Heartbreaker

Heartbreaker

Apoignant new novel that combines humour and heartache, from the brilliant mind of Governor General?s Award finalist Claudia Dey Seventeen years after falling from a stolen car into a remote northern town, Billie Jean Fontaine is still an outsider. She may follow the stifling rules of this odd place, but no one will forget that she came from elsewhere. When Billie Jean van Apoignant new novel that combines humour and heartache, from the brilliant mind of Governor General?s Award fi...

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Title:Heartbreaker
Author:Claudia Dey
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ISBN:1443451371
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Heartbreaker Reviews

  • Lisa
    Sep 04, 2018

    Dnf at 20% There may be brilliance somewhere here, but if so I can't find it. Have no idea what I just read. Definitely not the book for me. ...

    May end up being a five star book. Need it to settle a little. ...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks out ...

    Quirky and different, Heartbreaker defies norms and logic and jumps across genres. Truthfully, even after having finished reading, I don't know what to make of it. A strange cult, everything 1980s, weird traditions, three primary narrators being a girl, a dog and a boy - sure I was...

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars Wow, this was a difficult book to rate. If I'm completely honest there are more negatives than positives while I'm sitting here trying to collect my thoughts. But I did finish the book and at no time did I seriously contemplate giving up so it must have held...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks ou...

    That was weird af. Some parts were pure brilliance, some were dubious, some others I didn't get one word of, and some were intriguing. The writing will not appeal to everybody, methinks. It can be too much but it can also be very, very powerful. The way Claudia Dey depicts what be...

    This book. THIS BOOK! I had no idea what I was in for when I started it. All I knew is that it was kind of a mystery set in the '80s... Heartbreaker begins with teenager Pony Darlene ruminating on the disappearance and life of her mother, Billie Jean. We see life through Pony's eyes...

    This book was nothing like I expected to be, yet it was so much more. It is a bizarre little story, that focuses on the disappearance of Billie Jean Fontaine and is told from three perspectives: the girl, the dog, and the boy. Through these three perspectives, readers can piece togethe...

    Thank you to Random House for an ARC of Heart-Breakerby Claudia Dey in return for an honest review, embargoed until the publication date:August 21st, 2018 Heartbreaker is the most character driven book I have read, possibly ever. Here?s the kicker. One of the most essentia...

    I've been recommending this book to anyone who will listen and prefaced each time with "but I couldn't stand the first 60-80 pages, I didn't get it." How to explain....? This will be a frustrating read for many. For me the whole first part made me want to bail so hard but I was comm...

    It's the mid-eighties. Pony Darlene lives in an isolated community, cut off from the wider world. She has only known her small patch of land, the 88 houses and their inhabitants. Hers is a community sprung from the remains of a cult, the Leader long gone. Kids and adults alike are bore...

    Heartbreaker is the youthful wisdom of Pony Darlene Fontaine because as shocking as her mother?s mythical arrival to the compound in a Mercedes Sedan was; Billy Jean Fontaine?s departure is just as random and chaotic. Pony lives in area called The Territory, with 80s rock icons and...

    This is one of those otherworldly sort of books that constantly slips through your fingers as you read it. But keep grabbing at it because what a remarkable book. Separated into three parts, each narrated by a different character, the story revolves around a small, remote place cal...

    Great for fans of kooky science fiction, Heartbreaker is definitely not for most readers. However, if you are looking for something different, you will love this book as much as I do. Pony Darlene was born and raised in a cult. Her mother has run off and her dad?s nickname is the ...

    Much different than I expected. Don't go into this thinking it's about people in a weird cult in 1985. That is what it's about but this is kind of like a fever dream or drug induced hallucination of sorts. The story is told in 3 distincts parts by 3 different narrators. It all has a ve...

    So I?m not exactly sure what I just read but I know it didn?t completely work. Dey is brave and bold I?ll give her that, and more books should have sections narrated by a dog, but there were some structural and timeline issues I couldn?t overlook. It gets points for being like ...

    Well. That was stupid. ...

    4.5 stars I?m not quite sure what to say about this book. During the first third, I was questioning whether I was going to make it through or not. However, it was an ARC sent to me by Random House after winning a giveaway on Goodreads and I always try to finish, rate and review an...

  • Angie
    Jul 09, 2018

    Dnf at 20% There may be brilliance somewhere here, but if so I can't find it. Have no idea what I just read. Definitely not the book for me. ...

    May end up being a five star book. Need it to settle a little. ...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks out ...

    Quirky and different, Heartbreaker defies norms and logic and jumps across genres. Truthfully, even after having finished reading, I don't know what to make of it. A strange cult, everything 1980s, weird traditions, three primary narrators being a girl, a dog and a boy - sure I was...

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars Wow, this was a difficult book to rate. If I'm completely honest there are more negatives than positives while I'm sitting here trying to collect my thoughts. But I did finish the book and at no time did I seriously contemplate giving up so it must have held...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks ou...

    That was weird af. Some parts were pure brilliance, some were dubious, some others I didn't get one word of, and some were intriguing. The writing will not appeal to everybody, methinks. It can be too much but it can also be very, very powerful. The way Claudia Dey depicts what be...

    This book. THIS BOOK! I had no idea what I was in for when I started it. All I knew is that it was kind of a mystery set in the '80s... Heartbreaker begins with teenager Pony Darlene ruminating on the disappearance and life of her mother, Billie Jean. We see life through Pony's eyes...

    This book was nothing like I expected to be, yet it was so much more. It is a bizarre little story, that focuses on the disappearance of Billie Jean Fontaine and is told from three perspectives: the girl, the dog, and the boy. Through these three perspectives, readers can piece togethe...

    Thank you to Random House for an ARC of Heart-Breakerby Claudia Dey in return for an honest review, embargoed until the publication date:August 21st, 2018 Heartbreaker is the most character driven book I have read, possibly ever. Here?s the kicker. One of the most essentia...

    I've been recommending this book to anyone who will listen and prefaced each time with "but I couldn't stand the first 60-80 pages, I didn't get it." How to explain....? This will be a frustrating read for many. For me the whole first part made me want to bail so hard but I was comm...

    It's the mid-eighties. Pony Darlene lives in an isolated community, cut off from the wider world. She has only known her small patch of land, the 88 houses and their inhabitants. Hers is a community sprung from the remains of a cult, the Leader long gone. Kids and adults alike are bore...

    Heartbreaker is the youthful wisdom of Pony Darlene Fontaine because as shocking as her mother?s mythical arrival to the compound in a Mercedes Sedan was; Billy Jean Fontaine?s departure is just as random and chaotic. Pony lives in area called The Territory, with 80s rock icons and...

    This is one of those otherworldly sort of books that constantly slips through your fingers as you read it. But keep grabbing at it because what a remarkable book. Separated into three parts, each narrated by a different character, the story revolves around a small, remote place cal...

    Great for fans of kooky science fiction, Heartbreaker is definitely not for most readers. However, if you are looking for something different, you will love this book as much as I do. Pony Darlene was born and raised in a cult. Her mother has run off and her dad?s nickname is the ...

    Much different than I expected. Don't go into this thinking it's about people in a weird cult in 1985. That is what it's about but this is kind of like a fever dream or drug induced hallucination of sorts. The story is told in 3 distincts parts by 3 different narrators. It all has a ve...

    So I?m not exactly sure what I just read but I know it didn?t completely work. Dey is brave and bold I?ll give her that, and more books should have sections narrated by a dog, but there were some structural and timeline issues I couldn?t overlook. It gets points for being like ...

    Well. That was stupid. ...

    4.5 stars I?m not quite sure what to say about this book. During the first third, I was questioning whether I was going to make it through or not. However, it was an ARC sent to me by Random House after winning a giveaway on Goodreads and I always try to finish, rate and review an...

    A story told in three parts by three different characters, Pony, the dog and Supernatural, this one is definitely in the realm of weird fiction. From the bizarre cult suspended in the 80?s to the hyper-intelligent dog this story in an exercise in mind-bending and suspension of disbel...

    Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey is a highly recommended, quirky, unique character driven novel that is part dystopian, part alternate reality. The territory is an isolated cult/settlement that was founded in the north decades ago. In the territory is it 1985, including the music, TV sho...

    This story is told in an interesting way. From three different points of view (the girl, the dog, and the boy), we gradually piece together the life of Billie Jean Fontaine, mother of Pony, wife of The Heavy, and resident of The Territory, a secluded outpost with cult like beginnings w...

    It's hard to find a story that hasn't been done before, and this book, while borrowing themes from several other places, managed to capture me as a reader and weave something really intricate. I almost put the book down after the first few pages, admittedly, but then I re-read the syno...

    Weird and wild. I think I figured out what I liked about it when the dog narrated a section that was smart and funny without sacrificing the sometimes necessary brutality of the animal world. This whole novel is like that?brilliant and brutal. ...

    Dey's Heartbreaker takes place in an unconventional community (to say the least) and is written... well, unconventionally. The disappearance of Billie Jean, an oddity in an already eccentric, cult-driven society severely separated from civilization, is explored through three very diffe...

    It has an interesting storytelling style (cadence, wording) & uses three consecutive narrators -- Pony Darlene (Billie Jean's teen daughter), the dog (Billie Jean's dog; probably the most reliable narrator), & Supernatural (a teen boy in the town) -- to relate the slowly reveal...

    First posted at www.instagram.com/p/BoFMWgoFUJK Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey is one of those really strange books that's hard to categorize. I started it thinking I wasn't going to like it, but I kept reading and found that I couldn't put it down! It's told in 3 parts, Girl, Do...

    How often have you wanted to simply run away from your life? Heartbreaker deals with the story of Billie Jean, who suddenly appeared in ?the territory?, and then disappears without a trace 15 years later. This novel was written in three parts, as told by three of the characters: Bi...

    This one kind of defies categories. Kind of historical, the characters think they live in the 80s, they don't. No one knows until the end where they are. There are three parts, one narrated by a girl, one by a dog, and one by a boy. The dog seemed to have the best insights. Basically, ...

  • Demi
    Apr 25, 2018

    Dnf at 20% There may be brilliance somewhere here, but if so I can't find it. Have no idea what I just read. Definitely not the book for me. ...

    May end up being a five star book. Need it to settle a little. ...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks out ...

    Quirky and different, Heartbreaker defies norms and logic and jumps across genres. Truthfully, even after having finished reading, I don't know what to make of it. A strange cult, everything 1980s, weird traditions, three primary narrators being a girl, a dog and a boy - sure I was...

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars Wow, this was a difficult book to rate. If I'm completely honest there are more negatives than positives while I'm sitting here trying to collect my thoughts. But I did finish the book and at no time did I seriously contemplate giving up so it must have held...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks ou...

    That was weird af. Some parts were pure brilliance, some were dubious, some others I didn't get one word of, and some were intriguing. The writing will not appeal to everybody, methinks. It can be too much but it can also be very, very powerful. The way Claudia Dey depicts what be...

