Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD…for four hours. She’s totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she’ll never see him again.
Except, Stella’s life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry – lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life?
But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver — dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band — when her sister could be dying of cancer?
Stella and Drew Samuels just want to find their sister, Cara, the perfect birthday present and to accomplish this mission they go on a road trip to Chicago to meet Cara’s favourite band, The Heartbreakers. Along the way Stella meets a cute boy in Starbucks who turns out to be Oliver Perry, the lead vocalist of The Heartbreakers.
The Heartbreakers was nothing short of surprising. Now that doesn’t mean it was free of faults because it wasn’t; there was insta-love, unnecessary teenage drama and sugar coated events but there were also great dynamics between family and friends.
Fact: bad things happen sometimes. You’re gonna get the shit kicked out of you sooner or later, and that’s just part of life. What matters is how you absorb the blow.
One dynamic that was dominant throughout the entire story was the bond between Stella, Drew and Cara. Against all odds these siblings stuck together, looked out for one another and that won me over so much more than the romantic plot concerning Stella and Oliver.
There are things that happen in life – events and choices – that can’t be avoided no matter how desperately you may wish you could ignore them and hope they go away. While The Heartbreakers touched on some of those things it was a little sugar coated, but that being said it is a YA Contemporary so some sugar coating was expected. Despite the sugar coating the overall message wasn’t lost in the romance and tours with a boy band.
Life is never going to give you a break. It’s a hard, unforgiving son of a bitch, and when it steamrolls you over, there are only two choices: stay down, or get back on your feet and fight.
Is The Heartbreakers a light and fluffy contemporary with the typical happy ending? Yes, it is the very definition of a fluffy contemporary. But there are laugh out loud moments, references to Disney movies, a boy band and unbreakable bonds between family and friends.
Recommended for those looking for a lighthearted contemporary read.