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Publisher's Summary

Don’t miss this stunning debut rom-com that asks: Is love enough to win over a stone-cold heartbreaker?

Zelda Reynolds has a secret identity as “The Break-Up Artist,” the infamous ender of relationships. Don’t want to end your relationship yourself? Just tell Zelda through her website and she’ll get the job done like a pro. Her online business isn’t paying the bills yet, but at least it’s an escape from her real life, where her boss steals her best ideas, her dates are all duds, and her dad just married someone her own age.

When Zelda starts falling for the recipient of one of her snarkiest letters yet—a guy who is challenging her to let go of past hurts and reach for her dreams—will she have the courage to tell him the truth? Or will her undercover identity as the breaker of hearts come back to haunt her?

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About the Creators

Erin Clark is an award-winning nonfiction writer and the author of the New York Times recommended memoir If You Really Love Me, Throw Me Off the Mountain (EyeCorner Press). She is a world champion para-pole athlete, a circus aerialist, and, as a paragliding pilot, she has a wheelchair that can fly.
Laura Lovely is the award-winning author of modern fairytales and romance. She has also been a New York Times Critic’s Pick playwright, a podcast host, a pinup performance artist, and a tech founder.
Laura and Erin met in New York where they became known as the aerial comedy duo Flaming Mermaid Broken Star.

About the Performer

Regan Linton (she/her) is an award-winning actor, director, voiceover artist, writer, educator, and disability advocate. She has performed at top regional theatres across the US and beyond, including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Arena Stage, Mixed Blood (MN), Pasadena Playhouse, Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Off-Center, Phamaly, and Apothetae (NY). She has voiced for podcasts, educational projects, and industrials. Regan is co-director of the award-winning documentary Imperfect (2021), which follows professional actors with disabilities as they produce a major musical at Phamaly Theatre Company in Denver, where she served as Artistic Director for five years. She is an avid creator of original work and adaptations of established works that upend stale narratives about non-normative humans, often through a lens of disability aesthetics. Her original projects include plays, web-based series, and educational programs for youth. Regan is a regular featured columnist for New Mobility Magazine covering topics such as body image, sexuality, and self-actualization. She is an internationally-recognized leader in inclusive practices in the arts who has consistently worked toward advancement for the disability community in all areas - onstage and backstage in film/theatre/tv, leadership and administration, training/academia, and other social and business communities. Regan has an MFA in Acting from UC San Diego, MSW from University of Denver, and BA from USC. She lives with a T-4 complete spinal cord injury.

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Deleted it after the first woke she/ her!!!!!!! I can't listen to a book when I have to figure out who they are talking about!!!

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  • KT
  • 06-13-22

M9dern, Funny but preachy

There was an abundance to like in the book First and foremost it is funny. Also, it had a fresh take on a love story (wheelchair bond woman dealing wirh career, dating and family is not usually the FMC, so yay)... but that is also what made me dislike it. It took a look at social norms and attempts to enlighten the reader. Unfortunately, at times I felt that I was being smashed over the head with a iron skillet to agree with the author's POV and not just see it from a different perspective.

The writing was excellent but I couldn't get past the 40 something widower dating only 6 months after his wife's sudden death. Sleeping with the women in from of his teenage daughters, then marrying & moving this 23 y/o new wife (1/2 his age) into his home that he still shared with his children less than a year after burying his wife! And we ate supposed to empathize with him? Really? He removes all traces of their mother from the home then shaming his children because they can't accept the new arrangement giving them a take it or leave it option. Nope, he was in the wrong... period! What kind of parent does that, a SELFISH ONE. So yeah, that being sprinkled in with all the other PC subjects just ruined the full enjoyment I got.

Though I trudged through the entire book I felt I was being scolded over and over like a puppy who didn't know better than to piddle on someone else's rug. Sheesh!

While it won't go down as one of MY favorites I can see it being embraced by many as it is LGBTQ friendly and approaches the disability issue that everyone else feels uncomfortable to talk about in an open honest way. (That part was my favorite, seeing Zelda as a normal gal who jus5 happens to have a wheelchair as an extension of herself rather than a working pair of legs).

Narration was terrific which definitely added to the positive vibe.

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What a fun book!!!

