Series: Broken Hearts & Revenge,
Published by Feiwel & Friends on 13 May 2014
Genres: Adolescence, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
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Place(s) Traveled To: Putnam, Connecticut // Qupnset (The Hamptons), New York
First Line(s): The Wednesday afternoon that it all started, I was thinking about how great my life was going.
I am not entirely sure where to begin with my thoughts on Broken Hearts, Fences, & Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn. The first thing is that when I first requested this book I thought that it was a standalone and it sounded like a cute summer read. Something that would be perfect for the beach and give all the happy beachtime reading feels. Only this wasn’t a standalone, its a series, and while it starts off as a cute summery type read by the end it had me a bit ragey and eye twitchy and I just find it hard to wrap my brain around how Katie Finn and Morgan Matson are the same person as this is such a different type of book.
First the main character Gemma has all these perfect plans with her dull boyfriend who then breaks up with her sending her into a tizzy. Then she gets sent to spend the summer with her dad in the Hamptons for the summer where we learn she hasn’t been there since she was 11 and did something horrible to her BFF, Hallie, and she dreads going back. On the train there she meets Josh, Hallie’s brother, who thinks she’s Sophie based on a name on a cup and she decides not to correct him. Because what better way to correct all the wrongs of the past by lying about who you are in order to show people what a good person you are now. There is no way this can end badly….right? If your head just whacked against something (hand, keyboard, desk, etc) then you know what my reaction was to most of this book.
Broken Hearts is filled with predictable and cliched blunders as “Sophie” tries to fix the mistakes of her past. Mistakes which end up being pretty significant to all around and not something a simple apology could fix. Its amazing the damage an 11 year old can do and all to prevent something else from happening which happened anyway so it was all for nothing. Toss in some WTF moments and some twists that I saw coming from a mile away and in the end I was left with a disappointing story. But I still might have been ok with it if it was a one and done. But no, there is going to be more…two more to be exact and I just don’t see how this story can be dragged out for that long. *Insert heavy sigh here*
I wanted to love Broken Hearts I did because I did like another Katie Finn book that I read a long ways back. It was short and cute and filled with shenanigans. Broken Hearts tries to do that but, IMO, it fails to deliver. Perhaps its because there isn’t much heart of depth to the story. Gemma isn’t trying to mend things with Hallie because she feels bad she is doing so because she wants everyone to like her. She doesn’t regret what she did nor does she regret lying about her identity to try and fix things. Gemma is a pretty selfish personality and Hallie was quite the mean girl and I just don’t see any good coming from these two trying to be friends. The only real saving grace in this book was Josh and of course he is an innocent victim in the war being waged by Hallie and Gemma. At this time I don’t really see myself reading more of this series although we’ll see what happens a year from know when its scheduled to be released. Because if there is something I know about me, its that I can be a glutton for punishment in these sort of reads and I may not be able to resist.