    This book. THIS BOOK! I had no idea what I was in for when I started it. All I knew is that it was kind of a mystery set in the '80s... Heartbreaker begins with teenager Pony Darlene ruminating on the disappearance and life of her mother, Billie Jean. We see life through Pony's eyes...

    This book was nothing like I expected to be, yet it was so much more. It is a bizarre little story, that focuses on the disappearance of Billie Jean Fontaine and is told from three perspectives: the girl, the dog, and the boy. Through these three perspectives, readers can piece togethe...

    Thank you to Random House for an ARC of Heart-Breakerby Claudia Dey in return for an honest review, embargoed until the publication date:August 21st, 2018 Heartbreaker is the most character driven book I have read, possibly ever. Here?s the kicker. One of the most essentia...

    I've been recommending this book to anyone who will listen and prefaced each time with "but I couldn't stand the first 60-80 pages, I didn't get it." How to explain....? This will be a frustrating read for many. For me the whole first part made me want to bail so hard but I was comm...

    It's the mid-eighties. Pony Darlene lives in an isolated community, cut off from the wider world. She has only known her small patch of land, the 88 houses and their inhabitants. Hers is a community sprung from the remains of a cult, the Leader long gone. Kids and adults alike are bore...

    Heartbreaker is the youthful wisdom of Pony Darlene Fontaine because as shocking as her mother?s mythical arrival to the compound in a Mercedes Sedan was; Billy Jean Fontaine?s departure is just as random and chaotic. Pony lives in area called The Territory, with 80s rock icons and...

    This is one of those otherworldly sort of books that constantly slips through your fingers as you read it. But keep grabbing at it because what a remarkable book. Separated into three parts, each narrated by a different character, the story revolves around a small, remote place cal...

    Great for fans of kooky science fiction, Heartbreaker is definitely not for most readers. However, if you are looking for something different, you will love this book as much as I do. Pony Darlene was born and raised in a cult. Her mother has run off and her dad?s nickname is the ...

    Much different than I expected. Don't go into this thinking it's about people in a weird cult in 1985. That is what it's about but this is kind of like a fever dream or drug induced hallucination of sorts. The story is told in 3 distincts parts by 3 different narrators. It all has a ve...

    So I?m not exactly sure what I just read but I know it didn?t completely work. Dey is brave and bold I?ll give her that, and more books should have sections narrated by a dog, but there were some structural and timeline issues I couldn?t overlook. It gets points for being like ...

    Well. That was stupid. ...

    4.5 stars I?m not quite sure what to say about this book. During the first third, I was questioning whether I was going to make it through or not. However, it was an ARC sent to me by Random House after winning a giveaway on Goodreads and I always try to finish, rate and review an...

    A story told in three parts by three different characters, Pony, the dog and Supernatural, this one is definitely in the realm of weird fiction. From the bizarre cult suspended in the 80?s to the hyper-intelligent dog this story in an exercise in mind-bending and suspension of disbel...

    Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey is a highly recommended, quirky, unique character driven novel that is part dystopian, part alternate reality. The territory is an isolated cult/settlement that was founded in the north decades ago. In the territory is it 1985, including the music, TV sho...

    This story is told in an interesting way. From three different points of view (the girl, the dog, and the boy), we gradually piece together the life of Billie Jean Fontaine, mother of Pony, wife of The Heavy, and resident of The Territory, a secluded outpost with cult like beginnings w...

    It's hard to find a story that hasn't been done before, and this book, while borrowing themes from several other places, managed to capture me as a reader and weave something really intricate. I almost put the book down after the first few pages, admittedly, but then I re-read the syno...

    Weird and wild. I think I figured out what I liked about it when the dog narrated a section that was smart and funny without sacrificing the sometimes necessary brutality of the animal world. This whole novel is like that?brilliant and brutal. ...

  • Rochelle Allison
    Jun 27, 2018

    Dnf at 20% There may be brilliance somewhere here, but if so I can't find it. Have no idea what I just read. Definitely not the book for me. ...

    May end up being a five star book. Need it to settle a little. ...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks out ...

    Quirky and different, Heartbreaker defies norms and logic and jumps across genres. Truthfully, even after having finished reading, I don't know what to make of it. A strange cult, everything 1980s, weird traditions, three primary narrators being a girl, a dog and a boy - sure I was...

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars Wow, this was a difficult book to rate. If I'm completely honest there are more negatives than positives while I'm sitting here trying to collect my thoughts. But I did finish the book and at no time did I seriously contemplate giving up so it must have held...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks ou...

    That was weird af. Some parts were pure brilliance, some were dubious, some others I didn't get one word of, and some were intriguing. The writing will not appeal to everybody, methinks. It can be too much but it can also be very, very powerful. The way Claudia Dey depicts what be...

    This book. THIS BOOK! I had no idea what I was in for when I started it. All I knew is that it was kind of a mystery set in the '80s... Heartbreaker begins with teenager Pony Darlene ruminating on the disappearance and life of her mother, Billie Jean. We see life through Pony's eyes...

  • Stephanie
    Sep 28, 2018

    Dnf at 20% There may be brilliance somewhere here, but if so I can't find it. Have no idea what I just read. Definitely not the book for me. ...

    May end up being a five star book. Need it to settle a little. ...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks out ...

    Quirky and different, Heartbreaker defies norms and logic and jumps across genres. Truthfully, even after having finished reading, I don't know what to make of it. A strange cult, everything 1980s, weird traditions, three primary narrators being a girl, a dog and a boy - sure I was...

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars Wow, this was a difficult book to rate. If I'm completely honest there are more negatives than positives while I'm sitting here trying to collect my thoughts. But I did finish the book and at no time did I seriously contemplate giving up so it must have held...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks ou...

    That was weird af. Some parts were pure brilliance, some were dubious, some others I didn't get one word of, and some were intriguing. The writing will not appeal to everybody, methinks. It can be too much but it can also be very, very powerful. The way Claudia Dey depicts what be...

    This book. THIS BOOK! I had no idea what I was in for when I started it. All I knew is that it was kind of a mystery set in the '80s... Heartbreaker begins with teenager Pony Darlene ruminating on the disappearance and life of her mother, Billie Jean. We see life through Pony's eyes...

    This book was nothing like I expected to be, yet it was so much more. It is a bizarre little story, that focuses on the disappearance of Billie Jean Fontaine and is told from three perspectives: the girl, the dog, and the boy. Through these three perspectives, readers can piece togethe...

    Thank you to Random House for an ARC of Heart-Breakerby Claudia Dey in return for an honest review, embargoed until the publication date:August 21st, 2018 Heartbreaker is the most character driven book I have read, possibly ever. Here?s the kicker. One of the most essentia...

    I've been recommending this book to anyone who will listen and prefaced each time with "but I couldn't stand the first 60-80 pages, I didn't get it." How to explain....? This will be a frustrating read for many. For me the whole first part made me want to bail so hard but I was comm...

    It's the mid-eighties. Pony Darlene lives in an isolated community, cut off from the wider world. She has only known her small patch of land, the 88 houses and their inhabitants. Hers is a community sprung from the remains of a cult, the Leader long gone. Kids and adults alike are bore...

    Heartbreaker is the youthful wisdom of Pony Darlene Fontaine because as shocking as her mother?s mythical arrival to the compound in a Mercedes Sedan was; Billy Jean Fontaine?s departure is just as random and chaotic. Pony lives in area called The Territory, with 80s rock icons and...

    This is one of those otherworldly sort of books that constantly slips through your fingers as you read it. But keep grabbing at it because what a remarkable book. Separated into three parts, each narrated by a different character, the story revolves around a small, remote place cal...

    Great for fans of kooky science fiction, Heartbreaker is definitely not for most readers. However, if you are looking for something different, you will love this book as much as I do. Pony Darlene was born and raised in a cult. Her mother has run off and her dad?s nickname is the ...

    Much different than I expected. Don't go into this thinking it's about people in a weird cult in 1985. That is what it's about but this is kind of like a fever dream or drug induced hallucination of sorts. The story is told in 3 distincts parts by 3 different narrators. It all has a ve...

  • FabulousRaye
    Sep 15, 2018

    Dnf at 20% There may be brilliance somewhere here, but if so I can't find it. Have no idea what I just read. Definitely not the book for me. ...

    May end up being a five star book. Need it to settle a little. ...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks out ...

    Quirky and different, Heartbreaker defies norms and logic and jumps across genres. Truthfully, even after having finished reading, I don't know what to make of it. A strange cult, everything 1980s, weird traditions, three primary narrators being a girl, a dog and a boy - sure I was...

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars Wow, this was a difficult book to rate. If I'm completely honest there are more negatives than positives while I'm sitting here trying to collect my thoughts. But I did finish the book and at no time did I seriously contemplate giving up so it must have held...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks ou...

    That was weird af. Some parts were pure brilliance, some were dubious, some others I didn't get one word of, and some were intriguing. The writing will not appeal to everybody, methinks. It can be too much but it can also be very, very powerful. The way Claudia Dey depicts what be...

    This book. THIS BOOK! I had no idea what I was in for when I started it. All I knew is that it was kind of a mystery set in the '80s... Heartbreaker begins with teenager Pony Darlene ruminating on the disappearance and life of her mother, Billie Jean. We see life through Pony's eyes...

    This book was nothing like I expected to be, yet it was so much more. It is a bizarre little story, that focuses on the disappearance of Billie Jean Fontaine and is told from three perspectives: the girl, the dog, and the boy. Through these three perspectives, readers can piece togethe...

    Thank you to Random House for an ARC of Heart-Breakerby Claudia Dey in return for an honest review, embargoed until the publication date:August 21st, 2018 Heartbreaker is the most character driven book I have read, possibly ever. Here?s the kicker. One of the most essentia...

    I've been recommending this book to anyone who will listen and prefaced each time with "but I couldn't stand the first 60-80 pages, I didn't get it." How to explain....? This will be a frustrating read for many. For me the whole first part made me want to bail so hard but I was comm...

    It's the mid-eighties. Pony Darlene lives in an isolated community, cut off from the wider world. She has only known her small patch of land, the 88 houses and their inhabitants. Hers is a community sprung from the remains of a cult, the Leader long gone. Kids and adults alike are bore...

    Heartbreaker is the youthful wisdom of Pony Darlene Fontaine because as shocking as her mother?s mythical arrival to the compound in a Mercedes Sedan was; Billy Jean Fontaine?s departure is just as random and chaotic. Pony lives in area called The Territory, with 80s rock icons and...

    This is one of those otherworldly sort of books that constantly slips through your fingers as you read it. But keep grabbing at it because what a remarkable book. Separated into three parts, each narrated by a different character, the story revolves around a small, remote place cal...

    Great for fans of kooky science fiction, Heartbreaker is definitely not for most readers. However, if you are looking for something different, you will love this book as much as I do. Pony Darlene was born and raised in a cult. Her mother has run off and her dad?s nickname is the ...

    Much different than I expected. Don't go into this thinking it's about people in a weird cult in 1985. That is what it's about but this is kind of like a fever dream or drug induced hallucination of sorts. The story is told in 3 distincts parts by 3 different narrators. It all has a ve...

