Book review: When Girlfriends Break Hearts by Savannah Page

27 May

A novel about the bonds of friendship, the power of forgiveness, and the lessons you learn when you let go.

Sophie Wharton doesn’t like losing control, especially of her life. She’s always been the girl who’s kept it together—the girl with a charming boyfriend, a lively social life, and plans to start her own bakery. Life is great for Sophie a few years out of college in Seattle…or so she thinks.

Then a series of events start to turn Sophie’s perfectly ordered world upside down. After three years, her boyfriend suddenly decides to call it quits. Her close camaraderie of girlfriends is starting to fall apart. Secrets are exposed. And when she thinks things couldn’t get any worse, Sophie learns that one of her friends is fighting a devastating battle.

Now living with her best friend Claire, Sophie struggles with learning to forgive or forget those who break hearts, while trying to accept that there are some situations she cannot control. But is there still a light at the end of the tunnel? Can a girl find the “good” in the “bad”? This is a heartfelt story about what happens when friendships take different paths and when life doesn’t exactly go according to plan. It’s a story about betrayal, forgiveness, acceptance, and letting go. About what happens when girlfriends break hearts.

The lovely colourful cover with its cute broken heart cupcake for When Girlfriends Break Hearts really caught my eye and encouraged me to find out more. This is Savannah Page’s debut chick lit novel and tells the story of a Sophie Warton and her close group of female friends. Although the story has a familiar plot for chick lit readers (girl is dumped by boyfriend and tries to pick up the pieces), Savannah Page gives the story a new perspective by focusing on Sophie’s relationships with her female friends and the impact of her break up on all of them.

I found When Girlfriends Break Hearts to be a quick and believable read. Sophie and her friends’ lives are depicted in detail and I think this is the first story I’ve read that is set in Seattle. Savannah Page clearly knows the area well and I enjoyed her descriptions of the city and where each character lived, hung out and worked.

Sophie had my sympathy for a lot of the novel, although there were times when I wanted to tell her to pull herself together and get on with it! I did find the plot a little slow in places as Sophie tries to get over her break up. Sophie is faced with some surprising revelations from her friends and this is where the heart of the novel lies. Much of the detail of how Sophie met her friends is told in flashback and it was interesting to see how the relationships had changed over the years as the friends that Sophie met at college move forward with their lives. This book made me think about my own friendships and how they have changed over the years.

When Girlfriends Break Hearts has two particularly heartbreaking story-lines and both are sad for different reasons. As Sophie deals with the breakdown and potential loss of close friendships I thought that she grew up a lot during the course of the novel. Overall this was a positive novel about forgiveness and moving on and I’m sure many readers will identify with the characters that Page has created.


With thanks to Savannah Page for sending me a copy of this book for review.

Savannah is currently working on a sequel to When Girlfriends Break Hearts. You can find out more about Savannah and her books at:




One Response to “Book review: When Girlfriends Break Hearts by Savannah Page”

  1. Savannah Page 18th June 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    Thank you so much for the delightful review, Amanda!!

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