The Breakup Bible - Melissa Kantor
This book is about a girl named Jennifer Lewis who seems to be having an amazing junior year, she has two great friends, a spot as an editor at her school's newspaper, and an amazing boyfriend (good looking, valedictorian, and the editor-in-chief). He life seems to come to a screeching halt however when Max, her boyfriend, breaks up with her after five months of, seemingly, blissful courtship. Jen doesn't know what she is going to do. What did she do wrong? How will she ever be able to go to school? The idea of never kissing Max again makes her cry. Thus begins the months long journey from heartbreak to happiness.

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the cast of characters from Jens wannabe gangster brother to her always optimistic best friend Martha. I felt that Jen's reaction was dramatic, understandable, and realistic. The writing is funny and thoughtful and I enjoyed Jen's relationship with her friends. Clara wants her to be strong and move on (Jen wishes she would shut up) and Martha is certain that Max will want Jen back (which is all Jen wants to hear)

I spent most of this book waiting for Jen to stop being sad and get angry but the wait was well worth it. Healing can not be rushed and sometimes, even when you think you are healed, old wounds can open up. This is a story about overcoming obstacles and learning how to take risks again.

I also recommend Melissa Kantor's book If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince?