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The Break-Up Artist
by Philip Siegel

Overview - Some sixteen-year-olds babysit for extra cash.
Some work at the mall.
Becca Williamson breaks up couples.
Becca knows from experience the damage that love can do. After all, it was so-called love that turned Huxley from her childhood best friend into a social-world dictator, and love that left Becca's older sister devastated at the altar.
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Overview
Some sixteen-year-olds babysit for extra cash.
Some work at the mall.
Becca Williamson breaks up couples.
Becca knows from experience the damage that love can do. After all, it was so-called love that turned Huxley from her childhood best friend into a social-world dictator, and love that left Becca's older sister devastated at the altar. Instead of sitting on the sidelines, Becca strikes back--for just one hundred dollars via PayPal, she will trick and manipulate any couple's relationship into smithereens. And with relationship zombies overrunning her school and treating single girls as if they're second-class citizens, business is unfortunately booming. Even Becca's best friend, Val, has resorted to outright lies to snag a boyfriend.
One night, Becca receives a mysterious offer to break up the most popular couple in school: Huxley and the football team's star player, Steve. To succeed, she'll have to plan her most elaborate scheme to date--starting rumors, sabotaging cell phones, breaking into cars...not to mention sneaking back into Huxley's good graces. All while fending off the inappropriate feelings she may or may not be having for Val's new boyfriend.
No one said being the Break-Up Artist would be easy.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780373211159
  • ISBN-10: 0373211155
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen
  • Publish Date: April 2014
  • Page Count: 336
  • Reading Level: Ages 13-17

Series: Harlequin Teen

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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Love & Romance
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Issues - Friendship

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-02-24
  • Reviewer: Staff

To most of Becca Williamson’s classmates, she’s just another not-especially-popular member of the Ashland High student body. But to those who reach out to her secret alter ego, she’s a ticket to romantic ruin: as the Break-Up Artist, Becca engineers couples’ downfalls for 100 bucks a pop. Siegel’s debut follows Becca into the ethical morass that has become her life, as she manipulates classmates’ relationships with fake notes to ex-girlfriends, surreptitious text messages, and more. It’s not that Becca’s against love, exactly—she just doesn’t believe these people are truly in love to begin with, and she resents a larger culture in which singles are treated like lepers and girls abandon their best friends for boys. This would all be well and good if it weren’t for Becca’s near-total moral blindness and lack of self-awareness or empathy, especially after she starts hooking up with her best friend’s boyfriend amid her other machinations. Becca learns some hard lessons, but maybe not hard enough. Even as the book ends, she is justifying herself. “I didn’t destroy young love,” she thinks. “I just sped up the inevitable.” Ages 14–up. (May)

 
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