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Review by Suze
Isla has to change schools. They've rezoned her neighborhood and she's destined to go to a much bigger and richer school for her senior year. It means she has to leave all of her friends behind, including her boyfriend. Because of this he dumps her after four years of being together. Isla is grieving and she can't care less about her new school and making friends. She is so unhappy that she has a breakdown at school and that is why the school counsellor advises her to join the Breakup Support Group. It's for students with broken hearts and Emory, who is the school's heartbreaker.
Emory doesn't have problems finding dates and as he isn't looking for anything steady he often changes his girls, which is exactly why he has to attend group meetings, so he can see what his victims feel like after he dumped them. Isla develops a small crush on Emory, but she doesn't want to be heartbroken again. That's why Emory is just helping her in a friendly and fake way to slowly start dating. Is this really a good plan?
The Breakup Support Group is a great story about what it's like to be dumped. Even though the topic might sound sad the story is pretty lighthearted. There are tears, but there's plenty of fun as well. Isla is a sweet and smart girl, but she's always been in someone's shadow and never had a chance to shine. She has no caring loyal friends and changing schools might be exactly what she needs. Emory thinks everything is entertaining, but he also has a sensitive side. He tries to make Isla feel welcome, which is pretty cute. He's flirty and charming and he's also kind and attentive. Emory and Isla have an interesting connection and I enjoyed reading about their developing friendship.
Cheyanne Young has written an insightful story about a topic that a lot of people can relate to. I loved that she's chosen to write about heartbreak in such an open and honest way and the conversations between the main characters are amazing. There's hope, there are plenty of hugs and there's pizza, which creates a fantastic atmosphere. Because of that I instantly liked The Breakup Support Group. It's a clever, amusing story with a lot of interesting twists and turns.
The Breakup Support Group is perfect for readers who like entertaining YA stories that are a mix of sadness, hope, fun and friendship.