The Resource 16 ways to break a heart, Lauren Strasnick

16 ways to break a heart, Lauren Strasnick

Label
16 ways to break a heart
Title
16 ways to break a heart
Statement of responsibility
Lauren Strasnick
Title variation
Sixteen ways to break a heart
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Unfolding through letters, texts, and chats, Lauren Strasnick's smart, sexy, page-turning new novel is the ultimate he said/she said breakdown of a relationship gone wrong. Natalie and Dan were electric from the moment they met. Witty banter and sizzling chemistry made falling in love easy-even inevitable. He was in awe of her subversive art and contagious zest for life; she was drawn to his good-guy charm and drive to succeed as a documentary filmmaker. But that was before. Before hot tempers turned to blowout fights. Before a few little lies turned to broken trust. Before a hundred tiny slights broke them open and exposed the ugly truth of their relationship. And now Natalie wants Dan to know just how much he broke her. Over the course of one fateful day, Dan reads sixteen letters that Natalie has secretly, brilliantly hidden in places only he will find. And as he pieces together her version of their love story, he realizes that she has one final message for him. One that might just send his carefully constructed life tumbling down
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Review
  • Gr 10 Up—She's exciting; he's charming: Natalie and Dan fell in love almost instantly. But that was some time ago, and now Natalie is sending Dan packets of letters detailing moments of their relationship. The letters start out sweet, but as we shift to Dan's perspective, he's waiting for the other shoe to drop: he knows there's a big reveal coming. Natalie wants Dan to know how much she loved him and how much he hurt her. Dan wants Natalie to understand how her jealous rages destroyed them both. The "he said, she said" narrative brings to life this toxic, slow-motion train wreck of a relationship. Seeing the story largely through Dan's eyes—through conversations with his friends and his reactions to Natalie's letters—means that teens get a biased analysis of what went wrong, with the book stressing Natalie's temper and instability while downplaying Dan's flirtation with his other friends. This is a decent choice for teens who enjoyed Daniel Handler's Why We Broke Up but wished it had more drama. VERDICT An additional purchase for YA shelves.—Brandy Danner, Coakley Middle School, Norwood, MA --Brandy Danner (Reviewed 06/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 6, p113)
  • Talented teen Los Angelenos recall their toxic romance in this angst-y breakup story. Aspiring high school artist Natalie and filmmaker Dan (both white) are over when the story starts, but through a series of letters, Nat reminds Dan of all the ways (or at least the titular 16) he broke her heart. At their first meet-cute in a coffee shop, 17 months earlier, Nat and Dan instantly connect. Their witty banter and palpable chemistry seem to mark the start of an epic romance, but Nat's wealth, art-world connections (her mom is a "semi-famous painter"), ambition, and undeniable genius intimidate "Public School Boyfriend" Dan. "Sexy, scary, manic, messy" Nat, meanwhile, grows jealous of Dan's obviously devoted mixed-race best friend, Ruby, and his text flirtations with gorgeous, white classmate Arielle. The chapters switch points of view and timelines, with text transcripts between various characters interspersed. Nat's letters flash back to such relationship milestones as her first kiss with Dan, their first time in bed, first fight, first "hate-fuck," etc. After reading each letter, Dan offers reflections (or refutations) in the present, the juxtapositions revealing both to be unreliable narrators. Readers may have to reread a chapter's time stamp to keep up, and it's occasionally tedious to revisit the same moment again and again. A frustratingly abrupt denouement won't satisfy readers hoping for a cathartic redemption. A well-written but melodramatic he-said, she-said epistolary retrospective of an unhealthy relationship. (Fiction. 14-18) (Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2017)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10573756
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Strasnick, Lauren
Dewey number
[FIC]
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 10
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • First loves
  • Letters
  • Los Angeles (Calif.)
Target audience
adolescent
Label
16 ways to break a heart, Lauren Strasnick
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
194 pages
Isbn
9780062418722
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2016962008
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)961004731
Label
16 ways to break a heart, Lauren Strasnick
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
194 pages
Isbn
9780062418722
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2016962008
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)961004731

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