Review of Break-Up Club

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Break-Up Club by Lorelei Mathias is chick-lit Brit style with much laughter (and puns!), tears, inspiration, and drama.

Holly and Lawrence don’t have the perfect relationship, in fact, far from it. But he makes her laugh and that must count for something, right? Forget the fact that because of him, her bank account’s now at an all-time low or that he doesn’t really listen to her when she’s trying to run ideas by him for a project they could conceivably work on together or that sex is a vague memory, when they’re together, she mostly feels happy–mostly.

Convinced by her best friends, Olivia, Bella, and Harry that her relationship with Lawrence probably ran its course a year or so ago, Holly breaks up with him. Because the four of them have all recently suffered from break-ups, they decide to form the Break-up Club for moral support. As they suffer a variety of set-backs, they cling to each other, the clubs ever shifting and increasing rules, and vast quantities of alcohol.

Although Holly’s break up recovery is like a roller coaster, she begins to evaluate her life and determines that some of the things she thought were important perhaps weren’t and that some events shouldn’t be rushed. Armed with increasing self-awareness, she begins to make satisfying changes in her life.

Break-Up Club is filled with laughs and insights. When Holly, Bella, Olivia, and Harry get together, the dialogue is extremely witty and their antics charming and sometimes manic. The quirky quartet learns how to dance like no one is watching (literally) and reinvent their lives, coming to realize that maybe romantic relationships are just the icing on the cake with the actual cake being the best friends who are better than family.

Despite the fact that it’s a novel about love’s hardships, Break-Up Club looks beyond the despair of romantic relationships to show that there are more important things and that when you acknowledge that, it makes failed relationships just that much easier to get over.

Break-Up Club, which will be published on May 19, 2016 in the States, was originally published in the UK as Reader, I Dumped Him.

I received an arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From Amazon: Break-Up Club

rating: butterflybutterflybutterflybutterfly (4 out of 5 butterflies)

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