How To Break A Boy by Laurie DevoreHow To Break A Boy by Laurie Devore

How To Break A Boy

byLaurie Devore

Hardcover | January 31, 2017

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In this YA contemporary romance from author Laurie Devore, there's only one rule: Keep your enemies close and 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.

Until Olivia suffers a family tragedy and catches Adrienne sleeping with her boyfriend. Olivia decides to make a change, but it's impossible to resist taking down Adrienne one last time. Up to her old tricks, Olivia convinces golden boy Whit Du Rant to be her SAT tutor and her fake boyfriend. But when it starts to feel real, Whit gets caught up in Olivia and Adrienne's war.

Olivia may ruin everything she touches, but she won't go down without a fight-not if it means losing Whit.

And definitely not if it means losing what's left of herself.

How to Break a Boy is smart, vicious fun.

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Praise for How to Break a Boy:

"Complicated girls, beautiful writing, and drama that will keep you turning the pages until the very end." -Kody Keplinger, New York Times-bestselling author of The DUFF and Run

"Olivia's interior world is full of layers and emotional complexity, and readers will root for her to find her way."-Publishers Weekly

"A razor-sharp look at grief, betrayal, and redemption. Readers won't be able to resist Olivia."-Kara Thomas, author of The Darkest Corners

About The Author

Laurie Devore was born and raised in small town South Carolina and graduated from Clemson University. She now lives and works in Chicago, where she misses the charms and contradictions of the south every day. In her spare time, she reluctantly runs marathons, watches too much TV, and works a "y'all" into every conversation. How to Bre...
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Title:How To Break A BoyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.38 × 5.9 × 1.21 inPublished:January 31, 2017Publisher:ImprintLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250082862

