I have another review for you today. Which I didn’t actually think I would be able to say but last night I thought I would start reading a book and maybe read a couple chapters before going to sleep like I normally do, but then suddenly it’s 2.30 and I’ve finished the book and lost out on like 3 hours of sleep. But hey – at least it means I have a review for you guys today.
I very kindly got a copy of this sent to me by Lola’s Book Tours. I actually received it about 2 years ago and I was super bad and forgot I had to read it since there wasn’t a review by date – so I am so sorry it took me so long to get to this. -1 Book Reviewer Brownie Points for me. As always the fact that I was gifted this book did not sway my opinion whatsoever, as always my thoughts are all my own. Now that that’s out of the way let’s hop into my review.
Title: The Breakup Support Group
Author: Cheyanne Young
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Hate to Love
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Publication Date: December 1st 2016
Pages: 306 pages
When I Read It: 27th August 2020
Goodreads Rating: 3.98 Stars
After four years of first love bliss, Isla Rush just got dumped. Any hope she has of winning her ex-boyfriend back is shattered when the town rezones her neighborhood, forcing her to spend senior year at a wealthy high school in the next town over. With a broken heart consuming her soul, Isla can’t focus on anything, except maybe Emory Underwood—a ridiculously hot guy who dates a new girl almost every day. She can’t help but crush on him, even though it’s wrong. When memories of her ex make her cry in second period, the school counselor sends Isla to a club that meets during lunch. The Break Up Support Group is a collection of broken-hearted misfits who are all helping each other heal. Just when Isla’s heart is finally on the mend, Emory shows up, forced to atone for all the broken hearts he’s caused over the years. While hiding her massive crush, she helps him understand the seriousness of breaking a heart.
(I am only including half of the blurb because that was a major gripe with the book for me. The blurb literally describes the entire book – no plot twists or anything. So I am sparing you by not showing you the rest of the blurb as it is a spoiler in itself.)
My Goodreads Review: *aka my initial thoughts, straight after (and during) reading
This was a super wholesome and cute read that i loved. I could not put it down. I started it at 12am thinking i would read a chapter or two before bed but now its suddenly 2.30 am and i don’t know where that time went.
I really liked Isla. I found her relatable and fun to read. Ceira was probably my favourite character. I loved her nail polish obsession – its small quirks like that that make me love characters. I liked Emory too, he was sweet and adorable underneath his womanising exterior. I wish the characters had a bit more depth to them because despite their endearing small quirks you don’t get much background.
I felt like the plot was quite predictable and fell a bit flat at the end. I would have liked if Nate came back and see got to kick him to the curb. Or at least hear that the cheerleader cheated on him or something 😂😂 I dont think there can ever be enough drama in books like this.
Overall it was exactly the kind of book i was in the mood for – funny, heartwarming and romantic. It put a smile on my face and i just really enjoyed reading it.
Characters: I liked all of the characters. Which for me is really good because normally there is at least one character that irks me. But not in this read. All of the main characters had some adorable random small quirk that just made them super real and likeable. My favourite character was Ciara. I loved her nail-polish obsession and her taste in College boys and how much of a hopeless romantic she is. She was just a super sweet best friend who was that great balance between brutally honest and supportive.
Something I didn’t like however was that most of the characters didn’t have any depth or backstory. It made a lot of sense for Isla to be like that because she says that everything about her past links with Nate and it’s painful and she gets rid of it all etc. But everyone else? You learn nothing about Emory other than the fact he is a womaniser, he’s hot, he’s funny, a tiny bit about his family that isn’t really about him and he likes the weather app. I want to know about him friends, his life before the rezoning, is he smart, does he play an instrument, what’s his favourite colour. Those insignificant things that just make characters feel little more real and full and less like they just appeared the second you open the page.
I also wish we got more of a conclusion to the other characters in the support group. I want to know what they thought about Emory and Isla. I need to know if they got over their drama and romance troubles or if they are heartbroken forever!
Characters = 6/10
Humour: This book had a good amount of humour in it. Emory especially. The banter between him and Isla had me stifling my giggles. It wasn’t like on the nose humour, but more like sarcastic comments and sassy replies. Overall, really raised my enjoyment of the book.
Humour = 8/10
Atmosphere: I liked the setting of Texas. I love how the weather was brought up a lot in the plot and it made for some really cute scenes as well as some humorous ones. If you read my blog a lot then you will know that I read a lot of YA romances that are set in schools, so that as a setting is a big plus for me. I always love a good school setting – the cleeks, the extra-circulars, the classroom drama, Homecoming – it just provides a really nice atmosphere. I also liked how they dabbled with college life too because that age is really at that awkward cross over period.
Atmosphere = 7/10
Writing Style: I have never read anything by Cheyanne Young before and I really hope to read some of her other books now. Her writing style was super casual and conversational and just enjoyable to read. It balanced Isla’s sadness and the humour super well and was really authentic to a young adults way of thinking.
Writing Style = 7/10
Plot: I liked the idea behind this, all the broken-hearted folk together. I also really liked the rezoning idea and the concept that her boyfriend broke up with her because of this. That was super intriguing…but that all happened within the first 20% of the book. After that I have to say that the plot fell flat a little. It was mainly just about the romance between Isla and Emory. Nothing from her past came back to cause drama, nothing in her new life caused drama. It just lacked drama. There was no plot twist or wow moment. It was just a really sweet story about blossoming love after a breakup, but nothing to shout about.
Plot = 6/10
Intrigue: This definitely was not the most intriguing book I have ever read. Like I said at the start, the blurb in it’s entirety gives away the entire plot of the book, start to finish. If Cheyanne Young somehow sees this that is the one piece of advice I would give. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE CHANGE YOUR BLURB!! Despite saying that it wasn’t particularly gripping and it was very predictable in the way that most YA romances are; I still was unable to put it down. It put me in such a good mood that you just had to keep reading and enjoying spending time with the characters.
Intrigue = 7/10
Logic: It was a logical read. Nothing felt odd or forced. Despite the fact the characters lacked depth all of their decisions were really sound and logical and that made me like them all a lot. I could really relate to Isla and I felt like she did everything as I probably would have acted myself.
Logic = 8/10
Enjoyment: I really enjoyed this. Like I’ve said a few times now, I couldn’t put it down. Was it the most original and amazing story I’ve ever read – no. But did I enjoy it and would I recommend it – 100% YES!
Enjoyment = 7/10
Relationships: Relationships were integral to this books plot – and the main one did not disappoint. It was such a nice progression that started with insta-lust on her part, then hate, then friendship, to ultimately love. It was really well done and I think they balance each other out really well.
Relationships = 7/10
Overall Score = 63/90 or 7/10
Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
That’s all for today’s review folks. I’m so mad it took me so long to get to this because I really liked it. Reading it just put me in such a great mood. That’s all for today, I will be back with another post tomorrow! And for today’s questions –