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How to Break a Boy

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How to Break a Boy

Addicting is probably the best way to describe HOW TO BREAK A BOY by Laurie Devore. I likely would have finished it in one day if it weren’t for school. HOW TO BREAK A BOY is about Olivia and her horrendously toxic friendship with Adrienne, but it’s also about Olivia breaking the cycle of being just another mean girl. Each time Olivia does something that makes the reader want to tear their hair out, it makes the story even more addictively page-turning.

"Addicting is probably the best way to describe HOW TO BREAK A BOY by Laurie Devore. I likely would have finished it in one day if it weren’t for school."

Something that really stood out to me throughout the story was that it was obvious Olivia wasn’t just a mean girl. Yes, she definitely was a mean girl but that wasn’t all there was to her, and she genuinely wanted out of the mean girl cycle. I liked to see that because maybe someone will read that and be inspired to break whatever bad cycle they are currently end. If Olivia can escape the Adrienne Mean Girl Cycle, anyone can escape anything. As far as character development goes, I kind of wished that Adrienne was a bit more fleshed out. I don’t like when the villain of the story has absolutely no traits to them besides being the villain. On the flip side, Whit DuRant as a character was great. He is what I call a sweet little cinnamon roll. He says things he regrets and makes mistakes like the rest of us, but the reader can tell his heart is always in the right place and he just wants to play golf and be out of his big brothers shadow. Whit deserves the world. Ethan can crawl under a rock and never come back for all I care.

If I had to rate this book, I would give it 3.5 stars. I don’t see 3.5 stars as a bad rating necessarily, but the reason I didn’t rate it higher despite my enjoyment was certain characters. Obviously, going into this book you know that basically all of the characters are completely awful, so that wasn’t my issue. My issue was certain motives behind some of the characters’ actions. Without getting into spoilers, I’ll just say that when Olivia’s boyfriend (turned ex-boyfriend) Ethan says why he slept with her best friend, I thought it was unbelievably dumb while being horrifically cruel at the same time. If the “reason” were only cruel that would have made sense because everything everyone does in this book is cruel, but it was just…a really dumb reason in my personal opinion, enough for me to lower my rating. I mean, can any “reason” for sleeping with your girlfriend’s best friend excuse doing that right after her own brother died? With that being said, that was really my only big issue with the book.

Overall I did really enjoy HOW TO BREAK A BOY. It was a good story of not only finding yourself, but learning to not use all of your own mistakes against yourself and constantly put yourself down.

Reviewed by Jessi H., Teen Board Member on February 26, 2018

How to Break a Boy
by Laurie Devore

  • Publication Date: January 30, 2018
  • Genres: Family, Fiction, Young Adult 14+
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • ISBN-10: 1250144205
  • ISBN-13: 9781250144201