Only Love Can Break Your Heart

By Katherine Webber

From the author of the acclaimed Wing Jones comes a 'break-up' book about a Japanese-American teenager, set in the Palm Springs desert, California.

For fans of Nicola Yoon's Everything, Everything and Sara Barnard's Beautiful Broken Things. Sometimes a broken heart is all you need to set you free… Reiko loves the endless sky and electric colours of the Californian desert. It is a refuge from an increasingly claustrophobic life of family pressures and her own secrets. Then she meets Seth, a boy who shares a love of the desert and her yearning for a different kind of life. But Reiko and Seth both want something the other can’t give them. As summer ends, things begin to fall apart. But the end of love can sometimes be the beginning of you...

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 14+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406369052
  • Published: 02 Aug 2018
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 400

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Customer reviews


'[…] this book ripped out my heart, stomped on it and then revived it with an electric jolt. But I loved every second of it. ' booksfemme

'It’s a very bittersweet story and it’s also one of the few books that made me cry so much I had to stop for a moment and wipe away the tears at 4am. […] This has become one of my favourite books and every time I think about it, my heart smiles.' thegalwholivesofbooks

'[Webber] has a real talent for creating nuanced teenage characters' The Bookseller

'Another author with a talent for connecting with teenage readers is Katherine Webber. Japanese-American Reiko navigates love and grief amid the claustrophobia of family expectations and peer pressure in Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Walker, £7.99), set in the California desert. It’s familiar emotional territory for contemporary young adult fiction but Webber’s complex, nuanced protagonist feels real and is memorable.' The Observer

'“It’s familiar emotional territory for young adult fiction but Webber’s complex, nuanced protagonist feels real and is memorable.”' The Observer

'“Moving and bittersweet, have the tissues ready. This book will break your heart as well, but in the end, you will be so glad it did.”' Fallen Star Stories

'“[…] a stunningly emotionally charged tale of grief, family, strength and self-discovery with one of the most realistic romantic relationships I have ever read.”' Becky's Blogs

'“Perfect for teens who love character driven contemporary YA, this is a bittersweet story that pulls at the heart strings.”' The School Librarian

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