This story was so fun! Hot, clever, playful, satisfying — and all through a POV, we rarely get to see — a woman who uses a wheelchair. I loved that Zelda’s chair provided a texture to her world, but wasn’t the plot of the story. I can’t wait for the next one!

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Loved every minute of it!

This book was the perfect blend of witty humor, smart romance, and compassionate friendship! The pacing of the story (and the great performance) kept me invested in the characters the whole way through. Not to mention it was great to have a compelling story and characters that also bring the representation of what real life looks like to so many people (differently abled, gender fluidity, lifestyle/career choices, etc), without it being over the top or seemingly dramatized for the reader’s sake. Some serious writing gems (funny and just plain poetic beauty) in here too. Can’t wait for more from these writers!

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This book is way too woke & preachy to be enjoyable. The pronoun thing is such a distraction. I read/listen to escape & relax. I love diverse characters but the turn some of these books have taken feels more political than inclusive.

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Such a delightful story. Had so much fun listening

I had the opportunity to listen to The Break-Up Artist by Erin Clark and Laura Lovely and I had so much fun listening to it. This debut rom com was narrated by Regan Linton and she just brought Zelda and her journey to life for me. This was such a delightful story that was fun, touching and I could not stop listening. Zelda is going through a difficult time. She is stuck at her job, her dating life is almost non-existing and her dad threw her for life for a loop. The one bright spot for her is her secret identity of The Break-Up Artist. Want to break up with your significant other, tell her why and she will do it for you. But what happens when her secrets affect her real life?

Zelda is beautiful, feisty, smart and independent. She had a disability, but that disability does not define her. She is who she is and I loved that about her. When she finds a connection with Jake, she never imagined how one action could shatter a relationship she never saw coming. Will her life blow up or will she find the path she was always looking for? I loved this story so much and am excited to read more from this writing duo!

Happy listening!

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Fun and interesting

I really enjoyed this story. The characters we likable and believable. I enjoyed the balance between the love story and the self realization of the main character. I also like that you got to hear some of the struggles of life in a wheelchair with out it dominating the story. The pregnancy was great.

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Tender and lovely and needed

I believe this is the first book I’ve listened to, or read, where the fact a person is disabled is NOT the plot. Instead we get a story of humanity and how to be a good person and maybe find your place in life and someone to love.
The MC is in a wheelchair but except for how the world fails to accommodate for her chair and her basic human rights at times, that is never really the topic.
I genuinely loved this book and missed my good nights sleep as I couldn’t stop listening.

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Well this was a delight!

Such a fun cute story! It would make a great romcom movie. I love Zelda.

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I love it!!!

The Breakup Artist is a feel-good, heartfelt story! I love the writing style and performance!

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  • 09-26-22

Loved it

Fun, low energy read with believable, loveable characters & (bonus) a wheelchair using romantic lead written by a wheelchair user
I need sequels & like 5 more books like this stat :)

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  • B Smith
  • 06-15-22

Fantastic

Amazing book so refreshing to have a main character who is a wheelchair user and shares some of my experiences with dating. Funny dialogue with plenty of emotion and growth without becoming full of unnecessary angst. Narration is great, perfectly suits Zelda's character. Inclusion of LGBT+ side characters was great too.

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  • 09-30-22

Fun and witty!

Enjoyed this low stakes, funny read. Loved the sarcasm and wit of the main character. This book was a nice listen that didn’t involve dramatic, world-is-ending stakes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-16-22

Worth listening to

I enjoyed this book as an easy read.

My primary reason for this review is the cover (My opinion of the cover did not reflect my choice of the number of stars) but it is soooo bad. Why on earth does the girl has crossed legs?? she is in a wheelchair for bloody sake, she can't move her legs. Where on earth is the quality control in this?? Im a commercial photographer and one of my clients sells wheelchairs, the model need to sit flat in the chair no matter what, otherwise it will never pass the marketing team. It's ridiculous and frankly insensitive, which contradicts the whole reason behind this book... to normalise people in wheelchairs.

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  • Candace
  • 07-14-22

Punny

This book is full of puns some hilarious many questionable overall loved the book normally I only rate with stars so that has to say this is worth a read ❤

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-06-22

finally a book that shows disability in a positive

loved this story ! finally a book that shows disability in a positive light ! not a struggle to over come or a loveless life ! perfect story line. thank you for showing disability in a positive light !

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