Friday, 15 June 2012

A field guide for heartbreakers- Kristen Tracy

Publisher: Hyperion books
Published: June 1st 2010
352 pages
Goodreads page
Best friends Dessy and Veronica arrive in Europe with wildly different plans. Dessy hopes to heal her newly broken heart by diving into the creative writing workshop that brought the girls to Prague. Veronica’s plan, meanwhile, is to conquer as many hot-dudes as possible in one month—and help Dessy recycle her heart in the process. Her method:
· Dress like you are the party.
· Explore the terrain. (Moderate stalking is totally allowed.)
· Be adventurous. And that means being prepared to hide in your suitcase.
· Ask questions that make your hot-dude feel smart.
· Gloss early, gloss often, and bring gum. Because a kiss can happen when you least expect it!
At first, Veronica’s plan is working so well that Dessy thinks she might be a love genius. But soon it’s clear that Operation Maneater has a few holes. Like its failure to anticipate crazy mixed signals—and worse, its mysterious tendency to plague a friendship with secrets and lies.
Well, no one ever said breaking hearts was a simple craft….

Well to start off i have to say that i did not enjoy this book very much. I found the story line somewhat bland and not a lot really happened. Except for like the last 50 pages where a small event was thrown in, but which seem somewhat over dramatic and didn't really go with the rest of the story in my opinion.
The characters were average, just two regular teenage girls who go on a trip to Prague. They didn't have a lot of depth and i found myself not really caring about them all that much.
I did like the setting of the book and the way all the places where described, it was in a way that i could picture them even though i have never seen or heard of them.
My biggest problem was with the dialogue. I was constantly thinking 'who talks like this?' they talked kind of like robots and i didnt feel any emotion in anything they said. This book would have been a whole lot better if i could have felt what the characters where feeling when they where talking, but unfortunately it just wasn't there. It seemed like the author was trying to make them sound smart but in doing that forgot about emotion.

I'm sure there are people who would enjoy this book but for me it just didn't have enough of the good stuff, like excitement and emotion

Two stars

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