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 go

  • Title: How to Break a Boy
  • Author: Laurie Devore
  • ISBN: 9781250082862
  • Page: 379
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 decidesKeep 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 to make a change but it s impossible to resist taking Adrienne down one last time Up to her old tricks, Olivia convinces golden boy Whit DuRant 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 this time 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.

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    1. 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. [...]

    2. DNF on page 127First 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 [...]

    3. 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 How to Break a Boy is much more powerful. And the pranks are downright cynical. How to Break a Boy 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 [...]

    4. I don't even really know what it is about this book I love so much (probably fake relationship trope, that is my FAVORITE). This follows the high school mean girls. I was thinking that I wasn't going to like this since the main character, Olivia, is fairly unlikable, but she knows it. She admits that the things she's done are wrong, and she knows she needs to stop, but she is overcome by too many feelings of anger and hurt to really stop. Every time she annoyed me with something, I still felt ba [...]

    5. 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 exactly [...]

    6. 3.5 Visceral, jaggedly raw, ragged with desperate pain. HOW TO BREAK A BOY is exquisite in its broken, almost violent examination of the "hot, cruel, slutty cheerleader" stereotype: the crackling allure of power, compulsive lies slipped between teeth, and a monstrous, abject girl who wishes she weren't monstrous. Superlative, ravishing. I fell in love.Because mean girls are girls too.

    7. 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.

    8. Completely unlikeable yet redeemable character. The writing is totally absorbing and although it reminded me of the movie Cruel Intentions it still brought something fresh through the different perspective.

    9. 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 [...]

    10. 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.

    11. This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCsHoly anxious batman! How to Break a Boy made me so anxious while I was reading it. I was completely fascinated and enthralled by everything that happened, but Olivia and Adrienne terrified me and maybe me a nervous wreck. This was one of those experiences where you hate the main characters yet you enjoy the book and think people should read it. Because make no mistakes, Olivia and Adrienne are horrible, terrible people and yet I really enjoyed this [...]

    12. Olivia Clayton, biggest bitch in school. Well, second, as Adrienne would have reminded me. Helpfully. Old habits die hard.Olivia Clayton is a self-professed bad girl, the second most popular student at her high school, ruling the social circle with her best friends Adrienne and Claire and her boyfriend Ethan.But when Olivia’s brother Ryan dies, and she catches her boyfriend cheating on her with her best friend, everything changes and the world, as Olivia knows it, is completely upended. What f [...]

    13. Read as an ARCI have so many feelings about this book- it's one of those books you kind of hate because the characters are such awful people and it reminds you of a time and people you'd rather forget. Olivia is a sterling example of an unreliable narrator, even when she is examining herself clearly. I was very glad to see this wasn't a book where the bad best friend goes one step too far and then her #2 turns around and gets sweet revenge. No, Adrienne gets the best of Olivia constantly, and Ol [...]

    14. Olivia Clayton is a mean girl with a soft side, but it’s buried so deep even she can’t see it. She and her best friend, Adrienne, rule their school until Adrienne betrays Olivia. When Olivia tries to get revenge, her anger slams against Adrienne’s ruthlessness and loses, taking nice guy Whit DuRant—Olivia’s faux boyfriend who’s becoming all too real—down with it. Olivia has to face up to the damage she’s done, and figure out whether she can use her finely-honed fighting skills to [...]

    15. *A copy of this book was provided to me by Raincoast Books*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. How To Break A Boyis well thought out, I couldn't predict a thing. Whit DuRantFull Review: alexatalksbook [...]

    16. Great novel that I devouredI couldn't put this one down. I was really impressed by the authors idea to write a book from the mean girl's perspective.cially one as mean as Olivia Clayton. As the story progress, and you learn more about Olivia's background, you feel pity for her but you can kind of understand why she acts the way she does. I could go on and on and on about Whit but I don't want to spoil anything for anyone! Just go pick this book up as soon as it hits the shelvese cover alone will [...]

    17. I'm DNFing this because I just don't care. I thought it would be more on the fun side because of that cute cover but it's just mean and kind of depressing. I didn't like Mean Girls so I should have assumed that this wouldn't be for me, but I was hoping I would at least be starting to side with the MC by 100+ pages into the story. But at 120, I still hate her and find very little redeeming about her. I know that's all part of the story and based on the other reviews coming in, I have to assume th [...]

    18. I was lucky enough to beta an early draft of HTBaB and fell in love with Laurie's darkly sassy main character and the high school world she lived in. HOW TO BREAK A BOY feels like Courtney Summers meets the South and I can't wait for others to devour this one :)

    19. This novel got the tear-factory up and running. And yes, it's true that I'm a TOTAL marshmallow. But I'm also someone who avoids popular books like Fault in Our Stars and anything Nicholas Sparks because I hate when it feels like a story is trying to manipulate me into the FEELS zone. Seriously, Fuck that. How to Break a Boy is a novel that begs to be compared to one of my former CW guilty pleasures: Gossip Girl. "Best Friends" Olivia and Adrienne are pretty much an Alternate Universe where Oliv [...]


    21. I have to say I didn't get hooked into the story until after I read about 150 pages. But what came after I basically read in one sitting (ouch, my neck), and the story really delivered what I was hoping for, i.e. an in-depth look into a soul of a mean girl. Also the ending was really great, the story arch really rewarding, and it is not a small feat with these types of books. So my advice: Don't quit reading before page 150!

    22. don't be fooled by the fake naomi and ely cover. it's fake courtney summers, and the world needs more of that.

    23. “There are two kinds of evil people in this world. Those who do evil stuff and those who see evil stuff being done and don’t try to stop it.”My, my, my… What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive. This book was on a next level. Like another plane. Dear Lord I pray I was not this viscous in high school. This book should be the hand out of What Not To Do and How Not To Act and What Does Obsession Mean To You.I got Devore’d this weekend. I devoured both her books in a m [...]

    24. I thought this was going to be like The DUFF and it wasn't like that at all, but in the best way possible.I'm giving this book 5 stars purely because it made me FEEL so much! Olivia was a mean girl and a fairly unlikable character but she was so tormented by her relationships and her actions, I couldn't help but sympathize with her and hope she could turn everything around. She feels so trapped in her situation and it feels like she's only digging herself deeper into itThere was so much angst, n [...]

    25. 4 STARS FOR "HOW TO BREAK A BOY" BY LAURIE DEVOREIt was easier then, when I was so lost in where Andrienne ended and I began. I never had to think about if what I did was right or wrong, because if we were doing it together nothing ever felt out of place. Some people spend their whole lives waiting for someone to love them, the good and bad, and I wanted that someone to be Adrienne, from the moment she set her eyes on me. Maybe I was always waiting for her approval, waiting for her smile.But I w [...]

    26. This book was unexpected. Like many others, I was expecting a light, sweet, fluffy read. I was ready for some cute relationship fluff. However, this book went way deeper than I imagined.With an air and style of magical realism, but a realistic contemporary, this book left me stunned. Instead of cute relationship fluff or meaningless "popular girl" drama, we get cold relationship wars, broken feelings, and sweet revenge.Olivia is one of the "popular" girls at her school. She's mean, brutal, and i [...]

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