    So I?m not exactly sure what I just read but I know it didn?t completely work. Dey is brave and bold I?ll give her that, and more books should have sections narrated by a dog, but there were some structural and timeline issues I couldn?t overlook. It gets points for being like ...

    Well. That was stupid. ...

  • Stacia
    Sep 25, 2018

    Dnf at 20% There may be brilliance somewhere here, but if so I can't find it. Have no idea what I just read. Definitely not the book for me. ...

    May end up being a five star book. Need it to settle a little. ...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks out ...

    Quirky and different, Heartbreaker defies norms and logic and jumps across genres. Truthfully, even after having finished reading, I don't know what to make of it. A strange cult, everything 1980s, weird traditions, three primary narrators being a girl, a dog and a boy - sure I was...

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars Wow, this was a difficult book to rate. If I'm completely honest there are more negatives than positives while I'm sitting here trying to collect my thoughts. But I did finish the book and at no time did I seriously contemplate giving up so it must have held...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks ou...

    That was weird af. Some parts were pure brilliance, some were dubious, some others I didn't get one word of, and some were intriguing. The writing will not appeal to everybody, methinks. It can be too much but it can also be very, very powerful. The way Claudia Dey depicts what be...

    This book. THIS BOOK! I had no idea what I was in for when I started it. All I knew is that it was kind of a mystery set in the '80s... Heartbreaker begins with teenager Pony Darlene ruminating on the disappearance and life of her mother, Billie Jean. We see life through Pony's eyes...

    This book was nothing like I expected to be, yet it was so much more. It is a bizarre little story, that focuses on the disappearance of Billie Jean Fontaine and is told from three perspectives: the girl, the dog, and the boy. Through these three perspectives, readers can piece togethe...

    Thank you to Random House for an ARC of Heart-Breakerby Claudia Dey in return for an honest review, embargoed until the publication date:August 21st, 2018 Heartbreaker is the most character driven book I have read, possibly ever. Here?s the kicker. One of the most essentia...

    I've been recommending this book to anyone who will listen and prefaced each time with "but I couldn't stand the first 60-80 pages, I didn't get it." How to explain....? This will be a frustrating read for many. For me the whole first part made me want to bail so hard but I was comm...

    It's the mid-eighties. Pony Darlene lives in an isolated community, cut off from the wider world. She has only known her small patch of land, the 88 houses and their inhabitants. Hers is a community sprung from the remains of a cult, the Leader long gone. Kids and adults alike are bore...

    Heartbreaker is the youthful wisdom of Pony Darlene Fontaine because as shocking as her mother?s mythical arrival to the compound in a Mercedes Sedan was; Billy Jean Fontaine?s departure is just as random and chaotic. Pony lives in area called The Territory, with 80s rock icons and...

    This is one of those otherworldly sort of books that constantly slips through your fingers as you read it. But keep grabbing at it because what a remarkable book. Separated into three parts, each narrated by a different character, the story revolves around a small, remote place cal...

    Great for fans of kooky science fiction, Heartbreaker is definitely not for most readers. However, if you are looking for something different, you will love this book as much as I do. Pony Darlene was born and raised in a cult. Her mother has run off and her dad?s nickname is the ...

    Much different than I expected. Don't go into this thinking it's about people in a weird cult in 1985. That is what it's about but this is kind of like a fever dream or drug induced hallucination of sorts. The story is told in 3 distincts parts by 3 different narrators. It all has a ve...

    So I?m not exactly sure what I just read but I know it didn?t completely work. Dey is brave and bold I?ll give her that, and more books should have sections narrated by a dog, but there were some structural and timeline issues I couldn?t overlook. It gets points for being like ...

    Well. That was stupid. ...

    4.5 stars I?m not quite sure what to say about this book. During the first third, I was questioning whether I was going to make it through or not. However, it was an ARC sent to me by Random House after winning a giveaway on Goodreads and I always try to finish, rate and review an...

    A story told in three parts by three different characters, Pony, the dog and Supernatural, this one is definitely in the realm of weird fiction. From the bizarre cult suspended in the 80?s to the hyper-intelligent dog this story in an exercise in mind-bending and suspension of disbel...

    Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey is a highly recommended, quirky, unique character driven novel that is part dystopian, part alternate reality. The territory is an isolated cult/settlement that was founded in the north decades ago. In the territory is it 1985, including the music, TV sho...

    This story is told in an interesting way. From three different points of view (the girl, the dog, and the boy), we gradually piece together the life of Billie Jean Fontaine, mother of Pony, wife of The Heavy, and resident of The Territory, a secluded outpost with cult like beginnings w...

    It's hard to find a story that hasn't been done before, and this book, while borrowing themes from several other places, managed to capture me as a reader and weave something really intricate. I almost put the book down after the first few pages, admittedly, but then I re-read the syno...

    Weird and wild. I think I figured out what I liked about it when the dog narrated a section that was smart and funny without sacrificing the sometimes necessary brutality of the animal world. This whole novel is like that?brilliant and brutal. ...

    Dey's Heartbreaker takes place in an unconventional community (to say the least) and is written... well, unconventionally. The disappearance of Billie Jean, an oddity in an already eccentric, cult-driven society severely separated from civilization, is explored through three very diffe...

    It has an interesting storytelling style (cadence, wording) & uses three consecutive narrators -- Pony Darlene (Billie Jean's teen daughter), the dog (Billie Jean's dog; probably the most reliable narrator), & Supernatural (a teen boy in the town) -- to relate the slowly reveal...

  • Diane S ☔
    Sep 03, 2018

    Dnf at 20% There may be brilliance somewhere here, but if so I can't find it. Have no idea what I just read. Definitely not the book for me. ...

  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    Aug 21, 2018

    Dnf at 20% There may be brilliance somewhere here, but if so I can't find it. Have no idea what I just read. Definitely not the book for me. ...

    May end up being a five star book. Need it to settle a little. ...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks out ...

    Quirky and different, Heartbreaker defies norms and logic and jumps across genres. Truthfully, even after having finished reading, I don't know what to make of it. A strange cult, everything 1980s, weird traditions, three primary narrators being a girl, a dog and a boy - sure I was...

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars Wow, this was a difficult book to rate. If I'm completely honest there are more negatives than positives while I'm sitting here trying to collect my thoughts. But I did finish the book and at no time did I seriously contemplate giving up so it must have held...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks ou...

    That was weird af. Some parts were pure brilliance, some were dubious, some others I didn't get one word of, and some were intriguing. The writing will not appeal to everybody, methinks. It can be too much but it can also be very, very powerful. The way Claudia Dey depicts what be...

    This book. THIS BOOK! I had no idea what I was in for when I started it. All I knew is that it was kind of a mystery set in the '80s... Heartbreaker begins with teenager Pony Darlene ruminating on the disappearance and life of her mother, Billie Jean. We see life through Pony's eyes...

    This book was nothing like I expected to be, yet it was so much more. It is a bizarre little story, that focuses on the disappearance of Billie Jean Fontaine and is told from three perspectives: the girl, the dog, and the boy. Through these three perspectives, readers can piece togethe...

    Thank you to Random House for an ARC of Heart-Breakerby Claudia Dey in return for an honest review, embargoed until the publication date:August 21st, 2018 Heartbreaker is the most character driven book I have read, possibly ever. Here?s the kicker. One of the most essentia...

    I've been recommending this book to anyone who will listen and prefaced each time with "but I couldn't stand the first 60-80 pages, I didn't get it." How to explain....? This will be a frustrating read for many. For me the whole first part made me want to bail so hard but I was comm...

    It's the mid-eighties. Pony Darlene lives in an isolated community, cut off from the wider world. She has only known her small patch of land, the 88 houses and their inhabitants. Hers is a community sprung from the remains of a cult, the Leader long gone. Kids and adults alike are bore...

    Heartbreaker is the youthful wisdom of Pony Darlene Fontaine because as shocking as her mother?s mythical arrival to the compound in a Mercedes Sedan was; Billy Jean Fontaine?s departure is just as random and chaotic. Pony lives in area called The Territory, with 80s rock icons and...

    This is one of those otherworldly sort of books that constantly slips through your fingers as you read it. But keep grabbing at it because what a remarkable book. Separated into three parts, each narrated by a different character, the story revolves around a small, remote place cal...

    Great for fans of kooky science fiction, Heartbreaker is definitely not for most readers. However, if you are looking for something different, you will love this book as much as I do. Pony Darlene was born and raised in a cult. Her mother has run off and her dad?s nickname is the ...

    Much different than I expected. Don't go into this thinking it's about people in a weird cult in 1985. That is what it's about but this is kind of like a fever dream or drug induced hallucination of sorts. The story is told in 3 distincts parts by 3 different narrators. It all has a ve...

    So I?m not exactly sure what I just read but I know it didn?t completely work. Dey is brave and bold I?ll give her that, and more books should have sections narrated by a dog, but there were some structural and timeline issues I couldn?t overlook. It gets points for being like ...

    Well. That was stupid. ...

    4.5 stars I?m not quite sure what to say about this book. During the first third, I was questioning whether I was going to make it through or not. However, it was an ARC sent to me by Random House after winning a giveaway on Goodreads and I always try to finish, rate and review an...

    A story told in three parts by three different characters, Pony, the dog and Supernatural, this one is definitely in the realm of weird fiction. From the bizarre cult suspended in the 80?s to the hyper-intelligent dog this story in an exercise in mind-bending and suspension of disbel...

    Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey is a highly recommended, quirky, unique character driven novel that is part dystopian, part alternate reality. The territory is an isolated cult/settlement that was founded in the north decades ago. In the territory is it 1985, including the music, TV sho...

  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Jun 13, 2018

    Dnf at 20% There may be brilliance somewhere here, but if so I can't find it. Have no idea what I just read. Definitely not the book for me. ...

    May end up being a five star book. Need it to settle a little. ...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks out ...

    Quirky and different, Heartbreaker defies norms and logic and jumps across genres. Truthfully, even after having finished reading, I don't know what to make of it. A strange cult, everything 1980s, weird traditions, three primary narrators being a girl, a dog and a boy - sure I was...

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars Wow, this was a difficult book to rate. If I'm completely honest there are more negatives than positives while I'm sitting here trying to collect my thoughts. But I did finish the book and at no time did I seriously contemplate giving up so it must have held...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks ou...

  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Jun 13, 2018

    Dnf at 20% There may be brilliance somewhere here, but if so I can't find it. Have no idea what I just read. Definitely not the book for me. ...

    May end up being a five star book. Need it to settle a little. ...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks out ...

  • Jennifer
    Sep 06, 2018

    Dnf at 20% There may be brilliance somewhere here, but if so I can't find it. Have no idea what I just read. Definitely not the book for me. ...

    May end up being a five star book. Need it to settle a little. ...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks out ...

    Quirky and different, Heartbreaker defies norms and logic and jumps across genres. Truthfully, even after having finished reading, I don't know what to make of it. A strange cult, everything 1980s, weird traditions, three primary narrators being a girl, a dog and a boy - sure I was...

