Heartbreak Cafe: No Experience Required: No. 1

Heartbreak Cafe: No Experience Required: No. 1

Heartbreak Cafe: No Experience Required: No. 1
Janet Quin-Harkin

Ellingstar Media

ISBN 9780992933005

It's 1989. Life's easy for DEBORAH LESLEY: she's up-market, drives her own flash car to school, and looks pretty good too. She's never had a job, either; but now her parents have split up, and she needs the money. JOE GARBARINI is cool. He likes motorbikes, girls, and fun. He doesn't have time for much - he's running Heartbreak Cafe when he's not at school.

The Heartbreak Cafe is a noisy hangout on the north Californian coast. Joe's worked there for years, and knows what it takes. He's sure Debbie won't last a month - but Debbie's determined to put up with his wisecracks and prove him wrong.

Debbie, Joe and the rest of the gang are all at the Heartbreak Cafe. Meet them in this sparkling series from bestselling author Janet Quin-Harkin. Originally published in 1989.

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Heartbreak Cafe: No Experience Required: No. 15/5

Heartbreak Cafe: No Experience Required: No. 1

Janet Quin-Harkin


Teen girls will love this. Debbie comes from a wealthy American family and has everything - lovely house, flashy car, a boyfriend who's heading to Harvard after his senior year, posh school and a mother who does everything for her. Then everything changes when her father leaves to become a writer. Now there's no money, no beautiful house, no membership to the country club and no allowance. To top it all her mother signs up for college and has no time for anything as she is so busy studying.

So for the first time in her life, Debbie has to find a job herself to pay for her car which she refuses to give up. To spite her parents she gets a job in the Heart break Cafe serving people who are not 'our sort' of people. She struggles to be taken seriously by Joe Garbarini, the owner's grandson who generally runs the place.

There's a wonderfully predictable tension between the two of them as Debbie tries to prove she can last out a month at the Cafe. The other regulars are an interesting collection of oddball characters and Debbie learns how to appreciate them all and also realises how shallow and fake a lot of her old life was.

This would make a brilliant summer read for any young teenage girl wanting a touch of romance.

212pages / Age 11+ / Reviewed by Melanie Chadwick, librarian

Reviewed by: Melanie Chadwick