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They say money can't buy you love. Becca Williamson begs to differ. Once upon a time, Becca was the Break-Up Artist, tearing apart unhealthy relationships at her school for just $100 via PayPal. But after a job went really wrong, she went legit for love and now brings couples together. Crushing on that supercute guy in Chemistry but too shy to say hi? Becca has the right fo They say money can't buy you love. Becca Williamson begs to differ. Once upon a time, Becca was the Break-Up Artist, tearing apart unhealthy relationships at her school for just $100 via PayPal. But after a job went really wrong, she went legit for love and now brings couples together. Crushing on that supercute guy in Chemistry but too shy to say hi? Becca has the right formula. Pining for that artsy girl who vowed never to date a jock? Becca will ensure love conquers all. She's even engineered a relationship of her own: the funny, sweet and unbelievably cute Fred Teplitzky, the one guy who knows exactly what to say to make our unflappable heroine&amp...well, flappable. But before she can pick out a graduation robe and enjoy her last months at Ashland High, Becca has to deal with a new Break-Up Artist on the block. And this master manipulator is dead set on one thing: revenge. Someone is going around destroying all of the couples she's worked hard to unite. Now Becca has to outwit and outscheme her new foe in a dirty cat-and-mouse chase filled with hacked emails, video surveillance, reputation ruining and a few candy hearts. Especially when she realizes that the Revenge Artist's number one target is her and Fred. Looks like there are no such things as clean breaks.


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They say money can't buy you love. Becca Williamson begs to differ. Once upon a time, Becca was the Break-Up Artist, tearing apart unhealthy relationships at her school for just $100 via PayPal. But after a job went really wrong, she went legit for love and now brings couples together. Crushing on that supercute guy in Chemistry but too shy to say hi? Becca has the right fo They say money can't buy you love. Becca Williamson begs to differ. Once upon a time, Becca was the Break-Up Artist, tearing apart unhealthy relationships at her school for just $100 via PayPal. But after a job went really wrong, she went legit for love and now brings couples together. Crushing on that supercute guy in Chemistry but too shy to say hi? Becca has the right formula. Pining for that artsy girl who vowed never to date a jock? Becca will ensure love conquers all. She's even engineered a relationship of her own: the funny, sweet and unbelievably cute Fred Teplitzky, the one guy who knows exactly what to say to make our unflappable heroine&amp...well, flappable. But before she can pick out a graduation robe and enjoy her last months at Ashland High, Becca has to deal with a new Break-Up Artist on the block. And this master manipulator is dead set on one thing: revenge. Someone is going around destroying all of the couples she's worked hard to unite. Now Becca has to outwit and outscheme her new foe in a dirty cat-and-mouse chase filled with hacked emails, video surveillance, reputation ruining and a few candy hearts. Especially when she realizes that the Revenge Artist's number one target is her and Fred. Looks like there are no such things as clean breaks.

30 review for The Revenge Artist

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bee

    Quite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the Clouds 4.5 stars When I read The Break-Up Artist in 2014, I ended up being pleasantly surprised because the book turned out to be a lot of fun, but also more emotional than I had expected going into it. So imagine my surprise when the author contacted me about reviewing the sequel! I was scared at first, because contemporary sequels often have too much drama and I'm not very fond of that. But I'm happy to say The Revenge Artist was just as fun and engaging Quite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the Clouds 4.5 stars When I read The Break-Up Artist in 2014, I ended up being pleasantly surprised because the book turned out to be a lot of fun, but also more emotional than I had expected going into it. So imagine my surprise when the author contacted me about reviewing the sequel! I was scared at first, because contemporary sequels often have too much drama and I'm not very fond of that. But I'm happy to say The Revenge Artist was just as fun and engaging as I hoped it would be! The Revenge Artist starts off a few months after The Break-Up Artist ended. Becca is no longer the break-up artist, but instead helps couples get together. On top of that, she's dating someone herself! The cute, funny and sweet Fred knows exactly what to say to make Becca weak in the knees. Becca is ready to graduate and leave Ashland High behind, but it seems she has other things to deal with first. Another break-up artist is on the block and focuses on one thing: revenge. Someone is destroying the couples Becca united and Becca has to find out who it is and stop them. Especially since it seems like her own relationship is the schemer's next target. If you haven't read The Break-Up Artist (which you should, just sayin'), don't worry! There's enough of a recap spread throughout the book. Since I read the first book quite a while ago, I was scared I'd be lost, but I never was. You can totally read this one without having read the first book. And yes, it's spread throughout. People who have read the first book already won't be overwhelmed by an endless monologue detailing everything they just read. And people who haven't are just reading a book and getting pieces of information as they need it. So yay! Everyone wins! Once again, I found myself having so much fun reading this! Becca could become a bit annoying a few times for making the same mistakes she made in the last book, and the identity of the Revenge Artist was ultimately not very surprising, but that's about it. It was still so much fun and surprisingly emotional, much like the first book was. Though I think it helped that I went into it with moderate expectations. Yes, this may not be too realistic, but I don't really care? I still think this view on High School is pretty accurate, though maybe looked at through a looking glass. So if you're going to pick this one up, which I hope you do, just have fun with it. I liked the writing, because it once again gave me a look inside Becca's head. I liked how new this romantic relationship was to her. She's come far since the first book and she grows even more in this one. I also liked her friendship with her sister and Val. Her romance with Fred was cute and developed nicely throughout the book. All the characters were fun and realistic and I like that I didn't come across any stereotypes whatsoever. I would've liked to see her parents more because I liked their interactions. All in all, I was happy to revisit these characters. I had fun and I even teared up a few times. If you've read and enjoyed the first book, you really should pick this one up too! If not, you should still read this one or both. Because The Break-Up Artist and The Revenge Artist are two YA contemporary books that really do deserve more attention!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty-Marie Jones

