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The Breakup Artists

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So, I really liked this book. The idea was interesting but I liked how the story unfolded and just how serious both characters were about the business. I also liked how the side characters were well defined and helped provide a clear picture of our two MCs. The connections both characters develop felt realistic and made it easy to root for both of them. It was also nice to see a solid friendship where they both took care of each other and care so deeply. It was a sweet story that I read pretty quickly. Definitely a story to check out about friends supporting each other and falling for people along the way. 4.5 stars.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the arc.

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Looking for a summer read that's equal parts heartwarming and hilarious? Look no further than Adriana Mather's "The Breakup Artists"!

Meet August and Valentine, two teenage masterminds behind Summer Love, Inc., a business that specializes in breaking up bad relationships. Armed with fake identities and a flair for the dramatic, they're on a mission to save other lovebirds from themselves. Valentine sees their work as if they are guiding souls away from romantic disasters and towards the promise of true love. But for August, it's personal. He's haunted by his sister's tragic death, blaming her manipulative boyfriend and doubting the existence of soulmates altogether. Enter Ella, the girl who turns August's world upside down. She's not just any girl – she's their newest client. And August has been lying to her about everything, including his own name.

Mather's storytelling shines in "The Breakup Artists," blending heavy topics like grief with laugh-out-loud humour and unforgettable characters. August and Valentine's friendship is a breath of fresh air in a genre that spends so much time romanticizing friendships, showcasing the beauty of camaraderie and shared dreams.

With its witty banter, genuine characters, and heartwarming storyline, "The Breakup Artists" is a breath of fresh air in the YA genre. Trust me, you'll want to dive headfirst into this delightful romp and emerge with a new appreciation for the power of friendship, love, and healing.

Thanks to NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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This had such an interesting premise, and I was so happy to get this ARC! August's development through the novel was so fun to see, and I adored Ella! Will absolutely add to reader's advisory lists.

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After a personal experience with a relationship turned tragedy, August and Valentine start a business to help friends and family intervene by befriending people in dangerous relationships and offering them a new perspective and support for change. When August meets Ella, he has trouble separating himself from his persona and their relationship develops in surprising ways. Meanwhile Valentine is left watching her best friend crash their business. Will the truth come out?

Told from 2 perspectives, this one was a bit difficult for me. I really enjoyed Valentine's sections but didn't enjoy the August sections. As always, your mileage may vary.

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This was great quick ya book that had a little bit everything. I also stayed up way to late finishing it. If you are looking for a book about romance, friendship, grief, and moving on,this may be the book for you.
The only think missing is, it lack diversity in the characters.
4.5 stars

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In a world where most new YA books seem to follow the same structure and tropes, this was such a breath of fresh air.

Valentine and August have a unique summer job: they get hired to break people up. For every new job, they create entirely new personas, use aliases, and have strict rules that prevent them from falling for their targets. But, when they start a new case, August can't help but feel like something is different with this one. And soon, he finds himself breaking all the rules.

'The Breakup Artists' is a unique, well-crafted story about friendship, love, grief, growing up, and so much more. It has some of the best and funniest banter I read but it also portrays very relatable fears about leaving for college, healthy male-female friendships, strong character growth and development, and how hard yet necessary healing from trauma is. For lack of a better phrase, I really loved it and look forward to reading Mather's other work.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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4.5!! this book was exactly what i needed. the friendship, relationships, and plot were amazing. i absolutely loved the story and definitely recommend!

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Wow! Just wow.. I got so choked up at the end and even cried a bit. Just finished reading this book, and I'm in awe. Adriana Mather is such a master with words, this story was so flawlessly and beautifully written. I loved Valentine and August, their friendship and their personifies... Just a fantastic duo! The banter amongst them and the other characters made me laugh quite a bit. Majority of this book was exciting, fun and moving. There were several moments it got deep and intriguing. A few moments towards the end where I teared up. Gosh, I'm trying to keep this vague and spoiler free.. so I need to stop writing as I can go on and on. I just loved it, wonderful story about friendship, life's hardships, hard decisions, unexpected love, and loss of a sibling (not a Spoiler as it's told almost immediately in story). Just all around a wonderfully packed book that will move you with fits of laughter and maybe shed a few tears in the process.

I received this ARC from NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing to read/review. All of the statements above are my true opinions after fully reading this book.

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Really enjoyed this dual POV YA Contemporary read. Neighbors and besties August and Valentine (Tiny) spend their summers running their business, Summer Love, Inc., and keeping it a secret from their families and friends. Strangers hire them to facilitate breakups, and I'm pleased to say that August and Tiny do their research before taking each case; they confirm that the relationship is bad or harmful before diving in.

I love August and Tiny's friendship; how they know each other so well and take care of each other, and work together seamlessly. I love how this is a summer-time, feel-good book with lots of laughs and also a story filled with friendship, family relationships, and grief. It's all handled very well, author Adriana Mather does a great job with these sensitive topics, and the story flows really well.

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i loved how to hang a witch it was so fun and this was also so fun! i loved my time reading this and it was great

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August and Valentine have created an interesting job "Summer Love Inc." to make college money. This creation was supposed to help August cope with the death of his sister, but Ella's case hits a little too close to home. Caught up in his own emotions, August starts hiding things from his all-time best friend, Valentine, but she is also not as transparent as August is lead to believe.
This book shows that honesty is not always easy when it comes to those you love and even harder when you're trying to be honest with yourself. Both August and Valentine go through the highs and lows of becoming young adults that are about to figure life out in the real world. Even though the characters of this book seem young and naïve, the self-evaluations that occur in this book can relate to all ages. While the middle of the book seemed to have a chapter or two that kind of dragged, the ending definitely made up for it. I definitely went through all emotions while reading this book, and may have shed a few tears.

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"The Breakup Artists" is a ya romance written by Adriana Mather.

I loved this book! Effervescent, funny and heartwarming, it won me over from the premise! It is a story about friendship, love and grief, able to make me laugh and move repeatedly. More humorous and light-hearted moments alternate with more serious and intense moments, in a balance that I found perfect. The story proceeds quickly and intriguingly, accompanied by a brisk pace that made it almost impossible for me to tear myself away from the pages. I was impressed by the wonderful friendship between August and Valentine, by the characters' relationships with their families. More generally, I loved the main characters, beautifully portrayed, and I became very fond of them!

All in all, "The Breakup Artists" is a fast, funny and heartwarming ya romance that I recommend to lovers of the genre!

Thank you to the Publisher and NetGalley for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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