Instructions for a Broken Heart

Author: 
Kim Culbertson
Grade Level: 
Teen, Young adult
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

If a reviewer where to “instruct” a reader on if they should or should not read Instructions for a Broken Heart, by Kim Culbertson, the most important feature of the book that would “make or break it” for the reader would be if they could relate to the main character. If you have never gone through heart break, or if you are not currently going through heart break this may not be a choice book. In many ways the book is much like, Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes, with a young girl going on a crazy trip to Europe. This is one of those books that if you wanted to spend your summer in Europe, but could not actually go to Europe, it's the very next best thing. The book is more driven toward artistic or creative minded, but anyone could enjoy the book. The journey through the book and the development for most of the characters is realistic, amusing and enjoyable. The only part I was not fond of was the ending, although it’s a fulfilling ending and closes loose ties, it almost seems too neatly done. I give this book a 4/5 stars, because it’s a great trip through Italy and a girl's journey.

Reviewer Name: 
Caitlin Hay