    I really enjoyed The Break-Up artist last year, it was a fun quick read full of personality and drama. Although my main problem with it was the high schools weird obsession of having a boyfriend, which was everything and you were obviously a poor suffering alien if you weren't a couple. Thankfully, that wasn't an issue here, considering Becca is no longer The Break-Up Artist, and more of a matchmaker, but it seemed like everyone learned a lesson and weren't so obnoxious. So, Becca's now a relati I really enjoyed The Break-Up artist last year, it was a fun quick read full of personality and drama. Although my main problem with it was the high schools weird obsession of having a boyfriend, which was everything and you were obviously a poor suffering alien if you weren't a couple. Thankfully, that wasn't an issue here, considering Becca is no longer The Break-Up Artist, and more of a matchmaker, but it seemed like everyone learned a lesson and weren't so obnoxious. So, Becca's now a relationship engineer, for the same price via PayPal, she now brings people together, and with her also having a boyfriend now, she's a little less cynical (but she's always going to be cynical). Enter...The Revenge Artist, who, well, wants revenge by attacking the very couples Becca brings together, and her own relationship with Fred. Of course there is still drama. I think, the thing about Becca is, she's stubborn, and I mean stubborn to the point that it works very easily against her, especially with The Revenge Artist, who coincidently, does very little compared to what Becca did to break up couples. But she's realistic in that way, we don't want or like it when people get the best of you, when someone's playing your game, you want to win. Becca goes through a lot of growth, and although she does cause most of the things that happens, it also shows her what she really wants. She's uncertain about what she wants in her future, and who she wants with her. It's something you can relate to. I did figure out who The Revenge Artist is, after all, keep your friends close, and your enemies even closer. Overall, The Revenge Artist is a great follow up to The Break-Up Artist, but if you weren't so fussed on The Break-Up Artist, the follow up might be more to your liking, because it also has a tooth achingly adorable epilogue, and for once I'm not being sarcastic. ~~A copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.~ ----- Review originally posted on Studio Reads

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sara (sarabara081)

    Really liked this sequel! Further review to come.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    I really loved The Break Up Artist. It was SUCH a good read, and I was so excited when I heard Becca was back in The Revenge Artist, even more so when the lovely Philip Siegel offered me the chance to review it! I was so excited to be back in Becca's world, and it's great to see that she's changed - she's no longer a break-up artist, instead she helps bring couples together which is awesome. A MUCH better use of her time, no? I don't think I loved The Revenge Artist as much as I did The Break Up I really loved The Break Up Artist. It was SUCH a good read, and I was so excited when I heard Becca was back in The Revenge Artist, even more so when the lovely Philip Siegel offered me the chance to review it! I was so excited to be back in Becca's world, and it's great to see that she's changed - she's no longer a break-up artist, instead she helps bring couples together which is awesome. A MUCH better use of her time, no? I don't think I loved The Revenge Artist as much as I did The Break Up Artist, but it was still a pretty decent read, and I finished it in just a couple of sittings. Who knew Becca had a boyfriend? I FORGOT. I genuinely was so confused when she's with Fred at the beginning of The Revenge Artist, and as such it always felt a bit weird to see them together because I'd just forgotten about him completely. I didn't even mention him in my review of The Break Up Artist. I DON'T EVEN KNOW IF HE WAS IN IT, I'm that confused. I honestly have no idea what happened there, mind. I'm literally completely blank on Becca and Fred's entire relationship. So, yeah, I may have forgot Fred (I'M SO SORRY FRED!!!), I did enjoy this book. Becca is such an awesome character and it was awful to see her set upon by the revenge artist. It was mean (and I guessed who it was yay me). Philip is a fantastic writer, so good at creating awesome characters and plots you don't expect and this was no different. I can't wait to see what he does next and Becca Williamson is a heroine I'll remember for ages yet, she's someone I really want to be BFFs with. I heart her.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The Revenge artist is the sequel to the Break-Up Artist. It could possibly be read as a standalone. But it continues the story from the first book. This book is a Young Adult contemporary mystery with some romance. The narrator is high school senior Becca. In the first book Becca was the Break-Up Artist (she would break up couples for a fee). Now she has a boyfriend and has turned her life around. She is now a relationship engineer (she will find a way to match potential clients with their crushes The Revenge artist is the sequel to the Break-Up Artist. It could possibly be read as a standalone. But it continues the story from the first book. This book is a Young Adult contemporary mystery with some romance. The narrator is high school senior Becca. In the first book Becca was the Break-Up Artist (she would break up couples for a fee). Now she has a boyfriend and has turned her life around. She is now a relationship engineer (she will find a way to match potential clients with their crushes for a fee). This is actually sort of a fun concept. The girl who used to break up couples is now charging money to bring couples together. I definitely enjoyed this aspect of the book. Becca is a smart girl and I loved reading about all of her schemes. It was definitely interesting for Becca to have a boyfriend in this book. The only bad part was that it had been so long since I read the first book that I really did not remember Fred very well. But there is enough information in this book that by the end I was very clear about all things Fred. In this book there is a Revenge Artist out for revenge. Becca receives mysterious messages. The couples she has set-up start being sabotaged. This mystery was a key component to the story and I thought that it was extremely intriguing. It was definitely an interesting mystery. Even though I strongly suspected the guilty party this book was still a satisfying and really cute YA mystery. *an e-copy of this book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Paula Stokes

