Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn
Series: Broken Hearts & Revenge #1
Published: May 13th, 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
352 pages (e-ARC)
Genre: Contemporary young adult
Acquired this book: From the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Warning: May contain spoilers
Summer, boys, and friendships gone sour. This new series has everything that perfect beach reads are made of!
Gemma just got dumped and is devastated. She finds herself back in the Hamptons for the summer—which puts her at risk of bumping into Hallie, her former best friend that she wronged five years earlier. Do people hold grudges that long?
When a small case of mistaken identity causes everyone, including Hallie and her dreamy brother Josh, to think she’s someone else, Gemma decides to go along with it.
Gemma's plan is working (she's finding it hard to resist Josh), but she's finding herself in embarrassing situations (how could a bathing suit fall apart like that!?). Is it coincidence or is someone trying to expose her true identity? And how will Josh react if he finds out who she is?
Katie Finn hits all the right notes in this perfect beginning to a new summer series: A Broken Hearts & Revenge novel.
Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend was a fast-paced, funny comedy of errors about the ultimate revenge and trying to make amends for past wrong doings.
This book was compulsively readable. Even though I was pretty sure I had things figured out from the beginning, I stayed up until 2am to finish it because I just couldn’t put it down, and I had to know what happened. And even though my guesses were right, there was still a feeling of shock when everything was revealed. Finn weaved a tight story full of laughably horrible situations, accidents, and sticky situations.
One downside to the story for me was that I didn’t connect with the characters. I liked Gemma, but for some reason I just couldn’t connect with her. It felt like she never went past being the girl who was trying to make amends. We didn’t get to know much about her beyond her horrific behaviour as an 11-year-old and how she was trying to make up for it now. We didn’t get to know much about any of the other characters either, so it was hard to connect with them.
Then there was the ending. Gah! We don’t often see cliffhanger endings in contemporary stories, but it worked for this book. Things could play out in a number of ways in the next book, and I’m curious to see how everything gets resolved, and what fresh drama Finn will come up with for her characters.
If you’re looking for a quick, highly entertaining contemporary story with a summery setting and plenty of teenage drama, give Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend a try!
Have you read Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend? What did you think? If you haven't read it, do you plan to? Did you know that Katie Finn is actually Morgan Matson? She is! This is the first book I've read of hers as Katie, but I've read all three of her other books and you should too! Be sure to check out Amy & Roger's Epic Detour (one of my favourite books EVER), Second Chance Summer, and Morgan's brand new book Since You've Been Gone.