• Title: Cures for Heartbreak
  • Author: Margo Rabb
  • ISBN: 9780385734028
  • Page: 251
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Cures for Heartbreak If she dies I ll die are the words year old Mia Perlman writes in her journal the night her mother is diagnosed with cancer Twelve days later Mia s mother is dead and Mia her older sister and
    If she dies, I ll die, are the words 15 year old Mia Perlman writes in her journal the night her mother is diagnosed with cancer Twelve days later, Mia s mother is dead, and Mia, her older sister, and their father must find a way to live on in the face of sudden, unfathomable loss For Mia, this means getting through a funeral led by a rabbi who belongs in Las Vegas de If she dies, I ll die, are the words 15 year old Mia Perlman writes in her journal the night her mother is diagnosed with cancer Twelve days later, Mia s mother is dead, and Mia, her older sister, and their father must find a way to live on in the face of sudden, unfathomable loss For Mia, this means getting through a funeral led by a rabbi who belongs in Las Vegas dealing with a social worker who appears to have been educated at the local beauty academy sharing healthy heart meals with her father, who seems to be seeing her for the first time trying to relate to her sister, whose idea of fun is solving quadtratic equations and developing a crush on Cancer Guy, who is actually kind of cute But mostly it means carrying the image of her mother with her everywhere, because some kinds of love never die Still, even in grief there is the chance for new beginnings.

    One Reply to “Cures for Heartbreak”

    1. I actually read a good chunk of the book, but after a while there was just too much suckage going on. I skimmed the rest of the book, but it took me about 2 hours to "skim" so I ended up reading most of it. I guess I liked how it ended, and Mia's voice was very honest and raw. It's hard to say what exactly kept me from reading the whole thing through. I think it's because I didn't understand Mia. I know that she was mourning her mother's death and that there are a lot of other things going on, b [...]

    2. Raw. Heart-breaking. Eye-opening. Beautifully captured sadness what a thoughtful way to express sadness and heartbreak of losing someone

    3. It’s not so much that Mia Pearlman’s mother dies, but that it happens so quickly—just 12 days after being diagnosed with melanoma. She’d had a stomachache. Initially, this is Mia’s dilemma, and in the first few pages of Cures for Heartbreak, Margo Rabb introduces this dilemma exactly how one would expect a 15-year-old girl to comprehend it—with anger, sadness, and a glaring need to find any ounce of humor in a situation a million miles away from being funny. As the story progresses, [...]

    4. I found this book to be very well written and touching.When Mia is 15, her mother is diagnosed with melanoma, then dies 12 days later. Mia had been very close to her mother. They understood each other, in the same way Mia's sister Alex and their father understand each other. Just as the family is figuring out their new roles, Mia's father has a heart attack, followed by Alex leaving for college.The book is about Mia, her growing up and her healing. Along the way, we see some of her father's stor [...]

    5. yet ANOTHER cover buy. when will it end?!but really though, I thoroughly enjoyed this book so much. I don't usually like to read books where someone's mom or dad dies, just because I automatically assume the book is going to be sad. but cures for heartbreak really didn't center at all around the actual dying process. that only took up maybe a couple of paragraphs. what this book really is about is how mia lived her life after her mother passed away. it was surprisingly snarky and funny at times. [...]

    6. The design of the jacket does not really suit the actual book. I read Margo Rabb's piece in the New York Times about how her agent had trouble selling this as an adult trade title, and ended up selling it as a YA. I understand the publisher's wish to have a jacket that they thought would appeal to a YA audience, but I think they could have come up with something better than wasn't a disservice to the book.The copyright page notes that a lot of the chapters are in revised form from earlier publis [...]

    7. Absolutely wonderful -- one of the best realistic fiction books I've read. I couldn't believe how much I laughed while reading this sad story. The characters are so well-drawn, the way they talk, the way they act, the things they do to deal with loss. And I feel like I now know the city of New York, and exactly the kind of people Mia meets in the year following her mother's death. More than usual, I felt like someone just lifted a curtain and let me see Mia's life exactly as it was -- there was [...]