    If you were a fan of The Break-Up Artist you will looooooove this book. Siegel is back with his signature witty dialogue and zany plot twists. Once I started this I couldn't put it down--I just HAD TO KNOW how it ended. For those of you who found Becca's antics or attitude in book #1 hard to swallow, give this book a try and watch her character grow as she comes to realize that being the break-up artist was wrong and hurtful and attempts to make up for her mistakes. Extremely enjoyable. Highly rec If you were a fan of The Break-Up Artist you will looooooove this book. Siegel is back with his signature witty dialogue and zany plot twists. Once I started this I couldn't put it down--I just HAD TO KNOW how it ended. For those of you who found Becca's antics or attitude in book #1 hard to swallow, give this book a try and watch her character grow as she comes to realize that being the break-up artist was wrong and hurtful and attempts to make up for her mistakes. Extremely enjoyable. Highly recommended :D

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ruby

    Not as good as the first one. The best thing about the series is Becca's ever witty/authentic point of view and jokes. Through this heroine's eyes, Siegel makes a lot of observations about the daily lives of teens that I think are both true and funny- like Becca says, "he closes the book, and it makes that poof sound." I like the writing style because the teen characters actually act authentic. The tense/head-gamey interactions, the confusion/mistrust, the gestures and looks, such as the "why-are- Not as good as the first one. The best thing about the series is Becca's ever witty/authentic point of view and jokes. Through this heroine's eyes, Siegel makes a lot of observations about the daily lives of teens that I think are both true and funny- like Becca says, "he closes the book, and it makes that poof sound." I like the writing style because the teen characters actually act authentic. The tense/head-gamey interactions, the confusion/mistrust, the gestures and looks, such as the "why-are-you-watching-me eat smile." The 1st one was definitely better: in the Breakup Artist, Becca had a drive, a motto, an undercover operation that she was really passionate about and that was fun to read about. In this one, she's reversed her job, but she doesn't have the same drive that she did in the last one. She doesn't really justify why she's changed her point of view, so it's not as fun to read about her work. That's really the problem with this book: the plot isn't as centered around Becca and how she develops. In the last one, the Break-Up Artisting and Becca's character were really intertwined and changed with the story, so you could really see her change. Now Becca is is less control of what's going on, and there's less character development. There's not that secret/spy mood, and there's a lot on her new boyfriend. He's an important part of the book, but he muddies everything Becca does. A lot of things happen to her as opposed to Becca driving them. In the first one, it was really all about her and the different character developments were intertwined- like her relationship with Huxley, Diane's problems, Val's relationship, etc. But now, this Revenge-Artist story seems more like Becca is having to deal with things as best she can with less control. I wish it was more Becca-centric and Becca-controlled. I really like things in her point of view because not only is she honest and funny and direct but also because she's not perfect and I like getting to know how she thinks. On top of that, now that it's focused on creating relationships instead of breaking them apart, it gets a little sappy. So three stars because it was still entertaining. But not 4 or 5 because the character development was lacking and not as driven by Becca, who I love as a character.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dre

