Monday, 12 May 2014

Playlist for a Broken Heart - Cathy Hopkins

Published: May 8th 2014, Simon & Schuster
Pages: 256 pages, paperback
Acquired: Kindly sent for review by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads): When Paige finds an old mix CD in a local charity shop, she can't help but wonder about the boy who made it and the girl he was thinking of when he chose the songs. The tracks tell the story of a boy looking for his perfect girl, a girl to understand him, a story of being alone, being let down, misunderstood and not knowing where to turn. 

Following the clues of the music, Paige sets out to find the mysterious boy, going from gig to gig and band to band, hoping to track him down. But will who she finds at the end of the trail, be the boy she's imagined?

Another perfect girly read from Queen of Teen nominee Cathy Hopkins!

My review: I devoured the Mates, Dates series when I was a teenager so when I met Cathy Hopkins at an event last month I was ridiculously excited - isn't it great when somebody you've admired for years turns out to be even lovelier than you thought? When I was offered her newest novel for review I jumped at the chance - and boy, am I glad I did!

Playlist for a Broken Heart follows Paige's journey as she moves from Surrey to Bath, after her family suffer financial losses and have to downsize...majorly. Paige has to leave her best friend, Allegra, her crush, Alex, and her part as Juliet in her school's production of Romeo and Juliet. 

She feels lonely and isolated in Bath and isn't sure how she's going to fit in, though when she spots a home made mix CD in a charity shop and discovers each of the songs is somehow relevant to her situation things start to look up. Throw in her sharp but sweet cousin and her fashion-forward friend, Clover, and Paige starts to enjoy her new life in Bath. Plus, she quickly discovers the boys aren't all that bad either!

When Paige goes on a quest to track down the person who made the 'Songs for Sarah' CD that seems to be matching her own stresses and worries she realises that her new home might just be the best thing that happened to her.

Hopkins does such a brilliant job, as always, at writing realistic teenagers and Paige's thoughts and feelings are absolutely spot on. I love the way the mystery surrounding the CD slowly unfurls as the story progresses and the romantic elements of the book are handled really well. Hopkins has always been awesome when it comes to dialogue and Playlist for a Broken Heart is no exception - the dialogue feels fresh and current.

I have to say, though, my favourite part of the book is the setting! Lovely, beautiful Bath! Ah, it was great to read a book set in the city I'll always think of as home and Bath is such a wonderful place to set a book - it's such a vibrant, gorgeous place that it becomes a character in its own right.

Playlist for a Broken Heart is a sweet, funny story that I adored. It's a perfect summery read that'll leave you with a big grin on your face - and you'll be packing your bags ready for a trip to Bath, I promise.


  1. Fab review, I loved this one! Interesting to see a few people who've lived in Bath saying how well CH captures the city. :)

  2. This book gave me some serious Bath-sickness. I want to come home!

  3. I now desperately want to read this - and Bath .... why am I not living there already! Great review :)


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