Friday, August 11, 2017

How to Break a Boy by Laurie Devore - NO

Devore, Laurie How to Break a Boy, 340 pgs. Imprint (Macmillan Publishing Group), 2017. $17.99 Language – R (237 swears, 108 “f”), Mature Content – PG13; Violence – PG; 

Olivia is on top of the school, second in popularity only to her best friend, Adrienne. With their power, they can influence anyone to do whatever suits Adrienne and Olivia’s plans and get away with it—no matter how destructive it is to others. Then things change. Olivia wants out, but can years of wrongdoing be undone with one decision?

The top two annoying things of How to Break a Boy are the excessive swearing and Olivia’s character (which is unfortunate because she is the main character). Olivia is noncommittal, and it pained me to see her repeatedly make the worst decisions. She would declare good intentions, and then lack the dedication to follow through. The bullying done by Adrienne and Olivia was almost as heartbreaking to read as Olivia’s inner conflict. I got to the point where imagining that the book could have a happy ending was a tragic thought because I felt forgiveness and redemption shouldn’t be possible in the duration of the book. 

HS – NO. Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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