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The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers

The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers

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by Lynn Weingarten

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A charming tale of breakups, friendships, new crushes, and magic, The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers by Lynn Weingarten is perfect for fans of Lauren Myracle, Ally Carter, and Meg Cabot.

When Lucy's boyfriend breaks her heart, she discovers just how far she'll go to mend it. Lucy is stunned when her boyfriend suddenly ends things on the first day of


A charming tale of breakups, friendships, new crushes, and magic, The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers by Lynn Weingarten is perfect for fans of Lauren Myracle, Ally Carter, and Meg Cabot.

When Lucy's boyfriend breaks her heart, she discovers just how far she'll go to mend it. Lucy is stunned when her boyfriend suddenly ends things on the first day of sophomore year. She barely knows how she'll make it through the rest of the year without her one true love. Then she meets three beautiful girls who promise Lucy they can fix her broken heart. All Lucy has to do is get a guy to fall in love with her and break his heart in the next seven days. And then she'll be a member of the Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers—irresistible to guys, unbelievably popular, and able to control magic. Lucy longs for her broken heart to mend, and the sisterhood's magic just might be the perfect way to win back her ex . . . but how far is she willing to go?

Editorial Reviews

—Kate Brian
“A truly original tale with plenty of tantalizing twists and turns to keep you under its spell.”
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.
—Kate Brian
“A truly original tale with plenty of tantalizing twists and turns to keep you under its spell.”
Publishers Weekly
After having been away all summer, Lucy’s boyfriend, Alex, dumps her on the first day of her sophomore year, just when she has decided she is ready to lose her virginity to him. Lucy thinks her life is over until three magnetic and beautiful girls with magical powers reach out to her, give her a makeover, and invite her into their Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers. The catch: she must break a boy’s heart within seven days and bring them his tears for a potion. The girls spend their time psychoanalyzing and manipulating boys, as well as offering Lucy advice (“Be confident and believe in your own beauty.... Turns out the deodorant commercials were right”). While Lucy remains hopeful that she can win Alex back and questions the society’s motives, someone is falling in love with her. Set over the course of a week, Weingarten’s (Wherever Nina Lies) second novel is tense yet comforting. As Lucy is challenged to break out of her shell, the author’s meditations on love, heartache, choice, and power will hit home with teens. Ages 13–up. (Jan.)
Kate Brian
"A truly original tale with plenty of tantalizing twists and turns to keep you under its spell."
VOYA - Jen McIntosh
Lucy starts her sophomore year with a plan—to lose her virginity to her boyfriend Alex. Alex also starts the year with a plan—to break up with Lucy. Embarrassed and broken-hearted, Lucy meets up with three strange classmates who claim to be able to heal her heart, but only if she can get a guy to fall in love with her and break his heart within seven days. At first, Lucy balks at the plan, but then she gets the brilliant idea that she will use the magic the girls promise her to get Alex to fall in love with her again and hold on to him for good. Things do not quite work out the way she plans in this paranormal romance. Although the backdrop of the book is magical, Lucy learns some real life lessons. She starts the week very naive and insecure, but by the end of the seven days, she has realized that love does not mean being someone's biggest fan and always trying to please him. Lucy becomes a much more independent and powerful girl. The story starts slow but picks up speed quickly and the three girls—the sisterhood—are interesting characters. They are much more mature than Lucy and their lack of parental involvement leads to a lot of drinking, cursing, and late hours. Nothing is out of character, and the language makes sense for the story, but it makes this a definite teen and not tween book. Reviewer: Jen McIntosh
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—In the first pages of this tale, Lucy Wrenn's heart is broken by her boyfriend, Alex, who has been away for the summer and whose affections have drifted elsewhere. She is shattered by his indifference and feels that she will never bounce back. Soon she is approached by a mature group of girls who offer to help her find a way not only to recover, but also to protect herself from heartbreak again. They are a coven of sorts, girls who use magic to break boys' hearts in order to heal (and numb) their own. Lucy accepts their help, which takes her on an emotional journey that leads to a sort of superficial healing, even if it does not make her any wiser in terms of her relationships. Although Lucy's story might appeal to those looking to avoid the pain of unrequited love, the novel leaves an impression that being mean is good entertainment (in fact, the girls refer to this as "fun mean") and that navigating relationships is best done via trickery. While heartbreak is a universally understood topic, the novel falls short of providing readers with more than a shallow treatment of it, especially because Lucy's subservience to her man is not really overcome, but merely transferred to the sisterhood. Still, fans of Meg Cabot's Jinx (HarperCollins, 2007) may enjoy reading about the sisterhood's magical antics, as well as fans of all things witchy.—Nora G. Murphy, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, La Canada-Flintridge, CA
Kirkus Reviews
High-school temptresses wield magic to emancipate a lovelorn girl from her pain in this finely wrought tale. Weingarten (Wherever Nina Lies, 2010) begins like the Old Testament, an apt reference for a story rich with spirituality and what are for sophomore, Lucy Wrenn, challenges of biblical proportions. Lucy is desperate to win back Alex, who dumps her on the first day of school. In sentient and original metaphors, Weingarten evokes the poignancy of unrequited love so well that readers will cheer Lucy on in her mission to satisfy the mandates of the trio of glamorous girls comprising the eponymous sisterhood. Lucy can thus attain enchantments to use on Alex. The tale has its Mean Girls moments when Lucy's teetering virtues shine through, but nothing is entirely what it seems and readers can determine themselves whether the sisters are friends or foes. Shy and unassuming, Lucy struggles to flirt as instructed, in hopes of joining their ranks, and readers who enjoy fashion and cosmetics will relish her physical transformation. Lucy's journey celebrates the complexities of friendship and family and teaches her to appreciate the ordinary. Surprises and close calls abound as Lucy's priorities evolve and Weingarten raises questions teens will enjoy considering. An exciting and inspirational must-read that begs a sequel. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
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13 Years

