Dear Heartbreak: YA Authors and Teens on The Dark Side of Love Edited by Heather Demetrios Book Review

Goodreads Summary:

This is a book about the dark side of love: the way it kicks your ass, tears out your heart, and then forces you to eat it, bite by bloody bite. If you’ve felt this way, you’re not alone…

In this powerful collection, YA authors answer real letters from teens all over the world about the dark side of love: dating violence, break-ups, cheating, betrayals, and loneliness. This book contains a no-holds-barred, raw outpouring of the wisdom these authors have culled from mining their own hearts for the fiction they write. Their responses are autobiographical, unflinching, and filled with love and hope for the anonymous teen letter writers.

My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Disclaimer: A copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts:

Dear Heartbreak is one of those books that I would have devoured when I was 12 or 13. I remember owning this Chicken Soup For The Preteen Soul book  and being absolutely obsessed with it. I would reread over and over again and to this day some of those stories have stuck with me. To read some of my favorite authors give advice about heartbreak in a similar format to the chicken soup book was really eye-opening and made me look at some of them in a new light.

Even though I had a little trouble relating to some aspects of these letters, other aspects hit me really hard and helped me in reinforcing things that I keep on trying to tell myself.  I think this could really help some people and to hear it from their favorite authors would make it all the more powerful.

One thing that I think is really great about this book is how different and diverse the authors are. It’s not just the classic  white straight hearbreak which I think is so incredible because it’s oftentimes marginalized teens that need to be supported the most. I absolutely loved reading advice from Sandhya Menon, Nina Lacour, Becky Albertalli and so many more. My only qualms is that I wish there were more male authors involved in the project. I think it would’ve made the book a lot stronger because heartbreak in males is not looked at in the same way as heartbreak in females. Young teenage boys need to be taught that it’s okay to hurt and that that hurt doesn’t need to be channelled in a violent or angry manner.

All in all it was a quick, heartfult read that I can see being instrumental to many teen’s lives.  I think maybe it would be interesting to do a companion of sorts with inclusively marginalized voices.

If You Could Get Hearybreak Advice From Any Author Which One Would You CHose?

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