Monday, January 23, 2023

Breakup From Hell by Ann Davila Cardinal - OPTIONAL

Breakup From Hell by Ann Davila Cardinal, 304 pages. HarperTeen (HarperCollins Publishers), 2023. $19.

Language: R (183 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG13



When Mica sees a new boy pop up three times in the same day, she takes notice. This boy, Sam, seems to really get her and she feels drawn to him in a way she never has before. Mica also starts having weird visions of fires, gains unexplainable strength, and notices that the weather has been getting warmer. The more time Mica spends with Sam, the more convinced she is that he is the source of these changes.

If you want a ridiculous and entertaining story, look no further. Cardinal throws together descendants of Satan and archangels, family secrets, and a new truck named Pegasus – readers never know what the next page will bring. Don’t let the handful of inconsistencies trip you up and just enjoy the ride.

Mica and her abuela are Puerto Rican, and most of the other characters are described as or are implied white. The mature content rating is for mentions of alcohol and underage drinking, innuendo, and mention of sex. The violence is for gun use and fantasy violence.

Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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