Amy’s Thoughts On…Heartbreak Boys by Simon James Green

Heartbreak Boys by Simon James Green

Published By: Scholastic

Released: 6th August 2020

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I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Faking the best summer ever is a lot harder than it looks…
At the start of summer, Jack and Nate find themselves dumped as their respective exes, Dylan and Tariq, start up a new relationship together. Not only that, their exes start posting pics on social media, showing the whole world how fabulous their new life together is!

Jack and Nate are reeling. Not to be outdone, they decide to create their own ‘highlights reel’ and show their exes that they’re having an even better time.

But between the depressing motorway service station motels, damp campsites, and an ultimate showdown with the exes, something epic really is happening: Jack and Nate are learning to get over their heartache and open themselves up to new possibilities for love.

Amy’s Thoughts

Simon James Green is one of my favourite authors of YA comedy, so, when I found out about Heartbreak Boys I knew I had to get my hands on it and let me tell you this…it is was certainly worth it.

Heartbreak Boys follows Jack and Nate, who after being dumped by their exes who are now dating each other decide to show them that they are having a great time without them. Cue a battered camper van, damp campsites, service station motels and one festival and Jack and Nate start to discover that something special might be brewing between them.

Well, Heartbreak Boys had everything that you come to expect when reading a novel by Simon James Green, and if I’m being honest it had more! It was an utterly hilarious read that had me properly belly laughing several times. Simon has such a unique way of writing comedy and I just lapped it all up. The mishaps that Jack and Nate got themselves into made for comedic reading, and it was just typical that these things kept happening to them both. The summer road trip they went on made me feel all summery, and despite the places they visit being a bit run down, it did have me longing to go on a staycation in the UK.

Jack and Nate were both such authentic, realistic characters, who despite being total opposites worked well together. You had Jack’s extroverted persona and confidence mixed with Nate’s introverted, slightly closed-off personality. They do say opposites attract and this certainly was the case within Heartbreak Boys. As the book progresses we see their relationship blossom from one of dislike to one of well love, and for them to go from two boys who are going through heartbreak to two boys who are accepting that their past relationships didn’t work out is great character development. I also want to mention how talented Simon is at creating genuine teenage characters with distinctive voices – it’s a gift and he certainly has that.

As in Simon’s other books, LGBTQ+ themes are explored in Heartbreak Boys, and we see Nate, at the start of the story struggle to come out. This was dealt with thoughtfully, and I praise Simon for this. He does put us into the inner workings of Nate’s mind and I just wanted to give him a big hug! Heartbreak Boys also goes into the topic of social media, and how sometimes we only post what we want people to see. It delved into the whole fakeness that we can come across on social media, and if people really are living their best lives through the medium. Teenagers nowadays are pressured to post everything about their lives on social media and FOMO can be integrated into their minds. However, Heartbreak Boys teaches us that you don’t need to share everything on social media and that your life will still be great without posting that specific tweet or sharing that image on Instagram.

Heartbreak Boys was an utterly fabulous read that had me laughing for hours afterwards. It’s the perfect summer read and one that you all need to pick up ASAP.

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