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!!!


ARC Review – Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen




Published: May 28, 2019

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Genre(s): Young Adult. Contemporary, Romance

Format: Hardcover 304 Pages





Mia and Jake have known each other their whole lives. They’ve endured summer vacations, Sunday brunches, even dentist visits together. Their mothers, who are best friends, are convinced that Mia and Jake would be the perfect couple, even though they can’t stand to be in the same room together.

After Mia’s mom turns away yet another cute boy, Mia and Jake decide they’ve have had enough. Together, they hatch a plan to get their moms off their backs. Permanently. All they have to do is pretend to date and then stage the worst breakup of all time—and then they’ll be free.

The only problem is, maybe Jake and Mia don’t hate each other as much as they once thought…



A delighfully cute and perfect summer romance read!


I loved The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen, so when I saw this book on Netgalley, even though I still had a bunch of other ARCs to read (too many books too little time), I couldn’t resist and requested. So, thank you to Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group / Swoon Reads for approving because Fake It Till You Break It is such an amazingly fun and charming story that made my heart melt.

The fake dating and enemies to friends to lovers tropes can be predictable and cheesy, but I absolutely LOVE them. I think these type of stories are so much fun to read and never fail to make me laugh, swoon and feel those amazing warm fuzzies. After reading so many of these stories, you’d think I would get tired of them, but it’s quite the opposite. Even though I don’t always love every single book I read, this adorable story managed to make me feel incredibly excited, totally giddy, super smiley and just bursting with so much happy. Fake It Till You Break It definitely had me hooked on the feels and I just thought the storyline was so darn cute.

Romance wise, I could not stop swooning! I loved the chemistry between Mia and Jake and thought they’re just so perfect for each other. From annoying each other, playfully bantering and flirting, slowly realizing their feelings, and sharing so many sweet moments, I loved it all and could not get enough of Mia and Jake’s irresistible cuteness. I was literally smiling so big and just gushing every single time Mia and Jake would do something nice for each other.

Jake and Mia are both really awesome characters too and I truly enjoyed getting to know them. Mia is sassy, hilarious and adorably quirky. Jake is caring, thoughtful and has such a good heart. I completely adored them and loved their personalities and sense of humor. I also really liked both their POV’s and had a fantastic time reading about how they really felt about each other. Seriously, there are so many funny parts, spine-tingling scenes, and heartwarming moments that this is without a doubt one of my favorite reads this year.

I love both the moms too and thought they were so sweet, smart, and just really awesome parents. I admired them for being understanding and supportive of their children. I also really liked Jake and Mia’s friends. They’re a fun bunch and I liked how they’re always there for Jake and Mia.

I cherish every moment in this book and I cannot get over how Nguyen perfectly captures the awkwardness, the heartbreaks, and all the joys of falling in love in your teens. Fake It Till You Break It is such a sweet and adorable YA contemporary romance and I think everyone’s going to find something irresistibly charming about this book. You’ll smile, laugh, swoon, and if you’re an emotional softy like me, you’ll probably cry. I enjoyed the writing style, I loved the storyline, and I swooned so much over Jake and Mia. The ending left me smiling so wide and big and I definitely agree that kisses in the rain are the best thing ever!

This is the perfect summer romance and a delightfully cute read. It’s lighthearted, funny, sweet, romantic and wonderfully touching. It’s definitely worth the read and I cannot recommned it enough!

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.




Jenn Nguyen fell in love with books in third grade and spent the rest of her school years reading through lunchtime and giving up recess to organize the school library. She has a degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans and still lives in the city with her husband. Jenn spends her days reading, dreaming up YA romances, and binge watching Korean dramas all in the name of ‘research’.




Thanks for stopping by lovelies! I hope you get to meet Mia and Jake.

As always, have a wonderful day!!!