Did you catch your boyfriend cheating? Are you suffering from a broken heart? The book you need to cuddle up with is Instructions for a Broken Heart by Kim Culbertson.
Jessa catches her boyfriend, Sean, making out with Natalie in the drama club's costume barn- the same place Jessa had spent countless hours over the past few years. But what really hurts the most is that the drama club is about to set off for Italy--that means, Jessa will have to watch Sean and Natalie making out in romance city. But Jessa's friend, Carissa, has a plan which involves 20 envelopes Jessa must open along her trip--each one has a reason why Sean is a jerk. The envelopes instruct Jessa to do things differently and move on, wonderful advice for anyone who has gone through a break-up.
I couldn't get enough of this book and found it to be an enthralling read. Not only are the characters irresistible, you'll want to reach into the book to hug Jessa, choke Sean, pat Carissa on the back, and laugh with Tyler. Each character's voice is so unique and real, chances are you'll be able to picture some of your close friends in each. You'll find yourself turning page after page, just to see what Carissa's next instruction is and how Jessa handles it and when you think you have Jessa figured out, Culbertson will throw you for a loop. A must for any page-turner!
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (May 1, 2011)
Source of review copy: publicist