Series: Broken Hearts & Revenge #1
Published by Macmillan Children's Publishing Group on 13 May 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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.
*I received a free ARC of Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*
Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend really did not hit my fancy in any way. I’m sure a lot of readers will enjoy the story, though, as it has revenge, deceit and some romance going on. To me, it was pretty juvenile, more than a little predictable and I didn’t connect with any of the characters. The one reason why I didn’t stop reading was that I wanted to find out if I was right about everything or not.
Gemma didn’t seem all that heartbroken to me, even when her boyfriend broke up with here – a little shocked, maybe, but not really all that sad. And I never connected to her, the way she was trying to make up for something she did when she was eleven and very confused is one thing, but actually pretending to be someone other than herself just didn’t make sense to me. And there were so many clues she left everywhere I don’t understand how she never thought she’d be found out.
There were also several tropes I don’t really care for but that appear to be quite popular in many contemporary YA novels, the absent parents – which made less sense here, because Gemma’s mom sent Gemma to her dad’s for the summer so she wouldn’t be alone while the mom went to Scotland. Then, the dad left her alone in the Hamptons a couple of times, instead of taking her with him. I also don’t enjoy it too much when it feels like a girl thinks she needs a guy in her life to feel fulfilled, that only makes me sad. And of course, the sort-of romance really felt like insta-love. At least, there weren’t any love triangles.
The story was not believable to me at all, the characters not likable, and the plot on the light side. I guess younger readers might feel differently as I am quite a mature YA reader, I think I often need more character development, and a story that makes at least a little sense to me. The writing itself is good, though, but that couldn’t make up for the story and the characters for me. If you enjoy reading about revenge plots, though, you should definitely pick Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend up. For a positive review, you should check out Alison Can Read’s 4-star review.
If I wasn’t baking, I found that I kept reaching for my phone, either to check if Teddy had called or to start to call him and try to find out what he’d been thinking.
I really thought that things couldn’t get worse. They did. In fact, it seems that thinking “things can’t get worse” is an invitation for things to get much worse.