Review: The Break Up Artist by Philip Siegel

The Break Up Artist - Philip SiegelPublisher: Harlequin Teen (April 29th 2014)
Hardcover: 336 pages
Source: Netgalley
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Rating:of 5 Stars

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.


I loved the idea of this book, a girl who’s tired of her school being ruled and (over)runned by couples, decides that’s she’s got the skills to break up couples for a price and let the single people be free again.

It definitely starts off on a good note. I liked Becca didn’t feel like she had to have a boyfriend to be happy and with her secret identity, she’s got the wills and skills to bring down the couples. Things are going well, until her best friend ditches her for her new boyfriend and Becca is hired to break up the ultimate royal school couple. This requires going undercover and infiltrating the enemy!

This book definitely reminded me of Mean Girls, the high school cliques, the “infiltrate the enemy”, the “get in way over your head – maybe being cool and liked isn’t so bad, wait what am I suppose to be doing with the enemy again?” state of mind. The characters for the most part are actually pretty interesting. I loved that everyone ended up not being your stereotypical teen cliché characters.

The middle part of the book kind of got away from me. Becca was doing good, but than she sort of loses all her common senses (her decisions in life were definitely not the brightest and a bit hypocritically). I guess teen angst and drama can do that to you. At this point, Becca frustrated me more than I wanted to support her. Thankfully, the ending sorta made up for it. It’s actually your typical “wrapped up in a neat little bow” kinda ending, but I can totally live with that if it’s pretty cute and I think there are a few people who definitely got what they deserved.

Overall, not a bad book about an interesting idea. It didn’t quite live up to the expectations, but it was a fun read. If you don’t mind clichés and love the teen drama, it’s worth checking out.

Okay, so it wasn’t quite fetch, but close enough.

{Thanks to Harlequin Teen & Netgalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Review: The Break Up Artist by Philip Siegel”

  1. I love your Mean Girls gifs! And The Break-up Artist sounds really cute. Definitely going to give it a try.

    1. Haha, thanks! Hope you enjoy it (:

  2. Great review, loved the gifs 🙂

  3. While it didn’t quite meet your expectations I am happy it was fun. Lovely review Cyn!

    1. Me too, thanks Kim!

  4. I have this on the shelf and I’m quite eager to read it for a light hearted contemporary, but I won’t expect it to blow my mind or anything. Thank you for the review Cyn, I enjoyed the mean girls gifs too.

  5. Somehow I never read the synopsis for this? It sounds really fun, though! I’m sorry it wasn’t as awesome as anticipated, but I’m glad you enjoyed it! Yay for non-cliche characters, too! 😀

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