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.
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.)
Lucy starts her sophomore year with a planto lose her virginity to her boyfriend Alex. Alex also starts the year with a planto 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 girlsthe sisterhoodare 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
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
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)