ARC Review – Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra


Hello loves and Happy Friday! Today, I’ll be sharing my review for SYMPTOMS OF A HEART BREAK  by Sona Charaipotra. This book made me smile, laugh and cry and oh mannn… I really enjoyed all the wonderful FEELS.

In her solo debut, Sona Charaipotra brings us a compelling #ownvoices protagonist who’s not afraid to chase what she wants. This book goes from romantic comedy highs to tearjerker lows and is the ultimate cure-all for young adult readers needing an infusion of something heartfelt.




Published: July 2, 2019

Publisher: Imprint ((Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group))

Genre(s): Young Adult. Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction

Format: Hardcover 336 Pages





The youngest doctor in America, an Indian-American teen makes her rounds―and falls head over heels―in the contemporary romantic comedy Symptoms of a Heartbreak.

Fresh from med school, sixteen-year-old medical prodigy Saira arrives for her first day at her new job: treating children with cancer. She’s always had to balance family and friendships with her celebrity as the Girl Genius―but she’s never had to prove herself to skeptical adult co-workers while adjusting to real life-and-death stakes. And working in the same hospital as her mother certainly isn’t making things any easier.

But life gets complicated when Saira finds herself falling in love with a patient: a cute teen boy who’s been diagnosed with cancer. And when she risks her brand new career to try to improve his chances, it could cost her everything.

It turns out “heartbreak” is the one thing she still doesn’t know how to treat.



Charming, Funny, and Beautifully Touching Story


Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra is a charming and beautifully touching story. It’s engrossing and bittersweet, and as much as it hurt my heart, I could not stop reading. There are so many things to love about this wonderful book and by the end, I can honestly say that this is one of my favorite reads this year.

I really enjoyed going on this amazing emotional journey. I loved the gorgeous writing, the heartfelt story, the awesome characters, the relatable relationships, and the aching, but utterly wonderful FEELS. There are plenty of lighthearted, exciting, and sweet moments. Some parts are even funny and had me laughing. But, there are also some very real, emotionally painful, and heartbreaking scenes that affected me. My heart tore into pieces and it literally felt like I was there with Saira experiencing what she feels and witnessing every sad moments with her. So, I cried… quite a lot actually and definitely had swollen puffy eyes by the time I finished reading. So, if you’re going to read this book and I think you really should, I suggest you grab a box of tissues and be prepared.

As a prodigy, Saira is such a fascinating teenager and I enjoyed her character development. I really admired her tenacity, enthusiasm, dedication, and compassion. She’s a bit impulsive and maybe even overly passionate about what she does, but I could see that she truly wants to help and do what’s best for her patients. And that’s what I really love about her. Her intentions come from her heart and she fights for what she believes is right. I can’t even imagine how it’ll be like to be 16 years old and already dealing with the mental, physical, and emotional stress of being a doctor. I think Saira handles herself quite reasonably and yes she does make mistakes, but she also learns from them and tries to be a better version of herself.

I adored Link from the very beginning and just wanted to protect him from all the pain and hurt he’s going through. He’s just so sweet, funny, honest, kind and loving that it’s impossible not to fall for him. Link definitely stole a piece of my heart and I rooted for him the entire time. And his relationship with Saira – adorably sweet and swoony. But, more on that later.

Saira and Vish’s friendship is so cute and endearing. Their relationship, while platonic, is still kind of swoony and I enjoyed all their scenes together. I loved that they’re supportive and very loyal to each other. They are so great and fun together… even if it’s just being best friends. While I’m in love with that particular friendship, I don’t feel quite the same about Saira and her other best friend Lizze. To be honest, I’m not really big fan of Lizzie and some of her actions. But, I think her friendship with Saira is realistic and relatable in some ways. I also think that that deep down Lizzie loves Saira and will always be there for her.

Saira’s family is amazing and supportive! I really liked the sweet sisterly bond between Saira and Taara. They’re opposites and want different things in life, but at the end of the day, they want each other to be happy. I also really liked how both her parents are very involved and always there for her. The extended family with all the aunties and uncles and cousins are all pretty great too and I loved how they come together to show their support. And her grandmother, Dadi, she’s so feisty, so loving, so funny, and such a remarkable woman. I loved Dadi and her cooking definitely made me crave Indian food.

I enjoyed the romance and the swoony chemistry between Saira and Link, but, if I’m being completely honest, I feel like this is one of those rare times that the book didn’t really need a love story. I just personally felt emotionally invested with Saira’s bond with her patients and her dedication on going above and beyond to help and save people. So, even without the romance part, I believe that Saira will still do everything for Link, and I would still really enjoy the story. That being said, I did love Saira and Link together, swooned over their cutesy and flirty moments, and hoped that they would both get their happily ever after.

