Monday, May 2, 2011

[ARC Review] - Instructions For A Broken Heart

Title: Instructions For A Broken Heart
Author: Kim Culbertson
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: May 1, 2011

I received this book for review from Sourcebooks.

Summary:  Jessa:
To help you get over your train wreck of an EX, I’ve enclosed 20 envelopes. Each one has a reason why Sean is a jerk and not worth the dirt on your shoes. And each one has an instruction for you to do one un-Jessa-like thing a day.  NO CHEATING!
Ciao! -- C

When Jessa catches her boyfriend, Sean, making out with Natalie "The Boob Job" Stone three days before her drama club’s departure to Italy, she completely freaks.

Stuck with a front-row view of Sean and Natalie making out against the backdrop of a country that oozes romance, Jessa promises to follow all of the outrageous instructions in her best friend's care package and open her heart to new experiences.

Enter cute Italian boy stage left.

Jessa had prepared to play the role of humiliated ex-girlfriend, but with Carissa directing her life from afar, it’s finally time to take a shot at being a star.

Thoughts: Days before she  is  to leave for Italy with her drama club Jessa catches her boyfriend Sean cheating on her. Now she's stuck watching them cuddle and make-out on the trip. She thinks this trip will be torture. But her bff Carissa, has devised a cleaver way to help her get over her jerk of an ex-boyfriend.

Plain and simple this is a very good story. I'm not a big fan of contemporary settings. Mostly I love spending time in fantasy and paranormal worlds. But there is something about Ms. Culbertson writing that I absolutely love.  Her characters pull me in and don't let go until I know everything about their journey.  Jessa was a great character, someone I could relate to.  She starts off stunned and broken hearted but she is still able to find herself in all the hurt.  Anyone who has ever been cheated on or dumped should read this book.

Score: 5 Stars

Author Website:

If you haven't checked out Ms. Culbertson's first book Songs For A Teenage Nomad, you definitely should. The good people at Sourcebooks are making it easy to do just that. From May 3rd to May 9th you'll be able to download the ebook for Free.  Find more out at this link.

If you'd like to know what I thought of it, you check out my review here.

1 comment:

  1. This one sounds sooooo good! I really need to get a copy!



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