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The Break-Up Artist by Shannen Crane Camp
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The Break-Up Artist

by Shannen Crane Camp

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The Break-Up Artist was a quick and enjoyable little read from Shannen Crane Camp. I was in the mood for some light reading and this story delivered some wonderful laugh-out-loud moments, especially in the first half. While the book kept up a spritely pace, I did think the two main characters - Amelia and David - were slightly uneven. Amelia started out so confident and secure, but after meeting David she really began to doubt herself. Since she spent all her time pretending to be other girls (in her job as a "break-up artist"), she did not have a clear idea of who she was herself; before she could determine that, though, she was suddenly in a relationship and starting to define herself in respect to David. There were moments when the "real Amelia" would show her face, but I felt a little more growth for her character was needed to bump this story up in my rating. Basically all the characters felt unfinished to some extent, while some interesting threads (David's writing, Nate and Karen, Amelia's relationship with her mom) never really went anywhere. I think a little more depth in the story and characters would have made The Break-Up Artist sing. Like cotton candy, however, this is light, fluffy and sweet, with some great scenes involving Amelia's "work" that had me laughing out loud. Cute. ( )
  eomalley | May 22, 2014 |
It’s a really cute book. It’s a fun, easy, cute and quick read you don’t want to miss. I was in the mood for a great YA chick-lit that are easy, fun and just a book that will put a smile on my face—and The Break-Up Artist just did that. From the moment I started reading, I was sure I’d love it.

Amelia has lived most of her life as an outcast and she loved it. She doesn’t have a friend or any social life for that matter (she doesn’t even have relationship with her mother), and she was happy with it. She breaks up people for fifty dollars—I admire this girl. Fifty dollars just to break you up with your boyfriend/girlfriend? That’s business but that’s beside the point. But when she met David and he didn’t like what she does, he threatens to destroy her business. Amelia and David started with love/hate relationship but turn into only love relationship. I really enjoyed seeing Amelia reaction to her relationship with David; she was like a girl on a Christmas day, that’s how excited she was to start a relationship with him. I fell in love with both Amelia and David; they both portray a high school teen. I loved Amelia change of fashion every week/day. And David … aww! he’s so cute, nice and caring. I really liked him—I think I like him more that Amelia. He really cares about Amelia and helped her with her issues.

The Break-Up Artist comprises a lot of topic such as: first love, how your parent’s relationship might affect your understanding of relationship, and how hard it is to break up with someone without breaking their heart. I didn’t know this book would have all of those topics included, and it surprised me. I was able to see Amelia grow throughout the book. She learned about relationships and love. Shannen did an amazing job capturing most of teen’s relationship with their boyfriend/girlfriends. If you are in the mood for a sweet and cute book … this is for you. The Break-Up Artist is the perfect read for everyone. ( )
  MesaSagacityQuest | Nov 27, 2011 |
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Blessed with good looks and absolutely no friends, Amelia finds her true calling in the subtle art of breaking up couples when the female partner wants out. Unfortunately, when a handsome green-eyed client named David seems to actually be interested in her for more than just her looks, Amelia starts to falter on her "no dating your paycheck" rule.… (more)

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