Title: The Breakup Support Group
Age category: Young Adult
After four years of first love bliss, Isla Rush just got dumped. Any hope she has of winning her ex-boyfriend back is shattered when the town rezones her neighborhood, forcing her to spend senior year at a wealthy high school in the next town over. With a broken heart consuming her soul, Isla can’t focus on anything in class. Hell, she can barely get out of bed each morning. Her new school has too many confusing hallways, unfriendly faces, and Emory Underwood—a ridiculously hot guy who dates a new girl almost every day. She can’t help but crush on him, even though she knows it’s wrong.
When memories of her ex make her cry in second period, the school counselor sends Isla to a club that meets during lunch. The Breakup Support Group is a collection of broken-hearted misfits who are all trying to help each other heal. For the first time since her break up, Isla’s heart is on the mend now that she has the support group. Then Emory shows up, forced to atone for all the broken hearts he’s caused over the years. While hiding her massive crush, she helps him understand the seriousness of breaking a heart and he helps her get back on the dating scene.
Part of her peer-prescribed therapy is to learn the art of dating around. Emory offers to be her fake date for the homecoming dance, and she’s happy to accept. He’s just a crush, after all—she can handle a night of playing pretend. When the date ends with a toe-curling kiss on her front porch, all of her well-placed boundaries come crumbling down. After months of therapy, the pieces of her heart are finally healed. And now she just handed it over to a guy who only knows how to break them.
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The Break Up Support Group is an adorable sweet young adult romance! I really loved reading this book and had so much fun.
The book starts with Isla Rush who pretty much has it all. She has a great boyfriend, set of friends, and has a great high school life. Until, the big rezoning happens. She has to transfer to her rival high school for her senior year. And, her boyfriend, Nate, of three years breaks up with her. Now, everything Isla has is gone and she has to rebuild herself. However, there is one Mr. McHottie, Emory Underwood, who makes her heartbeat and swoon. Aaand, he is a heartbreaker and a big player.
Isla is the main narrator of the novel. She is spunky, fun, and feisty. Isla in the beginning is a character who I did not really like in the beginning. I felt that her life revolved around her boyfriend and she had no backbone. However, I still kept on reading on because I knew this girl had so much potential and boy my expectations were met. Isla’s character growth is phenomenal in this book. She develops her own identity and uses her heartbreak of her douche boyfriend to start up her own support group. And that is when Isla is super fun. The entire interactions between her and Emory is really nice. They have such amazing chemistry and banter. But there is one big problem, Emory is a heartbreaker.
Emory is the hero of the book. I have got to say like Isla I did not warm up much to him. However, his actions and growth like Isla made me want to read the book more and more. He does have really deep issues. As the book goes on, I love seeing more and more of his true self. This boy is super sweet and all around nice guy. You just have to look deeper.
The entire romance in this book is a big focus but really builds up nicely. It is slow and there is gradual growth. I love that Emory and Isla started out as friends. Then they started turning into something more. There were moments when I was reading that I knew that Emory was in love with Isla. I just wanted them to go for it. But when they finally did it was awesome.
The plot line and creativity in this book is really unique. I have seen many support break up groups kinds of satires or boys versus girls things. But Young did a great job not making the characters way too stereotypical high school and annoying. The side characters were such fun people. Isla’s friends from her previous high school are horrible jerks along with her boyfriend. And Mr. Wang, her teacher, and the overall concern and love of the school staff is amazing. Young did a great job also incorporating the family theme into this book. Isla’s parents play a role in her life and are very supportive.
Overall, this was a great read. I really did enjoy reading this sweet YA romance! I loved that it was clean and not steamy.
About the Author:
Cheyanne Young is a native Texan with a fear of cold weather and a coffee addiction that probably needs an intervention. She loves books, sarcasm, and collecting nail polish. After nearly a decade of working in engineering, Cheyanne now writes books for young adults and is the author of the City of Legends Trilogy. She doesn’t miss a cubicle one bit.
Cheyanne lives near the beach with her daughter and husband, one spoiled rotten puppy, and a cat that is most likely plotting to take over the world.