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Jen Lewis is having a great junior year. She is the features editor of the school paper, and she's dating Max Brown, the paper's editor-in-chief. Everything is perfect-that is, until Max says, "Maybe it would be better if we were just friends." In shock and total denial, Jen wonders how she is going to deal with the pain of seeing Max in school every day. Her misery only intensifies when her grandmother gives her a book that she heard about on the radio. Dr. Emerson's The Breakup Bible claims that "there's no ...
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Overview


Jen Lewis is having a great junior year. She is the features editor of the school paper, and she's dating Max Brown, the paper's editor-in-chief. Everything is perfect-that is, until Max says, "Maybe it would be better if we were just friends." In shock and total denial, Jen wonders how she is going to deal with the pain of seeing Max in school every day. Her misery only intensifies when her grandmother gives her a book that she heard about on the radio. Dr. Emerson's The Breakup Bible claims that "there's no reason a woman can't get over a breakup very quickly if she'll just follow a few basic commandments." Jen is doubtful. What does Dr. Emerson know about her and Max?

In a send-up to the scores of dating books on the market, Melissa Kantor's The Breakup Bible tackles the aftermath of a high school romance with her trademark honesty, humor, and wit.

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Jen is crushed when her boyfriend tells her "it would be better if we were just friends." Making matters worse, she catches him kissing another girl from the school paper, where she also works. Jen cannot sleep, cries constantly and thinks she "could actually die of heartache." Even with supportive friends and family-and opportunities to advance her journalism career-it takes time to move on. Kantor (Confessions of a Not It Girl) successfully juggles several storylines, including Jen's work on a controversial article about race relations at school, her mother's attempt at romance after years on the sidelines and even a fun first date for Jen with a boy who bravely takes her salsa dancing. These threads make Jen's world seem very real and reflect her growing sense of self. Readers may not know what to make of the actual self-help book Jen's grandmother buys her (called The Breakup Bible); full of clich├ęs (such as "A fabulous, foxy lady such as yourself knows when it's time to say good riddance to bad rubbish!), the cheesy book seems to help Jen at times, but ultimately ends up in the trash. Jen goes through much of the book thinking "I'm so sad, I'm so sad, I'm so sad," which may overwhelm readers, but in the end, they will likely be convinced both of Jen's readiness to move on and of her ability to see the good and the bad in her first romance. Ages 12-up. (May)

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VOYA - Geri Dioro
Jennifer's boyfriend Max breaks up with her, telling her that they would be better as "just friends." Her family is loving but unhelpful, her friends are fiercely protective, and her grandmother offers a self-help book titled The Breakup Bible. Jennifer tries to follow the book's advice, but it hinders more than helps. A heartbroken Jennifer feels that no one truly understands her pain. Jennifer's life is not all misery, however. She is a smart girl with plenty of good opportunities. There is a chance at a summer internship at the New York Times; the editor position at her school newspaper will be hers next year; she makes new friends by writing an investigative story about race relations at her school; and her father and his loving boyfriend set her up on a wonderful blind date. Unsurprisingly by the end of the story, Jennifer learns that breakups can be difficult, but one will survive and thrive by being one's own person and moving on. The book is like cotton candy: sweet, light, gone fast, and easily forgettable. There are several scenes of casual teen drinking that kept bringing this reviewer up short. Jennifer and her friends are juniors in high school but they drink at parties, at family gatherings, and out at a restaurant. Not that this book needs to be a morality play, but the characters drink in a very blase manner that was a bit unsettling. Overall it is a frothy, insubstantial additional purchase.
VOYA - Lucy Freeman
Relaxing in a pool chair on a summer day? The Breakup Bible is perfect for you. In the mood for some serious literature? Not so much. The book is cute and fun, but not something you'll be cracking open again soon. Kantor's characters have little depth and never stray far from stereotypical high schoolers. All there is to be found here is an overplayed and easily forgettable love story.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786809639
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 12/23/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Melissa Kantor is a teacher in Brooklyn, New York, where she lives with her husband, the poet Ben Gantcher, and their son. She is the author of Confessions of a Not It Girl and If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince? Visit her online at www.melissakantor.com
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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

    Jennifer had the perfect boyfriend, the All-American Boy, Max Brown, who she has had a crush on since kindergarten. Everything was fine and peachy for them, or at least that is what Jennifer believed. Out of nowhere Max tells her that he has been thinking about this a lot and just ends their relationships. Heartbroken, Jennifer has no idea what went wrong and is having trouble seeking out the answers, most likely because all she can do is cry in her room. <BR/><BR/>Jennifer's grandmother believes that the only way she can get over the relationship is by reading The Breakup Bible, the pink book with a golden heart torn in the middle, written by Dr. Emory Emerson. At first Jennifer is still too shaken up about the relationship that she can't even think of her ex's five faults (step one of The Breakup Bible). Jennifer is too busy thinking that Max has figured out that he has made the hugest mistake by breaking up with her. She constantly wonders about this when Max seems to be sending mixed signals to her in their journalism class. <BR/><BR/>But as Jennifer begins to see that thinking about Max may not be the healthiest thing for her, she takes Dr. Emerson's book and starts using the ten commandments, from trying to not talk bad about your ex to getting a new hobby. But little does Jennifer know that the changes that occur aren't only because of the book--and that the perfect boyfriend she once had isn't so perfect after all. <BR/><BR/>THE BREAKUP BIBLE is funny, sad, and very sassy all rolled up into one. Melissa Kantor tells the story of Jennifer, who everyone will soon grow to love and cheer for, hoping that she gets together with just the right guy. Not only Jennifer, but also her Nana and mother, makes the story even better. Teen angst never looked so good until THE BREAKUP BIBLE. I say that it is in need of a sequel.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2008

    digggg .

