Instructions for a Broken Heart

Instructions for a Broken Heart

by Kim Culbertson
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Instructions for a Broken Heart by Kim Culbertson

Top 20 Reasons He's a Slimy Jerk Bastard
Jessa: To help you get over your train wreck EX, I've enclosed 20 envelopes. Each one has a reason why Sean is a jerk and not worth the dirt on your shoes. And each one has an instruction for you to do one un-Jessa-like thing a day. NO CHEATING!
Ciao! -C

When Jessa catches her boyfriend, Sean, making out with Natalie "the Boob Job" Stone three days before their drama club's departure to Italy, she completely freaks. Stuck with a front-row view of Sean and Natalie making out against the backdrop of a country that oozes romance, Jessa promises to follow all of the outrageous instructions in her best friend's care package and open her heart to new experiences. Enter cute Italian boy stage left.

Jessa had prepared to play the role of humiliated ex-girlfriend, but with Carissa directing her life from afar, it's finally time to take a shot at being a star.

"Instructions for a Broken Heart transported me-to Italy, back to high school, to the wrench and ache of a first breakup and the exhilaration of self-discovery...with multifaceted characters and realistic complexities, this unforgettable novel is a journey I'm so glad to have taken."
-Eireann Corrigan, author of Accomplice

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402245480
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 05/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,110,182
File size: 741 KB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kim Culbertson has taught high school English, creative writing, and drama for over ten years and sees her writing as an extension of her teaching. She lives in the Northern California foothills with her husband and daughter, where she loves to drink coffee and look at the clouds. Visit kimculbertson.com


Kim Culbertson has taught high school English, creative writing and drama for over ten years in both public and private schools and sees her writing as an extension of her teaching. She lives in the Northern California foothills with her husband and daughter, where she loves to drink coffee and look at the clouds.

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Instructions for a Broken Heart 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
I started this book and BAM! I was hooked and heart broken. Written exceptionally well, Ms. Culberston captures her readers with a great story line that we all experience. What I liked most about this book is the great plot line. Getting over a breakup/cheating significant others is hard. And it even harder when you have to watch them on a school trip! How messed up is that?? I like that through out the plot line the main character, Jessa, grows so much and learns so much. I like how she saw things differently. Some of the things she said made sense. I adored that she stood strong and got some revenge. Though she learn some of those thing did not make her feel better. The characters of this book are very well develop. I adored the Jessa's friends who help her along the way. There were some other nasty secrets that were revealed that made me gasp so much. I am not sure how Jessa is able to handle everything but really this girl got her some back bone. I think I would have had a break down if that were me. The love interest in this book isn't all developed but I like it like that. It left hope for the reader and hope for Jessa that their could be another love. Not all is lost, but that Jessa gain knowledge and experience. I can say that the ending of this book did leave me smiling. I adore that Jessa grew up. She never thought she see the light at the end of the tunnel but she made it. This is a great book a love that is once had but lost. A love that she thought would stand the test of times and didn't. A great coming of age story about love and it's experiences. What is true love anyway? As Jessa begins her new life, she answers many questions she never thought she get.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am reading this book right now an I think it rocks so far!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good but the main character really annoyed me.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this story.
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I loved this book, and who she ends up with is who I was hoping she would (thats a first)! I recommend this book to anyone who likes realistic fiction and loves reading. If you don't like realistic fiction and reading, don't write a review, nobody cares if you don't like the book, because to me, thats not possible with these books! Please read!
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I do not recommend this book. I thought it would be something fun and cute, but it was just boring and dumb. If the best friend could have actually had some creative instructions, it might have been worth it. But the instructions were in no way helpful or innovative, just the usual "list the reasons he doesn't deserve you" cliche stuff. The characters were boring and unrealistic- all of their emotions and actions were so exagerated. The girl was so pathetic, I mean I understand she was sad about her boyfriend cheating, but why would that lead you to extremes like kissing your teacher? or keep letting the whole class know how you're feeling? And the best friend really wasn't much of a friend, how could she have kissed her boyfriend and never have let her know? Basically, it was all a bunch of exagerated silliness. Nothing like Sarah Dessen whose characters are so real and believable.
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This was a wonderful story. It pulled me in and kept me. The writing style flowed beautifully and painted breath taking pictures. I hope Kim has written more books because I will certainly be buying them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this it was so good! What jessahas been looking for was right in front of her face and im not talking about sean