Written By: Ali Novak.
Category: Teens & YA.
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire.
Release Date: August 1st, 2015.
Synopsis: When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. And he had no idea that I was the only girl in the world who hated his music.”
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?
My Thoughts: At first this book was was hard to get into, I couldn’t stop putting it down. In all honesty, I read part of it, put it down, read quite a few other books, and then forced myself to pick this one back up. I told myself that I HAD to finish it, because, being who I am, I just hate not finishing books! Luckily after a few chapters, it slowly started to become more interesting, and I actually started to enjoy it. At times, I felt like I was watching a romantic comedy, and I love me a good romantic comedy. You know the whole, boy meets girl, girl falls for boy, they can’t stop thinking about each other blah blah BLAH. Sadly, I quickly went from thinking, “oh, this is cute!” to “ oh, this is such an UNREALISTIC MESS!”. Everything that was happening to Stella just seems all too convenient. What are the odds that the manager for the band of the hot guy she just met and instantly fell in love with calls her for job offer she just cannot refuse. This happens EXACTLY at the time that she was having the whole what-am-i-going-to-do-with-my-life crisis. I personally think it would have made for a more interesting story if this “job of a lifetime” would have been something completely different from Oliver. Stella needed to learn some independence and carting off around the country with some guy (even if it was for a job) is not going to teach you that. Since that was not an option I would have liked to see the relationship between Stella and Oliver develop more before they rode out into the sunset on a tour bus.
Speaking of drama, Stella was so overly dramatic, I was just over her. I mean it’s nice to have your own opinion and all, but girl, if no one asks, keep it on mute. I liked the relationship she had with her brother and sister (they are triplets). Her brother Drew, seemed like a big sweetheart, although sometime he was a bit overbearing, but hey, what are brothers for right? Surprisingly, her sister Cara didn’t react like I thought she would. Usually when someone acts like they are too good for something/someone and then they fall in love with it, the person who liked it from the beginning, gets SUPER annoyed…I know I would. 🙄
I don’t know how I feel about Oliver, he’s kind of nutty. Sometimes he would do something that was over reacting like when he ditched Stella and took that Model to the premiere. “Instead of answering, Oliver turned away from me and yanked on a handful of his hair. He cursed and swung his fist through the air before forcing himself to draw a steady breath.”…REALLY!? Calm down Sir…You are doing too much! You never know what you are going to get with Oliver. He has too many secrets!
I know I said it before, but this book was VERY unrealistic, but it was entertaining. A big problem I had was how when things were good, EVERYTHING was good, and when things were bad, EVERYTHING WAS BAD! Oliver was a lame ass, and stood her up for a model, and didn’t want to explain himself, so Stella said she was done. Then right away, she gets a call about her sister’s getting worse. Come on now, can we get a break? I gave The Heartbreakers, 3.5 Stars.