Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak

384p. p. Apr. 2019. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781335012555. POP
Gr 9 Up–Lu's boyfriend dumped her at the beginning of the summer anticipating that their relationship would not go the distance as they travel to separate colleges. This horrible turn of events affects Lu's work as well as her spirit. As a writer for a stylish online magazine, Lu is expected to write about love from a teen's perspective. Now she has writer's block, and her college scholarship is on the line. Lu's best friend, Pete, tries to persuade her to write about her breakup, but Lu is convinced that her column needs a new angle. After eavesdropping on another young couple, Iris and Cal, Lu becomes obsessed with their story. Similar to her own, Iris and Cal decide to part ways before going their separate ways for college. However, unlike Lu's predicament, this couple decides to postpone their breakup and spend one last summer together. Lu is determined to figure out why they are staying together while her own relationship fell apart. Alsaid accurately captures the teen angst and drama. The protagonist is struggling to find that balance among her job, friends, family, and love life. When one part of Lu's world goes awry, it affects all other aspects of her life. Alsaid's authentic language and relatable situations will have teens experiencing Lu's frustrations right along with her. The fast pacing will appeal to reluctant readers.
VERDICT Recommended for general purchase, especially where the author's previous books are popular.

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