Guest Post & Giveaway: The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak

A Playlist For A Broken Heart by Ali Novak

The Heartbreakers centers around Stella Samuel, an aspiring photographer who is a triplet. While on a road trip to Chicago, she bumps into a guy with a killer smile and gorgeous blue eyes. His name is Oliver Perry, and he’s the lead singer of the Heartbreakers, a four piece boy band from Portland, Oregon who were discovered on YouTube. But Stella has no clue who Oliver really is, and this is where my story begins: two strangers—a seemingly normal boy and spirited girl—meeting in a coffee shop.

Although they feel an instant connection, being in a relationship is tricky: Stella wants to spend time with Oliver, but her sister Cara has been diagnosed non-Hodgkin lymphoma, something she feels an enormous amount of guilt over; Oliver wishes he could put Stella first, but his band is falling apart, and on top of that, he’s receiving loads of pressure from the record label to maintain his playboy image. It doesn’t take long for Stella and Oliver to realize that sometimes love hurts. 

Here is Oliver and Stella’s playlist for a broken heart:

1.      A Great Big World, Christina Aguliera, “Say Something”
2.      Sick Puppies, “Don’t Walk Away”
3.      Jason Reeves, “Photographs & Memories.”
4.      Avril Lavigne, “When You’re Gone”
5.      Ron Pope, “A Drop in The Ocean”
6.      Carolina Liar, “I’m Not Over”
7.      3 Doors Down, “Here Without You”
8.      McFly, “Too Close for Comfort”
9.      Taylor Swift, “White Horse”
10.  Red, “Never Be The Same”
11.  The Spill Canvas, “All Over You”
12.  Coldplay, “The Scientist”
13.  Daughtry, “It’s Not Over”
14.  Nick Lachey, “What’s Left Of Me”
15.  Seether, Amy Lee, “Broken”

About the Author

Ali Novak writes contemporary young adult romance and is a recent graduate of the University of Madison Wisconsin's creative writing program. She wrote her first full length novel, My Life with the Walter Boys, at the age of fifteen. Since posting the story online, it has received more than 33 million reads and is now published by Sourcebooks Fire.

The Heartbreakers

Author: Ali Novak
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Publishers: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult

Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD…for four hours. She’s totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she’ll never see him again.

Except, Stella’s life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry – lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life?

But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver – dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band – when her sister could be dying of cancer?


  1. I don't know that I have a favorite band right now. I really do like Maroon 5 so probably them. Since I have a 7yo daughter, I am listening to far more Katy Perry and Taylor Swift though.

  2. My favorite band is Incubus!

  3. Coldplay
    (Ileana A.-rafflecopter)

  4. I'm a fan of James Taylor.
    (Jennifer M. I. rafflecopter)

  5. My favorite band is probably Florence & the Machine or Muse. :)


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