They say money can’t buy you love. Becca Williamson begs to differ.
Once upon a time, Becca was the Break-Up Artist, tearing apart unhealthy relationships at her school for just $100 via PayPal. But after a job went really wrong, she went legit for love and now brings couples together. Crushing on that supercute guy in Chemistry but too shy to say hi? Becca has the right formula. Pining for that artsy girl who vowed never to date a jock? Becca will ensure love conquers all. She’s even engineered a relationship of her own: the funny, sweet and unbelievably cute Fred Teplitzky, the one guy who knows exactly what to say to make our unflappable heroine &…well, flappable.
But before she can pick out a graduation robe and enjoy her last months at Ashland High, Becca has to deal with a new Break-Up Artist on the block. And this master manipulator is dead set on one thing: revenge. Someone is going around destroying all of the couples she’s worked hard to unite. Now Becca has to outwit and outscheme her new foe in a dirty cat-and-mouse chase filled with hacked emails, video surveillance, reputation ruining and a few candy hearts. Especially when she realizes that the Revenge Artist’s number one target is her and Fred.
Looks like there are no such things as clean breaks.
Description taken from Goodreads.
I loved The Break Up Artist, the first book in this series, and it still remains my favorite even after reading this book. To be honest, this story felt forced. There was way too drama and insecurity for my taste, even if I did love reading about these characters again. I loved the plot and the gradual unwinding of who the Revenge Artist was, but there were many moments where this felt an awful lot like Second Book Syndrome.
In terms of premise, I really enjoyed THE REVENGE ARTIST. It was great to see the aftermath of Becca’s actions. It was a little less harsh than I imagined, but having Fred and Val around helped. There were some really cute moments between Fred and Becca, and I’m glad that Philip spent the time that he did showing the strain and repair of Becca’s relationship with Val.
Overall, I think this is a great read and if you liked THE BREAK UP ARTIST, then I would recommend this read. However, I don’t think THE REVENGE ARTIST was for me.
The first book in the series focused more on Becca and her role in the world Philip created, much like Mercedes in Laurie Elizabeth Flynn’s FIRSTS. It was fun to read about the ways that she would bring people together, and the plot was perfect for the novel. The second book in the series is similar. It still has witty one-liners, Becca’s snark, Fred’s sweetness and good plot and pacing. I read the story in one setting and I was satisfied afterward, but tired. There is a lot more drama to this novel that’s composed of subplots and relationship issues, and I wasn’t a fan of all that.
If you like drama in YA, then go for this book! It’s good as a stand-alone, but if you read the first one, it helps to figure out the characters and the role of the Break Up Artist. However, if you’re a fan of more gritty realistic fiction or character-focused contemporary, then I wouldn’t pick up THE REVENGE ARTIST. 3 stars.
pg count for the paperback: 310
Series: The Break Up Artist #2