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Publisher's Summary

Named one of 2021’s Best Beach Reads by BustleCountry LivingCosmopolitanAugusta Chronicle ∙ E! Online ∙ PureWow ∙ SheReads ∙ and more!

Breakups, like book clubs, come in many shapes and sizes and can take us on unexpected journeys as four women discover in this funny and heartwarming exploration of friendship from the USA Today best-selling author of Ten Beach Road and My Ex-Best Friend’s Wedding.

On paper, Jazmine, Judith, Erin, and Sara have little in common - they’re very different people leading very different lives. And yet at book club meetings in a historic carriage house turned bookstore, they bond over a shared love of reading (and more than a little wine) as well as the growing realization that their lives are not turning out like they expected. 

Former tennis star Jazmine is a top sports agent balancing a career and single motherhood. Judith is an empty nester questioning her marriage and the supporting role she chose. Erin’s high school sweetheart and fiancé develops a bad case of cold feet, and Sara’s husband takes a job out of town saddling Sara with a difficult mother-in-law who believes her son could have done better - not exactly the roommate most women dream of.

With the help of books, laughter, and the joy of ever evolving friendships, Jazmine, Judith, Erin, and Sara find the courage to navigate new and surprising chapters of their lives as they seek their own versions of happily-ever-after.

©2021 Wendy Wax (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

One of Cosmopolitan’s 20 Books to Read This Summer

"The Break-up Book Club is everything we've come to expect from Wendy Wax - a heartwarming, witty and compulsively readable tale that makes you feel like you're spending time with your best girlfriends. I loved it!" (Colleen Oakley, author of You Were There Too

“Wendy Wax knows what readers crave most - to surround themselves with good friends and great books. The Break-up Book Club gives us a diverse group of southern women challenged by life, but with the strength of new friendships, they learn to stand strong, leap faithfully, and fight back. After reading this one, you’ll be either looking for a book club or thanking your lucky stars you belong to one.” (Liz Talley, author of The Wedding War

“Witty and warm, The Break-up Book Club is a delightful journey through the changing lives of four strong, fascinating, independent women. I want - no, NEED - to join this book club!” (Karen Hawkins, New York Times best-selling author of The Book Charmer

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I haven’t finished the book yet, but wanted to warn others before they may buy this. This audiobook has multiple editing errors where the narrator repeats the same sentence over again. Needs to be fixed.

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Audio is not edited

This book is a nice easy read, however the audio recording is not edited in parts (example Chapter 15), so there are lines read more than once or lines read in the incorrect character voice, etc. It takes me out of the story.

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Awful reading, good story

The book is good, Wendy Wax always is, but I highly recommend reading instead of listening to this audio book. There are many editing issues where it stops, repeats itself or you hear actors speaking amongst themselves. Also, they are completely uneducated on the southern setting of the story. They pronounce many words differently than they are pronounced in southern culture (sir-rup vs sir-rip). The absolute worst is the pronunciation of the city of BirmingHAM as BirmingGUM.

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Fun book

I thought it started a bit slow but then it got good and then better and better makes you want to join a book club or two for the friendships you make

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They forgot to edit this

I loved the book and still really enjoyed listening but it’s shocking how many performance takes they forgot to edit out! I hope someone at Audible or on the production team sees this and gives the book an actual listen to clean it up so that others can fully enjoy!!

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Enjoyed the characters, but the ending…

I enjoyed getting to know these characters, but after a (sort of) climax, it just fizzles out. I was really hoping for a little excitement at the end. There were several characters that I’d love to know more about in a spin-off situation.

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My kind of story? Nahhh

I read it for a book club ironically, 2 chapters in I knew I didn’t like it, but I stuck it out till the end and, *spoiler alert* it ends with “nahhhh” , which is kind of how I felt about the whole thing.

It could be me, but nothing about the book really shines… it didn’t make me laugh; or cry or sit on the edge of my seat. a book for each of the characters could have been more interesting, or a book focusing on the theme and danger of internet dating or the theme of grief world have made a better story. The way the character POV’s are pieced together left them feeling undeveloped. Book club should be interesting though, and I guess the point of book club is to read things you normally wouldn’t, and this book definitely falls into that category for me.

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More Please

A great story with well developed characters and presented perfectly in the Audiobook. I loved it! I definitely want to read/hear more from Wendy Wax. And I wish I could join the Break Up Book Club.
PS. I’m going to read some of their book club picks-Wendy Wax knows her audience!

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Charming, engrossing book

This is a charming, engrossing book about friendships and how life doesn’t always turn out as you plan. We follow the lives of four members of a book club that meets at the Between the Covers Bookstore located in a historic carriage house in Atlanta. The members of the club are of all ages and both sexes and of varying backgrounds yet through a year of sharing and caring, they find they have more in common than they bargained for.

Judith is the wife of Nathan, a successful franchise owner. When he travels to Europe without her and mistakenly dials her on his cell phone, she discovers that he thinks she’s a “good egg,” not quite the description Judith would give their many years of marriage. She is determined that when he returns home, they need to find the spark in their relationship again.

Jasmine is a successful sports agent who has fought her way to the top. Once on her way to tennis greatness, she now has a daughter who shows great promise in the sport. Still single, her sister constantly tries to set her up on dates but Jazz just doesn’t have time especially since Rich Hanson left his lofty position in an LA firm to join her own agency.

Sarah is Mitchell’s wife but he is living in Birmingham where his job has taken him, leaving his elderly mother Dorothy living in his home. Dorothy never felt Sarah was good enough, and her relationship with her daughter-in-law is strained, at best. Mitchell was traveling home on the weekends, and when he stopped, Sarah goes to him, only to make a shocking discovery as to why he no longer seems interested in either his wife or his mother.

Erin is the youngest and was to marry Josh on New Year’s Day. Josh and Erin had been together since they were kids, and he was on the verge of his dream of becoming a pitcher for the Atlanta Braves when he develops cold feet. Erin had filled in for Jasmine’s assistant over the holidays, and the two women hit it off. The promise of permanent employment brings Erin out of her slump over Josh.

Seemingly different in so many ways, all four women end up at book club. Through their sharing their views of their recent books and their choices of the next books to read, they learn more about each other and become friends. As each goes through a break up, with Erin going first, they share their lives and support one another. They discover a scam that affects them, and the entire club pulls together in a fabulous scene to get the scammer.

Wendy Wax had a way of making me care about each one of these four women plus the other members of the club. I wanted to read more about them all, and I cared what happened to them. The audiobook was narrated by four different women which made the story so much more realistic and dramatic. I never lost track of each woman’s journey or how they were dealing with the cards they’d been dealt. Just when they had begun dealing with their own hands, they pulled together to help one another. And life goes on.

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An enjoyable, light hearted novel

The story takes place in metro Atlanta, has a couple of unexpected twists & a happy ending. A rom-com that can appeal to anyone in their 20s, 30s, 40s ....and up. Kept me engaged as I walked & worked around the house.

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Great book about the importance of good friends!

Really good. Narrators bring characters to life . highly recommend for a book about friendship and life.