Dear Heartbreak by Heather Demetrios

Dear Heartbreak

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 ...

Details Dear Heartbreak

TitleDear Heartbreak
Release DateDec 18th, 2018
PublisherHenry Holt & Company
GenreYoung Adult, Anthologies, Short Stories

Reviews Dear Heartbreak

  • emma
    This idea would make a great, like, project. You know. A pay it forward/start a movement/promote kindness type of deal. As a book? Eh. Not so much.The conceit of this thing is that Heather Demetrios had a bunch of teens write a letter to “heartbreak” - like, as a concept - and then famous YA authors wrote them letters back. Except not really letters back. They just wrote some response paragraphs and then gave them to ol’ Heather and then He...
  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
    DNF @ pg 87This is probably the most disappointing, upsetting DNF review I've written in all of 2018 (with the year almost over, at that), but I can't continue this.When I requested this ARC, it was pitched to me as YA authors writing fictional stories in response to teens' letters about heartbreak—not nonfiction self-help columns, which is what I got. And there's nothing inherently wrong with that, if that's what you're looking for, but I ca...
  • Julie Zantopoulos
    "Loving yourself is damn hard because it means accepting all the parts of you that you can't stand. it means knowing you're actually okay even though society wants you to believe that you aren't. It's downright revolutionary."At the very core of this collection of letters from teens to Heartbreak answered by YA authors is a common thread that the power to overcome, to love, is within us already. There is a uniting message that we are more powerfu...
  • Jay G
    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel:*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review* 3.5/5 Stars This is an anthology of letters real teens wrote to YA authors about heartbreak. The authors chose which letters spoke to them and wrote back to the teen with advice. I really enjoyed this for the raw vulnerability it brought to the table. Having some of my fav...
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Ironically, this book is so completely full of love. But not the kind you're thinking of. The love in this book is apparent in every single letter- it's the love the authors have for the young people they write for. It's the love they've found for themselves. And the love they hope to make their readers feel.It's nice to find people who...
  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    Dear Heartbreak is a unique concept for a YA book. The format is an interesting compilation of letters from teens that have important questions about terms of the heart. Many of the responses written by the YA authors are surprising and provide teens with a sense that they are not alone in their feelings.Full Review on The Candid Cover
  • Jillian Daniels
  • Cat
    First of all - don't be fooled, it's NOT a short story collection! It's more of an essays anthology, with letters from teens struggling with different shades of love, heartbreaks, loneliness and feeling of being 'not worthy' and responses from YA authors, sharing their personal stories. Concept is really interesting, but execution is weak... Or maybe it's just not a book material? I don't know, but as much as I liked some replies (mostly for styl...
  • Alicia
    Truly disappointed in something that I thought was going to be different in light of the fact that I adored the darkness and beauty of Demetrios' own book. But this one was really all about the YA authors even though it was set up to be teens writing in and then YA authors responding-- really there was no teen voice if that was the attempt and really ALL about the YA authors themselves with an interspersed bit of positivity and encouragement. And...
  • Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
    2.5 stars. I’m 100% too old and cynical for this book, but I’m not the target demographic! But still, I felt like this collection was very jumbled, and the “advice” was often so heavy handed in the “love yourself before you can expect anyone to love you ALSO you don’t need a partner to find happiness ALSO you’ll find love when it’s meant to be ALSO ALSO ALSO” variety as to be patronizing. As a former perpetually heartbroken teen...
  • peyton
  • USOM
    I adore the concept and introduction in Dear Heartbreak. Talk about an ingenious idea. How I'd like to write multiple letters to Heartbreak. And the teens in here do just that. And the authors answer. They answer with brutal honesty, with love, and with care. Both the letters and the responses are genuine, raw, and emotional. They bleed, they cry, they rage.full review:
  • Sarah
    Not too sure why someone thought this was a good idea
  • Kristie
    This novel really caught my eye, the cover is gorgeous and I was intrigued by the concept however, after reading the book I was disappointed. This novel just didn't go where I was wanting it to, the advice wasn't great and I agree with some of the other reviews. Some of the authors seemed, at times, condescending and didnt give any real advice or any connection to the letter at all, just a lot of generic love yourself before others can love you a...
