Saturday, May 17, 2014
REVIEW: Never Google Heartbreak by Emma Garcia
Author: Emma Garcia
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: March, 2013
Description: 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?
My Thoughts: With Never Google Heartbreak, the readers are introduced to a woman who is so wrapped up in her heartbreak over what she lost, she doesn’t see the possibilities of happiness that is right in front of her. She represents what most women go through after a breakup, but in Vivienne’s case, her focus borders almost on desperation. I could completely understand where she was coming from but found myself getting annoyed with her for the lengths she was going to win back her douche-bag of an ex.
Vivienne’s best friend, Max Kelly isn’t typical leading man material. He’s a starving artist who doesn’t appear to have a lot of ambition. What made him stand out in my mind was his willingness to be there for Vivienne, always picking up the pieces and he has been in love with her for a very long time.
I liked the story but struggled with the direction Vivienne’s focus was taking her. The website she creates as a self-help for other broken-hearted people seems to be an afterthought. Her career seems to be going nowhere either. Vivienne’s actions nearly cost her not only her best friend but the love of her life. For me, too much time was spent focusing on Vivienne’s attempts to correct her mistakes, only for the story to end with a major cliffhanger.
My Final Verdict: Overall, this is a good story that fans of chick-lit will enjoy. I don’t care for cliffhanger plot devices, but some readers will enjoy the ride.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Never Google Heartbreak from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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