The Break-up Artist

The Break-up Artist

Book - 2014
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Some sixteen-year-olds babysit for extra cash. Some work at the mall. Becca Williamson breaks up couples. Becca knows from experience the damage that love can do. After all, it was so-called love that turned Huxley from her childhood best friend into a social-world dictator, and love that left Becca's older sister devastated at the altar. Instead of sitting on the sidelines, Becca strikes back—for just one hundred dollars via PayPal, she will trick and manipulate any couple's relationship into smithereens. And with relationship zombies overrunning her school and treating single girls as if they're second-class citizens, business is unfortunately booming. Even Becca's best friend, Val, has resorted to outright lies to snag a boyfriend. One night, Becca receives a mysterious offer to break up the most popular couple in school: Huxley and the football team's star player, Steve. To succeed, she'll have to plan her most elaborate scheme to date—starting rumors, sabotaging cell phones, breaking into cars…not to mention sneaking back into Huxley's good graces. All while fending off the inappropriate feelings she may or may not be having for Val's new boyfriend. No one said being the Break-Up Artist would be easy.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario, Canada :, Harlequin Teen,, [2014]
ISBN: 9780373211159
Branch Call Number: YAFICTION Siegel
Characteristics: 319 pages ; 22 cm


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Oct 24, 2015

don't read this. it's not even worth my time to write a review.

Jul 24, 2015

I had a lot of mixed feelings about the novel The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel . I picked up this book with no idea on what it was going to be about, and I have to admit, it was not what I expected!
The Break-Up Artist is about an American, teenage girl named Becca Williamson. Becca is quiet and unenthusiastic and does not have many friends at school. But, at home, she makes her own money by doing an outrageous job under the pseudonym “The Break-Up Artist”—she breaks up the couples at her own high school. No one except her sister knows that it is her who is strategically breaking up her school’s couples. Becca’s job becomes even harder when she is given the task to break up the school’s most-worshipped couple, Steve and Huxley. It may seem like just another part of her job, except Huxley is Becca’s ex-best friend.
The Break-Up Artist definitely did have its good and bad parts. The novel had a very unique story line. I’ve heard plenty of stories about people who try to set up the students at their school, but someone who tries to break up couples is a plot that I have certainly never heard of before! The novel also touched a lot on the subject of true love and if true love means to fight for someone through everything, or be willing to let someone go. The Break-Up Artist also gives interesting insight on high school relationships versus “real world” relationships and what happens after the “honeymoon phase”. Even though the book made a lot of good points to think about, a good portion of the novel made me feel uncomfortable and frustrated. It was almost as if the author was trying to make the book too original. The strange, different names of almost every single character was a little too much for me. There was also a failed attempt at cultural diversity when the author included one person of colour who had no lines throughout the whole novel, but was mentioned by other characters often. Lastly, it felt a bit odd when the main character, Becca, had quite rude thoughts about other women and their bodies. I felt as if the author was giving his own opinions on what he thought were “good” and “attractive” females.
I thought that the Break-Up Artist had an interesting plot and made thought-provoking arguments on what it is like to truly be in love, how love should feel, and what it should be like. But, it is not a book I would strongly recommend to anyone.


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