Artifacts of An Ex
by Jennifer Chen
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Pub Date 14 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 28 Nov 2023
St. Martin's Press, Wednesday Books
In the tradition of Jenny Han and Emma Lord, Jennifer Chen’s Artifacts of an Ex is a story of love, art, and finding your way when everything you know has changed completely.
When Chloe Chang gets dumped via USPS after moving across the county from NYC to LA, her first instinct is to throw her box of memories in the garbage. Instead, she starts buying other teenagers’ break-up boxes to create an art exhibit, Heartifacts. Opening night is going great, until she spots Daniel Kwak illicitly filming his best friend’s reaction to his ex’s box. When she tries to stop him, an intense discussion ends up launching a creative partnership and friendship… and a major crush for Chloe.
There’s just one problem: Daniel is dead set on not being another rebound.
Five times he’s been the guy who makes the girls he’s dating realize they want to get back with their ex. And he refuses for there to be a sixth. She insists she’s over her ex, but when he shows up unexpectedly with his new girlfriend, it turns out Daniel was right. She isn’t ready for a new relationship.
She throws herself into making Heartifacts successful, but flashy influencers threaten her original vision of the exhibit. To create the exhibit she’s always wanted, Chloe needs to go back to basics, learn to work with artists in a more collaborative way, and discover what love can be. Only then will she convince Daniel she’s truly ready for everything they could be to one another.
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This was cute and adorable and I loved every second of it. It took me back to my high school days in the best way possible and I loved the somewhat fake dating, somewhat slow burn aspects of the story. Chloe and Daniel were such fun characters, and their friends group was strong. I loved the familial relationships,as well as the aspects of culture and illness and caring for loved ones. I will definitely be checking out more from Jennifer Chen.
Thank you to Netgalley for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Thank you to Wednesday Books for sending me an arc in exchange for a review!
this was such a cute cozy read that was the perfect remedy for my week! I loved each and every character and the overall message of the story.
This book is so much more than just a rom-com or a story about teen angst. Chloe is a teen that is transplanted from the East to the West coast. She is searching for her place in California among the art crowd, as well as making new friends while trying to maintain a long-distance relationship. When her boyfriend dumps her by mail, she chooses to find an artistic expression for her heartbreak. She takes on a big challenge to create a showcase that goes through numerous revisions as her art reflects her own emotional development. The message is a wonderful one. The different art projects are described so well that I could see and feel them - I’ve never read text that held so much texture! The author has a powerful way with words. This novel was not only entertaining, but also shows you how to see the good in all stages of a relationship (even one that ends). Through it all there is hope and optimism and joy. I only wish it ended with a recipe for the pineapple cake!
This story has many diverse characters throughout which makes it a perfect addition to a library. Teens and above can relate to the relationship themes throughout, nearly everyone has experienced heartbreak at sometime or another. Chloe and Daniel's interactions throughout unfolded at a natural pace and you couldn't help but hope for them to end up together. I also loved the side story of finding the correct recipe for her grandmother's pineapple cakes!
This was such a cute story that I really enjoyed! I loved the characters and the multicultural aspects, I feel like it really made the story. The side characters were fun and relatable and the protagonists were so adorable! This was a really fun and well written story and I can’t wait to see more from this author!
This cover is the cutest thing Ive ever seen and i need to own it asap! This was such a quick, sweet rom-com and I ate it up. It was so entertaining but also cautiously touched upon important topics. This was my favorite read of the month and I can't wait to read more by this author!!
This book is super adorable. I loved Chloe. She's confident and isn't afraid to go for what she wants. I also loved Daniel who is so sweet and open about his fears. I loved their "dates" across LA and how they found love while overcoming heartbreak.
Thank you Netgalley for the ARC!