The Book of Love: A Chick Lit Wednesday Review

The Book of Love by Lynn WeingartenNow that Lucy is a Heartbreaker her old life seems very distant. Gone are the days of pining over a boy or being heartbroken. Now thanks to the Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers Lucy’s heart is unbreakable. Her life is glamorous. And Lucy has everything she ever wanted.

At least she thinks she does.

Lucy’s best friend Tristan is still brokenhearted and Lucy isn’t sure she can help him. The glamorous life Lucy thought would be perfect is turning out to be a lot messier than she expected too–especially when the thought of breaking another boy’s heart makes Lucy queasy.

When she and her sisters enter the Breakies–the Heartbreakers annual competition–Lucy hopes they can win and in the process Lucy can find some answers. The problem is Lucy might not be asking the right questions yet in The Book of Love by Lynn Weingarten.

The Book of Love is the sequel to The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakersand completes the Heartbreaker duet.

This book is set about six weeks after the conclusion of book one. Lucy is ostensibly thrilled with her new sisters and her new life as a Heartbreaker. Until she really starts to pay attention anyway.

The story shifts seamlessly as Lucy begins to understand the feelings within her own heart as well as what having an unbreakable heart really means. The story is as fun a blend of contemporary and fantasy elements as the first.

Sadly, in order to focus on romantic elements and the power of other emotions, some of the stronger friendship elements from book one are left to the wayside. One character in particular suffers an especially depressing turnaround (not to mention some character assassination) in the process of becoming this story’s equivalent of the villain. None of which were ideal elements.

That said, this is still an enjoyable story with quite a bit more romance than is found in the first book. The Book of Love also epitomizes what the conclusion to a duet should accomplish. This story builds off the events of The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers to present a new, completely surprising story that expertly completes Lucy’s character arc.

Weingarten once again delivers an unconventional fantasy in The Book of Love–a story that is asmuch about fixing hearts as it is about breaking them.

Possible Pairings:  Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti, How to Love by Katie Cotugno, Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg, An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith , Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee

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