Hearts Made for Breaking

Hearts Made for Breaking

by Jen Klein


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Reel him in. Make him love you. Break his heart? Think How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days for contemporary YA romance readers. A sure bet for anyone in search of a heartwarming, laugh-out-loud love story that will charm their socks off.

Lark is the queen of breakups. When she ends things with a boy, there are never any hard feelings. Sometimes he doesn't even realize that she broke up with him. And that's exactly how Lark likes it. What's the point in hurting people? Or getting hurt?

Her best friends, Cooper and Katie, think Lark's dating pattern is tragic. How can she know what love is if she refuses to take risks? They dare her to finally have a bad breakup, one that matters. To appease her friends, Lark selects "Undateable" Ardy Tate as her target. He's a mysterious challenge and completely different from any guy she's ever dated. Can she win him over? Will she break his heart? Or will the Queen of Breakups have her heart broken?

Fall in love with another YA romance from Jen Klein, the author of Shuffle, Repeat, which SLJ praised as "addictive. Fans of Deb Caletti and Sarah Dessen will enjoy this sweet romance."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524700089
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 180,410
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.31(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

JEN KLEIN is the author of Shuffle, Repeat; Summer Unscripted; and Hearts Made for Breaking. When she's not writing YA novels, Jen is an Emmy-nominated television writer. She has written on the series Grey's Anatomy and Star. Jen lives in Los Angeles. Visit her online at jenkleinbooks.com and follow her on Twitter at @jenkleinbooks.

Read an Excerpt

Yesterday, my heart was “broken,” which is why today I’m sitting on a glossy but practical daybed with hidden drawers for extra storage. The mattress is firm, the spread is a bright floral pattern, and the throw pillows are wide and comfortable.
Yep—IKEA on a Saturday morning. That’s me. It’s not exactly something I like to publicize, but this is what I do every time I fake a heartbreak. What better place to try to forget what’s wrong with me than here: a collection of perfect rooms, just like the rooms in the houses I want to design someday. Perfect houses for perfect families full of perfectly normal people.
That’s the dream.
I stay where I am through visits from a handful of other families who are interested in outfitting their homes. In the past, I’ve gone to a compact kitchen or one of IKEA’s cleverly designed space-friendly living rooms, but yesterday’s relationship dissolution propelled me here. There’s something comforting about the idea of eventually owning a home that I might want other people to visit. A place to be peaceful, a place to be proud of . . .
Until there’s an earthquake.
At least, that’s what I first think when I jolt awake, startled by the bed’s movement beneath me. Horribly aware that Southern California is a hotbed of geologic activity, I grab for the frame, jerk to an upright position, and scramble to remember the closest exit.
Except then the fog wisps away from my brain, and I realize three things all at once:
1.   I was asleep in IKEA.
2.   There was no earthquake after all.
3.   Undateable Ardy Tate is sitting on the end of the bed, looking at me with undisguised curiosity.
“Sorry, Lark.” His eyes are wide and brown and blinky behind his dark-rimmed glasses. I notice the light freckles scattered across the pale skin of his nose. “I didn’t realize you were actually asleep.”
“I wasn’t.” Lie #1.
“I wasn’t trying to freak you out.”
“You didn’t.” Lie #2. Ardy is all kinds of cute and lanky and—let’s be honest—a little awkward as he perches beside me in his screen-printed tee and skinny khakis. I realize I have no idea what to say to him, and that’s the part that’s freaking me out because usually I know exactly what to say to a boy.
No, not usually. Always.
This double standard is how I know the universe is unfair: because Ardy Tate is labeled Undateable, when, despite all appearances to the contrary, it should be a description for me: Lark Dayton.
My third and fourth fingers are tapping against the bed frame, so I make a tight fist to still the movement. “What are you doing here?” I ask, before thinking the question through, because it’s definitely not one I want to answer in return.
“My mom sent me out for candles.” Ardy looks rueful. “And, yes, I know I’m nowhere near the candles. This place is a maze.”
“Tell me about it,” I say, grasping the lifeline he’s unintentionally thrown out for me. “My parents wanted me to get . . . napkins.”
“The cute striped ones,” I say, remembering a package my mother bought one time. “I ended up in Guest Rooms and needed to take a break.”
“It’s not for the faint of heart,” Ardy agrees. “I think napkins and candles are both in the Marketplace. You want to go find it?”
I nod because what else would I do, and moments later we’re winding our way past closet storage systems and toward the staircase. My fingers tap against the leather strap of my messenger bag, and I hazard a sideways glance up at Ardy. He’s tall—much taller than I am—with a sharply angled jawline and the finest dusting of shadow around his mouth. Maybe he doesn’t shave on weekends. I wouldn’t know, because this is the first time I’ve seen him outside of REACH High.
It’s October now; Ardy Tate transferred to my school at the beginning of our senior year, so I’ve only been aware of him for a couple of months. When he arrived, even though I was newly flirting with Rahim Antoun, I noticed that (a) Transfer Boy existed and (b) Transfer Boy was quirky-hot and seemed smart. At first I didn’t pay much attention to him because Rahim and I soon were finding places to make out on campus, and I was enjoying that New Boy rush. By the time Rahim and I stopped hanging out (after I invented superstrict parents who would never let me go anywhere with him), two new things had come to my attention: (c) Transfer Boy’s name was Ardy Tate, and (d) Ardy Tate was Undateable—something about an event that occurred at his old high school—plus, he was basically stapled to Hope Burkett’s side. Hope’s boyfriend, Evan, is stapled to her other side, so supposedly she and Ardy aren’t together, but they seem like they are, and that’s enough for me. Although I may mess around with lots of guys, I do not go after those who belong to other people. Not by a long shot.
A girl has to maintain some ethics.
As we reach the bottom of the stairs, I can’t help asking the question. “What’s Hope doing today?”
Ardy looks confused. “I don’t know, homework or hanging out with Evan, probably. What’s Dax doing?”
His question throws me for a loop. Sure, Dax is the boyfriend who fake-broke my fake heart last night, but our short-term dalliance wasn’t front-page news or anything. Has Ardy been paying attention to who I date?
Or, rather, “date”?
“I don’t know,” I tell Ardy, because I don’t want to go there.
We step into the controlled chaos of the IKEA Marketplace: a tangle of aisles filled with interesting, low-priced items. The shelves closest to the stairs are brimming with galvanized metal wall letters, the type you buy separately so you can assemble them into words like FAMILY and LOVE and TOGETHERNESS to decorate your home.

