Wells, Pamela. Heartbreakers.
WELLS, Pamela. Heartbreakers. Read by Stina Nielsen. 7 cds. 8 hrs. Recorded Books. 2007/2008. 978-1-4281-8329-2. $97.75. Vinyl; plot, reader notes. JS
Alexia, Sydney, Kelly, and Raven all attend the same high school, and are best friends. The girls don't spend much time together because Sydney, Kelly and Raven have steady boyfriends with whom they spend every weekend. It is a painful coincidence when all three relationships break up on the same Friday night. Luckily they can turn to Alexia for comfort and support, even though she has never had a serious boyfriend. She helps them create a "Break-Up Code" that gives suggestions on how to deal with an "Ex." They all promise to follow the 25 rules on the list, including "never ask or beg The Ex to date you again." It isn't always easy, as classes and extracurricular activities push the couples together again. When the girls follow the rules they put in the "Code," their acceptance of the break-ups becomes easier. Nielsen does a fine reading of this teen romance (or anti-romance). She does not attempt to voice all the teens and their parents but she does capture in her voice the personality of each of the four girls. She is able to express how each teen blames herself for the termination of the relationship. This first novel by Wells will have more appeal for teen girls than boys. Her portrayal of adolescent angst indicates that she understands her subject well, as each girl learns more about herself and what really matters to her. Carol Kellerman, Lib/Media Spec. (retired), Santa Fe, NM