    Please note that the ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Do you guys remember The Break-up Artist? Yes, Becca Williamson is back, but she doesn't break-up people anymore. She has changed. But I’ve changed. For real. I’m a different person. I have bangs Bangs definitely changes people! I have bangs, and it did make a huge difference in my life. :D Becca is now a relationship engineer. Not a matchmaker. Matchmaking is pairing people up and hoping for the best. Being a Please note that the ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Do you guys remember The Break-up Artist? Yes, Becca Williamson is back, but she doesn't break-up people anymore. She has changed. But I’ve changed. For real. I’m a different person. I have bangs Bangs definitely changes people! I have bangs, and it did make a huge difference in my life. :D Becca is now a relationship engineer. Not a matchmaker. Matchmaking is pairing people up and hoping for the best. Being a relationship engineer means 'doing everything in her power to know the outcome beforehand'. She still asks to be paid $100 via Paypal for her services. She now offers to bring potential couples together for a fee, and she actually has a five-step process to do this: Preparation, Anticipation, Deliberation, Application, and Celebration. Becca is in a relationship now. For the first time in her life, she's living with the perks of having a boyfriend. But being a senior in high school, there's those typical teenager problems: college applications, relationship issues, and then there's this mystery she has to solve. Becca started receiving mysterious messages, and there is someone who is sabotaging the couples she fixed up. Who might that be? I had an idea on who it was when it was first revealed that there's a sabotaging going on. The mystery definitely added excitement to this contemporary read. It makes you want to read page after page to find out who The Revenge Artist is. Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future. Concentrate the mind on the present moment. There's a bunch of humorous lines in this book that made me laugh, and some gems about life. I also enjoyed the fact that the story didn't focus on Becca's love life, but more on having self-discoveries about meddling with other people's lives, and learning what real love is. It was a really good sequel to the series. I think it can be read as a stand alone. If you like a quick read and solve a mystery, then go read this book! #

  9. 4 out of 5

    Aydrea

    ARC Review I won't lie that I am a sucker for adorable romance & Becca & Fred are so freaking cute! This of course made me love the book, lucky girl! Besides the romance Becca was back to her old self, ever the investigator & now matchmaker. All the tension & senior year lasts brought back memories for me. There were plenty of humor in it too, which just adds to the storyline. ARC Review I won't lie that I am a sucker for adorable romance & Becca & Fred are so freaking cute! This of course made me love the book, lucky girl! Besides the romance Becca was back to her old self, ever the investigator & now matchmaker. All the tension & senior year lasts brought back memories for me. There were plenty of humor in it too, which just adds to the storyline.

  10. 5 out of 5

    WatermeLoonie

    This....shall not end well. This....shall not end well.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cariadne

    Man. This review is long owed and I feel terrible for not getting to it sooner. Apologies, Philip! But here's the honest review: I enjoyed Break-Up Artist years ago, but never expected a sequel. Our heroine Becca was smart, snarky and a wounded work-in-progress. I got the ending on that one and felt pretty solid about it. Did we need a sequel? I guess the publishing gods said yes. We pick up the following academic year and Becca's the same... except for the bangs. But aside from the hairdo, that's Man. This review is long owed and I feel terrible for not getting to it sooner. Apologies, Philip! But here's the honest review: I enjoyed Break-Up Artist years ago, but never expected a sequel. Our heroine Becca was smart, snarky and a wounded work-in-progress. I got the ending on that one and felt pretty solid about it. Did we need a sequel? I guess the publishing gods said yes. We pick up the following academic year and Becca's the same... except for the bangs. But aside from the hairdo, that's all the "bang" happening for your buck. Things start off well, where I was cringing in empathy over the crucial 3rd wheel issues -- when you're trying to be sensitive to your bff's needs because we are hanging out with boyfriend (*sigh* how many nights did my bff Susan and I wish we had a boyfriend to hang with and then with she/I get one, hanging out as a 3-some gets awkward? Plenty because, like Becca, I feel protective over sisters before misters) -- but as soon as bf Fred throws down the "love," things started getting comically weird. I felt from there, the story mash-up took a turn for the worse. I dig Becca as a Veronica Mars offshoot trying to solve the mystery of who is the Revenge Artist to her relationship engineering but then the addition of her sister Diane's love life, bff Val, juggling love/like Fred muddied the story so much, it ceased to have clarity, focus, direction and a solid voice. In the Break-Up Artist, these additions didn't seem as much as a big deal. Here, it was just chaotic and conflicting. I was disappointed. I do think Philip Siegel has talent and hope to read something better from him in the future. The effort here lacked the luster and solid plotting/tone that could've had this book bangin' and blazin' into our YA already story-rich universe.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    I didn't anticipate the solution to the mystery, but I was too caught up in the characters' questionable motives to really be searching for it. I didn't anticipate the solution to the mystery, but I was too caught up in the characters' questionable motives to really be searching for it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Megan Stewart

