Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers
By: Lynn Weingarten
Available 27 December 2011
When her boyfriend breaks up with her on the first day of sophomore year, Lucy has no idea how she’s going to make it through homeroom, let alone the rest of her life. Enter three stunning girls with a magical offer Lucy can’t refuse. All she has to do is get a guy to fall in love with her in the next seven days, and then…break his heart and collect one of his brokenhearted tears. As the girls teach Lucy how to hook a guy (with the help of a little magic), she quickly discovers how far she is willing to go—and who she is willing to cross—to get what she wants.
This Blonde’s Review:
Lucy starts the book as a girl who is excited to see her boyfriend after he was away all summer. She is the type of girlfriend who is constantly offering praise or help or anything he needs. She is prepared to take the next step when she suddenly finds herself dumped.
Lucy is devastated. While she struggles with her tears a girl she has seen around school offers to help. Lucy is so upset that she does things that are unusual for her, starting with sneaking out to meet the other girl. When she hears what they do she doesn’t want to believe it’s possible. Before long she finds herself wanting to have what they have.
Through it all Lucy is still dealing with her feelings for her ex-boyfriend and hoping they can get back together, rather than moving on to another guy after her broken heart is healed. Lucy isn’t alone though, because she does have her best friend, until she starts to ignore plans to spend time with the girls.
I didn’t care much for Lucy. She was the annoying girl who was obsessed with her boyfriend at the start of the story, then she becomes a pliable girl that I can’t really know. Each time I thought she would become a character I could like she quickly fell back into line with the other heartbreakers. I really didn’t have a clear picture of Lucy in my head. One of the other characters described her as blank, saying she could be anyone. I felt much the same, I had no idea what she looked like, whether she was average sized, tall or short or curvy or slim. It’s hard to care about a blank character.
I really liked the guys in this story much more than the girls. Tristan, Colin, and Paisley are the characters I liked the most, and they were all secondary at best. They were all likeable in their own ways and characters I would have loved to read about, while Lucy and the girls were less so. Of the girls Lucy was less likeable to me than the others because they knew where they stood and weren’t being pushed and pulled by others.
I like that there are some good lessons in the book if you look for them. The girls talk a lot about the perceptions of attractiveness and that the way you see yourself is self taught. I like that they go in depth about how a girl believing she’s unattractive stems from her own ideas about herself, and that she won’t really Know what others see and hear when they are with her. If they let go of all of the hang-ups comparing themselves to others and start to simply be their best self and recognize that they are beautiful they will be seen as beautiful as well. I think that more young girls need to hear that it’s not about comparing themselves to others and being More or Less than anyone else, so I love that this book put a lot of focus on that.
I really did not like the end though. I won’t say whether she became part of the sisterhood or not, but the book ended on a flat note. I felt that Lucy’s decision and what happened to her should have mattered more to her than it did. Somehow it was almost an afterthought that oh, ya, and this happened so there you go.
I’m split on this story, since it is a great concept and I love the way the author talks about beauty not being about comparisons. Yet there were the issues I had with Lucy and the end of the story. Overall… I liked it but it wasn’t a Must Read. If you think the description sounds interesting you should give it a try, while an uncertain reader is more likely to find it less than engaging. This was an easy read that I finished quickly and was a nice way to spend an evening.