The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel is a truly amazing book about teenage romance, but in the single friend's point-of-view. Becca is a junior in high school with a rather unusual after school job. She spends her time thinking up new ways to break up couples for her clients. After a cute new guy moves to her school during her eighth grade year, her childhood best friend, Huxley, ditches her for the popular new guy, Steve. Suddenly, their once seemingly unbreakable childhood friendship dissolves into Huxley's newfound social rising.
After a very effective break-up due to Becca, things start to shift in her once peaceful world. Becca's new best friend Val starts to become one of the relationship zombies that flood the halls of Ashland High when Ezra starts dating Val. When Becca gets a new client named Mr. Towne, he wants her to break up the leaders of the relationship zombies. That's when things start to spiral out of control.
Will Becca be able to keep her friendship with Val and keep her from going full zombie mode, or will the pressure to be in a relationship win in the end? Can Becca break up the number one couple in the school? But mostly, will she be able to keep her job a secret, or will the vengeful ex-girlfriends of Ashland High be able to bring forth the true identity of The Break-Up Artist?
I waited quite a while to read this book, but let me tell you, it was well worth the wait! I got so sucked into The Break-Up Artist that I couldn't put it down for a whole weekend. I couldn't wait to see what happened next and to find out how everything would pan out. I would recommend this book to anyone! Truly an amazing book!