    8. In the book "Cures for Heartbreak" by Margo Rabb. This girl Mia Pearlman she was having a difficult time. Her mother just passed away. Her father was having a heart attack. When she first met Felix. She wondered if her mother saw would she be happy. When she found out that she didn't like Felix. She met someone else new that she felt bad for. "Cancer Guy" Whenever she hears that name she would always think to Sasha. Her father was going to get married to Felix's mom. Before the day of their wedd [...]

    9. What an amazing book. I didn't know what I was getting into when I picked it up -- girl boy relationships, I guess. But instead I felt like I was reading my own story the experiences of the protagonist helped me work through my own issues (a never ending process) surrounding my mother's death, and helped me understand that the things I experienced, so isolating at the time, are a normal and understandable part of grieving for a lost parent.The writing is beautiful, and there's humor waiting for [...]

    10. This is very much a novel centering on how one copes with the loss of a parent or a loved one. It speaks very much to the idea of resiliency - the spongy defense mechanism that bounces us back from the edge of despair in the face of some heavy, life changing episode. What it doesn’t do is overwhelm the reader with a message, or through the use of literary devices map out a path to inner peace. Mia’s voice and the other characters are genuine, and readers will hopefully trust their narrator.

    11. Mia Pearlman's mother has just died of cancer, twelve days after being diagnosed, and suddenly she, her older sister Alex, and her father must figure out how to survive together. Mia's story is poignant and sad, but leavened with hope and black humor, as she searches for a cure for her grief and for love. If you like Sarah Dessen, I'd strongly recommend this.

    12. 'If she dies, I'll die' are the words fifteen-year-old Mia Pearlman writes in her journal the night her mother is diagnosed with cancer. Twelve days later, Mia's mother is dead, and Mia, her older sister, and their father must find a way to live on in the face of sudden unfathomable loss.Cures For Heartbreak has it all: humor, sadness, love, laughs, and embarrasing firsts. There are so many things I loved about this novel. Mia is a great true-to-life character. Whether she's resorted to bringing [...]

    13. Cures For Heartbreak by Margo Rabb deals with the subject of loss throughout the novel, as its title may suggest. Set in 1991 in Queens, the story revolves around Mia, her sister Alex, and their father. Semi-biographical, the novel chronicles the family's grieving process when Mia's mother (Greta) is admitted to the hospital with a stomachache and dies twelve days later from advanced melanoma.The most surprising thing about the novel is how vivid Rabb's imagery is throughout. Rabb's simple langu [...]

    14. Reviewed by Lynn Crow for TeensReadTooCURES FOR HEARTBREAK reads more like a series of interconnected short stories than a novel, but the format works. It gives the readers brief, poignant glimpses into the life of its narrator, Mia, during the first year after her mother's sudden death. Told with both humor and painful rawness, the novel should resonate with those who have experienced a loss, and make those who haven't feel almost as if they've been there, too. What makes the disjointed structu [...]

    15. Reading the summary, it looks like you shouldn't be bothered to read this--just another "oh my life sucks" kinda book where the girl complains to much, but it's a lot more than that.The story is divided into different sections to separate different scenes from others even though all of them are connected chronologically. A story about a girl dealing with her mother dying from cancer and only has her father and her sister left, who annoy her. She goes through the different stages of loss--overeat [...]

    16. Cures for Heartbreak follows the story of 15-year-old Mia Perlman as she deals with the repercussions from her mother’s death. Reeling from the sudden loss, Mia, her older sister Alex, and their father try to gather the pieces of their lives. Mia is stuck in place, trying to figure out who her mother was and what kind of life her parents shared together. From the ups and downs of puberty, to the constant meetings with death, Mia must pull her tattered life together in order to survive. This bo [...]

    17. Her family is cursed, at 18 the only child (always a girl) will become impregnated adn after giving birth the mother will go healthy. The only way to break the curse is to complete 3 near impossible tasks.I picked this book up because I've seen a lot of people read it, I in fact wasn't wholly intrigued by the synopsis on the back of the book. The reason I decided to pick it up was, for the most part of it because of the amount of people I'd seen with it.I finished it because to my surprise it wa [...]

    18. When I first picked up this book at the library, I thought it was going to be a romance (I really wish the library would keep the book jackets on the book). When I realized what it about, I was sure the author was going to write it badly was -I've read a few really awful "parent dies" books. But I think Margo Rabb did a great job. I have a lot in common with the main character - my mother died when I was a teen, I too was left with an annoying sister and quiet father, and my dad began dating ver [...]

