Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things To Mend by Katie Finn

Title: Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend

Release Date: May 13, 2014

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Pages: 339

Received: Giveaway

Star Rating: ★ ★  ☆ 

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? [goodreads]

My Thoughts:

My first thoughts while reading: This book has so much potential. Thoughts after reading: Can I take that back? When I found out I won this book through a Twitter giveaway, I was ecstatic. Katie Finn a.k.a Morgan Matson is one of my favorite contemporary writers. But Katie Finn and Morgan Matson are somehow different, writing wise. I'm not here to talk about the writer, but I am here to talk about the book itself. I wasn't impressed, but surprised I made it to the very last page.

To start off a hot, relaxing summer, Gemma just got dumped. She then spends the rest of the summer with her father at the Hamptons. But that puts her in an even bigger risk of seeing her former best friend, that she betrayed five years earlier. Then, Gemma is mistaken for another identity and goes with it. Is someone trying to sabotage her plans or can she wear her fake identity has a shield? Whatever she does, is truly predictable.

Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend was definitely cringe-worthy. The amount of times I put down the book to just cringe and face palm, was countless. In a matter of seconds it turned into a poorly plotted, drama show. I'm going to be quite vague, but this was novel was an awkward train wreck. The inexcusable actions these characters, no matter what age, was a huge disappointment.

This novel is everything it says in the synopsis. If you are interested in any of those topics, then pick it up. Form your own opinions. I didn't enjoy it, but maybe you will. From the numerous awkward situations, to the cringe worthy characters. Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend was like reading an undeveloped story with many potholes.

2.5/5 STARS

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