The Heartbreak Cure
by Amanda Ashby
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance (sweet)
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Synopsis: How to get over a heartbreak:
Step one: Eat your body weight in brownies.
Step two: Throw yourself into your dreams of becoming a famous writer.
Step three: Beg your (hottie) ex-neighbor to act as your fake boyfriend.
Step four: Skip step three unless you’re ready for some serious fallout.
After being dumped and humiliated over the summer, Cat Turner does what any sane girl would do. She asks bad boy Alex Locke to be her fake boyfriend and show the world (and her editor at the school newspaper) that she’s fine. Problem is, the more time she spends with Alex, the more she risks getting her heart broken. For real this time.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a swoony bad boy who will melt your heart, brownies, and witty banter. One, two, or all three might prove addictive… (Goodreads)
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Well five stars is pretty good in my book. Simply put. I LOVED IT! I loved Cat and Alex and I loved their problems and their solutions.
As a writer, I loved the book because the author wrote it SO well. I seriously want to study how she moves from one issue to the next and makes it flow and believable.
You can tell from my questions and the authors answers below that The Heartbreak cure is adorable.
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What will Cat’s Pulitzer Prize winning piece be?
Oh, Brookie, what a great question! Lucky that Cat’s a lot smarter than I am! I can see her writing an article investigating the underbelly of small towns, to understand social injustice in a micro-detail, since the more she falls for Alex the more she understands the dark journey he’s been on.
What does Alex want to study in college?
Civil engineering. While he’s great doing mechanical engineering he really wants to make sure he uses his mind and not just his hands.
What is Alex and Cat’s favorite movie they discover through his Movie Education?
Boy, are you making me think here! I’m going to say the movie Up. It wasn’t one he watched with his kid sisters and seeing it with Cat almost gives him back some of his childhood, which was taken from him when he had to grow up fast. Plus, he’s a total softie. I’m going out on a limb and saying he might’ve even shed a tear or two!!!
What was something you tried to get Cat and/or Alex to do, as the author, and they refused?
YES! I had this whole storyline about how Alex refused to go out anywhere with Cat and preferred to just say home where it was just the two of them. It was really going to be a big thread and one that her mom found hard to deal with. Then Cat was meant to persuade him to go a party with her and it was going to end badly when some of the bad guys from his past life turned up. But even though I used it a little bit, I just couldn’t make it gel because Alex really did love spending time with Cat that he was willing to do whatever she wanted. Which is lovely in theory but annoying when it came to my plot!!!
What was your favorite part to write?
I loved the first two chapters! Chapter one pretty much stayed the same from when I first had the idea and then getting to know Alex in chapter two was so much fun. Plus I always enjoy writing awkward conversations, such as “er, will you please be my fake boyfriend!”
Do you have any more Alex and Cat ideas floating around?
Not really. As much as I loved them, I kind of want to leave them in their happy place! I’m currently writing some women’s fiction books and also working on another YA book, though I think it will be going back to my paranormal roots!!
About the Author:
Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand where she writes romance, young adult and middle grade books. She also works in a library, owns far too many vintage tablecloths and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture. Her debut book was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award, and her first young adult book was listed by the New York Public Libraryʼs Stuff for the Teen Age. Because she’s mysterious she also writes middle grade books under the name, Catherine Holt and hopes that all this writing won’t interfere with her Netflix schedule.
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