Review: The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak

The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Release Date: August 4, 2015

Source: Netgalley

My Rating: 4.25 out of 5


“When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. Unbeknownst to him, I was the only girl in the world who hated his music.”

Stella will do anything for her sister—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD… for three hours. At least she met a cute boy at the Starbucks beforehand. A blue-eyed boy who looks an awful lot like…

Oliver Perry. Of course Starbucks guy is the lead singer for her least favorite band. Thanks, universe. But there may be more to Oliver than his world-famous charm, because even after she insults his music—to his face—he still gives her his number. Seriously, 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?

You guys. YOU GUYS. The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak is probably one of the cutest books I’ve read this summer. It’s got everything a girl could want in a contemporary: a girl who’s got passion, sibling love, and a boy band. Yep, you heard me: a boy band. So many things just clicked for me in The Heartbreakers, making it a fun, endearing read.


Y’all, this book has a wonderful trio: Stella, Cara, and Drew. The story is told in first person only from Stella’s perspective, but the #siblinglove is so real in The Heartbreakers. As a twin myself, I really felt that the connection between the triplets is believable and so genuine. They all care for and understand one another deeply, from their dreams to their fears. Cara suffers from cancer in the story, and the acts of kindness Stella and Drew perform for Cara definitely pulled at my heartstrings.


Stella is totally knee-deep into photography. Her passion for photography plays a large role in this book, and I admire love a girl whose passion is tangible and externalized. I truly feel as if Stella is a real girl with real dreams. I admired her dilemma about where to take her photography hobby, and whether to take it to the career-level or not.


Confession: I do not like One Direction. But let’s be real, The Heartbreakers boy band in this story is pretty much based off of One Direction. AND I STILL LOVED THEM. So even if you’re not a fan of OD, you’ll still find yourself swooning for this hilarious, kind, and exciting group of boys.


The teeny tiny complaint I have with The Heartbreakers is that it suffers from the Nonexistent Parent Syndrome. Stella and Drew are pretty fresh out of high school and are still living under their parents’ roof, so why are there hardly any parents?? The world will never know.


I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy The Heartbreakers as much as I did, but I can see how this story became so popular on Wattpad and is now traditionally published. If you’re looking for a super cute read, please consider The Heartbreakers! I assure you, by the end of the story, your heart won’t be broken – rather, it’ll feel content and whole.


4 thoughts on “Review: The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak”

  1. Ooh, I haven’t heard of this and am not a fan of boy bands in general, but this still seems super cute! I love that you pointed out Missing Parent Syndrome, though, because it’s so real in books but not in real life. -.- Anyhow, I’m excited by how much you loved this and am definitely adding it to my TBR! 🙂


  2. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book about triplets, but I think that would be really interesting and eye-opening to read! It’s a shame that the parents aren’t really present here (but, let’s be real here, how many YA books actually have parents anyway), but I’m definitely able to overlook that if the rest of the book is as good as you make it sound. 😉 Definitely going to have to give this a try – it sounds fantastic! ❤


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