on Aug. 30, 2016 :
Disclaimer: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
A Compendium For The Broken Hearted was a good book. These stories seem written FOR this book, instead of them being awkwardly put together leftovers. Many of the characters are likable, even those who end up going bad or bitter. The ones you are meant to hate will be hated, and there are about four true twists. I feel Meredith's interpretations of "good" are a bit too naive, but that's okay.
There are some techniques she used that work together well. The classic "First line=last line" was one of them, as well as her use of names and bitter narration. Lastly the themes and her views on them were delivered well.
Meredith's writing is character heavy, which causes me to wonder why she chose to do twenty stories in between 2.5 and 3.5 thousand words long. At times, I felt her stories needed a little more fleshing out. Also, the concept of Breaks and Hearts was good, but many of these stories are family based, and you can tell based on the story's numbering whether you're reading a break or a heart. Often, she foreshadows what the twist is going to be, and then you are left wondering HOW something is going to happen instead of WHAT.
In the end, I'd say this book is well worth the buy. (less)
(reviewed the day of purchase)