  • Linda
    I wish I'd had this book when I was a teen. I would have loved to have known that someone else empathized; that there was life on the other side of heartbreak. That's what's great about this book. Each author takes time to address the issues in the letters not just in one paragraph but several pages in many cases. They don't just give pithy advice--they share their own stories of heartbreak in a way that the letter writers can't help but feel hea...
  • Sam
    Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC!I always find anthologies difficult to rate, mainly because the stories in them often tend to be a mixed bag. What I loved about Dear Heartbreak, is that it isn't typical of what an anthology would be. Real teens submitted letters to "Heartbreak" and popular YA authors took the time to respond to plights. It's an interesting take on Dear Abby, that's for sure.What I loved about this book was more the lette...
  • Lynne
    3.75 starsAnthology collections that are short stories or essays can be difficult to review at times, however reviewing an anthology of letters from real teens that are answered by authors in story form with a sprinkling of advice is something I haven’t done until now. As the title suggests, Dear Heartbreak has teens write in to authours about their heartbreaks and about the not so pleasant side of love which is unfortunately something we do no...
  • Taasia (libraepaintspages)
    Well this was a pleasant surprise.
  • Kalyn Delillo
    Dear Heartbreak is a collection of letters from anonymous teens to Heartbreak and responses from some of today’s most popular YA authors. When I first started reading this novel, I was really enjoying it, but by the 6th response it seemed redundant and almost like the authors were repeating the same thing time after time. The 6th response especially made me uncomfortable due to the graphic account of rape that just doesn’t seem like something...
  • Lisa Reviews Books
    Teen: Dear heartbreak: you suck. I feel lonely.Author: yeah, heartbreak does suck. At the ripe old age of 36, I have amassed all of the secrets of the universe. Before I met my husband, I dated a boy named Brad. He and i had no spark. We broke up and i cried. Not long after that, I met my husband. You will not be a loser forever, sweetie!! Get a hobby. Love yourself. Kisses - [name in cursive] Two extra stars for Libba Bray.
  • Diana
    I went in knowing it’s about heartbreak of course and it’s interesting to read the teen’s stories of love and heartbreak but some of the stories had some disconnect (obviously the YA authors didn’t have a ton to go on in some instances). I was hoping it would be more like Dear Sugar but it wasn’t. That Being said, hopefully the exercise of writing down one’s feelings and heartbreak helped the teens heal.
  • Jessie
    There are messages here that I like and think are important, but the book is pretty repetitive. For all that one of those repeated messages is "love yourself" (with variations of "you don't need someone else to complete you" and similar) and all the talk of friendship in addition to romantic love, it's super not aro-friendly. (Not that that's a surprise, but still. Sigh.)I didn't always understand the authors' choices of letters or how they chose...
  • Leila Jaafari
    Nothing I had heard before.
  • Barbara
    I'd give this one a 3.5. Despite some of the naysayers who didn't like this book, I did. Its concept is original--real teens writing letters to Heartbreak--and then various authors, many of them well known and well established, choosing a letter to which they then responded. The teens' letters are heart-wrenching and sometimes ever so innocent and hopeful while some of them seem ready to give up, and the authorial responses are honest, drawn from...
  • Amy
    To be released on Tuesday, Dear Heartbreak is a collection of letters written by teens concerning their heartbreak struggles and the corresponding responses from YA authors. The authors provide encouragement, life tips and personal anecdotes to address the teens' issues. Topics dealt with include loneliness, self confidence, disability, assault, depression, termination of a relationship, lack of a relationship and self love, among others. Clearl...
  • belle jane
    this was really good!!!! rtc 💕
  • Mandy
    Read my full review on Forever Young Adult.
  • emma
    Letters from teens about love and heartbreak, answered by YA authors. I love this book. It’s gentle and fierce and generous and raw. I love how casually these authors write; this is truly their thoughts, not as a voices of authority, but of caring, feeling people whose hearts have been through it. Lovely. (and representation! hurray!)
  • Amanda
    Honestly, I don't know how to review this but I will give it my best shot.There were letters in this book that I related to, and some that I did not. Some that tugged at my heartstrings and some I just didn't get. I don't mean to minimize any of the letter writer's letters by saying I didn't get it, just simply that I couldn't relate and/or understand. The same goes for the authors responses. Some I felt answered the letter, and some I just didn'...