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars Wow, this was a difficult book to rate. If I'm completely honest there are more negatives than positives while I'm sitting here trying to collect my thoughts. But I did finish the book and at no time did I seriously contemplate giving up so it must have held...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks ou...

    That was weird af. Some parts were pure brilliance, some were dubious, some others I didn't get one word of, and some were intriguing. The writing will not appeal to everybody, methinks. It can be too much but it can also be very, very powerful. The way Claudia Dey depicts what be...

    This book. THIS BOOK! I had no idea what I was in for when I started it. All I knew is that it was kind of a mystery set in the '80s... Heartbreaker begins with teenager Pony Darlene ruminating on the disappearance and life of her mother, Billie Jean. We see life through Pony's eyes...

    This book was nothing like I expected to be, yet it was so much more. It is a bizarre little story, that focuses on the disappearance of Billie Jean Fontaine and is told from three perspectives: the girl, the dog, and the boy. Through these three perspectives, readers can piece togethe...

    Thank you to Random House for an ARC of Heart-Breakerby Claudia Dey in return for an honest review, embargoed until the publication date:August 21st, 2018 Heartbreaker is the most character driven book I have read, possibly ever. Here?s the kicker. One of the most essentia...

    I've been recommending this book to anyone who will listen and prefaced each time with "but I couldn't stand the first 60-80 pages, I didn't get it." How to explain....? This will be a frustrating read for many. For me the whole first part made me want to bail so hard but I was comm...

    It's the mid-eighties. Pony Darlene lives in an isolated community, cut off from the wider world. She has only known her small patch of land, the 88 houses and their inhabitants. Hers is a community sprung from the remains of a cult, the Leader long gone. Kids and adults alike are bore...

  • Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
    Sep 15, 2018

    Dnf at 20% There may be brilliance somewhere here, but if so I can't find it. Have no idea what I just read. Definitely not the book for me. ...

    May end up being a five star book. Need it to settle a little. ...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks out ...

    Quirky and different, Heartbreaker defies norms and logic and jumps across genres. Truthfully, even after having finished reading, I don't know what to make of it. A strange cult, everything 1980s, weird traditions, three primary narrators being a girl, a dog and a boy - sure I was...

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars Wow, this was a difficult book to rate. If I'm completely honest there are more negatives than positives while I'm sitting here trying to collect my thoughts. But I did finish the book and at no time did I seriously contemplate giving up so it must have held...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks ou...

    That was weird af. Some parts were pure brilliance, some were dubious, some others I didn't get one word of, and some were intriguing. The writing will not appeal to everybody, methinks. It can be too much but it can also be very, very powerful. The way Claudia Dey depicts what be...

    This book. THIS BOOK! I had no idea what I was in for when I started it. All I knew is that it was kind of a mystery set in the '80s... Heartbreaker begins with teenager Pony Darlene ruminating on the disappearance and life of her mother, Billie Jean. We see life through Pony's eyes...

    This book was nothing like I expected to be, yet it was so much more. It is a bizarre little story, that focuses on the disappearance of Billie Jean Fontaine and is told from three perspectives: the girl, the dog, and the boy. Through these three perspectives, readers can piece togethe...

    Thank you to Random House for an ARC of Heart-Breakerby Claudia Dey in return for an honest review, embargoed until the publication date:August 21st, 2018 Heartbreaker is the most character driven book I have read, possibly ever. Here?s the kicker. One of the most essentia...

    I've been recommending this book to anyone who will listen and prefaced each time with "but I couldn't stand the first 60-80 pages, I didn't get it." How to explain....? This will be a frustrating read for many. For me the whole first part made me want to bail so hard but I was comm...

    It's the mid-eighties. Pony Darlene lives in an isolated community, cut off from the wider world. She has only known her small patch of land, the 88 houses and their inhabitants. Hers is a community sprung from the remains of a cult, the Leader long gone. Kids and adults alike are bore...

    Heartbreaker is the youthful wisdom of Pony Darlene Fontaine because as shocking as her mother?s mythical arrival to the compound in a Mercedes Sedan was; Billy Jean Fontaine?s departure is just as random and chaotic. Pony lives in area called The Territory, with 80s rock icons and...

    This is one of those otherworldly sort of books that constantly slips through your fingers as you read it. But keep grabbing at it because what a remarkable book. Separated into three parts, each narrated by a different character, the story revolves around a small, remote place cal...

  • Simon
    Aug 14, 2018

    Dnf at 20% There may be brilliance somewhere here, but if so I can't find it. Have no idea what I just read. Definitely not the book for me. ...

    May end up being a five star book. Need it to settle a little. ...

  • Pam Golafshar
    Jul 16, 2018

    Dnf at 20% There may be brilliance somewhere here, but if so I can't find it. Have no idea what I just read. Definitely not the book for me. ...

    May end up being a five star book. Need it to settle a little. ...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks out ...

    Quirky and different, Heartbreaker defies norms and logic and jumps across genres. Truthfully, even after having finished reading, I don't know what to make of it. A strange cult, everything 1980s, weird traditions, three primary narrators being a girl, a dog and a boy - sure I was...

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars Wow, this was a difficult book to rate. If I'm completely honest there are more negatives than positives while I'm sitting here trying to collect my thoughts. But I did finish the book and at no time did I seriously contemplate giving up so it must have held...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks ou...

    That was weird af. Some parts were pure brilliance, some were dubious, some others I didn't get one word of, and some were intriguing. The writing will not appeal to everybody, methinks. It can be too much but it can also be very, very powerful. The way Claudia Dey depicts what be...

    This book. THIS BOOK! I had no idea what I was in for when I started it. All I knew is that it was kind of a mystery set in the '80s... Heartbreaker begins with teenager Pony Darlene ruminating on the disappearance and life of her mother, Billie Jean. We see life through Pony's eyes...

    This book was nothing like I expected to be, yet it was so much more. It is a bizarre little story, that focuses on the disappearance of Billie Jean Fontaine and is told from three perspectives: the girl, the dog, and the boy. Through these three perspectives, readers can piece togethe...

    Thank you to Random House for an ARC of Heart-Breakerby Claudia Dey in return for an honest review, embargoed until the publication date:August 21st, 2018 Heartbreaker is the most character driven book I have read, possibly ever. Here?s the kicker. One of the most essentia...

    I've been recommending this book to anyone who will listen and prefaced each time with "but I couldn't stand the first 60-80 pages, I didn't get it." How to explain....? This will be a frustrating read for many. For me the whole first part made me want to bail so hard but I was comm...

    It's the mid-eighties. Pony Darlene lives in an isolated community, cut off from the wider world. She has only known her small patch of land, the 88 houses and their inhabitants. Hers is a community sprung from the remains of a cult, the Leader long gone. Kids and adults alike are bore...

    Heartbreaker is the youthful wisdom of Pony Darlene Fontaine because as shocking as her mother?s mythical arrival to the compound in a Mercedes Sedan was; Billy Jean Fontaine?s departure is just as random and chaotic. Pony lives in area called The Territory, with 80s rock icons and...

    This is one of those otherworldly sort of books that constantly slips through your fingers as you read it. But keep grabbing at it because what a remarkable book. Separated into three parts, each narrated by a different character, the story revolves around a small, remote place cal...

    Great for fans of kooky science fiction, Heartbreaker is definitely not for most readers. However, if you are looking for something different, you will love this book as much as I do. Pony Darlene was born and raised in a cult. Her mother has run off and her dad?s nickname is the ...

    Much different than I expected. Don't go into this thinking it's about people in a weird cult in 1985. That is what it's about but this is kind of like a fever dream or drug induced hallucination of sorts. The story is told in 3 distincts parts by 3 different narrators. It all has a ve...

    So I?m not exactly sure what I just read but I know it didn?t completely work. Dey is brave and bold I?ll give her that, and more books should have sections narrated by a dog, but there were some structural and timeline issues I couldn?t overlook. It gets points for being like ...

    Well. That was stupid. ...

    4.5 stars I?m not quite sure what to say about this book. During the first third, I was questioning whether I was going to make it through or not. However, it was an ARC sent to me by Random House after winning a giveaway on Goodreads and I always try to finish, rate and review an...

    A story told in three parts by three different characters, Pony, the dog and Supernatural, this one is definitely in the realm of weird fiction. From the bizarre cult suspended in the 80?s to the hyper-intelligent dog this story in an exercise in mind-bending and suspension of disbel...

    Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey is a highly recommended, quirky, unique character driven novel that is part dystopian, part alternate reality. The territory is an isolated cult/settlement that was founded in the north decades ago. In the territory is it 1985, including the music, TV sho...

    This story is told in an interesting way. From three different points of view (the girl, the dog, and the boy), we gradually piece together the life of Billie Jean Fontaine, mother of Pony, wife of The Heavy, and resident of The Territory, a secluded outpost with cult like beginnings w...

    It's hard to find a story that hasn't been done before, and this book, while borrowing themes from several other places, managed to capture me as a reader and weave something really intricate. I almost put the book down after the first few pages, admittedly, but then I re-read the syno...

  • Kimberley
    Jun 10, 2018

    Dnf at 20% There may be brilliance somewhere here, but if so I can't find it. Have no idea what I just read. Definitely not the book for me. ...

    May end up being a five star book. Need it to settle a little. ...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks out ...

    Quirky and different, Heartbreaker defies norms and logic and jumps across genres. Truthfully, even after having finished reading, I don't know what to make of it. A strange cult, everything 1980s, weird traditions, three primary narrators being a girl, a dog and a boy - sure I was...

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars Wow, this was a difficult book to rate. If I'm completely honest there are more negatives than positives while I'm sitting here trying to collect my thoughts. But I did finish the book and at no time did I seriously contemplate giving up so it must have held...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks ou...

    That was weird af. Some parts were pure brilliance, some were dubious, some others I didn't get one word of, and some were intriguing. The writing will not appeal to everybody, methinks. It can be too much but it can also be very, very powerful. The way Claudia Dey depicts what be...

    This book. THIS BOOK! I had no idea what I was in for when I started it. All I knew is that it was kind of a mystery set in the '80s... Heartbreaker begins with teenager Pony Darlene ruminating on the disappearance and life of her mother, Billie Jean. We see life through Pony's eyes...

    This book was nothing like I expected to be, yet it was so much more. It is a bizarre little story, that focuses on the disappearance of Billie Jean Fontaine and is told from three perspectives: the girl, the dog, and the boy. Through these three perspectives, readers can piece togethe...

    Thank you to Random House for an ARC of Heart-Breakerby Claudia Dey in return for an honest review, embargoed until the publication date:August 21st, 2018 Heartbreaker is the most character driven book I have read, possibly ever. Here?s the kicker. One of the most essentia...

    I've been recommending this book to anyone who will listen and prefaced each time with "but I couldn't stand the first 60-80 pages, I didn't get it." How to explain....? This will be a frustrating read for many. For me the whole first part made me want to bail so hard but I was comm...

