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The Book of Love
     

The Book of Love

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by Lynn Weingarten
 

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In the magical sequel to The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers by Lynn Weingarten, Lucy must break the sisterhood's curse before she loses her chance at true love.

Since she joined the Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers, Lucy's life has been perfect. Girls want to be her. Boys want to date her. She has access to magic. And her broken heart has completely

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In the magical sequel to The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers by Lynn Weingarten, Lucy must break the sisterhood's curse before she loses her chance at true love.

Since she joined the Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers, Lucy's life has been perfect. Girls want to be her. Boys want to date her. She has access to magic. And her broken heart has completely healed. Her only regret is that her best friend, Tristan, is still hurting from her rejection.

As she searches for a way to heal Tristan's heart, she discovers the truth behind her initiation into the sisterhood—and that her sisters have unimaginable secrets they've been keeping from her. Trapped in a group she no longer trusts, Lucy realizes it just might be better to risk a broken heart than to never fall in love again.

Editorial Reviews

Kate Brian
Praise for THE SECRET SISTERHOOD OF HEARTBREAKERS: “A truly original tale with plenty of tantalizing twists and turns to keep you under its spell.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Mixed in with the magical element, there is a lot of quite sound advice about how and why attraction works, making this a useful self–help guide for the flirt–challenged in the woefully unmagical world of teen dating.”
Booklist
“This easy–to–read sequel to The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers (2012) ratchets up both the magical elements and, thankfully, Lucy and brand–new sister Olivia’s “buyer’s remorse,” offering readers fluffy…fun.”
VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Loryn Aman
Lucy is finally starting to get the hang of being a member of the Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers. Because of this sisterhood, Lucy is not only able to perform magic by using the tears of brokenhearted boys, but she is also immune to all the symptoms of a broken heart. As time goes on, Lucy starts to realize the ramifications of her new powers, and starts to see that maybe she is not as lucky as she thought she was. Breaking hearts is not something she enjoys, and her “sisters” are not who she thought they were. What if the sisterhood was not the right choice? Is it too late to go back? This sequel to The Secret Sisterhood Of Heartbreakers (HarperTeen, 2011/Voya December 2011) is fast paced and fun to read, but it is lacking in real emotion. Could this be a side effect of the fact that Lucy no longer has “real” feelings? Quite possibly, but no matter the reason, it is partly why this novel falls flat. The reader can see how Lucy is conflicted by her decisions and choices, but the overall writing style feels fluffy and insincere. There is some foul language and some teen drinking throughout this story. Purchase this title if the library already has the first book. Reviewer: Loryn Aman; Ages 12 to 18.
School Library Journal
02/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—In this sequel to The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers (HarperCollins, 2011), Lucy is a member of the sisterhood and now, thanks to the help of a little magic, has a heart incapable of ever being broken again. She thinks it's a relief not to feel pain anymore and enjoys the added benefits of confidence and popularity. Unfortunately, Lucy had to hurt her best friend, Tristan, in order to achieve her new power. The teen begins to realize that the cost of being a "Heartbreaker" is truly dear as she starts to feel less and less emotion of any kind. As part of a contest with her "sisters," Lucy strives to break the heart of a celebrity and capture his tears, which are necessary to activate the magic alchemy. When the girls win the contest and are permitted the use of The Book of Love for a year, Lucy realizes all that she has lost and begins to search for a way to escape the foolish fate she had chosen. A friend tells her of a way to cure her impenetrable heart. However, even if the protagonist follows all of the dangerous steps, she may not survive. Romance and magic lovers will be captivated by this book, which has a deceptively lightweight premise but delivers a much deeper message about the power of love.—Susan Riley, Mamaroneck Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-02
In this sequel to The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers (2011), Lucy regrets becoming a Heartbreaker, taking power from the tears of the boys whose hearts she breaks. But can she find a way out? Lucy knows she has a magically unbreakable heart, but she has become aware that she feels less and less emotion of any kind. Her singing no longer captivates her audience. She can't get over the guilt she feels after deliberately breaking sensitive Colin's heart in the last book so that she could join the Sisterhood. She learns from an elderly former Heartbreaker that, indeed, she'll never feel emotional pain again, but at the cost of never feeling any emotion. Together with her three "sisters," Lucy joins a contest among the North American Sisterhood to break the hearts of selected celebrities. In the course of their efforts, Lucy learns of someone who might be able to help her escape….Weingarten crafts a clever vehicle for her thoughtful message. The book looks like a romance novel, but it becomes so much more as Lucy's thinking evolves and as she tries to escape the fate she realizes she was foolish to choose. Yes, young girls fear the pain of heartbreak, but could that pain be worth the trouble? A perceptive novel that has the power to capture romance and paranormal fans while delivering real insight into the power of love and friendship. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061926204
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/31/2013
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
922,699
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

Meet the Author

Lynn Weingarten is the author of Wherever Nina Lies as well as The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers and its sequel, The Book of Love. She lives in New York City.

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The Book of Love 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Now that Lucy is a Heartbreaker her old life seems very distant. Gone are the days of pining over a boy or being heartbroken. Now thanks to the Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers Lucy's heart is unbreakable. Her life is glamorous. And Lucy has everything she ever wanted. At least she thought she did. Lucy's best friend Tristan is still brokenhearted and Lucy isn't sure she can help him. The glamorous life Lucy thought would be perfect is turning out to be a lot messier than she expected too--especially when the thought of breaking another boy's heart makes Lucy queasy. When she and her sisters enter the Breakies--the Heartbreakers annual competition--Lucy hopes they can win and in the process Lucy can find some answers. The problem is Lucy might not be asking the right questions yet in The Book of Love by Lynn Weingarten. The Book of Love is the sequel to The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers and completes the Heartbreaker duet. This book is set about six weeks after the conclusion of book one. Lucy is ostensibly thrilled with her new sisters and her new life as a Heartbreaker. Until she really starts to pay attention anyway. The story shifts seamlessly as Lucy begins to understand the feelings within her own heart as well as what having an unbreakable heart really means. The story is as fun a blend of contemporary and fantasy elements as the first. Sadly, in order to focus on romantic elements and the power of other emotions, some of the stronger friendship elements from book one are left to the wayside. One character in particular suffers an especially depressing turnaround (not to mention some character assassination) in the process of becoming this story's equivalent of the villain. None of which were ideal elements. That said, this is still an enjoyable story with quite a bit more romance than is found in the first book. The Book of Love also epitomizes what the conclusion to a duet should accomplish. This story builds off the events of The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers to present a new, completely surprising story that expertly completes Lucy's character arc. Weingarten once again delivers an unconventional fantasy in The Book of Love--a story that is as much about fixing hearts as it is about breaking them.