A Field Guide For Heartbreakers
By Kristen Tracy
When best friends Dessy and Veronica arrive in Prague for a prestigious writing workshop, their priorities diverge. Dessy, fragile from a recent breakup, has come to mend her broken heart by honing her craft. Veronica has just dumped her boyfriend and plans to blow off the workshop. She’d rather master a different subject—boys. Veronica gets right to work on her “man-wall”— one paper cutout for every hot-dude she meets— and embarks on her mission to cover a wall of their dorm by summer’s end. At times, Dessy thinks her friend might be a genius. At others, Veronica seems more like an agent of chaos. As if their love lives weren’t complicated enough, soon a homicidal suitemate is bent on killing Veronica and Dessy, and both girls are hiding secrets that could wreck their friendship. Well, no one ever said breaking hearts was a simple craft.
This Blonde’s Review:
Dessy is a nice girl who was just dumped by her boyfriend. Her best friend Veronica is wild and unapologetic, luckily for her Dessy is willing to do so. Personally, Veronica drove me Nuts. I have never liked people who dominate their friendships and treat their friends the way Veronica treats Dessy. One portion that sticks with me a mental picture of their friendship is when Veronica does something awful and exits dramatically, leaving Dessy to apologize and try to make excuses for her. Veronica is selfish & dramatic while Dessy enables her to continue to be this way. I really enjoyed Dessy and loved seeing her grow. She is heartbroken, meets new boys, has some good things & some bad things happen to her. She slowly learns more about herself and learns to Honestly see Veronica without making excuses for her.
This young adult novel is about growing up and learning about yourself and your friendships. If that sounds interesting to you, definitely pick this one up.