    We enjoyed the first installment in this series, titled The Break-Up Artist, so when we were given the opportunity to read the latest book, we jumped at the change. It started out with the protagonist, Becca Williamson, setting up couples instead of tearing them apart. The process was just as detailed as when she was researching and implementing steps to breaking up couples. The relationship that Becca has with her best friend, Val, is strained, which would make sense, given that Becca and Val's We enjoyed the first installment in this series, titled The Break-Up Artist, so when we were given the opportunity to read the latest book, we jumped at the change. It started out with the protagonist, Becca Williamson, setting up couples instead of tearing them apart. The process was just as detailed as when she was researching and implementing steps to breaking up couples. The relationship that Becca has with her best friend, Val, is strained, which would make sense, given that Becca and Val's ex were together behind her back. It's this relationship that we see get to a point where the two lose contact, with much of the interaction between the two of them reads forced, almost too much for the situation. But more than this relationship, it's the one Becca has with her boyfriend, Fred, that plays out center stage in the story. He confesses to her that he loves her, but she can't say it back, doesn't feel it and it's almost like she puts up a wall between the two of them. What makes this so powerful is that the author is bringing up issues that most readers this age can understand and relate to. She doesn't want to say something she doesn't mean, and most people nowadays will say those three words just to placate a partner to keep things from being awkward. But more than that, Fred applies to the same school as her, which makes her feel trapped and cornered, which is a very real, very true circumstance that those heading off to school with a significant other deal with. It's after we get this news that the true plot of the story hits center stage. The couples that Becca is matching up are starting to get torn apart. The search for the Revenge Artist begins, leading Becca down a path that makes her lose friends and threatens her relationship. The author is able to create a pace and flow that fits well to the story he's telling, and makes it appealing to the reader. While it picks up in places of intense drama, it slows down for the moments that need a little more time and attention. And what we really enjoyed about this installment in the series was the way in which the Revenge Artist targets Becca. They use the same tricks and ideas she used in the previous book, giving Becca a taste of her own medicine. The methods go a step further, turning up the creep factor, giving this book a different feel from the first one. Throughout the book, there's always one question on our minds: who is the Revenge Artist? We get snippets and clues leading us in different directions, and the author really did this part well. He never gave anything away that would give the reader a solid idea of just who it was. At the start, we have a pretty good idea of who we think it is, and hen a third of the way into the book, we think it's someone else, but by the end, probably two or three other people can be thought of as the Revenge Artist, but we were definitely surprised wit who it turned out to be. For an author to be able to do that, it's pretty impressive. After that part of the puzzle is solved, the ending is very rushed, like the author just wanted to finish the book as soon as possible, which make the ending less than what it could be. The impact is lessened tremendously. We would have very much liked to see where Becca went as a character, and how the rest of the year finished out for her instead of a dead stop after a very quick, almost forced reunion with one of the other prominent characters. Overall, The Revenge Artist was a great read, and one we'd definitely recommend. While we did have some issues with it, they were outweighed by all the positive aspects this book had to offer. And if you haven't read the first installment, The Break-Up Artist, you should definitely check it out.

  14. 4 out of 5

    JoLee

    Featured on Intellectual Recreation. Last year I read and adored Philip Siegel's The Break-Up Artist. I found it to be funny, entertaining, and well-written with the perfect amount of depth. And most impressively, Siegel managed to keep Becca real, grounded, and likable despite all of her questionable choices. I couldn't help but cheer for Becca. The Break-Up Artist easily made my Favorite Debuts of the Year list for 2014. So I was obviously thrilled to read the sequel. Spoiler: It's just as w Featured on Intellectual Recreation. Last year I read and adored Philip Siegel's The Break-Up Artist. I found it to be funny, entertaining, and well-written with the perfect amount of depth. And most impressively, Siegel managed to keep Becca real, grounded, and likable despite all of her questionable choices. I couldn't help but cheer for Becca. The Break-Up Artist easily made my Favorite Debuts of the Year list for 2014. So I was obviously thrilled to read the sequel. Spoiler: It's just as wonderful as the first. After the events of last year, Becca Williamson has left the break-up business behind. But that doesn't mean that she's left for a typical high school job. Never. Becca has refashioned herself as a "relationship engineer." Instead of tearing couples apart, she helps bring them together. But while Becca is reveling in her success rate, plotting for graduation and college, and spending time with her boyfriend Fred and best friend Val, another Break-Up Artist enters the picture. And this time the relationship at the center of the targets is Becca's. There's no way Becca can leave these threats unanswered. That's just not in her nature. I love Becca. She has a strong voice, and I love that the story is told from her point of view. She may have changed her tune about relationships, but she is still the somewhat manic character we grew to love in The Break-Up Artist. Plus, she still has a lot to learn about love. Becca is smart. She's capable. She's organized. She's got a head for business. She aspires to be a good friend and a good girlfriend. And this time around, she has the best of intentions. Problem is, she just doesn't always use her skills for good. She thinks she is, but, as I said, she still has a lot to learn about love. I love that Philip Siegel stayed so true to Becca's character. The Revenge Artist takes place over the fall semester and ends at Christmastime. It is by no means a Christmas book, but if you like your seasonal reads to be a bit subtle, like I do, The Revenge Artist is the perfect book for this time of year. The wit and humor of the first book is back in spades in the sequel. It's got some crazy antics, a mystery that has to be solved, and characters worth rooting for. I couldn't have been more pleased with this sequel. The Revenge Artist is out November 18th, 2015. Copy received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Eli

