ARC Review: If We Break Up by Cheyanne Young
If We Break Up
Author: Cheyanne Young
To Be Published: March 8, 2022
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: January 20-29, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
Honey Blackwell’s high school sweetheart is getting on her nerves. Like everyone else in their small town, Luca thinks he and Honey should take over his family business and live happily ever after. Honey wants more. That’s why she secretly applied to her dream college in Colorado. When she gets in, Luca is devastated. After the biggest argument of their lives, Honey discovers a scientific journal that claims people find their true soul mate after being in five relationships. She poses this experiment to Luca, and soon they’ve made a pact to break up, go on five dates with different people, and then decide if they’re truly meant to be together forever. It’s science, after all, and science has never let Honey down.
Finding people to date is awkward, exciting, and a little futile. None of Honey’s dates are soul mate material, which is starting to prove Luca’s hypothesis—that they are already soul mates. When the rest of STEM club comes down with food poisoning, Honey finds herself at the weekend science convention with Mason, her mortal enemy. Mason, the guy who also got into her dream college. The guy she just accidentally kissed.
She likes him. But she loves Luca. As she struggles to choose between the picture-perfect future she already has and the temptation of the unknown, she learns that love isn’t a scientific equation. It’s a choice. And now Honey must make hers.
I loved If We Break Up! This is a YA contemporary novel with a simple premise to it: Honey (Yes, that is her name!) and Luca have grown up together their whole lives and both sets of their parents were high school sweethearts and all work together. Honey and Luca are ‘the couple’ at their high school and their whole lives are already planned out. But…. Honey has doubts. Then she finds an article that says you find your soulmate after five relationships. Honey and Luca decide to mutually break up and go on five dates and then decide if they want to get back together.
But finding five dates is harder than Honey planned on. And she did not plan on the feelings she felt seeing Luca with other girls… Then Honey starts seeing her long term ‘enemy’ Mason in a different way after a weekend together for a STEM club event.
What will Honey decide to do????
I know what my opinion of Luca and Mason both were and what direction I wanted Honey to go in. You think the novel will end up going in one direction and then Young pulls a jab in there and throws you off. This happened a few times for me as the novel went in directions I was not expecting, which includes family drama.
If We Break Up takes place in Texas and an earlier chapter brings us to Dinosaur Valley State Park. I really enjoyed this chapter because my sister lived in Texas for a few years and when I visited her we went there. I really enjoyed remembering that trip!
The ending was absolutely perfect! This novel ended the way it needed to and I adored it. This is a coming-of-age novel and Honey does learn about herself by the end. Will Honey choose the known with Luca or go for her dream? Or will it be a little bit of both?? You must read If We Break Up to find out!
Many thanks to the author Cheyanne Young for sending me an arc to read and review!
If We Break Up is highly recommended!
Here are some picture of my sister and myself at Dinosaur State Valley Park:
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