    aha , i've never reviewed a book before . but , this one was so good i couldn't help but tell people about it[: i finished it in roughly , 4 1/2 hours , & jus couldn't put it down . i've never got a book to make me ' laugh out loud ' before . but this one certainly made me laugh & cry & drop my jaw from shock RECOMMMENDED! the cover was a turrn off for me , but don't judge a boook by it's cover x3[: must read .

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2009

    Plain

    EXTREMELY BORING!!!! Would not recommend for casual read.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Great book!

    Jennifer's boyfriend Max Brown dumps her for another girl. Jenn is heart broken. So her nana buys her a book called the breakup bible. As the book progresses Jenn realizes that Max is not the one for her. This book is great because it shows the true love a teenage couple and heartbreak

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    AMAZING

    I love this book. It is funny and it also can help you through a break up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2010

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    Dumped?

    Got dumped? Great book to read when you're feeling a bit down in the dumps. Get your spirits up. It worked for me! Believe me, you have nothing to lose. Give it a try. I promise you'll like it...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    Love it

    Such a great book:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Funny and cute chick lit

    This book was extremely funny and I loved it. It was a cute idea and i thought it was a good book to read on a rainy day or during SSR time at school. I love Melissa Kantor and the books she has written but many or all of them are chick lits and though I love them, I don't recommend them if you are looking for a deep read.
    Jen is easily relatable but is a little too dramatic about her break up with Max.
    Anyway, I recommend this cute and fluffy book to anyone looking for a light and easy read.

    BTW--- I don't know how blonde the previous commentator is but unless you have customized your username, it remains as Anonymous. Maybe you were being sarcastic or trying to act dumb to get a laugh, but really? That is just sad; obviously there is more than one person reviewing as anonymous : )

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    Stop

    Anonymous you have wroten more than half of every review i have looked at and they are all different so STOP NOW! The book is awesome I could relate to it... The book explained my life

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Loved it

    I could not but this book down, i love all the books she writes and im very happy that i discovered someone that i can start reading there books now. I highly reccomend this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Taylerlautnerlover

    I think this was a good book so far im almost to chapter 4
    I think its a lil bit cheasy but not compleatly

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2011

    Nothing You Don't Already Know

    This book was like a cheesy made-for-tv movie that you were excited to watch because it seemed interesting, but in the end were let down by because of it over-dramatized ways and cliches. The characters are not developed well and because of that the book seemed shallow. It tries to preach a theme of not needing anyone to be happy, but does so in such a way that it really only succeeds in making you roll your eyes because most of what it says is programmed into us by romantic comedies and t.v. series.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    On your way to happiness

    I really enjoyed this bo Dju ok. I recently just got dumped the same way and I was able to relate to all of jen's emitions. I really recommend this book to anyone who is going through a break up. Trust me it helps. I now feel better about myself and no longer feel sad when I am reminded of my ex. By reading this book I have realized that I have finally reached my happiness.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    This book is more relative to teens

    Good book!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    The best book ever!!!!

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  • Posted February 20, 2011

    break up bible

    This is a great book!! It will make you laugh and cry. If your looking for a book to help you get over a previous boy friend this is the book to do just that! ENJOY!!! :))))))

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

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    uplifting! & fun too!

    some girls will read this book because you have...dumped. & you couldnt have made a better choice to lift your spirts and make you feel like your not the only person out there with a broken heart ;) but there are some readers who just want to read it for fun and it will appeal to you to because it fun, funny and entertaining has hell! lol good way to spend you money!
    P.S the book i recomended(the lonely hearts club) is very good if your still sad about your break up and it SOOO good! i recomend it to ALL girls!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2009

    HILARIOUS book.

    I read it and could not stop laughing out loud. It was hilarious, relatable, and a hilarious spin on a hackneyed teen girl topic. It was one of the best books I had read in quite some time. Thank you, Melissa Kantor.

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  • Posted July 14, 2009

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    I give it 3 Manhattans

    It was okay, not the best I've read. It reminded me of when me and my boyfriend broke up. I went through pretty much the same things Jennifer went through. A lot of girls could probably relate to Jennifer.

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  • Posted April 23, 2009

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    Girly

    A nice, light read that is relatable to every teen girl. This book is about Jenny, a high school junior, trying to get over being dumped by her "perfect" boyfriend, while also trying to publish her controversial article in the school newspaper. A fun, girly book.

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