
After being humiliated on YouTube by a guy she liked, Cat decides that she needed to show the world she was not heartbroken. The best way to do it, was to get a new, cuter boyfriend. She asks her ex-neighbor and sometimes friend to fake a relationship with her. Could this solve her problems? What if even a fake relationship could be more than she bargained for?
WHAT HAS REALLY WORKED FOR ME:
Cover: This cover is beautiful. Is as sweet and endearing as the story.
Plot: I have really enjoyed this book. It had the perfect pace, with a plot that left me wanting more at the end. It is well written, cohesive with no loopholes.
Characters: They are easy to love, connect and understand. All main characters and several secondary characters were amazing.
Addictiveness: This story was so good that I couldn't put down the book until I had finished.
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER:
Freshness: This wasn't a story full of twists and suspense. We knew what was coming, but it's so well written that it didn't really take anything out from the experience.
"Kissing Alex was the best cure to heartbreak that she'd ever discovered. ""by Cat
I have been reading romance for a long time, but since a few years back I have started to read YA. I really enjoy them. I have three teenagers of my own and I work with teens, so is always amazing to see a bit of them in those reads.
The Heartbreak Cure was a sweet, fun read! This was a love story, but was also a love feast. There are so many relationships being well explored here. There is a loving mother and a great daughter duo. There is the love that only a best-friend knows how to share. There is grandmother's love and there is a boy/girl relationship.
There is also pain here. But those painful moments are the ones that made the story real and believable. Relationships are hard and complex and those complexities are nicely explored in the book.
I'm really looking forward to read more from this author.
You MAY read this because you like romance; you SHOULD read this because you enjoy YA reads; you MUST read this if you believe in LOVE!!!