16 Ways to Break a Heart


by: Strasnick, Lauren
Format: Hardcover

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Product description Unfolding through letters, texts, and chats, Lauren Strasnick’s smart, sexy, page-turning new novel is the ultimate he said/she said breakdown of a relationship gone wrong. Natalie and Dan were electric from the moment they met. Witty banter and sizzling chemistry made falling in love easy—even inevitable. He was in awe of her subversive art and contagious zest for life; she was drawn to his good-guy charm and drive to succeed as a documentary filmmaker.But that was before. Before hot tempers turned to blowout fights. Before a few little lies turned to broken trust. Before a hundred tiny slights broke them open and exposed the ugly truth of their relationship.And now Natalie wants Dan to know just how much he broke her.Over the course of one fateful day, Dan reads sixteen letters that Natalie has secretly, brilliantly hidden in places only he will find. And as he pieces together her version of their love story, he realizes that she has one final message for him. One that might just send his carefully constructed life tumbling down. From School Library Journal Gr 10 Up—She's exciting; he's charming: Natalie and Dan fell in love almost instantly. But that was some time ago, and now Natalie is sending Dan packets of letters detailing moments of their relationship. The letters start out sweet, but as we shift to Dan's perspective, he's waiting for the other shoe to drop: he knows there's a big reveal coming. Natalie wants Dan to know how much she loved him and how much he hurt her. Dan wants Natalie to understand how her jealous rages destroyed them both. The "he said, she said" narrative brings to life this toxic, slow-motion train wreck of a relationship. Seeing the story largely through Dan's eyes—through conversations with his friends and his reactions to Natalie's letters—means that teens get a biased analysis of what went wrong, with the book stressing Natalie's temper and instability while downplaying Dan's flirtation with his other friends. This is a decent choice for teens who enjoyed Daniel Handler's Why We Broke Up but wished it had more drama. VERDICT An additional purchase for YA shelves.—Brandy Danner, Coakley Middle School, Norwood, MA Review “This book features so many of favorite things: a seductive portrait of my beloved Los Angeles, a dark love story, an exploration of a young, beautiful, brilliant and troubled girl, and a look at the graces and dangers of female passion.” (Francesca Lia Block, author of Weetzie Bat) “16 Ways to Break a Heart is a sharp, inventive tale of exhilarating first love that proves it’s always worth hearing both sides of the story.” (Brandy Colbert, author of Pointe) “With razor sharp writing and deeply realized characters, Lauren Strasnick’s new novel is a breathtaking exploration of love gone wrong. Stunning, smart, bold, wholly unique…there are so many more than 16 ways that I love this book.” (Corey Ann Haydu, author of The Careful Undressing of Love and Life by Committee)


Product Code: 9780062418722
ISBN: 0062418726
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: 2017-07-25
Number of Pages: 208 pages
Languages: english
Edition: No Information
Dimension: 5.59 x 0.98 x 8.39 inches
Shipping Weight: 0.66 pounds