How to Break a Boy

How to Break a Boy

Keep your enemies close, but your friends closer.Olivia Clayton has mastered the art of tearing others down to stay on top. She and her best friend, Adrienne, rule their small southern town like all good mean girls do--through intimidation and manipulation.After Olivia suffers a family tragedy and catches Adrienne sleeping with her boyfriend, Olivia is over it. She decides...

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Title:How to Break a Boy
Author:Laurie Devore
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ISBN:1250082862
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:342 pages

How to Break a Boy Reviews

  • Allison
    Apr 14, 2016

    How to Break a Boy had me up til 1 am yelling "WHAT ARE YOU DOING" and "YESSSSSSSS" at literally every single character besides maybe Claire who is a total marshmallow.

    This is a book that demands a pack of beer, a bowl of popcorn, and a box of tissues.

    **Honestly, with the release coming up on us, I've been thinking about this book A LOT (a friend was yelling about the ARC I sent her and I ended up mentally and EMOTIONALLY revisiting it). Devore is one of the BEST new voices in contemporary YA.

    How to Break a Boy had me up til 1 am yelling "WHAT ARE YOU DOING" and "YESSSSSSSS" at literally every single character besides maybe Claire who is a total marshmallow.

    This is a book that demands a pack of beer, a bowl of popcorn, and a box of tissues.

    **Honestly, with the release coming up on us, I've been thinking about this book A LOT (a friend was yelling about the ARC I sent her and I ended up mentally and EMOTIONALLY revisiting it). Devore is one of the BEST new voices in contemporary YA. Some of her scenes are so raw, but there's also plenty of humor and good lord WHIT, MY CINNAMON ROLL SON.

    Anyways, so looking forward to any future titles from this author. Stellar.

  • Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
    Nov 25, 2016

    If I were to pitch this book I'd say it's reminiscent of Mean Girls. While some compare it to Pretty Little Liars I have to disagree. PLL is more juvenile and superficial whereas

    is much more powerful. And the pranks are downright cynical.

    was not the light, fun read I thought it would be. It was addictive and I did like it in the end though. This book contains the most frustrating and unlikable protagonist ever. Olivia Clayton is a mean girl. She has intimi

    If I were to pitch this book I'd say it's reminiscent of Mean Girls. While some compare it to Pretty Little Liars I have to disagree. PLL is more juvenile and superficial whereas

    is much more powerful. And the pranks are downright cynical.

    was not the light, fun read I thought it would be. It was addictive and I did like it in the end though. This book contains the most frustrating and unlikable protagonist ever. Olivia Clayton is a mean girl. She has intimidated and scared the student body into respecting her and she and her best friend Adrienne rule their school. I was shocked by the level of malicious attacks and insults these girls spewed at their classmates. This book really gives a deep look at the lust for popularity and the troubles of toxic friendships. The high school drama felt real, but the horrible pranks these girls pulled and the responses of the students were a tad unrealistic. I can't believe there were no huge repercussions for their actions throughout the years and that the students all listened to and revered Olivia and Adrienne.

    Olivia Clayton's character is one of the most confusing and complex. I wanted so badly to like Olivia, but she does bad things, acknowledges that they're bad, feels horrible afterwards, and hates herself for it. Why can't she just not do the bad things?? I understand the pulls of popularity, but she fails to draw the line. Her character is what really drives the story and made me kept reading. I wanted to see if she'd redeem herself, and I realized I was rooting for her the entire time. There are so many times in this book when she's faced with a decision to do good or bad, but does she choose to be her best or worst self? It was painful at times to see her choices play out and hurt those around her including herself. But also there were triumphant moments when I saw her make the right decision. Overall the character growth in this book was impeccable.

    I felt that Laurie Devore did a great job creating a backstory for Olivia that helped readers understand why Olivia acts the way that she does. Laurie really delved into the reasons why Olivia craved popularity and did all the bad things she did. In no way does that excuse Olivia for her actions, but I appreciated that this book gives such an introspective view on why. Laurie's writing was sharp and impactful. Teens can relate to and learn from so many of the ideas Laurie tackles in this book. The pacing was good, and although I didn't like everything that happened in this book, Laurie did a wonderful job with plotting.

    Olivia and Adrienne have a toxic friendship in this book. I'm shocked by so many of their interactions, especially as they fought to take each other down.

    really highlights the manipulation and possessiveness that comes from toxic friendships.

    I really enjoyed the romance in this book. I love that Whit challenges Olivia and never lets her get away with anything. He brings out the best in her and holds her accountable for her actions just as Olivia brings out a new side of Whit. The progression in their relationship felt realistic and I loved all of their moments together. They had such great chemistry!

    Overall I really enjoyed this book. If you're looking for a book with an amazing romance, teen drama, and immense character growth then I recommend you check this out!

