Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Review: Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn

Title: Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend
Author: Katie Finn
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Genre: Young Adult,Contemporary.
Series: Broken Hearts & Revenge #1
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: 13th May 2014

Tell Me About It
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
My Thoughts
When I saw Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend on netgalley I new I needed to find out what Gemma had done to her best friend, and why she was afraid to go back. When I found out that Katie Finn is a pen name for an author who I like, I wanted to read this even more.

The synopsis pretty much explains what happens in Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend so I wont go into too much detail about it, nor will I explain what happened in the past. When I began reading I was hooked, and stayed up later than I planned to get a few more pages finished, but in the light of day (literally) and more pages consumed, I found myself getting slightly distracted with the story itself.

As I mentioned, the past is explained, but seeing how it spiralled out of control didn't really seem believable to me, and the reason for it and for Gemma not believing it herself was also not very believable. Having gone through parents divorcing myself, her reaction seemed too extreme for the situation itself. As the plot continues I had a suspicion that Hallie knew the truth and that things that were happening we not so accidental.

There were parts of the story I liked though. I liked the friendship that Gemma has with Sophie, and that when the truth was revealed to Sophie she was understanding and didn't let if phase her. I also enjoyed seeing the romance develop between Josh and Gemma, however knowing it was all based on a lie means it was never going to last, how long it does or doesn't is something you will have to discover yourself.

Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend was a book I had high hopes for, and unfortunately it just fell slightly short of them. Was it an enjoyable read, yes. Would I read the next instalment, yes, but I don't think I will have high expectations for this one.

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