Saturday, July 17, 2010

A Field Guide for Heartbreakers by Kristen Tracy

A Field Guide for Heartbreakers by Kristen Tracy
Publication Date/Version: June 2010/Hardcover
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Around The World Tours (Thanks!)

When best friends Dessy and Veronica arrive in Prague for a prestigious writing workshop, their priorities diverge. Dessy, fragile from a recent breakup, has come to mend her broken heart by honing her craft. Veronica has just dumped her boyfriend and plans to blow off the workshop. She’d rather master a different subject—boys. Veronica gets right to work on her “man-wall”—one paper cutout for every hot-dude she meets— and embarks on her mission to cover a wall of their dorm by summer’s end. At times, Dessy thinks her friend might be a genius. At others, Veronica seems more like an agent of chaos.

As if their love lives weren’t complicated enough, soon a homicidal suitemate is bent on killing Veronica and Dessy, and both girls are hiding secrets that could wreck their friendship. Well, no one ever said breaking hearts was a simple craft....

Dessy and Veronica are off to Prague for a summer of writing and boys. Both girls have recently broken up with, or been broken up with, their boyfriends. Dessy wants to work on her writing. Veronica, however, is set to create a "man wall" - a collection of every hot guy she meets. What ensues is chaos, first of all, and madness.

What I hoped to be a light, fun summer read unfortunately didn't turn out well for me. The concept initially interested me, but I felt it lacked sympathetic characters or a steady plot.

Dessy is a somewhat blah character. There were moments when I saw a glimmer of a like-able character, but those moments were either replaced by groveling or complying. I didn't feel for her, or her need to be liked. Veronica, I can easily say, was one of my least favorite best friend characters ever. I must have missed the part where friends are supposed to be rude and inconsiderate towards their "friend." Veronica didn't think about her actions, and I, personally, can't stand people who are unaccountable for their actions. The guys, as well, somewhat blended together.

What I did enjoy about this book was the writing aspect, the infusion of culture, and Veronica's mom. I enjoyed reading the character's stories and hearing the critiques. It gave an interesting twist to the story. I loved hearing about Prague and its history, as I'm a huge fan of all things history. It sounds like a beautiful place to visit. Veronica's mother was one character I truly liked. She was real and tough, which I mightily enjoyed. Though haughty at times, she was a breath of fresh air.

The psycho killer roommate aspect was just too much for me. I didn't, and still don't, exactly understand what her problem was. But the whole thing was rather inconceivable. I didn't get what I hoped out of A Field Guide for Heartbreakers, and it's not a book I'll be recommending.

Overall: Poor characters. Shaky plot.

My Advice: Skip it.

Cover: While it's cute, I have no idea what it has to do with the story.

*This was read as a part of the 100+ Reading Challenge

1 comment:

  1. I saw that you are a part of the Debut Author Challenge! That is so amazing that you are supporting debut authors and I only recently found out that I am going to be one!!! I wanted to ask if you wouldn’t mind heading over to my blog and giving me your opinion. As a blogger turned author I would really appreciate it and the publisher is still giving out ARCs so you might have a chance at a free copy! Thank you and I hope you will stop by and check out The Thirteenth Chime!

    Emma Michaels

    P.S.- My release date if Friday the 13th (August this year) isn't that crazy?


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