Published by Skyscape on March 21, 2023
Also by this author: Accidentally Engaged, Kamila Knows Best, Jana Goes Wild
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About How to Win a Break-Up
In this YA romance, math genius and gamer-nerd Samaya was half of her high school’s power couple. Then her boyfriend dumps her. He sabotages the volunteer hours she needs to graduate. And he starts dating her frenemy. Clearly, her golden boy ex is winning the breakup. Then she realizes that she can win the breakup by dating someone new.
The perfect opportunity appears when, at her new volunteer job, she meets Daniel, a fabulous baker and hockey-playing hottie. She offers to tutor him in math if he’ll fake date her. Of course, feelings happen and things get complicated.
My thoughts about How to Win a Break-Up
Farah Heron wrote this first-person POV romance with care and kindness. She seamlessly included LGBTQIA+ and diverse characters. She touched on the immigrant experience and how having immigrant parents shapes expectations and desires. Her writing about the unhoused experience was equally deft.
I didn’t always like Samaya, especially when she was consumed with winning the breakup but I understand her drive. High school can be toxic and having high-performance expectations from family and teachers adds to the pressure.
Daniel was charming from the first – his commitment to baking for the shelter was sweet. I definitely cheered for him to pass calculus and to also get to fulfill his culinary school dream.
High school was a long time ago for me but this felt authentic. I cheered hard for Samaya and Daniel. Loved the nerdiness. The food descriptions were mouthwateringly delicious.
This book with its colorful and complex characters captivated me into devouring it in one sitting.
Thank you Skyscape for the ARC.