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Publisher: Self-Published (Nov 12, 2013)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Format: eARC (Novel Length)
Source: Free book from blog tour for honest review
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Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)
Kyra Armijo is making a few changes in her life. One of them being, she’s no longer going to give it up to every guy who looks at her twice. And she’s putting her hopes and dreams for her future first. When the aspiring photojournalist gets the opportunity of a lifetime to tag along with international boy band sensation, Triple Cross, she can’t pass up the chance.
Surely one girl can’t destroy a band that’s been together for ten years… only what if she can? Kyra knows she’s one bad decision away from ruining everything she’s worked for, and taking the hottest act of her generation down with her.
At A Glance
I was going to give this book 2.5 stars until the very end when Kyra gave a “speech” that Blew Me Away!
Break It Up started out good. I loved the concept. It sounds like a fantasy come true: meeting then working for your favorite musical star. And with Kyra’s promiscuous past, it added just the right amount of spice. I loved watching Kyra fall deeper for the “good boy” Zach while trying to hide from the cameras and paparazzi. Because Kyra knows that if she is seen with Zach, then her past will be dug up, and who knows what Zach will think of her then.
The side characters really brought a lot to the table. You never really knew if certain people were bad or good. Some show their true colors in the end and it’s both devastating but exciting. I loved to hate these characters. I also loved Kyra’s family. They were the most amazing people ever in the world. And her interactions with them either had my heart melting or my sides burning from laughter.
But my favorite part of this book was the end, when all hell breaks loose. I won’t get too much into it because I rather it be a surprise, but let’s just say, when it was Kyra’s time to shine, she sparkled! When it was time to stick up for herself, she did it beautifully. I have never seen someone articulate a response to accusations so well and so perfectly. Everything she said I agreed with and was proud of her for finally saying it. She was inspiring. She faced controversy and hate with bravery and with her head held high. I would be proud to have her as a friend or even as a daughter (when I am much, much older, because, of course, I am super young and barley age 😉 )
The first thing that hit me wrong was Kyra’s negative view of herself. I am all for women expressing themselves sexually. The double standard that guys can sleep around and are praised for it and women are shamed for the same thing is just wrong. I hated that Kyra hide and secretly felt shame for her past. It is her right to want to change her ways and even regret her actions, but her past does not make her bad or less in some way. Luckily, Kyra fixes that in the end, and I felt better about the whole thing.
Zach was sweet sometimes but he was also a douche. He straight up said that women who sleep around are disgusting. What the hell? I don’t find men that think that way attractive at all. Zach was also boring. His character was like watching wet paint dry. Then when Kyra went through some horrible things because of her past, Zach was not there for her. He kept quiet about things he knew she had nothing to do with but was being blamed for. Zach was a coward and a child.
The only other thing that bothered me was that the middle of the book was kind of boring. I could easily put the book down. Nothing exciting happens for the longest time.
I was not rooting for Kyra and Zach. Kyra was a little too obsessed and self-deprecating around Zach, and Zach was a cold fish and narrow-minded. However, by the end, I kind of liked them together. Not even sure why.
No sex, very YA. Though the topic is more new adult.
I know it seems like I should have given Break It Up less stars based on my review, but that last “speech” Kyra gave really made me change my mind on the whole book. I actually read that part of the book out loud to my family and friends because I respected it so much. I don’t think this book is for everyone, but, by the end, the message it represents is very important for everyone to hear. Recommended for some.
“Come on. Sit next to me.” He jerked his head in the direction of the table.
My mouth went dry. There was no way I could eat a meal right next to Zach Wechsler. I’d spill my water all over him and get food down my front. He’d probably wonder if I had some kind of seizure disorder.
Sensing my hesitation, he leaned down and looked me right in the eye. “I don’t bite.”
Emily Mah Tippetts writes romance as E.M. Tippetts and science fiction and fantasy as Emily Mah. She is a former attorney with degrees in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University and business law from UCLA, and currently lives in her lifelong home state of New Mexico with her family. For more information or to sign up for updates on future book releases, visit her website at www.emtippetts.com
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