Title: The Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club
Author: Jessica Morrison
Release Date: May 29, 2007
Publisher: 5 Spot
Genre: Chick Lit
Rating: 4 out of 5
From the back cover:
Cassie Moore had good reason to believe in The Plan. It got her the perfect job (assistant producer at a top Seattle Internet company: check), and the perfect engagement (2-carat ring: check). But what’s a girl to do when everything in The Plan fails her in one afternoon? Get drunk, hock the ring, and hop the next flight to Buenos Aires, of course. Venturing into a city she’s more than a little afraid of, Cassie seeks comfort in other lovelorn travelers, including perfect-on-paper Dan, who approaches life as cautiously as she does. But in wild, wonderful Buenos Aires, Cassie can’t control everything – especially not the mixed signals coming from her brooding but sexy new handyman, Mateo. Suddenly falling in love with South America may be the best plan Cassie never had.
I love good chick lit, so I was really excited to read The Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club by Jessica Morrison. I’ve heard great things about this book, and though I didn’t know what to expect, I was hoping it would be a fun ride.
The Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club centers on Cassie, a woman whose carefully planned life comes to a crashing halt when she loses her job, her fiancé, and her apartment all in one day. In a fit of rebellion (and a drunken night with a computer), she books a ticket for a six month jaunt to Buenos Aires. I absolutely loved the idea of just getting away for awhile when life deals you a blow. If you’re constantly doing that, it’s running away (which is unhealthy, of course), but I don’t feel like that’s what Cassie was doing. Instead she was trying to piece her life together into something she could at least recognize.
I really liked Cassie, especially because I saw echoes of myself in her. I’m meticulous about planning and organizing things (though I don’t have a life plan of any sort!) I loved seeing how Cassie reacted when her security blanket was taken away, when she had to adjust to something new.
While I enjoyed Mateo, and his friendship with Cassie, I did get frustrated with her. I feel like she thought that every comment he made was derisive towards her. Obviously it’s because she cared what he thought, but I feel like it is kind of self-centered to automatically assume that everything someone says is about you.
I enjoyed The Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club and highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of chick lit. This engaging novel is one that I had trouble putting down!