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Kate Brian
“A truly original tale with plenty of tantalizing twists and turns to keep you under its spell.”

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 Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
WishStealer More than 1 year ago
Great beginning and middle, but fell short at the end. It was fast-paced and interesting, but the ending was so freaking stupid. So Lucy gets to join this magical little sisterhood, and she basically has no emotion and heart so she's technically soulless, and she's not friends with the awesome Tristan anymore, who's tears she took advantage of gave to her new sisters. Great. Ugh. SO stupid.
E-mma More than 1 year ago
This book has a beautiful cover that I find quite deceiving. The beginning of the story even starts out pretty good but when you really get into the contents of the story there's really only a few likable characters. The protagonist of the story is very whiny and overall the plot of the story just really isn't working for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had so much going for it. But it was like the author was trying to be different way to hard. She pushed the character into doing things I didn't think were realistic. The end was disapointing and felt to rushed and didn't feel right. I don't recomend this book to anyone.
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eheinlen More than 1 year ago
I found the concept of this book to be very intriguing, but the actual execution of the story left something to be desired. I couldn't get attached to any of the characters in the book and found that the story moved too slowly for my taste.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was not very close or relating to your real life. If u want a good book try absolutely maybe by lisa yee
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
"In the beginning, there was Lucy Wrenn, standing all alone out in front of her school on the first day of sophomore year, with a seductive little message written on her stomach in Sharpie marker." But it turns out what Lucy saw at the beginning of something much more is actually the end of everything when her boyfriend breaks up with her. Right there. On the first day of school. Even after seeing the message on her stomach. Lucy doesn't understand how Alex can suddenly stop loving her this way. She knows her feelings haven't changed even if her heart is now broken in painful, sad, pieces. She knows she needs to get him back. Even if that seems an impossible feat there in the beginning on that first day. By the second day, Lucy has a plan. Recruited by three mysterious, beautiful girls at school, Lucy has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If Lucy can make a guy fall in love with her and break his heart in the next week, Lucy can become one of them; a part of their secret sisterhood of heartbreakers. Suddenly Lucy's chances of winning back her boyfriend are looking up. The girls offer to help Lucy find the right way to win and break a heart with their own special brand of advice and a little something extra--a little something magical. With that little bit of magic, Lucy won't need to break a heart at all. She can just win back her boyfriend and have things go back to normal. The only problem is that nothing about becoming a heartbreaker is normal. Or easy. Some of it isn't even very nice. In the beginning Lucy Wrenn had her heart broken. By the end, Lucy Wrenn might not have a broken heart but she also might not recognize herself in The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers (2011) by Lynn Weingarten. The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers is Weingarten's second novel. It is also her first fantasy. From the very first page, Weingarten creates a compelling narrative voice for the novel with a tone commonly found in fairy tales or folk stories. The prose aptly captures the strange blend of magic and mischief Lucy encounters as she delves into the world of the Heartbreakers. Despite the pitch perfect voice, some moments in the novel stand out as too crude, too modern, or simply too mean. Breaking hearts is a messy business and leads to some tough decisions for Lucy and some heartless behavior from all of the characters. While The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers is light on the fantasy in some respects (the actual "magic" of being a Heartbreaker comes up more in the second half of the story), this story remains an interesting commentary on what new relationships look like as well as what it really takes to get a guy while staying true to yourself. Lucy's transformation throughout the story is handled well and extremely interesting. Though the story is fully resolved many questions about the Heartbreakers' purpose, the arc of the story, and Lucy herself are left unanswered. With so much world building and setup, readers are definitely left hoping for a sequel to see what becomes of Lucy and her new friends. Possible Pairings: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti, An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman, The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith , Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee
HeartFrances More than 1 year ago
The cover is so pretty that I had to buy it. And the book was even better! Weingarten writes of heartbreak so truly and insightfully that it made me gasp. The main character, Lucy, is such a heartbroken and hurt girl but she grows through out this book. There is so much to love about she changes and learns. A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is extremely annoying. I did not even finish reading to the fourth chapter. The main character was just too whiny and obsessed with getting her ex boyfriend. It was a waste of my time.