    I loved The Break Up Artist, the first book in this series, and it still remains my favorite even after reading this book. To be honest, this story felt forced. There was way too drama and insecurity for my taste, even if I did love reading about these characters again. I loved the plot and the gradual unwinding of who the Revenge Artist was, but there were many moments where this felt an awful lot like Second Book Syndrome. In terms of premise, I really enjoyed THE REVENGE ARTIST. It was great t I loved The Break Up Artist, the first book in this series, and it still remains my favorite even after reading this book. To be honest, this story felt forced. There was way too drama and insecurity for my taste, even if I did love reading about these characters again. I loved the plot and the gradual unwinding of who the Revenge Artist was, but there were many moments where this felt an awful lot like Second Book Syndrome. In terms of premise, I really enjoyed THE REVENGE ARTIST. It was great to see the aftermath of Becca's actions. It was a little less harsh than I imagined, but having Fred and Val around helped. There were some really cute moments between Fred and Becca, and I'm glad that Philip spent the time that he did showing the strain and repair of Becca's relationship with Val. Overall, I think this is a great read and if you liked THE BREAK UP ARTIST, then I would recommend this read. However, I don't think THE REVENGE ARTIST was for me. The first book in the series focused more on Becca and her role in the world Philip created, much like Mercedes in Laurie Elizabeth Flynn's FIRSTS. It was fun to read about the ways that she would bring people together, and the plot was perfect for the novel. The second book in the series is similar. It still has witty one-liners, Becca's snark, Fred's sweetness and good plot and pacing. I read the story in one setting and I was satisfied afterward, but tired. There is a lot more drama to this novel that's composed of subplots and relationship issues, and I wasn't a fan of all that. If you like drama in YA, then go for this book! It's good as a stand-alone, but if you read the first one, it helps to figure out the characters and the role of the Break Up Artist. However, if you're a fan of more gritty realistic fiction or character-focused contemporary, then I wouldn't pick up THE REVENGE ARTIST. 3 stars.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nate

    *an e-copy of this book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review The book meets expectations. No one expects this book to be an epic classic that will live on for centuries. It is a mystery (if a mystery can be a high schooler looking form who is messing with her) with some romance. I predicted both artists. I predicted Wade because he benefited from the break up and how defensive he got when confronted later on. Also, he was the only one rich enough. I though there were two *an e-copy of this book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review The book meets expectations. No one expects this book to be an epic classic that will live on for centuries. It is a mystery (if a mystery can be a high schooler looking form who is messing with her) with some romance. I predicted both artists. I predicted Wade because he benefited from the break up and how defensive he got when confronted later on. Also, he was the only one rich enough. I though there were two because of the disparity in quality of the break ups. Melanie was also obvious because she was the only one who was present throughout all three breakups and she was the only one who would benefit in any possible (book trope: best friend who is a girl falls in love with best friend who is a boy but the boy doesn't know or vice versa). It was an interesting enough book and I didn't like Val so it was good that she was absent for a considerable chunk. I thought at first that Nevins would be a prostitute. I am so annoyed with Wade. What the hell, sign out of the email, use an incognito tab, do it at a public computer so that nobody can track you. Also delete the damn email account. I didn't care for Fred

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. Kenyon

    Becca had a great part time job. Students would pay her $100 via PayPal and she would break-up a couple. She was good at it to, until she went legit. Now, for $100 via PayPal, she will help you get together with your crush. She won’t help just anyone; you must pass her scrutiny and truly be crushing on the other person. Unfortunately, there is a new Break-Up Artist on campus and this person has one goal in mind … REVENGE! Can Becca figure out who this crafty individual is before more relationshi Becca had a great part time job. Students would pay her $100 via PayPal and she would break-up a couple. She was good at it to, until she went legit. Now, for $100 via PayPal, she will help you get together with your crush. She won’t help just anyone; you must pass her scrutiny and truly be crushing on the other person. Unfortunately, there is a new Break-Up Artist on campus and this person has one goal in mind … REVENGE! Can Becca figure out who this crafty individual is before more relationships go south? Will her relationship be able to survive the Revenge Artist? The Revenge Artist is the entertaining and delightful sequel to The Break-Up Artist. Readers who enjoyed the high school escapades and witty dialog in the first book will relish diving deeper into the social drama of Ashland High. Siegel has taken his characters into territories that many teens skate around, but don’t really want to venture into. At just over 300 pages readers will be able to whip through this fast paced mystery and try to discover who the Revenge Artist is along with Becca and her friends. A great read that will delight many.