    It's the mid-eighties. Pony Darlene lives in an isolated community, cut off from the wider world. She has only known her small patch of land, the 88 houses and their inhabitants. Hers is a community sprung from the remains of a cult, the Leader long gone. Kids and adults alike are bore...

    Heartbreaker is the youthful wisdom of Pony Darlene Fontaine because as shocking as her mother?s mythical arrival to the compound in a Mercedes Sedan was; Billy Jean Fontaine?s departure is just as random and chaotic. Pony lives in area called The Territory, with 80s rock icons and...

    This is one of those otherworldly sort of books that constantly slips through your fingers as you read it. But keep grabbing at it because what a remarkable book. Separated into three parts, each narrated by a different character, the story revolves around a small, remote place cal...

    Great for fans of kooky science fiction, Heartbreaker is definitely not for most readers. However, if you are looking for something different, you will love this book as much as I do. Pony Darlene was born and raised in a cult. Her mother has run off and her dad?s nickname is the ...

    Much different than I expected. Don't go into this thinking it's about people in a weird cult in 1985. That is what it's about but this is kind of like a fever dream or drug induced hallucination of sorts. The story is told in 3 distincts parts by 3 different narrators. It all has a ve...

    So I?m not exactly sure what I just read but I know it didn?t completely work. Dey is brave and bold I?ll give her that, and more books should have sections narrated by a dog, but there were some structural and timeline issues I couldn?t overlook. It gets points for being like ...

    Well. That was stupid. ...

    4.5 stars I?m not quite sure what to say about this book. During the first third, I was questioning whether I was going to make it through or not. However, it was an ARC sent to me by Random House after winning a giveaway on Goodreads and I always try to finish, rate and review an...

    A story told in three parts by three different characters, Pony, the dog and Supernatural, this one is definitely in the realm of weird fiction. From the bizarre cult suspended in the 80?s to the hyper-intelligent dog this story in an exercise in mind-bending and suspension of disbel...

    Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey is a highly recommended, quirky, unique character driven novel that is part dystopian, part alternate reality. The territory is an isolated cult/settlement that was founded in the north decades ago. In the territory is it 1985, including the music, TV sho...

    This story is told in an interesting way. From three different points of view (the girl, the dog, and the boy), we gradually piece together the life of Billie Jean Fontaine, mother of Pony, wife of The Heavy, and resident of The Territory, a secluded outpost with cult like beginnings w...

    It's hard to find a story that hasn't been done before, and this book, while borrowing themes from several other places, managed to capture me as a reader and weave something really intricate. I almost put the book down after the first few pages, admittedly, but then I re-read the syno...

    Weird and wild. I think I figured out what I liked about it when the dog narrated a section that was smart and funny without sacrificing the sometimes necessary brutality of the animal world. This whole novel is like that?brilliant and brutal. ...

    Dey's Heartbreaker takes place in an unconventional community (to say the least) and is written... well, unconventionally. The disappearance of Billie Jean, an oddity in an already eccentric, cult-driven society severely separated from civilization, is explored through three very diffe...

    It has an interesting storytelling style (cadence, wording) & uses three consecutive narrators -- Pony Darlene (Billie Jean's teen daughter), the dog (Billie Jean's dog; probably the most reliable narrator), & Supernatural (a teen boy in the town) -- to relate the slowly reveal...

    First posted at www.instagram.com/p/BoFMWgoFUJK Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey is one of those really strange books that's hard to categorize. I started it thinking I wasn't going to like it, but I kept reading and found that I couldn't put it down! It's told in 3 parts, Girl, Do...

    How often have you wanted to simply run away from your life? Heartbreaker deals with the story of Billie Jean, who suddenly appeared in ?the territory?, and then disappears without a trace 15 years later. This novel was written in three parts, as told by three of the characters: Bi...

  • Jaclyn Crupi
    Oct 11, 2018

    Dnf at 20% There may be brilliance somewhere here, but if so I can't find it. Have no idea what I just read. Definitely not the book for me. ...

    May end up being a five star book. Need it to settle a little. ...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks out ...

    Quirky and different, Heartbreaker defies norms and logic and jumps across genres. Truthfully, even after having finished reading, I don't know what to make of it. A strange cult, everything 1980s, weird traditions, three primary narrators being a girl, a dog and a boy - sure I was...

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars Wow, this was a difficult book to rate. If I'm completely honest there are more negatives than positives while I'm sitting here trying to collect my thoughts. But I did finish the book and at no time did I seriously contemplate giving up so it must have held...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks ou...

    That was weird af. Some parts were pure brilliance, some were dubious, some others I didn't get one word of, and some were intriguing. The writing will not appeal to everybody, methinks. It can be too much but it can also be very, very powerful. The way Claudia Dey depicts what be...

    This book. THIS BOOK! I had no idea what I was in for when I started it. All I knew is that it was kind of a mystery set in the '80s... Heartbreaker begins with teenager Pony Darlene ruminating on the disappearance and life of her mother, Billie Jean. We see life through Pony's eyes...

    This book was nothing like I expected to be, yet it was so much more. It is a bizarre little story, that focuses on the disappearance of Billie Jean Fontaine and is told from three perspectives: the girl, the dog, and the boy. Through these three perspectives, readers can piece togethe...

    Thank you to Random House for an ARC of Heart-Breakerby Claudia Dey in return for an honest review, embargoed until the publication date:August 21st, 2018 Heartbreaker is the most character driven book I have read, possibly ever. Here?s the kicker. One of the most essentia...

    I've been recommending this book to anyone who will listen and prefaced each time with "but I couldn't stand the first 60-80 pages, I didn't get it." How to explain....? This will be a frustrating read for many. For me the whole first part made me want to bail so hard but I was comm...

    It's the mid-eighties. Pony Darlene lives in an isolated community, cut off from the wider world. She has only known her small patch of land, the 88 houses and their inhabitants. Hers is a community sprung from the remains of a cult, the Leader long gone. Kids and adults alike are bore...

    Heartbreaker is the youthful wisdom of Pony Darlene Fontaine because as shocking as her mother?s mythical arrival to the compound in a Mercedes Sedan was; Billy Jean Fontaine?s departure is just as random and chaotic. Pony lives in area called The Territory, with 80s rock icons and...

    This is one of those otherworldly sort of books that constantly slips through your fingers as you read it. But keep grabbing at it because what a remarkable book. Separated into three parts, each narrated by a different character, the story revolves around a small, remote place cal...

    Great for fans of kooky science fiction, Heartbreaker is definitely not for most readers. However, if you are looking for something different, you will love this book as much as I do. Pony Darlene was born and raised in a cult. Her mother has run off and her dad?s nickname is the ...

    Much different than I expected. Don't go into this thinking it's about people in a weird cult in 1985. That is what it's about but this is kind of like a fever dream or drug induced hallucination of sorts. The story is told in 3 distincts parts by 3 different narrators. It all has a ve...

    So I?m not exactly sure what I just read but I know it didn?t completely work. Dey is brave and bold I?ll give her that, and more books should have sections narrated by a dog, but there were some structural and timeline issues I couldn?t overlook. It gets points for being like ...

  • Brooke
    Jul 22, 2018

    Dnf at 20% There may be brilliance somewhere here, but if so I can't find it. Have no idea what I just read. Definitely not the book for me. ...

    May end up being a five star book. Need it to settle a little. ...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks out ...

    Quirky and different, Heartbreaker defies norms and logic and jumps across genres. Truthfully, even after having finished reading, I don't know what to make of it. A strange cult, everything 1980s, weird traditions, three primary narrators being a girl, a dog and a boy - sure I was...

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars Wow, this was a difficult book to rate. If I'm completely honest there are more negatives than positives while I'm sitting here trying to collect my thoughts. But I did finish the book and at no time did I seriously contemplate giving up so it must have held...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks ou...

    That was weird af. Some parts were pure brilliance, some were dubious, some others I didn't get one word of, and some were intriguing. The writing will not appeal to everybody, methinks. It can be too much but it can also be very, very powerful. The way Claudia Dey depicts what be...

    This book. THIS BOOK! I had no idea what I was in for when I started it. All I knew is that it was kind of a mystery set in the '80s... Heartbreaker begins with teenager Pony Darlene ruminating on the disappearance and life of her mother, Billie Jean. We see life through Pony's eyes...

    This book was nothing like I expected to be, yet it was so much more. It is a bizarre little story, that focuses on the disappearance of Billie Jean Fontaine and is told from three perspectives: the girl, the dog, and the boy. Through these three perspectives, readers can piece togethe...

  • Diane Hernandez
    Aug 20, 2018

    Dnf at 20% There may be brilliance somewhere here, but if so I can't find it. Have no idea what I just read. Definitely not the book for me. ...

    May end up being a five star book. Need it to settle a little. ...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks out ...

    Quirky and different, Heartbreaker defies norms and logic and jumps across genres. Truthfully, even after having finished reading, I don't know what to make of it. A strange cult, everything 1980s, weird traditions, three primary narrators being a girl, a dog and a boy - sure I was...

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars Wow, this was a difficult book to rate. If I'm completely honest there are more negatives than positives while I'm sitting here trying to collect my thoughts. But I did finish the book and at no time did I seriously contemplate giving up so it must have held...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks ou...

    That was weird af. Some parts were pure brilliance, some were dubious, some others I didn't get one word of, and some were intriguing. The writing will not appeal to everybody, methinks. It can be too much but it can also be very, very powerful. The way Claudia Dey depicts what be...

    This book. THIS BOOK! I had no idea what I was in for when I started it. All I knew is that it was kind of a mystery set in the '80s... Heartbreaker begins with teenager Pony Darlene ruminating on the disappearance and life of her mother, Billie Jean. We see life through Pony's eyes...

    This book was nothing like I expected to be, yet it was so much more. It is a bizarre little story, that focuses on the disappearance of Billie Jean Fontaine and is told from three perspectives: the girl, the dog, and the boy. Through these three perspectives, readers can piece togethe...

    Thank you to Random House for an ARC of Heart-Breakerby Claudia Dey in return for an honest review, embargoed until the publication date:August 21st, 2018 Heartbreaker is the most character driven book I have read, possibly ever. Here?s the kicker. One of the most essentia...

    I've been recommending this book to anyone who will listen and prefaced each time with "but I couldn't stand the first 60-80 pages, I didn't get it." How to explain....? This will be a frustrating read for many. For me the whole first part made me want to bail so hard but I was comm...

    It's the mid-eighties. Pony Darlene lives in an isolated community, cut off from the wider world. She has only known her small patch of land, the 88 houses and their inhabitants. Hers is a community sprung from the remains of a cult, the Leader long gone. Kids and adults alike are bore...

    Heartbreaker is the youthful wisdom of Pony Darlene Fontaine because as shocking as her mother?s mythical arrival to the compound in a Mercedes Sedan was; Billy Jean Fontaine?s departure is just as random and chaotic. Pony lives in area called The Territory, with 80s rock icons and...

    This is one of those otherworldly sort of books that constantly slips through your fingers as you read it. But keep grabbing at it because what a remarkable book. Separated into three parts, each narrated by a different character, the story revolves around a small, remote place cal...

