Monday, October 23, 2017

How to Break a Heart by Kiera Stewart - OPTIONAL

Stewart, Kiera How to Break a Heart, 320 pages. Disney-Hyperion, 2015. $16.99. 

Language: G (0 swear, 0 ‘f’, ) Mature Content: G; Violence: G (hints of abuse). 

True love is something that everyone wishes to find and Mabry Collins, 13yo, is lucky enough to have found her one true love, Nick Wainwright. Mabry is utterly shocked when Nick's mother breaks up with her, over the phone on Nick's behalf. Mabry can't help but feel absolutely heartbroken. With the help of her best friend Sirina and Thad, her former boyfriend from fourth grade, Mabry will learn how to break a heart, but not just any heart. Mabry must break Nick's heart.  

It was good to read a book where the main character, Mabry, was into something that was different than most girls her age, that being telenovelas. I loved that How to Break a Heart not only shared the story of Mabry but of Thad as well. Although, it was confusing how the narrative changed from a first-person to a third-person. Kiera Stewart did a good job at showing how girls in middle school can obsess over their crushes. I have to admit reading this book took me weeks to finish. Normally I can finish a book this long in a matter of days but How to Break a Heart just wasn't my cup of tea. The plot was pretty bland and everything was very predictable. The biggest problem for me was Mabry's personality. She was very dramatic throughout the whole book. The book was nicely written and had hints of Latin culture throughout the story.

MS-OPTIONAL Student Reviewer: ML

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