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Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak

By Mary Cosola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Uneven take on summer breakups and teen love.

Book Adi Alsaid Romance 2019
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This tale of teen summer breakups is equal parts frustrating and endearing. In Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak, author Adi Alsaid accurately captures the highs and lows of that unique summer between high school and college. Teens that age are technically adults, but they have one foot in the world of independence and the other still accountable to parents. The characters' musings on love, and teen love in particular, are interesting and engaging. The intelligence and kindness of the secondary characters add a certain sweetness to the story. Lu is awkward and sarcastic, which is sometimes relatable, but throughout most of the book she is so self-absorbed, in denial, and clueless that she ends up not being a sympathetic main character.

Writer's block and shirking aren't compelling story topics, and Alsaid doesn't do a great job of making them so. The story is told in first person with Lu as narrator, and her head's not a fun place to be, making a too long book feel endless when she's not moving forward with anything in her life. The repetitive thoughts and conversations become tiresome. There are sections of the book that are funny and charming, but the slow place and frustrating main character bog down the narrative.

Book Details

  • Author: Adi Alsaid
  • Genre: Romance
  • Topics: Friendship , High School
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Inkyard Press
  • Publication date: April 30, 2019
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 13 - 18
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: February 11, 2020

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