    Great for fans of kooky science fiction, Heartbreaker is definitely not for most readers. However, if you are looking for something different, you will love this book as much as I do. Pony Darlene was born and raised in a cult. Her mother has run off and her dad?s nickname is the ...

  • Susan
    Aug 14, 2018

    Dnf at 20% There may be brilliance somewhere here, but if so I can't find it. Have no idea what I just read. Definitely not the book for me. ...

    May end up being a five star book. Need it to settle a little. ...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks out ...

    Quirky and different, Heartbreaker defies norms and logic and jumps across genres. Truthfully, even after having finished reading, I don't know what to make of it. A strange cult, everything 1980s, weird traditions, three primary narrators being a girl, a dog and a boy - sure I was...

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars Wow, this was a difficult book to rate. If I'm completely honest there are more negatives than positives while I'm sitting here trying to collect my thoughts. But I did finish the book and at no time did I seriously contemplate giving up so it must have held...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks ou...

    That was weird af. Some parts were pure brilliance, some were dubious, some others I didn't get one word of, and some were intriguing. The writing will not appeal to everybody, methinks. It can be too much but it can also be very, very powerful. The way Claudia Dey depicts what be...

    This book. THIS BOOK! I had no idea what I was in for when I started it. All I knew is that it was kind of a mystery set in the '80s... Heartbreaker begins with teenager Pony Darlene ruminating on the disappearance and life of her mother, Billie Jean. We see life through Pony's eyes...

    This book was nothing like I expected to be, yet it was so much more. It is a bizarre little story, that focuses on the disappearance of Billie Jean Fontaine and is told from three perspectives: the girl, the dog, and the boy. Through these three perspectives, readers can piece togethe...

    Thank you to Random House for an ARC of Heart-Breakerby Claudia Dey in return for an honest review, embargoed until the publication date:August 21st, 2018 Heartbreaker is the most character driven book I have read, possibly ever. Here?s the kicker. One of the most essentia...

    I've been recommending this book to anyone who will listen and prefaced each time with "but I couldn't stand the first 60-80 pages, I didn't get it." How to explain....? This will be a frustrating read for many. For me the whole first part made me want to bail so hard but I was comm...

    It's the mid-eighties. Pony Darlene lives in an isolated community, cut off from the wider world. She has only known her small patch of land, the 88 houses and their inhabitants. Hers is a community sprung from the remains of a cult, the Leader long gone. Kids and adults alike are bore...

    Heartbreaker is the youthful wisdom of Pony Darlene Fontaine because as shocking as her mother?s mythical arrival to the compound in a Mercedes Sedan was; Billy Jean Fontaine?s departure is just as random and chaotic. Pony lives in area called The Territory, with 80s rock icons and...

    This is one of those otherworldly sort of books that constantly slips through your fingers as you read it. But keep grabbing at it because what a remarkable book. Separated into three parts, each narrated by a different character, the story revolves around a small, remote place cal...

    Great for fans of kooky science fiction, Heartbreaker is definitely not for most readers. However, if you are looking for something different, you will love this book as much as I do. Pony Darlene was born and raised in a cult. Her mother has run off and her dad?s nickname is the ...

    Much different than I expected. Don't go into this thinking it's about people in a weird cult in 1985. That is what it's about but this is kind of like a fever dream or drug induced hallucination of sorts. The story is told in 3 distincts parts by 3 different narrators. It all has a ve...

    So I?m not exactly sure what I just read but I know it didn?t completely work. Dey is brave and bold I?ll give her that, and more books should have sections narrated by a dog, but there were some structural and timeline issues I couldn?t overlook. It gets points for being like ...

    Well. That was stupid. ...

    4.5 stars I?m not quite sure what to say about this book. During the first third, I was questioning whether I was going to make it through or not. However, it was an ARC sent to me by Random House after winning a giveaway on Goodreads and I always try to finish, rate and review an...

    A story told in three parts by three different characters, Pony, the dog and Supernatural, this one is definitely in the realm of weird fiction. From the bizarre cult suspended in the 80?s to the hyper-intelligent dog this story in an exercise in mind-bending and suspension of disbel...

  • Kaytee Cobb
    Apr 24, 2018

    Dnf at 20% There may be brilliance somewhere here, but if so I can't find it. Have no idea what I just read. Definitely not the book for me. ...

    May end up being a five star book. Need it to settle a little. ...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks out ...

    Quirky and different, Heartbreaker defies norms and logic and jumps across genres. Truthfully, even after having finished reading, I don't know what to make of it. A strange cult, everything 1980s, weird traditions, three primary narrators being a girl, a dog and a boy - sure I was...

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars Wow, this was a difficult book to rate. If I'm completely honest there are more negatives than positives while I'm sitting here trying to collect my thoughts. But I did finish the book and at no time did I seriously contemplate giving up so it must have held...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks ou...

    That was weird af. Some parts were pure brilliance, some were dubious, some others I didn't get one word of, and some were intriguing. The writing will not appeal to everybody, methinks. It can be too much but it can also be very, very powerful. The way Claudia Dey depicts what be...

    This book. THIS BOOK! I had no idea what I was in for when I started it. All I knew is that it was kind of a mystery set in the '80s... Heartbreaker begins with teenager Pony Darlene ruminating on the disappearance and life of her mother, Billie Jean. We see life through Pony's eyes...

    This book was nothing like I expected to be, yet it was so much more. It is a bizarre little story, that focuses on the disappearance of Billie Jean Fontaine and is told from three perspectives: the girl, the dog, and the boy. Through these three perspectives, readers can piece togethe...

    Thank you to Random House for an ARC of Heart-Breakerby Claudia Dey in return for an honest review, embargoed until the publication date:August 21st, 2018 Heartbreaker is the most character driven book I have read, possibly ever. Here?s the kicker. One of the most essentia...

    I've been recommending this book to anyone who will listen and prefaced each time with "but I couldn't stand the first 60-80 pages, I didn't get it." How to explain....? This will be a frustrating read for many. For me the whole first part made me want to bail so hard but I was comm...

    It's the mid-eighties. Pony Darlene lives in an isolated community, cut off from the wider world. She has only known her small patch of land, the 88 houses and their inhabitants. Hers is a community sprung from the remains of a cult, the Leader long gone. Kids and adults alike are bore...

    Heartbreaker is the youthful wisdom of Pony Darlene Fontaine because as shocking as her mother?s mythical arrival to the compound in a Mercedes Sedan was; Billy Jean Fontaine?s departure is just as random and chaotic. Pony lives in area called The Territory, with 80s rock icons and...

    This is one of those otherworldly sort of books that constantly slips through your fingers as you read it. But keep grabbing at it because what a remarkable book. Separated into three parts, each narrated by a different character, the story revolves around a small, remote place cal...

    Great for fans of kooky science fiction, Heartbreaker is definitely not for most readers. However, if you are looking for something different, you will love this book as much as I do. Pony Darlene was born and raised in a cult. Her mother has run off and her dad?s nickname is the ...

    Much different than I expected. Don't go into this thinking it's about people in a weird cult in 1985. That is what it's about but this is kind of like a fever dream or drug induced hallucination of sorts. The story is told in 3 distincts parts by 3 different narrators. It all has a ve...

    So I?m not exactly sure what I just read but I know it didn?t completely work. Dey is brave and bold I?ll give her that, and more books should have sections narrated by a dog, but there were some structural and timeline issues I couldn?t overlook. It gets points for being like ...

    Well. That was stupid. ...

    4.5 stars I?m not quite sure what to say about this book. During the first third, I was questioning whether I was going to make it through or not. However, it was an ARC sent to me by Random House after winning a giveaway on Goodreads and I always try to finish, rate and review an...

    A story told in three parts by three different characters, Pony, the dog and Supernatural, this one is definitely in the realm of weird fiction. From the bizarre cult suspended in the 80?s to the hyper-intelligent dog this story in an exercise in mind-bending and suspension of disbel...

    Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey is a highly recommended, quirky, unique character driven novel that is part dystopian, part alternate reality. The territory is an isolated cult/settlement that was founded in the north decades ago. In the territory is it 1985, including the music, TV sho...

    This story is told in an interesting way. From three different points of view (the girl, the dog, and the boy), we gradually piece together the life of Billie Jean Fontaine, mother of Pony, wife of The Heavy, and resident of The Territory, a secluded outpost with cult like beginnings w...

  • Fareya
    Oct 10, 2018

    Dnf at 20% There may be brilliance somewhere here, but if so I can't find it. Have no idea what I just read. Definitely not the book for me. ...

    May end up being a five star book. Need it to settle a little. ...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks out ...

    Quirky and different, Heartbreaker defies norms and logic and jumps across genres. Truthfully, even after having finished reading, I don't know what to make of it. A strange cult, everything 1980s, weird traditions, three primary narrators being a girl, a dog and a boy - sure I was...

  • Creager
    Jun 08, 2018

    Dnf at 20% There may be brilliance somewhere here, but if so I can't find it. Have no idea what I just read. Definitely not the book for me. ...

    May end up being a five star book. Need it to settle a little. ...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks out ...

    Quirky and different, Heartbreaker defies norms and logic and jumps across genres. Truthfully, even after having finished reading, I don't know what to make of it. A strange cult, everything 1980s, weird traditions, three primary narrators being a girl, a dog and a boy - sure I was...

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars Wow, this was a difficult book to rate. If I'm completely honest there are more negatives than positives while I'm sitting here trying to collect my thoughts. But I did finish the book and at no time did I seriously contemplate giving up so it must have held...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks ou...

    That was weird af. Some parts were pure brilliance, some were dubious, some others I didn't get one word of, and some were intriguing. The writing will not appeal to everybody, methinks. It can be too much but it can also be very, very powerful. The way Claudia Dey depicts what be...

    This book. THIS BOOK! I had no idea what I was in for when I started it. All I knew is that it was kind of a mystery set in the '80s... Heartbreaker begins with teenager Pony Darlene ruminating on the disappearance and life of her mother, Billie Jean. We see life through Pony's eyes...

    This book was nothing like I expected to be, yet it was so much more. It is a bizarre little story, that focuses on the disappearance of Billie Jean Fontaine and is told from three perspectives: the girl, the dog, and the boy. Through these three perspectives, readers can piece togethe...

    Thank you to Random House for an ARC of Heart-Breakerby Claudia Dey in return for an honest review, embargoed until the publication date:August 21st, 2018 Heartbreaker is the most character driven book I have read, possibly ever. Here?s the kicker. One of the most essentia...

    I've been recommending this book to anyone who will listen and prefaced each time with "but I couldn't stand the first 60-80 pages, I didn't get it." How to explain....? This will be a frustrating read for many. For me the whole first part made me want to bail so hard but I was comm...

    It's the mid-eighties. Pony Darlene lives in an isolated community, cut off from the wider world. She has only known her small patch of land, the 88 houses and their inhabitants. Hers is a community sprung from the remains of a cult, the Leader long gone. Kids and adults alike are bore...

