The Pursuit of Miss Heartbreak Hotel
Two teen girls, once best friends but now estranged, share an electric connection that is rekindled—and tested—in their common struggle with identity, sexuality, and the undeniable necessity to confront their emerging selves head-on.It’s senior year and Lucy Butler has fallen into a comfortable rhythm; she’s captain of the track team, a sarcastic introvert, and the second favorite child at home. She has her life completely planned out: she knows her friends, her future college major, and her crush, the unattainable Ms. Hayes.But when Lu reconnects with her childhood best friend, Eve, in the girls’ bathroom and comforts her after a pregnancy scare, all attachments to Ms. Hayes fall off. Lu and Eve have a chemistry that’s fierce and undeniable, and pretty soon they’re closer than they have been in years. But is this what former best friends reconnecting feels like, or is it more?In the chaotic aftermath of graduation, Lu and Eve will have to let everything they knew about love and life go... or risk missing out on their last chance to be carefree teens.

The Pursuit of Miss Heartbreak Hotel Details

TitleThe Pursuit of Miss Heartbreak Hotel
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 21st, 2019
PublisherHenry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Rating
GenreLGBT, Young Adult, Contemporary

The Pursuit of Miss Heartbreak Hotel Review

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    I tried to give this the benefit of the doubt because I always want to support books about queer girls, but this was quite possibly my least favorite book of the year? The writing was just... not great. Ugh.
  • mahana
    January 1, 1970
    I can't get past the third chapter. I just can't. The writing is like a pretentious "hip" 60-year-old trying desperately hard to get down with the kids. "Man-o, that prego pop quiz the betty took is aces!"I don't care if this book is sapphic, I can't fucking continue.
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  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    January 1, 1970
    "two teen girls, once best friends but now estranged" YEAHHH GIVE ME THAT GOOD TROPE
  • Brian
    January 1, 1970
    An okay book, ruined by the fact that the story is told in an incomprehensible author-invented slang. I honestly had a difficult time understanding it.
  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    The only reason I’m rating this book a 2 is because it kept me intrigued as to what would happen between Lu and Eve but I could not get past the language in this book. I had no idea what time period this was in or what was going on most of the time but I am happy they ended up together in the end
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  • Emi
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. The story was good (queer girl drama/romance = yaaaass!), but I found the language and slang difficult to follow at times.
  • Leslie
    January 1, 1970
    Happy book birthday and huge thanks to NetGalley and Henry Holt and Co. for the advance review copy.Lucy “Lu” Butler and Eve used to be best friends, that is until Eve got super hot and ditched Lu for the “Pretty Pennies” of the school. After a chance encounter in the girls’ bathroom senior year during Eve’s pregnancy scare, the two slowly start to reconnect, and Lu realizes that her feelings for Eve may be more than platonic. In addition to gradation stresses, Lu is facing the potential death o Happy book birthday and huge thanks to NetGalley and Henry Holt and Co. for the advance review copy.Lucy “Lu” Butler and Eve used to be best friends, that is until Eve got super hot and ditched Lu for the “Pretty Pennies” of the school. After a chance encounter in the girls’ bathroom senior year during Eve’s pregnancy scare, the two slowly start to reconnect, and Lu realizes that her feelings for Eve may be more than platonic. In addition to gradation stresses, Lu is facing the potential death of a beloved grandparent and conflicting emotions about Eve.The most distinctive thing about this book is its language. Lu and her peers have a language all their own that is a cross between 50s, 80s, and modern, teen slang. I absolutely loved it! I had to take a little more time here and there with a few phrases, but overall, it was easy to understand and gave the book a strong perspective and a great point-of-view.I was a fan of the characters as well. Lu goes through a lot in just a few months, and she grows so much during that time. I loved her and Eve’s budding relationship, and Lu’s BFFs would be great friends to have. I definitely recommend this one if you’re a fan of contemporary YA. No fantasy or sci-fi to be had here, just pretty solid characters, normal teenage drama but with a lot of heart. The pub date is well-timed; this is the perfect summer read.This one is out today, so be sure to check it out from your local library or pick up a copy from your fav, local bookseller.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    DNFThe writing just wasn't working for me.
  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.While the book did technically have a plotline - mainly the situation with Lu's grandmother and her relationship with Eve - the abbreviated pacing made it difficult to become emotionally invested in any of the characters or storylines. (For example, the intense crush on teacher storyline, which was somewhat uncomfortable, nevertheless disappears entirely after the first third or so, predicting the emotional staying power of the rest of the work.) However, I wouldn Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.While the book did technically have a plotline - mainly the situation with Lu's grandmother and her relationship with Eve - the abbreviated pacing made it difficult to become emotionally invested in any of the characters or storylines. (For example, the intense crush on teacher storyline, which was somewhat uncomfortable, nevertheless disappears entirely after the first third or so, predicting the emotional staying power of the rest of the work.) However, I wouldn't have necessarily wanted to read any more because the strange slang made the text distracting and at times unbearable. I kept looking for an explanation (was the book was taking place in the 1920s or the future?) but it just seemed to have been a misguided narrative choice. I was glad that everyone used it rather than just Lucy, but the use of such odd language made her narration even harder to connect with. Overall, this feels like several adult gimmicks stuffed into the skin of a YA work.
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  • KappaBooks
    January 1, 1970
    DNF: page 72*I received this ARC in a giveaway from a fellow book bloggerAbsolutely not. The weird slang was far, far too much. I thought I could manage because it's a small book, but dear god I couldn't. It can't have been a "youth of today" mistake, it just had to be a poorly made creative choice. But it was nonsensical and ruined any chance I had at connecting with the characters.
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  • Grace
    January 1, 1970
    I just.... no one talks like that????? I literally couldn’t get over how much LITERALLY NO ONE TALKS LIKE THAT???? I think it was supposed to be unique and new but it read as so “look at how young kids talk” and I can’t
  • Brianna Peterson
    January 1, 1970
    The slang was a little hard to follow at times.
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