Friends don’t let friends make the same horrible relationship mistakes twice.
Rion, Amy, and Arielle, the three occupants of first-year dorm Harrison Tower’s Suite 17C have never met before the first day of school, but they soon discover they have one thing in common – being on the wrong end of an epically awful breakup.
Heartbreak sucks, especially when the girls should have seen the trouble coming from a mile away. But there’s no better time than the beginning of college to take charge of your own love life, and nobody better than a roommate to keep you accountable. Over ice cream and pizza their first week, the girls vow never again to date anyone like the assholes who ripped their hearts out and smeared them across the quad.
And that’s how the Broken Hearts’ Society of Suite 17C is born.
Now, if only Crash, the tattooed, pierced, and probably stoned guy who works at Rion’s newest job, wasn’t so damn sexy and sweet…
If only Matt, the thoughtful and driven pastor’s kid, would quit being so okay with just being Amy’s friend…
If only Lauren, the innocent small-town girl with her own set of issues, would stop finishing Arielle’s sentences and invading her dreams…
it would be a lot easier for the girls to keep their promises to the Society and to themselves.
Genre: Upper YA/lower NA contemporary romance 318 Pages
The book follows Rion, Arielle, and Amy’s first year of college; it begins on Orientation Day and goes through Finals. The day they meet each other, each woman has experienced a traumatic shock. And these are people who would not have been friends without this room assignment Freshman year. On paper, these ladies are vastly different. Rion, a foul mouthed foster kid with a record. Arielle, a Jewish lesbian with a broken heart. Amy, a devout Christian living her parents’ dream. Each girl is experiencing the Mother of All Bad Days when they meet. Despite the epic personality and background differences, they have broken hearts in common. And that pain is universal. The three roommates form “The Broken Hearts’ Society of Suite 17C,” a private club where they hold each other accountable for making better decisions in matters of the heart. Sharing fears and hopes and frustrations over pizza and ice cream strengthen their friendship. Three women who can no longer trust easily trust each other unconditionally.
They are forced to examine their lives, and it is especially difficult to come of age while reeling from loss and heartbreak. It is an authentic look at life in transition, and each girl wants to protect herself from further pain. They risk not letting good people in because they are so focused on keeping the bad ones out. Rion fights her attraction to Crash, a tatted up, pierced bad boy. Arielle wades slowly into uncharted waters with Lauren, a straight girl. Amy re-examines her life goals with the help of Matt, the first guy to not make decisions for her.
Do not think this is a predictable “they got their hearts broken – met new sweethearts – the end” type contemporary romance. They each have very realistic conflicts internally and with others, making the journeys uphill all the way. You cannot help but root for the sad women you meet early in the book to smile again. This is a great read full of laughs, tears, setbacks and triumphs – and not necessarily in that order.
LeighAnn, her husband, and four children live in Columbus, Ohio. When she’s not immersed in the world of fiction, you can find her with her nose buried in her Kindle, obsessing over the latest superhero movie, or using her kids as an excuse to go out for ice cream (again).