    Heartbreaker is the youthful wisdom of Pony Darlene Fontaine because as shocking as her mother?s mythical arrival to the compound in a Mercedes Sedan was; Billy Jean Fontaine?s departure is just as random and chaotic. Pony lives in area called The Territory, with 80s rock icons and...

  • Sarah (thegirltheycalljones)
    Sep 30, 2018

    Dnf at 20% There may be brilliance somewhere here, but if so I can't find it. Have no idea what I just read. Definitely not the book for me. ...

    May end up being a five star book. Need it to settle a little. ...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks out ...

    Quirky and different, Heartbreaker defies norms and logic and jumps across genres. Truthfully, even after having finished reading, I don't know what to make of it. A strange cult, everything 1980s, weird traditions, three primary narrators being a girl, a dog and a boy - sure I was...

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars Wow, this was a difficult book to rate. If I'm completely honest there are more negatives than positives while I'm sitting here trying to collect my thoughts. But I did finish the book and at no time did I seriously contemplate giving up so it must have held...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks ou...

    That was weird af. Some parts were pure brilliance, some were dubious, some others I didn't get one word of, and some were intriguing. The writing will not appeal to everybody, methinks. It can be too much but it can also be very, very powerful. The way Claudia Dey depicts what be...

  • Mr. Cochran
    Jul 06, 2018

    Dnf at 20% There may be brilliance somewhere here, but if so I can't find it. Have no idea what I just read. Definitely not the book for me. ...

    May end up being a five star book. Need it to settle a little. ...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks out ...

    Quirky and different, Heartbreaker defies norms and logic and jumps across genres. Truthfully, even after having finished reading, I don't know what to make of it. A strange cult, everything 1980s, weird traditions, three primary narrators being a girl, a dog and a boy - sure I was...

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars Wow, this was a difficult book to rate. If I'm completely honest there are more negatives than positives while I'm sitting here trying to collect my thoughts. But I did finish the book and at no time did I seriously contemplate giving up so it must have held...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks ou...

    That was weird af. Some parts were pure brilliance, some were dubious, some others I didn't get one word of, and some were intriguing. The writing will not appeal to everybody, methinks. It can be too much but it can also be very, very powerful. The way Claudia Dey depicts what be...

    This book. THIS BOOK! I had no idea what I was in for when I started it. All I knew is that it was kind of a mystery set in the '80s... Heartbreaker begins with teenager Pony Darlene ruminating on the disappearance and life of her mother, Billie Jean. We see life through Pony's eyes...

    This book was nothing like I expected to be, yet it was so much more. It is a bizarre little story, that focuses on the disappearance of Billie Jean Fontaine and is told from three perspectives: the girl, the dog, and the boy. Through these three perspectives, readers can piece togethe...

    Thank you to Random House for an ARC of Heart-Breakerby Claudia Dey in return for an honest review, embargoed until the publication date:August 21st, 2018 Heartbreaker is the most character driven book I have read, possibly ever. Here?s the kicker. One of the most essentia...

    I've been recommending this book to anyone who will listen and prefaced each time with "but I couldn't stand the first 60-80 pages, I didn't get it." How to explain....? This will be a frustrating read for many. For me the whole first part made me want to bail so hard but I was comm...

    It's the mid-eighties. Pony Darlene lives in an isolated community, cut off from the wider world. She has only known her small patch of land, the 88 houses and their inhabitants. Hers is a community sprung from the remains of a cult, the Leader long gone. Kids and adults alike are bore...

    Heartbreaker is the youthful wisdom of Pony Darlene Fontaine because as shocking as her mother?s mythical arrival to the compound in a Mercedes Sedan was; Billy Jean Fontaine?s departure is just as random and chaotic. Pony lives in area called The Territory, with 80s rock icons and...

    This is one of those otherworldly sort of books that constantly slips through your fingers as you read it. But keep grabbing at it because what a remarkable book. Separated into three parts, each narrated by a different character, the story revolves around a small, remote place cal...

    Great for fans of kooky science fiction, Heartbreaker is definitely not for most readers. However, if you are looking for something different, you will love this book as much as I do. Pony Darlene was born and raised in a cult. Her mother has run off and her dad?s nickname is the ...

    Much different than I expected. Don't go into this thinking it's about people in a weird cult in 1985. That is what it's about but this is kind of like a fever dream or drug induced hallucination of sorts. The story is told in 3 distincts parts by 3 different narrators. It all has a ve...

    So I?m not exactly sure what I just read but I know it didn?t completely work. Dey is brave and bold I?ll give her that, and more books should have sections narrated by a dog, but there were some structural and timeline issues I couldn?t overlook. It gets points for being like ...

    Well. That was stupid. ...

    4.5 stars I?m not quite sure what to say about this book. During the first third, I was questioning whether I was going to make it through or not. However, it was an ARC sent to me by Random House after winning a giveaway on Goodreads and I always try to finish, rate and review an...

    A story told in three parts by three different characters, Pony, the dog and Supernatural, this one is definitely in the realm of weird fiction. From the bizarre cult suspended in the 80?s to the hyper-intelligent dog this story in an exercise in mind-bending and suspension of disbel...

    Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey is a highly recommended, quirky, unique character driven novel that is part dystopian, part alternate reality. The territory is an isolated cult/settlement that was founded in the north decades ago. In the territory is it 1985, including the music, TV sho...

    This story is told in an interesting way. From three different points of view (the girl, the dog, and the boy), we gradually piece together the life of Billie Jean Fontaine, mother of Pony, wife of The Heavy, and resident of The Territory, a secluded outpost with cult like beginnings w...

    It's hard to find a story that hasn't been done before, and this book, while borrowing themes from several other places, managed to capture me as a reader and weave something really intricate. I almost put the book down after the first few pages, admittedly, but then I re-read the syno...

    Weird and wild. I think I figured out what I liked about it when the dog narrated a section that was smart and funny without sacrificing the sometimes necessary brutality of the animal world. This whole novel is like that?brilliant and brutal. ...

    Dey's Heartbreaker takes place in an unconventional community (to say the least) and is written... well, unconventionally. The disappearance of Billie Jean, an oddity in an already eccentric, cult-driven society severely separated from civilization, is explored through three very diffe...

  • Jessie
    Aug 12, 2018

    Dnf at 20% There may be brilliance somewhere here, but if so I can't find it. Have no idea what I just read. Definitely not the book for me. ...

    May end up being a five star book. Need it to settle a little. ...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks out ...

    Quirky and different, Heartbreaker defies norms and logic and jumps across genres. Truthfully, even after having finished reading, I don't know what to make of it. A strange cult, everything 1980s, weird traditions, three primary narrators being a girl, a dog and a boy - sure I was...

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars Wow, this was a difficult book to rate. If I'm completely honest there are more negatives than positives while I'm sitting here trying to collect my thoughts. But I did finish the book and at no time did I seriously contemplate giving up so it must have held...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks ou...

    That was weird af. Some parts were pure brilliance, some were dubious, some others I didn't get one word of, and some were intriguing. The writing will not appeal to everybody, methinks. It can be too much but it can also be very, very powerful. The way Claudia Dey depicts what be...

    This book. THIS BOOK! I had no idea what I was in for when I started it. All I knew is that it was kind of a mystery set in the '80s... Heartbreaker begins with teenager Pony Darlene ruminating on the disappearance and life of her mother, Billie Jean. We see life through Pony's eyes...

    This book was nothing like I expected to be, yet it was so much more. It is a bizarre little story, that focuses on the disappearance of Billie Jean Fontaine and is told from three perspectives: the girl, the dog, and the boy. Through these three perspectives, readers can piece togethe...

    Thank you to Random House for an ARC of Heart-Breakerby Claudia Dey in return for an honest review, embargoed until the publication date:August 21st, 2018 Heartbreaker is the most character driven book I have read, possibly ever. Here?s the kicker. One of the most essentia...

    I've been recommending this book to anyone who will listen and prefaced each time with "but I couldn't stand the first 60-80 pages, I didn't get it." How to explain....? This will be a frustrating read for many. For me the whole first part made me want to bail so hard but I was comm...

    It's the mid-eighties. Pony Darlene lives in an isolated community, cut off from the wider world. She has only known her small patch of land, the 88 houses and their inhabitants. Hers is a community sprung from the remains of a cult, the Leader long gone. Kids and adults alike are bore...

    Heartbreaker is the youthful wisdom of Pony Darlene Fontaine because as shocking as her mother?s mythical arrival to the compound in a Mercedes Sedan was; Billy Jean Fontaine?s departure is just as random and chaotic. Pony lives in area called The Territory, with 80s rock icons and...

    This is one of those otherworldly sort of books that constantly slips through your fingers as you read it. But keep grabbing at it because what a remarkable book. Separated into three parts, each narrated by a different character, the story revolves around a small, remote place cal...

    Great for fans of kooky science fiction, Heartbreaker is definitely not for most readers. However, if you are looking for something different, you will love this book as much as I do. Pony Darlene was born and raised in a cult. Her mother has run off and her dad?s nickname is the ...

    Much different than I expected. Don't go into this thinking it's about people in a weird cult in 1985. That is what it's about but this is kind of like a fever dream or drug induced hallucination of sorts. The story is told in 3 distincts parts by 3 different narrators. It all has a ve...

    So I?m not exactly sure what I just read but I know it didn?t completely work. Dey is brave and bold I?ll give her that, and more books should have sections narrated by a dog, but there were some structural and timeline issues I couldn?t overlook. It gets points for being like ...

    Well. That was stupid. ...

    4.5 stars I?m not quite sure what to say about this book. During the first third, I was questioning whether I was going to make it through or not. However, it was an ARC sent to me by Random House after winning a giveaway on Goodreads and I always try to finish, rate and review an...

    A story told in three parts by three different characters, Pony, the dog and Supernatural, this one is definitely in the realm of weird fiction. From the bizarre cult suspended in the 80?s to the hyper-intelligent dog this story in an exercise in mind-bending and suspension of disbel...

    Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey is a highly recommended, quirky, unique character driven novel that is part dystopian, part alternate reality. The territory is an isolated cult/settlement that was founded in the north decades ago. In the territory is it 1985, including the music, TV sho...

    This story is told in an interesting way. From three different points of view (the girl, the dog, and the boy), we gradually piece together the life of Billie Jean Fontaine, mother of Pony, wife of The Heavy, and resident of The Territory, a secluded outpost with cult like beginnings w...

    It's hard to find a story that hasn't been done before, and this book, while borrowing themes from several other places, managed to capture me as a reader and weave something really intricate. I almost put the book down after the first few pages, admittedly, but then I re-read the syno...

    Weird and wild. I think I figured out what I liked about it when the dog narrated a section that was smart and funny without sacrificing the sometimes necessary brutality of the animal world. This whole novel is like that?brilliant and brutal. ...

    Dey's Heartbreaker takes place in an unconventional community (to say the least) and is written... well, unconventionally. The disappearance of Billie Jean, an oddity in an already eccentric, cult-driven society severely separated from civilization, is explored through three very diffe...