ISBN - 13:9781250082862

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I completely fell in love with this YA novel! I completely fell in love with this YA novel. First though, don't let the cute cover fool you. The topics and themes in this novel are anything but! Throughout this novel, we are introduced to a whole range of characters, with the main being Olivia. When we first meet Olivia you can tell that she is going through many things in her life. She has moved to a new town, her brother has recently died, and her boyfriend cheated on her with her so called best friend. Needless to say, she hasn't had an easy life. In order to compensate for the misfortunes in her life, she becomes a "popular" girl at school by messing with and torturing her fellow classmates. In my opinion, based off of what I said above, this novel could be considered very close to a TV show and a movie. The bullying and torture makes it have a Mean Girls element, while the aspect of relating it to who committed the offence, make it similar to Pretty Little Liars. Lets talk about Whit. I loved him. Not only is he smart and athletic, but he is also a genuinely nice guy. He is the reason Olivia starts to question what she is doing and he almost the entire reason Olivia begins to open up and discuss everything she has been through. It is for these reasons, and many more that I found myself falling for Whit. This novel will take you through a whole range of emotions and feelings. You will hate some characters, while love the others. The bullying will appear to be a train wreck, but you can't look away. I definitely enjoyed this novel, and can't wait to pick up more books from this debut author in the future. 4/5 Stars!
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addictively Real (and Mean) 4.5 stars How to Break a Boy was not at all the book I expected. It's dark and mean, far from the brightness the cover suggests but I loved it. Once you start in on the story you can't stop yourself from finishing it. That was me. First of all, How to Break a Boy will not be a book for everyone. It features some of the meanest girls I've read in books. They're honestly so nasty. Secondly, the protagonist knowingly makes so many bad decisions it was awful to watch her act each one out. If you can stomach all of that then How to Break a Boy will suck you in and keep you entertained. Olivia knows she's a horrible person. She's done some bad things and it's not until after a tragic event she starts to reflect on her past actions. Even then her guilt and fear (and Adrienne) held her captive. It was so hard to watch Olivia spew lies after lies and make mistakes after mistakes. Her silence killed me but I was addicted to watching her life unravel. I needed to see when she'd finally wake up and take control of her life. Despite all of Olivia's faults, she wasn't pure evil. The fact that she acknowledges herself as a bad person told me she wasn't beyond saving. I wanted to cry happy tears when she finally unloaded her true feelings at her mom. Olivia's friendship with Adrienne was seriously unhealthy. It's love-hate at its best. Their crazy high school and gossipy town didn't help. Everybody saw how messed up they were but nobody stepped in. People just accepted Adrienne's nastiness and I think that really reflected reality. It took some time but when Olivia finally spoke up (to Adrienne and all the other toxins in her life) she does so not without fear but with the right mindset. Good girl. Whit was the one good thing to come from all the bad things that's happened to Olivia. He was straightforward like a wooden ruler until Olivia crashed into his life and bent everything out of shape. It made me sad and a little angry to see her taint him. Whit's such a good guy and didn't deserve all the ugliness she brought into his simple life. It wasn't all bad though. Olivia also brought colour into his ordinary life, helping him find his way while he helped her clear her path. Bonus that they had some swoony and maybe some electrifying moments~ How to Break a Boy is a taste of the dark side of high school. You wouldn't want to get caught in the drama but you will get addicted to it. While this is not a book for everyone, I do think it's a smart read.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thank you, Laurie, for writing such a gorgeous story. How to Break a Boy literally is something else. When I first saw the cover, I freaked out because it looks so retro and cute and chick-lit-y and amazing… you could say I went out of control. For the third book I read this year, this was a hit and extremely enjoyable. To all of the girls who feel that they need to get a little bit of revenge in their lives… this is for you. After reading Olivia’s story, I feel that I might just want to get a little revenge on my own in order to find a guy like Whit. *winks* Laurie Devore is the debut author YOU ALL HAVE TO LOOK OUT FOR. I feel that I will be enjoying every single book she writes from here onward. How to Break a Boy has a harsh title, yes, making you feel that this book will be all about drama and deception (which, yeah, it kind of was) but it also was about learning lessons in life and just coming of age. I can totally relate to it because Olivia was in the time of her life where she did not know who she was or what she wanted to do. Thanks to her lovely guidance counsellor who she constantly made fun of and Whit, every girl’s dream golden boy, throughout the duration of the book, we saw and sensed that Olivia was becoming the person she wanted to be. "It's always going to be like this, me and you against the world" (191). To quickly summarize this beauty, it basically is a summer (or winter, whatever you prefer to make you feel better) read that is all about a girl named Olivia Clayton. She is sixteen and couldn’t care less about school and her education, because in her life, she is currently undergoing struggles that act as her personal demons. She doesn’t want anyone to know about them because she doesn’t want to be judged or even be in the centre of attention. As for the centre of attention, that is her best friend Adrienne’s job. They have a difficult and toxic friendship that makes you wonder if your friends are really loyal to you, haha. One day, Olivia catches Adrienne sleeping with her boyfriend—the guy who was there for her after her family tragedy. SOOOO… Olivia wants revenge on Adrienne, so she begins hanging out with the school’s smartest and hottest golden boy, Whit DuRant. He’s basically Adrienne’s enemy for some reason, and at first, isn’t too inclined to become Olivia’s SAT tutor. OBVIOUSLY… love brews. So you may be wondering why Olivia needs a SAT tutor if she doesn't care about school and instead, is the second most popular girl in school. Olivia is one of those characters who is two-faced, who has a more calm character underneath all of the lies, bullying and garbage that she says after being manipulated by Adrienne. She has always wanted to leave her North Carolina small town. From the beginning of the book to practically the end, I was wondering why she complained so much and why she had such a hatred-filled relationship with her mother. It all became clear and I realized why Olivia let herself be manipulated so much. And for a huge chunk of the novel, I somewhat disliked Olivia and her actions. I wanted her to stick up for herself the way she did when the family tragedy occurred. When Adrienne comes into the mix, we sense that Olivia immediately becomes weak and… crumbles. Like a cookie. I just wanted to give her a huge hug. She’s one of those characters who we as readers feel so much sympathy for that occasionally, we feel that the only reason we’re reading the book is to get closure and to make sure that the character succeeds. That was part of the reason why I ended up loving How to Break a Boy so much; we had a main character who was having such a difficult time in her life and who actually had the strength to get by it. "Some sins can't be forgiven" (8). he novel, I somewhat disliked Olivia and her actions. I wanted her to stick up for herself the way she did when the family tragedy occurred. When Adrienne comes into th. SO. Devore's writing was fast-paced and straight to the point. Occasionally, I find that some chick-lit books are boring because the plot is slow since there is just filler of the situation, though this? This was almost perfect. Almost a five star read, if you know what I mean. I immediately fell in love with Whit and every single character (except for Adrienne, because OBVIOUSLY). The side characters like Claire were all great and added so much depth to the story. All in all, this was not just a chick-lit story, it was a mix between Mean Girls and the deepest out of the deep. You will certainly not regret falling in love with everything Devore offers here.
Date published: 2017-01-18

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"Complicated girls, beautiful writing, and drama that will keep you turning the pages until the very end." -Kody Keplinger, New York Times-bestselling author of The DUFF and Run"Olivia's interior world is full of layers and emotional complexity, and readers will root for her to find her way"-Publishers Weekly "A razor-sharp look at grief, betrayal, and redemption. Readers won't be able to resist Olivia."-Kara Thomas, author of The Darkest Corners