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Publisher's Summary

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, the 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?

©2015 Ali Novak (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"[I]t's a formulaic romantic fairy-tale..." ( Publishers Weekly)

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A Sweet, Quick, Cheesy book!

To my surprise, I really liked this book! I usually read the complex, action-packed books, that have 500 pages. And yes, The Heartbreakers is definitely not a thrilling or complicated story. So, I will admit there were many cringe worthy cheesy moments. And it was all very predictable. Another flaw was the narrator. I liked her, but a lot of the characters sounded the same. However, the book made me smile all the way through! By the end, you'll be wishing Oliver was your boyfriend! I loved how the story focused on each character and Cara's cancer, while telling a love story! I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a quick, funny, sweet book that will make you happy for hours!

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A Sweet Novel

What did you love best about The Heartbreakers?

The Heartbreakers was a novel about coming to age and letting go of the fears that prevented the main character Stella from moving forward. I loved that Stella allowed herself the chance to experience life in a way she didn't allow herself to do because of her family. This book was such a sweet YA romance and I loved that it was something I could easily immerse myself in without a lot of heavy feelings making me depressed while listening.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was such a sweet moment and one that I was happy to see. I'm very glad it ended the way it did.

Have you listened to any of Arielle DeLisle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to any of Arielle's other performances, but if this book is any indication of her style I would love to listen to more books she has narrated. I loved the performance. It was what made the book even more enjoyable to me (I own the actual book and loved reading it).

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book made me laugh and smile at the boys antics. It also made me a bit sad. Thankfully the sad parts were never really dark so there was no depression while listening to this book.

Any additional comments?

Ali Novak is a young author. From the few novels she has written you can tell that her targeted audience is YA. Despite not being a YA myself, I still enjoyed the lightness of this book. It is definitely not an in depth novel, but that's what I liked about it. It was exactly what I needed at this time.

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I cried!!!!!

I have no words to type, all I know is I can’t wait for her to continue to write about Oliver and Stella!

I think by far they are my favorite Heartbreaker couple.

If you are thinking about listening to do this DO IT!

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Som hint

Amazing, fun and many other! People should buy this book to read, it will keeps you busy the entire day!

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THIS IS MY FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME!!!!!!

I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE WHO LOVES A GOOD ROMANCE!!! Just one flaw on the narrator's part. Cara's name is pronounced like Sarah. Not with a "k" sound. Otherwise the narrator was great!!!

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So cute

This book was entertaining and heartwarming. If your looking for a pleasant distraction I recommend this book.

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My new bff

This book was a phenomenal success. It will work for any purpose to become your favorite of all time

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Absolutely Adorable!!!

Its been a long time since i've finished a rom/com YA book and thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. I laughed, cried, and completely connected as well as fell in love with each character. the funny thing is the story isnt exactly original nor mind blowing, but that didnt stop my heart from skipping a beat and swooning left and right. it had its eye roll moments with some of the cheesyness and facepalming one liners but over all it was a charming quick read and the narration from Arielle DeLisle was excellently executed. i truelly felt like she captured Stella's voice.

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amazing

If you could sum up The Heartbreakers in three words, what would they be?

Favoirte Book ever!

What did you like best about this story?

i love the background and the details of emotion.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end made me cry. it was such a beautiful ending

Any additional comments?

Make another! I loved it so much!

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Fantastic, sweet story

I fell in love with Ali Novak's book, My Life With the Walter Boys, so I thought I'd give this one a try too. I'm really glad I did, because not only was it a beautiful book to read, but it's one I can share with my daughter without hesitation.