    It has an interesting storytelling style (cadence, wording) & uses three consecutive narrators -- Pony Darlene (Billie Jean's teen daughter), the dog (Billie Jean's dog; probably the most reliable narrator), & Supernatural (a teen boy in the town) -- to relate the slowly reveal...

    First posted at www.instagram.com/p/BoFMWgoFUJK Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey is one of those really strange books that's hard to categorize. I started it thinking I wasn't going to like it, but I kept reading and found that I couldn't put it down! It's told in 3 parts, Girl, Do...

    How often have you wanted to simply run away from your life? Heartbreaker deals with the story of Billie Jean, who suddenly appeared in ?the territory?, and then disappears without a trace 15 years later. This novel was written in three parts, as told by three of the characters: Bi...

    This one kind of defies categories. Kind of historical, the characters think they live in the 80s, they don't. No one knows until the end where they are. There are three parts, one narrated by a girl, one by a dog, and one by a boy. The dog seemed to have the best insights. Basically, ...

    Well let me tell you about this little absurd and wild gem of a book. First off, let?s just say, I received this ARC from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review, and I?m grateful for it, because this book was right up my alley. It?s the story of a missing woman who lives in ...

  • Theresa
    May 29, 2018

    Dnf at 20% There may be brilliance somewhere here, but if so I can't find it. Have no idea what I just read. Definitely not the book for me. ...

    May end up being a five star book. Need it to settle a little. ...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks out ...

    Quirky and different, Heartbreaker defies norms and logic and jumps across genres. Truthfully, even after having finished reading, I don't know what to make of it. A strange cult, everything 1980s, weird traditions, three primary narrators being a girl, a dog and a boy - sure I was...

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars Wow, this was a difficult book to rate. If I'm completely honest there are more negatives than positives while I'm sitting here trying to collect my thoughts. But I did finish the book and at no time did I seriously contemplate giving up so it must have held...

  • Mel
    Sep 18, 2018

    Dnf at 20% There may be brilliance somewhere here, but if so I can't find it. Have no idea what I just read. Definitely not the book for me. ...

    May end up being a five star book. Need it to settle a little. ...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks out ...

    Quirky and different, Heartbreaker defies norms and logic and jumps across genres. Truthfully, even after having finished reading, I don't know what to make of it. A strange cult, everything 1980s, weird traditions, three primary narrators being a girl, a dog and a boy - sure I was...

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars Wow, this was a difficult book to rate. If I'm completely honest there are more negatives than positives while I'm sitting here trying to collect my thoughts. But I did finish the book and at no time did I seriously contemplate giving up so it must have held...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks ou...

    That was weird af. Some parts were pure brilliance, some were dubious, some others I didn't get one word of, and some were intriguing. The writing will not appeal to everybody, methinks. It can be too much but it can also be very, very powerful. The way Claudia Dey depicts what be...

    This book. THIS BOOK! I had no idea what I was in for when I started it. All I knew is that it was kind of a mystery set in the '80s... Heartbreaker begins with teenager Pony Darlene ruminating on the disappearance and life of her mother, Billie Jean. We see life through Pony's eyes...

    This book was nothing like I expected to be, yet it was so much more. It is a bizarre little story, that focuses on the disappearance of Billie Jean Fontaine and is told from three perspectives: the girl, the dog, and the boy. Through these three perspectives, readers can piece togethe...

    Thank you to Random House for an ARC of Heart-Breakerby Claudia Dey in return for an honest review, embargoed until the publication date:August 21st, 2018 Heartbreaker is the most character driven book I have read, possibly ever. Here?s the kicker. One of the most essentia...

    I've been recommending this book to anyone who will listen and prefaced each time with "but I couldn't stand the first 60-80 pages, I didn't get it." How to explain....? This will be a frustrating read for many. For me the whole first part made me want to bail so hard but I was comm...

  • Orláith
    Sep 25, 2018

    Dnf at 20% There may be brilliance somewhere here, but if so I can't find it. Have no idea what I just read. Definitely not the book for me. ...

    May end up being a five star book. Need it to settle a little. ...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks out ...

    Quirky and different, Heartbreaker defies norms and logic and jumps across genres. Truthfully, even after having finished reading, I don't know what to make of it. A strange cult, everything 1980s, weird traditions, three primary narrators being a girl, a dog and a boy - sure I was...

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars Wow, this was a difficult book to rate. If I'm completely honest there are more negatives than positives while I'm sitting here trying to collect my thoughts. But I did finish the book and at no time did I seriously contemplate giving up so it must have held...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks ou...

    That was weird af. Some parts were pure brilliance, some were dubious, some others I didn't get one word of, and some were intriguing. The writing will not appeal to everybody, methinks. It can be too much but it can also be very, very powerful. The way Claudia Dey depicts what be...

    This book. THIS BOOK! I had no idea what I was in for when I started it. All I knew is that it was kind of a mystery set in the '80s... Heartbreaker begins with teenager Pony Darlene ruminating on the disappearance and life of her mother, Billie Jean. We see life through Pony's eyes...

    This book was nothing like I expected to be, yet it was so much more. It is a bizarre little story, that focuses on the disappearance of Billie Jean Fontaine and is told from three perspectives: the girl, the dog, and the boy. Through these three perspectives, readers can piece togethe...

    Thank you to Random House for an ARC of Heart-Breakerby Claudia Dey in return for an honest review, embargoed until the publication date:August 21st, 2018 Heartbreaker is the most character driven book I have read, possibly ever. Here?s the kicker. One of the most essentia...

    I've been recommending this book to anyone who will listen and prefaced each time with "but I couldn't stand the first 60-80 pages, I didn't get it." How to explain....? This will be a frustrating read for many. For me the whole first part made me want to bail so hard but I was comm...

    It's the mid-eighties. Pony Darlene lives in an isolated community, cut off from the wider world. She has only known her small patch of land, the 88 houses and their inhabitants. Hers is a community sprung from the remains of a cult, the Leader long gone. Kids and adults alike are bore...

    Heartbreaker is the youthful wisdom of Pony Darlene Fontaine because as shocking as her mother?s mythical arrival to the compound in a Mercedes Sedan was; Billy Jean Fontaine?s departure is just as random and chaotic. Pony lives in area called The Territory, with 80s rock icons and...

    This is one of those otherworldly sort of books that constantly slips through your fingers as you read it. But keep grabbing at it because what a remarkable book. Separated into three parts, each narrated by a different character, the story revolves around a small, remote place cal...

    Great for fans of kooky science fiction, Heartbreaker is definitely not for most readers. However, if you are looking for something different, you will love this book as much as I do. Pony Darlene was born and raised in a cult. Her mother has run off and her dad?s nickname is the ...

    Much different than I expected. Don't go into this thinking it's about people in a weird cult in 1985. That is what it's about but this is kind of like a fever dream or drug induced hallucination of sorts. The story is told in 3 distincts parts by 3 different narrators. It all has a ve...

    So I?m not exactly sure what I just read but I know it didn?t completely work. Dey is brave and bold I?ll give her that, and more books should have sections narrated by a dog, but there were some structural and timeline issues I couldn?t overlook. It gets points for being like ...

    Well. That was stupid. ...

    4.5 stars I?m not quite sure what to say about this book. During the first third, I was questioning whether I was going to make it through or not. However, it was an ARC sent to me by Random House after winning a giveaway on Goodreads and I always try to finish, rate and review an...

    A story told in three parts by three different characters, Pony, the dog and Supernatural, this one is definitely in the realm of weird fiction. From the bizarre cult suspended in the 80?s to the hyper-intelligent dog this story in an exercise in mind-bending and suspension of disbel...

    Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey is a highly recommended, quirky, unique character driven novel that is part dystopian, part alternate reality. The territory is an isolated cult/settlement that was founded in the north decades ago. In the territory is it 1985, including the music, TV sho...

    This story is told in an interesting way. From three different points of view (the girl, the dog, and the boy), we gradually piece together the life of Billie Jean Fontaine, mother of Pony, wife of The Heavy, and resident of The Territory, a secluded outpost with cult like beginnings w...

    It's hard to find a story that hasn't been done before, and this book, while borrowing themes from several other places, managed to capture me as a reader and weave something really intricate. I almost put the book down after the first few pages, admittedly, but then I re-read the syno...

    Weird and wild. I think I figured out what I liked about it when the dog narrated a section that was smart and funny without sacrificing the sometimes necessary brutality of the animal world. This whole novel is like that?brilliant and brutal. ...

    Dey's Heartbreaker takes place in an unconventional community (to say the least) and is written... well, unconventionally. The disappearance of Billie Jean, an oddity in an already eccentric, cult-driven society severely separated from civilization, is explored through three very diffe...

    It has an interesting storytelling style (cadence, wording) & uses three consecutive narrators -- Pony Darlene (Billie Jean's teen daughter), the dog (Billie Jean's dog; probably the most reliable narrator), & Supernatural (a teen boy in the town) -- to relate the slowly reveal...

    First posted at www.instagram.com/p/BoFMWgoFUJK Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey is one of those really strange books that's hard to categorize. I started it thinking I wasn't going to like it, but I kept reading and found that I couldn't put it down! It's told in 3 parts, Girl, Do...

  • Susan
    Aug 18, 2018

    Dnf at 20% There may be brilliance somewhere here, but if so I can't find it. Have no idea what I just read. Definitely not the book for me. ...

    May end up being a five star book. Need it to settle a little. ...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks out ...

    Quirky and different, Heartbreaker defies norms and logic and jumps across genres. Truthfully, even after having finished reading, I don't know what to make of it. A strange cult, everything 1980s, weird traditions, three primary narrators being a girl, a dog and a boy - sure I was...

    Between 2.5 and 3 stars Wow, this was a difficult book to rate. If I'm completely honest there are more negatives than positives while I'm sitting here trying to collect my thoughts. But I did finish the book and at no time did I seriously contemplate giving up so it must have held...

    This book defies genre and logic in so many ways. I was under the spell of 1980's music references, the mysterious location we're never entirely sure about, and the cult-like community we enter. Billie Jean Fontaine hasn't left her home in almost three months. She abruptly walks ou...

    That was weird af. Some parts were pure brilliance, some were dubious, some others I didn't get one word of, and some were intriguing. The writing will not appeal to everybody, methinks. It can be too much but it can also be very, very powerful. The way Claudia Dey depicts what be...

    This book. THIS BOOK! I had no idea what I was in for when I started it. All I knew is that it was kind of a mystery set in the '80s... Heartbreaker begins with teenager Pony Darlene ruminating on the disappearance and life of her mother, Billie Jean. We see life through Pony's eyes...

    This book was nothing like I expected to be, yet it was so much more. It is a bizarre little story, that focuses on the disappearance of Billie Jean Fontaine and is told from three perspectives: the girl, the dog, and the boy. Through these three perspectives, readers can piece togethe...

    Thank you to Random House for an ARC of Heart-Breakerby Claudia Dey in return for an honest review, embargoed until the publication date:August 21st, 2018 Heartbreaker is the most character driven book I have read, possibly ever. Here?s the kicker. One of the most essentia...