When I first started this book, I wasn’t sure if I would like it. I’ve read my fair share of musician/rock star novels, but with The Heartbreakers, it seemed more like it would turn out to be some sort of heavily romantic, lovey-dovey teen novel. I mean, it kind of was, but not in the unappealing way I had expected.
The Heartbreakers tells the tale of Stella, one of three triplets, who is a photographer. Her sister Cara has cancer and is a huge fan of The Heartbreakers, which prompts Stella and their brother Drew to go on a trip to Chicago to get the band’s autograph at a signing. There, Stella bumps into the lead singer of the band, and her entire life flips upside down.
The Heartbreakers was a refreshing read for me. I’m usually an avid Dystopian/Scifi/Fantasy/Paranormal fan, but it’s easy to get burned out in those genres. Sometimes, I just need to take a break and treat myself to a good old slice of the real world. That’s what The Heartbreakers was for me: a fresh, unique concept that grasped my attention from the first page and held it until the very end.
I finished this novel in less than twenty-four hours, mainly because I couldn’t put it down! Oliver is a deep, fun-loving guy, but there are things you don’t learn about him until the very end. I love that Stella, Drew, and Cara are triplets. You don’t see many triplets in YA fiction, let alone real life. I love that each sibling was fleshed out nicely, and that they weren’t used for comic relief. Each twin was uniquely their own, especially Stella. Even the band members are fleshed out, with the fun, slightly immature JJ, Xander, who seems a bit like your stereotypical nerdy guy with allergies and glasses, and Alec, who is pretty much the best friend every girl wants.
I was initially apprehensive that this book would read like a One Direction fanfic, considering that it’s from Wattpad, but this book was wonderful and very much NOT a badly written take on boy-bands. It’s amazing to see what young authors can write, and I’m so glad that Ali Novak chose to write Stella’s story of photography, family, and The Heartbreakers!
I would recommend this book for fans of boy bands such as One Direction or 5 Seconds of Summer, or really for anyone who wants a refreshing read over the Summer. It’s a great book to take with you on the go, or even to curl up on the couch and read all the way through in one sitting. It’s up to you how you read it, but you really should check it out! I believe that the author also has some bonus stories from the POVs of the band members on her Wattpad page, but they’re still in progress. Oliver’s story is complete, though, and I’ll get around to reading that soon!
You can preorder The Heartbreakers on Amazon, and it will be released on August 4th, 2015. Find it here, at http://www.amazon.com/The-Heartbreakers-Ali-Novak/dp/1492612561