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Peek Inside The Heartbreak Cure

Cat Turner asks bad boy Alex Locke to be her fake boyfriend and show the world that she's fine. Problem is, the more time she spends with Alex, the more she risks getting her heart broken.

The Heartbreak Cure

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How to get over a heartbreak:

Step one: Eat your body weight in brownies.

Step two: Throw yourself into your dreams of becoming a famous writer.

Step three: Beg your (hottie) ex-neighbor to act as your fake boyfriend.

Step four: Skip step three unless you’re ready for some serious fallout.

After being dumped and humiliated over the summer, Cat Turner does what any sane girl would do. She asks bad boy Alex Locke to be her fake boyfriend and show the world (and her editor at the school newspaper) that she's fine. Problem is, the more time she spends with Alex, the more she risks getting her heart broken. For real this time.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a swoony bad boy who will melt your heart, brownies, and witty banter. One, two, or all three might prove addictive…


"Their "fake" relationship is one that I've never read before. It's a total swoon worthy read and makes you want brownies right along with Cat!" –Emily, ALotaBooks13

"It's a quick read, and a fairly typical YA romance, making it a great choice for fans of Sarah Dessen or Kasie West." –Bailey, Goodreads Reviewer

"The fake boyfriend is a trope that has been done many times, but what makes this one work so marvelously is Alex. He's got the perfect blend of truly tortured past and desire to set things right that make him truly swoon worthy, and the chemistry between him and Cat was really sweet." –Kat, Kat with the Hat

"What can I say? Wow! What a great book." –Tammy, The Books You Read

"Likable characters, sweet story and a HEA. Can't ask for more on a chilly fall evening." –Lissa Hawley, Goodreads Reviewer

"This is a really great cozy or beachy read, and I highly recommend it!" –Olivia Farr, Goodreads Reviewer

"The Heartbreak Cure is a sweet story with a lot to offer. [...] This book worked really well, and I enjoyed every minute of it." –Danielle, Chapters Through Life

"I absolutely loved that the relationship wasn't the only focus in this book. [...] Yes, there is a romance, several actually, but it's not the only focus to the story. There's a great mother-daughter relationship, amazing friendship stories, hard-working characters, characters who are trying to better themselves, redemption stories, and so much more." –Felicia, Bookishly Slytherin

"The Heartbreak Cure is such a fast-paced book and I couldn’t stop reading. I couldn’t get enough of Cat and Alex, they’re so cute together. And Alex… He’s so hot and he wears a leather jacket, has blue eyes and brown hear… YES!!!" –Shirley Cuypers

"This was an adorable book that discussed heavy topics in a way that doesn't affect what the genre is. I guarantee this book will make you feel all sorts of happy butterflies in your heart and make your day just a little bit better." –Lacy, A Ravenclaw Library

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640634299
Release Date: Dec 4, 2017
Page Count: 193
Imprint: teen crush
Genre: contemporary, young adult
Tropes: bad boy/bachelor/playboy reformed, friends to lovers

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By Kat August 01, 2020

Thank you so much to NetGalley and Entangled Books for allowing me to read and review this sweet friends to lovers romance by Amanda Ashby. I completely adored this book. Cat is about to start her junior year when the boy she had briefly dated over the summer not only dumps her but posts on YouTube ...more

By Schizanthus December 11, 2017

Confession time! I accidentally got sucked into wanting to read this book purely because of the brownies and then kinda sorta maybe quite enjoyed the read, despite having the best intentions to rip its romantic heart to shreds. Sure, there were some soppy sentences, mostly focused around how people ...more

By Danielle's December 03, 2017

The Heartbreak Cure is a friends to more romance and a fake boyfriend story. Two of my favourites, so this book was a winner before I opened it!

Kids can be cruel and unfortunately, Cat is the last victim. Her humiliation is displayed for the world to see and the tears that followed. The summer brea ...more

By December 01, 2017


3.5 “Bad Boys, Dark Pasts and Kissing” Stars

ARC via NetGalley.

Thank you, Entangled Teen!

Another win when it comes to Entangled Crush.

While The Heartbreak Cure was just as cute and sweet as most of the YA romances published by Entangled Crush, it stood out to me because it did a great job building r ...more

By Melissasfandomworld December 07, 2017

This review was first published on Melissa's Bookworld

~♥~ BOOK REVIEW  ~♥~

…there would be four large brownies, the color of freshly turned soil, nestled within the tissue paper-one for pain, another for hope, a third for wisdom, and the fourth for joy. Birdie referred

By Samantha (WLABB) November 23, 2017

Rating: 3.5 Stars

This was a very sweet story about second chances, believing in yourself, and letting go of the past to look towards the future.

Full review to follow.

*I would like to thank the publisher for the advanced copy of this book.


By Shirley December 04, 2017

Original review

This book was provided by the Publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley and Entangled: Crush!

The Heartbreak Cure tells the story of Cat and Alex. Cat Turner just got dumped by a boyfriend who dated her just for fun. She’s so embarrassed that sh ...more

By Kate August 01, 2019

Enjoyable, G-rated, young adult romance

When 16-year-old Cat Turner is dumped and publicly humiliated by a classmate named Bennet, who callously brags on social media that he was only dating her over the summer on a bet, she is desperate to save face. She implores her former neighbor, Alex Locke, who ...more

By Lauren November 25, 2017


I've read several of Amanda Ashby's books in the past (Fairy Bad Day and You Had Me at Halo), and I've always enjoyed how sweet and fun they are. Therefore, when I heard about her newest release, The Heartbreak Cure, I instantly added it to my TBR.

