Cures for Heartbreak

Cures for Heartbreak by Margo Rabb. 

This is the story of Mia whose mother died twelve days after finding out she had cancer.  Now fifteen-year-old Mia, her older sister and her father must find their ways to a life without her mother.  Mia struggles with the loss and along the way encounters a series of characters who offer moments of levity.  Mia’s voice is strongly written and believable.  I enjoy that she is the type of teen who likes shopping, makeup and clothes.  She is not an intellectual, but doesn’t have to be to make razor-sharp comments about those around her.

Her battle to overcome the loss of her mother is filled with laugh-out-loud moments that blend into sober, dark times filled with grief.  I found this to be a powerful device, emblematic of the real tumult of loss.  The characters such as Mia’s sister and father are well-drawn and developed.  Though Mia and her sister are opposites in most ways, they come together in the humor they both see around them. 

Recommended for teen girls who enjoy romances, stories of loss, and most of all a good laugh through the tears.