Friday, April 29

Instructions for a Broken Heart By Kim Culbertson

Instructions For A Broken Heart by Kim Culbertson
Release Date: May 1, 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire 
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 304

Summary: Three days before her drama club's trip to Italy, Jessa Gardner discovers her boyfriend in the costume barn with another girl. Jessa is left with a care package from her best friend titled "Top Twenty Reasons He's a Slimy Jerk Bastard," instructing her to do one un-Jessa-like thing each day of the trip. At turns hilarious and heartwrenching, Instructions for a Broken Heart paints a magical Italy in which Jessa learns she must figure out life-and romance-for herself.

My Thoughts: Whats a girl to do when she's set to go to Italy in 3 days and finds her boyfriend in the closet with another girl? Not just any other girl, but another girl that is going on the same trip with them. Jessa is beyond mortified and hurt. How can he do this to her? 

She sets off to Italy with her best guy friend by her side and a packet full of envelopes from her best girl friend. The plan is to open two a day and follow the directions enclosed. They are supposed to "help" her get over her ex-boyfriend. 

Jessa learns a lot about herself. One of those lessons is, don't kiss your teacher! HA! She learns that its ok to hurt and just let it out. Don't keep it all bottled up inside. She learns to defend herself.  And of course, it doesn't hurt to meet cute boys along the way, right?

She steals back her shirt from her ex, throws a drink in his face, and grows inside as a person. She also has her best guy friend and teachers to lean on during these hard times. 

Want to find out what happens to Jessa? Read the book to find out.

Overall: Instructions For A Broken Heart was a cute book but I just didn't feel like it lived up to my expectations. I was hoping to feel more for the characters and the plot than I did. I just didn't develop deep feelings for any of the characters, I couldn't connect with them. I just wasn't Wowed by it, but its still a worthwhile read. In my opinion, it was just ok. Besides, you may like it way better than me so go try it out!  

Cover: I like the cover. I like how all the colors come together. It's a very realistic cover. 

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Cory K said...

Great review! The cover really is intriguing. Not really my type of read, but your review was awesome!

Btw, I've been trying to find a way to repay you for all the advice you sent me via email. So I decided to just throw one of your cupcake buttons onto my page! Don't be a stranger :)

Looking forward to hearing back from you,
Cory @ Anti-Drug Reads

Aleetha said...

Got the hooked with the characters is also important to me. It would be really hard to enjoy one book when I could not connect with them.

Out of that case you got, I still wanna read this book


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