16 Ways to Break a Heart by Lauren Strasnick
Published July 25th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Unfolding through letters, texts, and chats, Lauren Strasnick’s smart, sexy, page-turning new novel is the ultimate he said/she said breakdown of a relationship gone wrong.
Natalie and Dan were electric from the moment they met. Witty banter and sizzling chemistry made falling in love easy—even inevitable. He was in awe of her subversive art and contagious zest for life; she was drawn to his good-guy charm and drive to succeed as a documentary filmmaker.
But that was before. Before hot tempers turned to blowout fights. Before a few little lies turned to broken trust. Before a hundred tiny slights broke them open and exposed the ugly truth of their relationship.
And now Natalie wants Dan to know just how much he broke her.
Over the course of one fateful day, Dan reads sixteen letters that Natalie has secretly, brilliantly hidden in places only he will find. And as he pieces together her version of their love story, he realizes that she has one final message for him. One that might just send his carefully constructed life tumbling down.
Thank you, HarperCollins and Edelweiss, for sending me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
So it tells us about Dan, post break-up receiving a series of letters from his ex Natalie. As we go along we’re taken to the past as they both reminisce about what happened, where it all goes wrong, and shows us how each of them remembered the scene.
Dan and Nat’s relationship was soooo toxic. And it’s not the interesting toxic like maybe Tarryn Fisher’s The Oppportunist! While Natalie is portrayed as the psychotic dramatic ex girlfriend, both of them at fault here. Who hacks into their significant other’s email account? Who texts other girls flirty things while in a relationship? And no, “Wear something obscene” is not meaningless what the heck.
What was even with this book? The story for me was basically about two people in a relationship who weren’t mature enough to handle it. There weren’t any characters I sympathized with, they were all so bland! And there was a lot of girl on girl hate, which is a huge pet peeve of mine. They also talked about suicide so lightly? Um, why?
So I’m gonna cut this short before I turn this review into a rant about how people handle relationships. I’m really not a big fan of this book. Not really gonna recommend it to people, but go check it out maybe if you wanna find out about all the drama.