Reviewed by Garret Rose

Ever had your heart broken? Do you remember the feeling when your first love dealt you the blow of breaking up with you? If so, this is the novel for you. Lynn Weingarten introduces the reader to the magical sorority of heartbreakers in her new novel (aptly titled) The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers. Weingarten takes the reader into the world of magic, mischief, and ultimately compassion in this novel.

Lucy Wrenn is so excited for her boyfriend to come back from Colorado where he has been all summer. As she runs to greet him on their first day of sophomore year, he quickly crushes her when he announces that they are no longer a couple. With her heart wrenched, she runs into a mysterious stranger who offers condolences. As Lucy’s world tailspins, this stranger invites her to a party where Lucy is introduced to Gil, Liza, and Olivia, members of the “The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers.”

As Lucy feigns over whether or not she should join the sorority, she questions her relationship with Alex, the boy who broke her heart; Tristan, her best friend, as well as the new kinship she strikes with the sisterhood. Will she or won’t she join the mysterious and magical group and are her intensions genuine? Lucy knows that she cannot run away from her problems (even though she has tried to do so) and is unsure about how she will face them.

The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers is a quick and fun read for those who have been wronged before by a loved one or have had their heart broken by someone they trusted. There are aspects of sex, alcohol, and partying, all involving teens, that make this a read for those mature, or above sixteen years of age. Although several characters are cliché and flat, Weingarten is effective in investigating the dynamics of different types of relationships as well as different aspects of love.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

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