  18. 5 out of 5

    C. Purtill

    A worthy sequel to a fun first book. 3.5 stars. This was the perfect book to read on a sick day! I finished it in one afternoon while tucked under a blanket with my dog and a cup of tea. After being Ashland High's break-up artist, Becca Williamson has decided to play nice and instead be a relationship engineer, helping students get the boyfriend or girlfriend of their dreams. She's got a great romantic boyfriend in Fred, even though she isn't particularly sentimental. He's a great guy, and the fir A worthy sequel to a fun first book. 3.5 stars. This was the perfect book to read on a sick day! I finished it in one afternoon while tucked under a blanket with my dog and a cup of tea. After being Ashland High's break-up artist, Becca Williamson has decided to play nice and instead be a relationship engineer, helping students get the boyfriend or girlfriend of their dreams. She's got a great romantic boyfriend in Fred, even though she isn't particularly sentimental. He's a great guy, and the first to say I love you. This is tough for a hard-as-nails chick like Becca who doesn't want to seem weak. But while she's playing matchmaker, someone else is stepping into her shoes. This person, however, is not merely a breaker-up of couples but seems to be getting revenge on Becca, undoing all the fine work she has been doing of late. So there's a mystery to be solved, as well as more couples to be helped. Fans of the first book will certainly enjoy catching up with Becca and her friends, and finding out the truth behind the breakup of Steve and Huxley.

  19. 5 out of 5

    The Angry Lawn Gnome

    So what if the deux ex machina clanked quite loudly at several points in this book? Pick up a book like this you expect an entertainment, and that's what you got, delivered in spades. Enjoyed The Break-Up Artist, and enjoyed this one every bit as much. Read it for what it is, just don't be surprised if you roll your eyes in a few places. Must admit I'm also a bit curious about the publication history of this series, if we can call something that ends after two books a series. I borrowed the first So what if the deux ex machina clanked quite loudly at several points in this book? Pick up a book like this you expect an entertainment, and that's what you got, delivered in spades. Enjoyed The Break-Up Artist, and enjoyed this one every bit as much. Read it for what it is, just don't be surprised if you roll your eyes in a few places. Must admit I'm also a bit curious about the publication history of this series, if we can call something that ends after two books a series. I borrowed the first book from my local library's Overdrive site, where it was available in EPUB format only. Which to my mind means traditionally published. Yet both books are now presumably Amazon exclusives since they're available via KindleUnlimited. (Prefer the Amazon covers, but that's me. The older version looks like it is aiming for the younger end of the YA market, the Amazon cover the older end of it. )

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I loved Philip Siegel's first book, The Break Up Artist, so when I got the chance to read his sequel I was excited. Luckily this book did not disappoint! The Revenge Artist picks up Becca's story in her senior year of high school, but now she's in the business of setting couples up instead of breaking them up. But someone has begun to break up her couples and she needs to find out who before they strike her own relationship with her boyfriend Fred. Becca reminds me a lot of Veronica Mars which i I loved Philip Siegel's first book, The Break Up Artist, so when I got the chance to read his sequel I was excited. Luckily this book did not disappoint! The Revenge Artist picks up Becca's story in her senior year of high school, but now she's in the business of setting couples up instead of breaking them up. But someone has begun to break up her couples and she needs to find out who before they strike her own relationship with her boyfriend Fred. Becca reminds me a lot of Veronica Mars which is probably why I enjoyed the book so much. It's a quick and fun read. I always enjoy pop culture references in books and this one had some that made me laugh. There were a few moments in the book where I was frustrated with Becca's actions, which were clearly dumb, however it helped to progress the story so I guess I can't complain too much. All in all, an enjoyable read. I received a copy of this book for review, all opinions are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Harvey

    Review originally posted at : The Book Tower I love Becca as a character. She's a wonderfully flawed character and I mean that in the best possible way, because she just feels so real. She latches onto things, and no matter how much people try to tell her to let it go, she just can't. I sort of loved her incredible determination, and the way it was put across. I liked the storyline of this book, it kept me guessing to who was messing with her couples, which of course kept me wanting to turn the pa Review originally posted at : The Book Tower I love Becca as a character. She's a wonderfully flawed character and I mean that in the best possible way, because she just feels so real. She latches onto things, and no matter how much people try to tell her to let it go, she just can't. I sort of loved her incredible determination, and the way it was put across. I liked the storyline of this book, it kept me guessing to who was messing with her couples, which of course kept me wanting to turn the pages. This book had a great cast of characters, both from the old book and some new faces, and I really enjoyed that. It's safe to say that if you liked The Break-Up Artist, then you'll definitely love this one. I liked how Becca felt she'd changed so much for the better, switching from breaking people up to getting them together, but as we go along, we get to see the flaws in her plans. This is a great read, and I would definitely recommend it if you love YA contemporary.