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Hearts Made for Breaking 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
shantaH 3 months ago
Lark has had many relationships but she never gets emotionally attached. She kisses them and leaves them and she likes it that way, there is never any drama or messy breakups. Her best friends challenge her to actually stay in a relationship long enough to catch feelings. This is my first time reading a Jen Klein book and I really enjoyed it. I did find the story to be a bit predictable but I really enjoyed the relationship she developed and how it changed her.
Anonymous 5 months ago
It's really difficult to come up with a story line that hasn't been done. Or to freshen an overused premise. Or to come up with a new unexpected twist the reader could never foresee. That being said, the predictability level of this book was pretty high up there. That's not to say I wasn't entertained by the ride, it just fit the YA cookie cutter romance bill every step of the way. It's like those cheesy chic flicks, you know exactly what's going to happen but you want to watch it play out anyway. If you need a lighthearted, fun, quick romcom this is exactly that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. *ARC provided by netgalley in exchange for an honest review. reel him in. make him love me. break his heart. wow. okay. this is the second book i've read from jen klein. shuffle, repeat was full of fluff and intense moments and this book was no different. the synopsis was so good i was very excited and curious about it being a girl doing the heartbreaking for a change. this book was so refreshing i thoroughly enjoyed it. Hearts Made for Breaking follows Lark, a girl that refuses to get her heart broken so she comes up with all kinds of excuses to get boys to break up with her. her friends challenge her to date a boy for real and deal with an actual heartbreak. this book was full of laughter... love... pain but it was worth it at the end. jen, sweetie, you've done it again thank you so much. for the most part, the main character (lark) was a likable character even though i couldn't relate to her but the way she handled things with boys was so messy?????? anyways i want friends like cooper and katie (without the drama). LETS TALK ABOUT ARDY!!!! i hated that people deemed him "undateable" (which btw was for a different reason that i originally thought) because he was SO SWEET AND PURE AND MUST BE PROTECTED AT ALL COSTS!!!!!!!! oh yeah hope was great too their friendship was so pure :') i am truly a sucker for these types of books and i cannot wait to see what jen klein is planning next
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
lark dayton is that girl who lies to get boys to dump her. mostly because she doesn't want to have that big breakup fight. possibly because she's been hearing her parents have that big breakup fight for years but it never gets better. but when she meets ardy tate in hearts made for breaking. he's not her usual kind of guy. he's a little strange. a little bit too honest. maybe a bit too good to be true. but lark likes him. she can't read him though, and that's enough reason for her to not take a risk. but when her best friends, katie and cooper, dare her to be with someone for 3 months and be real and not fake her way into a breakup but have a real one, her mind drifts to ardy. soon, she's finding ways to interact with him. excuses to talk or study together. he's still a bit hard to read, and he's definitely weird, but lark likes all this. he likes her back. but there's his past and her curiosity and the game that isn't really a game waiting in the wings to blow everything up. i just loved how their relationship grew and developed on the page, they're both flawed but interesting and they grow and figure stuff out to become better versions of themselves in a way that's really quite great. **hearts made for breaking will publish on april 30, 2019. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/random house publishing group (random house children's) in exchange for my honest review.
CRISSYM More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read from this author and it was such an enjoyable read. I devoured this book in one sitting. This high school romance story is filled with sweet moments, friendships, heartbreaks, laughs, tears, drama, mistakes, misunderstandings, apologies and forgiveness. The characters were wonderful and the storyline is one that romance readers will enjoy. Lark ends every relationship before she truly lets herself get in too deep but Ardy changes everything. What starts out as a game turns out to be and mean so much more. Lark and Ardy's chemistry was undeniable and I loved them together, their weirdness and all. Lark finds herself falling deeper and deeper but once her secret is revealed it just might be too late to fix the damage it caused. The ending was sweet but I definitely wished there was an epilogue because the ending felt rushed. However, this is one story that I know I will read again.