A Field Guide For Heartbreakers by Kristen Tracy

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A Field Guide For Heartbreakers by Kristen TracyA Field Guide For Heartbreakers by Kristen Tracy
Published by Disney Electronic Content on 2010-07-13
Genres: Adolescence, Friendship, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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Best friends Dessy and Veronica arrive in Europe with wildly different plans. Dessy hopes to heal her newly broken heart by diving into the creative writing workshop that brought the girls to Prague. Veronica’s plan, meanwhile, is to conquer as many hot-dudes as possible in one month—and help Dessy recycle her heart in the process. Her method:

· Dress like you are the party.

· Explore the terrain. (Moderate stalking is totally allowed.)

· Be adventurous. And that means being prepared to hide in your suitcase.

· Ask questions that make your hot-dude feel smart.

· Gloss early, gloss often, and bring gum. Because a kiss can happen when you least expect it!

At first, Veronica’s plan is working so well that Dessy thinks she might be a love genius. But soon it’s clear that Operation Maneater has a few holes. Like its failure to anticipate crazy mixed signals—and worse, its mysterious tendency to plague a friendship with secrets and lies.

Well, no one ever said breaking hearts was a simple craft….

Getting dumped by a bird-obsessed guy named Hamilton not only sucks, it’s humiliating. Dessy, the dumpee and main character of A Field Guide For Heartbreakers by Kristen Tracy, is a quintessential good girl, about to embark on a summer writing trip to Prague with her screwball bestie, Veronica. The girls decide to throw caution to the wind and meet all sorts of cute boys in Europe.

After Italy, Prague is the number one European destination that I want to visit! I liked this as a backdrop as I do get bored with books set in America. My inner history junkie came out as the book mentions cool tidbits about Prague’s past.

Hijinks ensue as Dessy tries to land a cutie who reminds her of her ex and Veronica tries to hook up with every good looking boy she meets. Veronica actually makes this thing she calls a man wall, comprised of silhouettes to represent each boy.

Overall, I quite enjoyed A Field Guide For Heartbreakers by Kristen Tracy, with one caveat. I found Veronica to be incredibly annoying. She put herself in stupid, unsafe situations. I mean, she would go off with strangers on dates. I’m not sure I would do something like that. Call me boring, but I don’t take my life into my hands while visiting another country. Also, I felt she was very pushy towards Dessy. I’m not really certain that’s how friends should treat each other. Granted, yes I have done many a stupid things with my friends, but of my own free will, not because they push me into it.

Dessy though, I liked. I felt she was very level headed. She kept a calm demeanor during most of Veronica’s craziness. What sucks though, is that she was so hung up on her ex, but I get that. Breaking up is hard to do, especially if it’s your first one. I think Tracy really portrayed this facet of teen life well.

If you like reading about non-American places and teens traveling, then I suggest you check A Field Guide For Heartbreakers by Kristen Tracy out for a fun romp through Prague.

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About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. Enbrethiliel says


    I'm starting to think there's a mandatory irresponsible, annoying friend in travel novels/movies for teens, just so the reader gets some small vicarious thrills (however ill-advised) without the hero/heroine being the one to look bad. =P

    Thanks for the review, April. =)

  2. cynthial11 says

    This one sounds like fun! Thanks for the review!

  3. this books sounds cute.I'll definitely check this one out.

  4. This one sounds fun and cute. Sometimes I find a certain character annoying too.

  5. I love the cover for this one. Nice review!

  6. Christina T says

    I loved the cultural aspect of this novel too. Prague sounds like such a beautiful city. I was also not a fan of Veronica at times but I enjoyed reading about Dessy and Prague. Great review!

    Have you read Pretty Face by Mary Hogan? It involves a teen girl spending a summer in Italy. I was so jealous of her vacation opportunity. 🙂

  7. I kind of wonder if we're looking at a scape goat friend here – one who is so over the top boy crazy that her friends actions all seem very sensible and tame in comparison?

    Love that it's set in Prague. I don't read many teen contemporary roamnces, but I think I like them best when they feature summers abroad (The Juliet Club). Prague is wonderful by the way, although a bit more expensive than when I went I think – save your pennies.

  8. daydreamerN says

    I really want to read this book! I love the cover!

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