By Cheyanne Young
Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: Swoon Romance (November 22, 2016)
Age Range: 12-17 years
Grade Level: 7 up
Language: English Goodreads | Amazon
After four years of first love bliss, Isla Rush just got dumped.
Any hope she has of winning her ex-boyfriend back is shattered when the town rezones her neighborhood, forcing her to spend senior year at a wealthy high school in the next town over.
With a broken heart consuming her soul, Isla can’t focus on anything in class. Hell, she can barely get out of bed each morning. Her new school has too many confusing hallways, unfriendly faces, and Emory Underwood—a ridiculously hot guy who dates a new girl almost every day. She can’t help but crush on him, even though she knows it’s wrong.
When memories of her ex make her cry in second period, the school counselor sends Isla to a club that meets during lunch. The Break UpSupport Group is a collection of broken-hearted misfits who are all trying to help each other heal.
For the first time since her break up, Isla’s heart is on the mend now that she has the support group. Then Emory shows up, forced to atone for all the broken hearts he’s caused over the years. While hiding her massive crush, she helps him understand the seriousness of breaking a heart and he helps her get back on the dating scene.
Part of her peer-prescribed therapy is to learn the art of dating around. Emory offers to be her fake date for the homecoming dance, and she’s happy to accept. He’s just a crush, after all—she can handle a night of playing pretend.
When the date ends with a toe-curling kiss on her front porch, all of her well-placed boundaries come crumbling down. After months of therapy, the pieces of her heart are finally healed. And now she just handed it over to a guy who only knows how to break them.
I had so much fun writing The Breakup Support Group! It is my 8th novel, and surprisingly, it's the first one I wrote with an inspiration board. I've seen other writers use this creative writing tool for years and I never bothered until the day I was brainstorming this book. I knew I wanted Emory to look a little like Caleb from Pretty Little Liars, but that's about it. So I went to Pinterest and started browsing, finding images that fit with the story in my head.
As I wrote the novel, I'd go back to Pinterest and add more images or reference the ones I already had. It helped a lot with the homecoming dance scene when I knew I wanted some kind of tulle and lights decoration but wasn't sure how to pull it off. I found an image online that was perfect. It went straight on the inspiration board.
Now I'm hooked! I can't believe I wrote so many books without inspiration pictures! I'm now writing my tenth novel and I created an inspiration board for it before I even started plotting the story. It's a fun way to visualize the images in your mind, and when you set the image as your computer's wallpaper, you'll never forget any of it because it's right there.
In addition to helping with my writing, this technique is also a fun thing to share with readers. It lets them get a feel for the story before they read it, and in some cases, it can be the deciding factor on if they want to read a book or not.
Plus, let's face it. It's just FUN!
Here's the board I created for THE BREAKUP SUPPORT GROUP using images on Pinterest:
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Cheyanne Young is a native Texan with a fear of cold weather and a coffee addiction that probably needs an intervention. She loves books, sarcasm, and collecting nail polish. After nearly a decade of working in engineering, Cheyanne now writes books for young adults and is the author of the City of Legends Trilogy from Alloy Entertainment. She doesn’t miss a cubicle one bit.
Cheyanne lives near the beach with her daughter and husband, one spoiled rotten puppy, and a cat that is most likely plotting to take over the world.
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