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

Posted May 19, 2014 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 3 Comments Tags: ,

I received this book for free from Around the World ARC Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie FinnBroken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn
Series: Broken Hearts and Revenge #1
Published by Macmillan on 2014-05-13
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: Around the World ARC Tours
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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.

I’m not even sure what to say about this book. I was really hoping for a light, fun, summer read but I ended up with an annoying (and kind of stupid) main character, mean girl antics, and lots of drama. I feel like there is an audience for this book out there but I just wasn’t it.

My main problem with this book was just how tired I got of reading it. It was one ridiculous event after another. And I had to keep listening to Gemma talk about what she had done when she was eleven and how she wanted to fix it even though she never just told the truth and said she was sorry. Anyone knows that adding more lies onto something you’ve already done wrong just makes things worse, even if you think the new lies are to make someone feel better, they won’t. Just own up to it and move on. It was also annoying how Gemma made all of these other people out to be perfect when they clearly weren’t and kept beating herself up for something she did when she was eleven. I’m pretty sure we’re all a little stupid and self-centered when we’re eleven. And while what she did wasn’t small and was really mean, she needs to stop feeling like she deserves every bad thing that happens and apologize and move on.

I was very close to not finishing this book because aside from the MC, ridiculous situations and lies just kept building up and building up. I was hoping that the end would at least make up for it, but unfortunately it didn’t. I know this is a book we aren’t suppose to take too seriously, but I just couldn’t get on board with it’s silliness. It didn’t feel realistic enough nor could I relate to how the main character dealt with the situations she found herself in. I certainly don’t like confrontation and admitting I’m wrong, but even I couldn’t help wanting to shake the main character to make her open her eyes to what was going on and have her tell the truth and move on.

Honestly, I’m not even really sure what else to say about this book. I did like Josh and the people who worked with Gemma’s dad. But I didn’t really like anyone else. Hallie and Teddy and even Gemma’s parents who weren’t ever really there for her included. But the writing was technically good and the book was a really fast read. I just kept hoping it would stop being predictable but it didn’t.

In the end, it turns out I’m not the audience this book is looking for. I don’t think the antics and naive main character will translate well for adults who read young adult fiction. It felt very juvenile to me. I think younger teens and tweens might find it funny and would probably enjoy the revenge and lying aspects, as well as the romance, more than I did and be more willing to forgive the actions of the characters. It felt like it would make a perfect tween movie. If that’s something that would interest you, you should check out this book. If it makes you roll your eyes a little, I’d definitely skip this one.

3 Responses to “Book Review: Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn”

  1. I am sad that this one was a disappointment! I always need light summer reads this time of year, and the cover definitely screams SUMMER! The last thing I want to read is about more drama. Thanks for the review!
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  2. I love how most covers these days may not match up to the content of the book. That’s why I rely on blurbs to decide whether or not I’d like to read a book.

  3. Vivien

    This does sound like a younger novel. It can be frustrating when you aren’t expecting that going into the read. Too bad you weren’t able to enjoy this more, though I have read mixed reviews for it.

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