By Kim Culbertson
Release Date: May 1st 2011
Review: Instructions For A Broken Heart is about a Jessa’s journey to find her self and mend her heart in the beautiful country setting of Italy. After catching her boyfriend Sean cheating on her only days before the trip with ‘Boob Job’ Natalie, Jessa still has to go with the both of them. Only armed with the envelopes that her best friend gave her containing 20 reasons Sean is a jerk. Each envelope also contains one “un-Jessa” like thing for her to do a day.
As I read the summary it reminded me of “13 Little Blue Envelopes” by Maureen Johnson. They both have letters with instructions to follow and both take place in foreign countries however that’s where the similarities stop. Instructions for a Broken Heart is just like the titles says, and I think any teenage girl will relate to it even if they haven’t had a bad breakup. This was a heartwarming story that captures you and doesn’t let go.
While in Italy Jessa has some crazy and fun encounters and experiences. There is a plastic frog, long bus rides (with her ex and his new girl friend), a cute Italian boy, a new friendship, kissing and so much more. Jessa’s envelopes give her some crazy things to do. Those were some of my favorite parts.
The whole book was full surprises. Some of them from the envelopes and some from Jessa herself. The books through me for a big loop a few times. You never knew what was going to happen next. I loved watching Jessa change. In the beginning of the novel Jessa was a mess, and for a good reason. Not only did her boyfriend cheat on her, Jessa also had to watch them cuddle throughout the trip.
Kim Culbertson creates these characters that draw you in. Each and everyone has a different personality. Every character plays an important role and always had a purpose in the story. I really recommend this book to any girl, especially ones going through a rough break up.
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