Sunday, November 2, 2014

Never Google Heartbreak by Emma Garcia

2.5 Star

When her fiancé Rob breaks off their engagement for the third time, Viv does what any girl would do - she Googles heartbreak.

Confronted by tales of misery, she decides to set-up her own self-help website for the broken-hearted. But as Viv passes through the three essential stages of grief (denial, vodka, disastrous haircut), she becomes determined that it's not too late to try and get Rob back.

When things get out of hand after a drunken declaration of love at an extremely inappropriate moment, Viv's scruffy, tequila-swilling best friend Max is there to pick up the pieces. Viv starts to realise that maybe the real thing has been under her nose all this time, and now - one ex and a massive error of judgement later - she has to face the question:

What's the craziest thing you'll do for love?

Kathryn - 2.5 Star

Never Google Heartbreak could have been a cute novel. I certainly found it easy to read and whipped through it quite quickly.  It’s written at a good pace so you don’t have too much time to get bogged down in a lot of filler, which I appreciate.

Unfortunately although I quite liked the two main love interests and the friends of our leading lady (especially the grandmother) I didn’t like Viv much at all. I found her incredibly frustrating and irresponsible for someone 30’ish. I had no sympathy for her repeated return to ex-fiance Rob and actually found myself more empathetic with him than with Viv. Her repeated desire to believe he was interested in her only made her look foolish to everyone around her and the fact that she even allowed her job (and her assistant’s job!) to be put on the line because she couldn’t take a hint was thoroughly infuriating. 

I was equally confounded by the heartbreak website she was creating through the book- I never understood what it was for?  Forum?  Advice site? Dating service for exes?  It’s the title of the novel so I had hope for a bit more consistency with the theme. Though I think there were some good characters and fun plot lines I just couldn’t get on board with Viv or the title of the novel being loosely thrown in to the plot. 

However….by the end of the novel I was falling for Max a little bit and would probably pick up the sequel just to see how it all turns out- hopefully Viv will become a leading female character?

Thank you to Bookouture for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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