Man, my TBR list is absolutely crazy. Most of the time I stress about how to get through it and, as you can imagine, choosing which book to read can be an absolute nightmare. One night, after reading Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada, I was looking for something a bit more upbeat. The Breakup Support Group was just the right tonic.
The Breakup Support Group by Cheyanne Young focuses on Isla Rush, who has just got dumped by her boyfriend of four years. If that wasn’t bad enough, there is a rezoning of her neighbourhood which results in her having to attend a brand new school with people she doesn’t know. After crying in class one day, Isla is encouraged to join the Breakup Support Group where she meets some great people and a brand new crush. But can she afford to be broken by another boy, especially known heartbreaker Emory Underwood?
From the very first chapter, this book was a rollercoaster of emotion. Actually, it reverted me back to what I remember as teenage emotion, so the feels were hardcore. I really felt so sorry for Isla. Young made it easy to understand the level of love Isla had for her ex-boyfriend and just how shattered she was when he dumped her. Anybody who has gone through a breakup can relate. It is easy to remember the twist in the stomach when your other half said they needed to talk and how the room feels to be spinning when they say those words you were dreading.
Maybe this is a typical teenage love story but Young has such a great way of relating it. Besides her skill in injecting the feelings of the character into the reader, it was a unique spin on the tale. I actually think a breakup support group is such a good idea and wish there was something like that around when I was in school. Speaking of my school life, in many ways it was very different to Isla’s experience. Football, all these clubs and friends and lovers going their separate ways come college time were things I never experienced. It was a good insight into American school life.
Finally, I need to mention Emory. I loved Isla as a character but I really had a soft spot for Emory. He was so smooth and charming and I found myself inclined toward not only a fictional character, but a TEENAGE fictional character. I don’t know, it is just the way he is developed as a character that you can’t help but be endeared to him.
Overall – loved, loved, loved this book! It made me feel like a teenager again, but only as long as I was reading it, thank God. The Breakup Support Group has certainly opened my mind towards more of these laid-back types of stories. Thank you, Cheyanne, for that, and for a wonderful book.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
You can find The Breakup Support Group on Goodreads
About the Author:
Cheyanne Young is a native Texan with a fear of cold weather and a coffee addiction that probably needs an intervention. She loves books, sarcasm, and collecting nail polish. After nearly a decade of working in engineering, Cheyanne now writes books for young adults and is the author of the City of Legends Trilogy. She doesn’t miss a cubicle one bit.
Cheyanne lives near the beach with her daughter and husband, one spoiled rotten puppy, and a cat that is most likely plotting to take over the world.