    19. This was a surprisingly lovely and moving book about loss. I found the voice of the main character, Mia, very real with all the uncertainty and insight of being a teenager. I also like how Rabb draws a parallel between Mia losing her mother and the great losses of the Holocaust to show how trauma shapes and changes us forever. Rabb offers healing without easy answers and avoids any cliches about grief. Teens who have lost people close to them will be able to connect to this book, and those who h [...]

    20. This was actually a really pleasant book to read even though it was centered around the ways a girl coped with the loss of her mother and dealing with her father alone with the departure of her sister to college. This book was different from a lot of other books because even though I read long sections of it at a time, I didn't feel dazed when I stopped and did something else. I think this was probably because it was very similar to what was happening to a lot of people in the modern world and I [...]

    21. I searched for "ya book mother dies red heart cover" and "ya book about grief red heart cover" and a bunch of other things because I remembered reading this book and crying. And not much else about it. I eventually found it at #100-something on a list of books with hearts on the cover - thanks ! I honestly don't remember a lot about this book except that it made me cry. I'll probably reread it now that I've found it! And I won't have to frantically search every YA book at my library in order to [...]

    22. This semi-autobiographical novel (Rabb's first after her Missing Persons series) focuses on a teenage girl whose mother suddenly dies of cancer. As she and her family struggle to cope with their loss, along with her father's failing health, she deals with the typical teenage dramas involving friends and boys. I really enjoyed this, and actually wish there had been more of it; it could easily have been a grown-up coming-of-age novel instead of a YA one. Still, it was a nicely bittersweet read. A- [...]

    23. i thought it was great i dont know how to exsplain ewhy it was so good,it just was was just so diffrent form other books i reads i related to it on a diffrent level. I thought what she said about the romantic novels that she read was realable, the happy endings at the end of the novels made you feel compelled to read more and more and more of them.(well not me seeing as i have never read the kinds of romantic novels that she read)Every thing about the book was fantastic,from the revelations that [...]

    24. Mia's mother is diagnosed with cancer and then dies 12 days later. While grieving for her mother, Mia also has to deal with her father's heart attack and her older sister leaving for college. Mia has a lot on her plate and the hospital social worker's advice is to go shopping Throughout the year after her mother's death Mia somehow figures out how to cope in this touching novel based on the author's own experience. It deals with a sad topic without being depressing.

    25. This is a book about grief and loss, and in some sections, Mia's emotions are nearly incapacitating, both for her and for me. Rabb is particularly good at capturing Mia's mindset, and the first parts of the book remind me of the Buffy episode "The Body" in their immediacy and their description of the strange, almost-dream logic of the moments.Full review: oycetervejournal/625193

    26. Mia's mom is diagnosed with cancer, and twelve days later, she's dead. As Mia, her sister and father struggle to work through their grief and make sense of their lives, Mia keeps it real. She's funny, confused, lonely, and opinionated. She looks after her dad, fights with her sister, and struggles to just get through each day at high school. Mia isn't always graceful, but you'll cheer her on as she finds her way.

    27. I thought this was an accurate portrayal of what happens after you become a member of the Dead Parents Club, as the main character dubs it: hypochondria, jealousy of survivors, using worry as an attempt to control life. Even though the characters deal with sickness, sadness, and death, I found the book ultimately hopeful and reassuring. I think adults will enjoy this book just as much as young adults.

    28. This story is about a fifteen year old girl named Mia who is coming of age in New York City in the early 1990's and is coping with the death of her mother and her fathers serious illness, and is also embarking on new friendships and relationships. It also touches briefly on the generation of Americans who were the children of Holocaust survivors, like Mia's mother, and the effect that had on them. It's a story about resiliency, in the end.

    29. Wow, this was an unexpectedly fantastic teen novel! The story is pretty dark, but Mia is such a sarcastically funny, observant, likable character. According to the bio, Margo Rabb has won fiction awards in Zoetrope and the Atlantic Monthly, and alot of the chapters read like short stories you'd find in those magazines. I also sort of love that it takes place in 1991.

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