Heartwarming and poignant, Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra is a delightfully entertaining and emotional story about family, friendship, sacrifice, love and following your dreams. It’s terribly heartbreaking, sometimes funny and uplifting, and amazingly real in every way. This is an absolutely lovely book filled with plenty of wonderful emotions and I can’t recommend it enough.

I recevied an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher, Imprint (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group) via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. divider4



The author of the YA doc dramedy Symptoms of a HeartbreakSona Charaipotra is not a doctor — much to her pediatrician parents’ chagrin. They were really hoping she’d grow up to take over their practice one day. Instead, she became a writer, working as a celebrity reporter at People and (the dearly departed) TeenPeople magazines, and contributing to publications from the New York Times to TeenVogue.

These days, she uses her Masters in screenwriting from NYU and her MFA in creative writing from the New School to poke plot holes in her favorite teen TV shows, like Riverdale — for work, of course. She’s the co-founder of CAKE Literary, a boutique book packaging company with a decidedly diverse bent, and the co-author (with Dhonielle Clayton) of the YA dance dramas Tiny Pretty Thingsand Shiny Broken Pieces, as well as the upcoming psychological thriller The Rumor Game. She’s a proud We Need Diverse Books team member. Find her sharing pictures of her kids and her chai on Instagram @sonesone2, talking writing and books on Twitter @sona_c, or pinning gorgeous lenghas and her favorite Indian food on Pinterest.




Thanks for stopping by lovelies! I hope you get to meet Saira, Link, Vish, Dadi, and the rest of the wonderful characters.

As always, have a lovely day!!!


Book Teaser – Vengeance: Damien’s Promise by Vic Tyler



COVER - Damien's Promise (VENGEANCE)


Expected Release Date: June 18, 2019

Genre(s): Dark Romance / Thriller (crime, mercenary, (loosely) mafia, forbidden love ⁣)

Series: Book 1 of the VENGEANCE Trilogy

Trigger Warnings: Abuse, Violence, Suicide, and other sensitive themes. For more information –⁣⁣


Welcome to our corner of the underworld where everything you lovecan and will be used to destroyyou.

She didn’t just fall into the lap of the most ruthless criminal organization.

She crashed our party.

Bruised, battered, and broken – this innocent soul begged us to shed blood on her behalf.

For justice.

Sweet, pure Adriana is the angel who was prepared to die for her revenge.
And I’m the demon who was raised to live for mine.

When I look at her, I see everything I didn’t have to lose.
I see my last chance at redemption.

She doesn’t belong in my world, and I’ll free her if it’s the lastthing I do.
Even if it means destroying everything she loves.

** This book contains adult content intended for mature readers, including but not limited to graphic violence, potential triggers, and explicit sexual content. **




“A brutal and mind-blowing book. This book is 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐈’𝐦 𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞.”⁣⁣

𝘋𝘦𝘣, 𝘎𝘰𝘰𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘴 𝘙𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸⁣⁣heartsdivider

“WOW, WOW, WOW. I just found 𝐦𝐲 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐧𝐮𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤. I 𝘸𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘐 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘩𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳 𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨. It is twisted and scary but the 𝐛𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐬 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝.”⁣⁣

𝘗𝘢𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘢, 𝘎𝘰𝘰𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘴 𝘙𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸⁣⁣⁣heartsdivider

“The storyline is compelling, dirty, and gritty all the while 𝘣𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘩𝘶𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘢 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘪𝘨𝘯. It’s 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐩𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐛𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠. What I thought I had figured out at the beginning is nothing to what I was left with at the end.”⁣⁣

𝘙𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘥𝘢, 𝘎𝘰𝘰𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘴 𝘙𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸⁣⁣heartsdivider

“Damien’s Promise of protection just might save Adriana, or it might kill them both in the process. This book 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯. There is not a single character that is not damaged.  Damien’s Promise is 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐬 𝐈’𝐦 𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐭 and I can’t wait for the next book.”⁣⁣

𝘉𝘦𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘥 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘉𝘭𝘰𝘨⁣⁣



Vic Tyler is a new author of contemporary romance novels.⁣⁣ She likes to think she weaves intricate stories about complex characters who come to life, but that’s the roundabout way of saying she writes too much and overshoots her estimated word count by 45%.⁣ (See? Concision is very hard for her.)⁣⁣ So if you want a fantastic (and very hot) bang for your buck, you came to the right place.⁣⁣

⁣⁣When she’s not writing, VT is a compulsive orange eater who’s a little too obsessed with finding the right espresso-to-milk balance for her lattes.⁣⁣

She’s fond of exploring all kinds of things (except caves), baking ’til her kitchen’s a mess, and laughing at the questionably funny.⁣⁣

Oh, and she also enjoys doing puzzles, which is why you’ll often find her breaking her characters’ hearts and finding new ways to piece them together again.⁣⁣



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