The plot had great potential and is generally something I would have ADORED. However I think this would have been better on screen. There was a lot of awkward conversation I. The book that just didn’t play out without the context of intonation.
This was a super sweet romance with a great, diverse cast of characters. Perfect for Valentine's Day or anyone getting over an ex or entering a new relationship.
As a plan-a-holic, I totally get Chloe and her need for perfection. I love how, by the end, she allows herself some freedom. Also, Daniel goes through some growth, accepting his self-worth and that love isn't without risk.
I found that to be a very deep, adult theme in this book, along with the importance of moving on before entering a new relationship and hurting someone else. A great lesson for the target age group who is exploring the dynamics of love for the first time.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for granting me free access to the advanced digital copy of this book.
Artifacts of an ex was ok, however I picked it up a few times and couldn't get into it pace wise. I loved the idea of it and the characters but this was a did not finish due to unable to get into it. Thank you for allowing the chance to read and review.
Thanks Netgalley for allowing me to read this book! The title and this beautiful cover drew me in and i was excited to read this book! I will be recommending this book to others for readers advisory.
Cute and easy read! Felt mostly like fluff but it is perfect as a palette cleanser between fantasy books or dark romance books.
I really loved this one. It's a fun romcom that you can get cozy and read.
I liked the city settings. I'm not a fan of small towns so I really enjoyed the east coast west coast rivalry. I really appreciated the lowborn, the feeling of heartbreak that came through so well from the pages, and the heartfelt moments. This book also gives you relationships with friends and family which I really appreciated because life is about all types of love. Chloe and Daniel are sweet.
I highly recommend this one
Such a great read. So cute and entertaining.
I didn’t struggle getting into the book, and it was a quick and easy read.
I recommend it.
This is great for contemporary YA lovers. For me, it felt good, but not great. It felt surface level for me. However, it was cute and lighthearted enough to make me want to read the whole thing.
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After her boyfriend breaks up with her, Chloe decides to create an art exhibit featuring boxes filled with memories of past relationships, appropriately called Heartifacts. She forms a crush on Daniel, who is there filming a friend's reaction to an ex's box. While she thinks she is ready to move on, the appearance of her ex and his new girlfriend make her realize she might still be hung up on her ex.
I really liked the premise of Artifacts of an Ex and looked forward to reading it, but it did not quite go as expected. I sympathized with Chloe and how she tried to turn her heartbreak into art, something she could share with other people. It was difficult to feel with her because there was significantly more telling than showing. It also moved faster than I wanted to; however, I found the pace to be reflective of Chloe as a character, always on the move with big ideas.
Individuals who like YA romances and books with an emphasis on art may enjoy the novel.
Every now and then I need a light-hearted read to cleanse the palate after heavy fantasy books. Artifacts of an Ex filled that role very well.
After relocating to LA from NYC, Chloe is heartbroken when first love Jake breaks up with her via USPS – she receives a shoebox full of their memories and a brief letter. What a classy guy, right? Her family moved to take care of her grandmother (who has dementia) and run her café. Now Chloe is in a new city she’s not crazy about with no friends. Does she let that get her down? Not completely. Her life’s goal is to be a museum curator, so she channels her heartbreak into creating a new art exhibit, Heartifacts. It features teenagers’ breakup boxes. You gotta admire her ambition.
While I liked Chloe and her devotion to her family and friends, Daniel is my favorite character. Five times the poor guy has gone on one or two dates with a girl only to have her go back to her ex. No wonder he’s wary about taking a chance on a relationship. But this is a YA romance, so he and Chloe travel that pothole-filled journey over the course of the story.
If you’re an art lover, I think you’d certainly enjoy that angle in this book. While some of the projects are interesting, for me it felt like excessive descriptions of things that aren’t integral to the plot. There are also food descriptions I drooled over. The side plot of the family trying to duplicate Chloe’s grandmother’s pineapple cake recipe is very sweet and enjoyable.
With themes of first love, family, and friendship, this is a quick, light-hearted read I’d recommend to YA romance fans.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
DNF’d at 30%. I tried to get into it and I thought I would like it more but I was not a fan of the main character and that ultimately is what caused me to DNF.
3.75 stars - The story follows Chloe, who moved from NYC to LA for her family only to be dumped by Jake through a package she received in the mail. At first, she wanted to throw everything away, but then she came up with an idea to buy other people's breakup boxes and create an exhibit called Heartifacts. During the opening night, she meets Daniel, who has always been the rebound guy and doesn't want to be Chloe's rebound guy.
The characters in the book were so lovable, and the multicultural aspects added depth to the story. The side characters were relatable and enjoyable, and the protagonists were adorable! Although the story was fairly predictable as a romantic comedy, it was still well-written and engaging. The only thing that would have made it better is if we could read Daniel's point of view. Overall, I'm looking forward to reading more from this author!
Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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This is a very cute and wholesome story about friendship told through art. While the premise could be deep, because it is YA it is rarely surface level, which is okay but I wanted more.
I really enjoyed how unique the idea of this book is. I think if it wasn't this unique, it would be a lot like every other ya rom coms.
That being said, I so intend to buy this book for my friend who only reads YA romances as it gave what it needed to give and I think she would really like it.
Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for this ARC
This was a super cute YA romance. It follows Chloe Chang who not only has to move from NY to LA, but gets dumped by her boyfriend. When the breakup first happens, all she wants to do is throw out the box of memories she's collected while they were together. Instead, she starts paying other kids to give her their breakup boxes, so she can create an art exhibit called Heartifacts. Along the way she meets Daniel. The guy who dates a girl only for the girl to always go back to their ex. When Chloe starts to get a crush on him, he's not only worried about being a rebound for her, but doesn't want what always happens to happen again. And at first he's right, the moment her ex comes to LA, she realizes she's not completely over him, and dives completely into her Heartifacts exhibit.
This story was super quick paced, and really cute! I loved the friend and the family scenes in this story. Especially the side plot with trying to find out her grandma's recipe for the pineapple cakes. I sometimes found Chloe's character to be a bit annoying, but I LOVED Daniel. Overall, a super cute read. 3.25 stars
I read this book not knowing what to expect. I was looking for a nice romance read with an entertaining plot.
Our main character gets broken up by literal mail as her ex sends back items that he had. She decides to transform them into an art exhibit and there meets the male main character.
The art part of it was interesting and different I just wish there had been more comedic relief to the romance part of it.
Thank you NetGalley for the book.
I got about a third of the way through this one before deciding to DNF.
First of all, for the story starting off with our main character getting unceremoniously dumped, girlie didn't seem heartbroken?? She also seems so young that I was baffled to hear them talking about her losing her V. The characters felt much younger than they were and I didn't really care for them.
About 1/3 of the way in, I was surprised that she was already kissing the new love interest. I felt no chemistry between them and around this point I just realized this wasn't the book for me.