  22. 5 out of 5

    bre

    *ARC Review* I can't get enough of these books. They are, quite simply, fantastic. The Revenge Artist is the sequel to The Break-Up Artist, published in 2014. The first installment follows Becca, who is hired to break relationships/couples up. Becca is cynical, and she makes for such an entertaining protagonist. The characters in these novels are well crafted, and the most important thing is that they all have their faults; none of them are perfect. I can't delve into what The Revenge Artist is a *ARC Review* I can't get enough of these books. They are, quite simply, fantastic. The Revenge Artist is the sequel to The Break-Up Artist, published in 2014. The first installment follows Becca, who is hired to break relationships/couples up. Becca is cynical, and she makes for such an entertaining protagonist. The characters in these novels are well crafted, and the most important thing is that they all have their faults; none of them are perfect. I can't delve into what The Revenge Artist is about without major spoilers, so I will just say this: read these books! They are lighthearted and entertaining, and perfect for those looking for a pick-me-up read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kirsti Call

    I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. What I liked: Wow! Becca is back and as witty and clever as ever. I thoroughly enjoyed this follow up to Break-Up Artist. The plot was entertaining, fast paced and fun. Becca's maturity amps up in this story as she tries to atone for past mistakes and finally learns that almost always, the truth is better than a well thought out scheme. What I didn't like: I felt like the identity of the Revenge Artist was a little t I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. What I liked: Wow! Becca is back and as witty and clever as ever. I thoroughly enjoyed this follow up to Break-Up Artist. The plot was entertaining, fast paced and fun. Becca's maturity amps up in this story as she tries to atone for past mistakes and finally learns that almost always, the truth is better than a well thought out scheme. What I didn't like: I felt like the identity of the Revenge Artist was a little too easy to discover a little to early in the book. But mostly this is a compelling read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Vem Night

    "People forget that, while love can be wonderful and life-affirming, its also one fickle beast." This is another one easy read. I enjoyed it nevertheless. Becca could be annoying sometimes whenever she's so preoccupied with her business as a relationship engineer and whenever she's over thinking about her bestfriend feeling out of place or a third wheel to the point she'd ignore her boy friend which is also not a nice move. Overall, its one fine story. You'll love this if you are into high school "People forget that, while love can be wonderful and life-affirming, its also one fickle beast." This is another one easy read. I enjoyed it nevertheless. Becca could be annoying sometimes whenever she's so preoccupied with her business as a relationship engineer and whenever she's over thinking about her bestfriend feeling out of place or a third wheel to the point she'd ignore her boy friend which is also not a nice move. Overall, its one fine story. You'll love this if you are into high school romance and drama, friendships and relationships. Last words, "Sometimes, you just have to be a bitch."

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dalene

    Becca is back! She is no longer The Break-Up Artist. She considers herself a matchmaker now. But soon after she get's couples together somebody is breaking them up. The Revenge Artist wants more than those random couples broken up, they want Becca and Fred to break up as well. Fun from the start, The Revenge Artist is an amazing follow up to The Break Up Artist. Heck it might even be better than the first book. I loved this book. Reader: make sure and set aside some time to read this though, beca Becca is back! She is no longer The Break-Up Artist. She considers herself a matchmaker now. But soon after she get's couples together somebody is breaking them up. The Revenge Artist wants more than those random couples broken up, they want Becca and Fred to break up as well. Fun from the start, The Revenge Artist is an amazing follow up to The Break Up Artist. Heck it might even be better than the first book. I loved this book. Reader: make sure and set aside some time to read this though, because once you start you won't want to stop.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    A very satisfying ending to an interesting series. I liked how all the characters were developed and how the matured. But I got a little frustrated with how Becca would only focus on the Revenge Artist, but then I got frustrated with everyone else because when Becca was trying to balance all the people in her life they would all get mad at her when she was trying her best! But then again, she did lie/withhold the truth from some of them so...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I enjoyed this one, but not as much as the Breakup Artist. I got a little frustrated with Becca and how clueless she was about others, especially Fred's feelings. Of course, part of the frustration may have been due to the fact that I could relate to her insecurities about relationships. It put me back in my teenage mind, just a bit. I enjoyed this one, but not as much as the Breakup Artist. I got a little frustrated with Becca and how clueless she was about others, especially Fred's feelings. Of course, part of the frustration may have been due to the fact that I could relate to her insecurities about relationships. It put me back in my teenage mind, just a bit.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hekla Sóley

    It took me some time before I read this book, but I'm glad I did. I loved the first book and was a bit skeptical about the sequel, but I really enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend people to read the first and the second book. It took me some time before I read this book, but I'm glad I did. I loved the first book and was a bit skeptical about the sequel, but I really enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend people to read the first and the second book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    If the cover is the same as the eBook cover, I'm out. I don't bother buying mismatching hardcovers. If the cover is the same as the eBook cover, I'm out. I don't bother buying mismatching hardcovers.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Saania Zee Jamal ϟ

    Seems rather far-fetched, but my interest's been caught in your hook nonetheless, Mr. Siegel. Seems rather far-fetched, but my interest's been caught in your hook nonetheless, Mr. Siegel.

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