  • Sara
    Apr 22, 2016

    I was lucky to be able to read an ARC of HOW TO BREAK A BOY, and luckier still that I got to read it while relaxing on vacation at the cabin. Because these characters and their flaws and their raw emotions stressed me out - but in a good way. I could not put this book down, especially during the painful moments. I had to know how/if it would all work out.

    And there's this one line at the end that really struck me, and I believe that line, in its profound, simple truth, will stay with me.

  • Christina
    Sep 27, 2016

    Wow. I have to say that after finishing HOW TO BREAK A BOY, I'm a little bit afraid of Laurie Devore. Rarely have I had such a physical reaction to characters in a novel and therein lies the beauty of Devore's talent. Don't let the sunny yellow and bubble gum on the cover fool you. This is a dark book that tackles heavy subjects--grief and relational aggression at the top of the list--though there are moments of humor that round it out. I kept turning the pages as fast as I could to find out wha

    Wow. I have to say that after finishing HOW TO BREAK A BOY, I'm a little bit afraid of Laurie Devore. Rarely have I had such a physical reaction to characters in a novel and therein lies the beauty of Devore's talent. Don't let the sunny yellow and bubble gum on the cover fool you. This is a dark book that tackles heavy subjects--grief and relational aggression at the top of the list--though there are moments of humor that round it out. I kept turning the pages as fast as I could to find out what would become of Olivia and her terrible life choices. Devore's razor sharp wit and keep observation of human behavior really bring this novel to life. I'm excited to see what she comes up with next!

  • Laurie
    Jul 23, 2016

    no boys were harmed in the making of this book

  • Rebecca Barrow
    Aug 09, 2016

    I don't think I can accurately convey how much I loved this book. Like, is it enough to say that every other page made me stop and say, out loud, "OLIVIA STOP THIS IS TOO MUCH" but also "YES YES KEEP GOING"? And that every other page has a line on it that I want to cut out and keep forever? And that Olivia is terrible and wonderful at the same time? Look, I am just helpless in the face of books about complicated girls doing horrible things for often heartbreaking reasons and this book is

    I don't think I can accurately convey how much I loved this book. Like, is it enough to say that every other page made me stop and say, out loud, "OLIVIA STOP THIS IS TOO MUCH" but also "YES YES KEEP GOING"? And that every other page has a line on it that I want to cut out and keep forever? And that Olivia is terrible and wonderful at the same time? Look, I am just helpless in the face of books about complicated girls doing horrible things for often heartbreaking reasons and this book is

    that. Plus there's an I-hate-you-but-I-love-you-but-I-hate-you-more love story, which often doesn't work for me but with Olivia and Whit it is

    right. Ugh, I wish I could read it for the first time all over again. I'll just settle for obsessively thinking about it for the next 24 to 48 hours.

  • Debra Driza
    Aug 09, 2016

    I need more Laurie Devore books in my life. I gobbled this book up in all it's gleeful, mean, broken-hearted, turbulent, hilarious, smart, and romantic deliciousness. For fans of Courtney Summers and basically everyone who likes YA with complex and/or #MorallyComplicated characters.

  • Tasha (faeriedrugs)
    Nov 16, 2016

    skimmed the blurb, read 'fake boyfriend' and added it

  • Stacee
    Nov 30, 2016

    DNF on page 127

    First off, this is no where near the angst-light contemp I was expecting. I knew there was going to be a mean girls aspect, but this was just too much for me.

    I didn't like Olivia at all. And yeah, I settled in for the redemption set up, yet it never came in the pages I read. Instead, I found a MC who outs one of her BFFs to the entire school to get back at another BFF, a shit load of slut shaming, and threatening sexual assault to 14yo girls who want to be cheerleaders.

    Olivia an

    DNF on page 127

    First off, this is no where near the angst-light contemp I was expecting. I knew there was going to be a mean girls aspect, but this was just too much for me.

    I didn't like Olivia at all. And yeah, I settled in for the redemption set up, yet it never came in the pages I read. Instead, I found a MC who outs one of her BFFs to the entire school to get back at another BFF, a shit load of slut shaming, and threatening sexual assault to 14yo girls who want to be cheerleaders.

    Olivia and Adrienne aren't mean girls, they're toxic af and I completely lost the interest in seeing Olivia work it out. Obviously from the reviews that are up already, I'm in the minority.

    **Huge thanks to Macmillan for sending me the arc**

  • Alexa
    Jan 10, 2017

    I, obviously, loved this book considering my 5 stars and it's new spot on my favourites shelf.

    This book is absolutely amazing. I love the writing style. I love that it's set in a small town. I love that the main character stuck her ground through the entire book. I love how complex the story is - it has in depth characters and plot.

    is well thought out, I couldn't predict a thing.

    Whit DuRant...

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