The Result? The Heartbreak Cure is as sweet a ...more

By Erica November 27, 2017

I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

Young Adult age-range: 12+ for this sweet romance.

4-5 stars from a young adult perspective- teens will swoon over Alex.
3-4 stars from those young at heart, due to predictability.
3.5 stars overall.

Cat is suffering from heartbreak- ...more

By Olivia November 19, 2017

"The Heartbreak Cure" is a sweet and quick read about a fake relationship turned into something more. Cat, an aspiring novelist and journalist, has just been publicly humiliated when a one week relationship ended with a youtube video saying she was part of a summer challenge (to date a loser and get ...more

By Tammy November 23, 2017

My thoughts and review

Cat Turner is a nice girl that has just had her heart broken on social media. Having to start the school year with everyone talking about her is not going to be easy but Cat comes up with a spur of the moment plan. Her old neighbor and resident 'bad boy' Alex agrees to be her p ...more

By E.A. February 05, 2018

As good as a fresh, moist, thick, fudgy-dark-chocolate brownie! ...more

By Deniz December 04, 2017

3.5 Stars

The Heartbreak Cure started off with what looked your classic bestie to pretend lovers to the real thing storyline. Your classic cute and fluffy it seemed.
I was quite content with that. If you would have asked me around halfway in, what I thought, I would have told you very swoony cute & f ...more

By Katherine December 06, 2017

Cat was just dumped, and to make it worse, the boy who dumped her only dated her as a dare and recorded the whole situation to upload to youtube for everyone to see. To make things worse, her job on the school newspaper is now on the line since the editor believes she might be too emotionally unstab ...more

By KarenJo December 06, 2017

4.25 - Sweet, Adorable and Scrumptiously Delightful

The Heartbreak Cure by Amanda Ashby is an endearing friends to lovers story that satisfied my endless cravings for swoony reads. It’s funny, super sweet and so scrumptiously delightful!

In case I don’t say it enough, Entangled Teen Crush books are e ...more

By lacy December 02, 2017

Thank you to Entangled Teen publishing for allowing me to read this early. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

I love fluffy stories. I love those stories that make my heart all happy and I forget all the trouble of the world and the stress. And if that fluffy story contains my most favorite trop ...more

By Alison November 29, 2017

Three and a half stars.

Cat Turner got punked by one of the popular boys at school and she is dreading going back. What with the YOuTube video and the complaints to the school she knows she is going to be a laughing stock. Even worse, she knows that the editor of the school paper won't let her write ...more

By Whoo Gives A Hoot December 24, 2017

* Read more of my reviews at Whoo Gives A Hoot *
The Heartbreak Cure by Amanda Ashby was a sweet and quick young adult friends to lovers + fake boyfriend story! This was hands down two of my favorite kind of stories all rolled into one and I absolutely adored the entire concept of the book from ...more

By ElizrdbthSpeaks December 21, 2017

I am new to Amanda Ashby's writing style, I got this through NetGalley, I loved the cover, totally what 1st pulled me in to wanting to read it. Friends-to-more kind of YA read. Cat & Alex and such great characters, It was a fun quick gotta know the ending now kind of read. lots of witty banner, ador ...more

By Lissa November 20, 2017

This book is just plain adorable.

I have a thing for nice "bad boys."

Likable characters, sweet story and a HEA. Can't ask for more on a chilly fall evening.

I will say that I tend to love anything Entangled publishing puts out, which is unusual, because I rarely notice who the publisher is. ...more

By Mary December 06, 2017


Alex and Cat have grown up together, living next door but then his grandmother moved into a senior apartment and he moved out to his own place above his work.  His family life left a lot to be desired and he works really hard to overcome his history by getting excellent grades, working two jobs a ...more

By Christina January 30, 2018

It's no secret that I love every book Amanda's written, but Alex in The Heartbreak Cure has to be one of my very favorite heroes. A hot bad boy with a tortured past, and a fake date to help out his best friend, the girl he has a secret crush on! So much fun and goodness. And did I mention the browni ...more

By Kayla March 23, 2020

*Before I jump into the review I want to thank Netgalley and Entangled Crush for sending me a free e-arc in exchange for this review.*

I have always loved the fake-relationship trope (can it be considered a trope? If not, it is now.) Any book that has my premise, has me hooked because they are so da ...more

By WycEd December 07, 2017

Check out our The Heartbreak Cure post on Wicked Reads.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Erica – ☆☆☆☆
4-5 stars from a young adult perspective – teens will swoon over Alex.
3-4 stars from those young at heart, due to predictability.
3.5 stars overall.

Cat is suffering from heartbreak – a hot ...more

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Amanda Ashby

About the author

Amanda Ashby

Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand, where she writes romance, young adult, and middle grade books. She also works in a library, owns far too many vintage tablecloths, and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture. She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. Her debut book was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, and her first young adult book was listed by the New York Public Libraryʼs Stuff for the Teen Age. Because she’s mysterious, she also writes middle grade books under the name Catherine Holt and hopes that all this writing won’t interfere with her Netflix schedule.

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