I received this book for free from Feiwel & Friends in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Title: Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend
Author: Katie Finn
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: 13th May 2014
Genres: Young Adult
Source: Feiwel & Friends
Gemma had her summer all planned out, but it takes sharp turn when she gets dumped and finds herself back in the Hamptons after a five-year absence. Being there puts her at risk of bumping into Hallie, her former best friend (that is, before Gemma ruined her life). But people don’t hold grudges forever. Do they? Gemma intends to make amends, but a small case of mistaken identity causes the people she knew years ago—including Hallie and her dreamy brother Josh—to believe she’s someone else. As though the summer wasn’t complicated enough already. Can Gemma keep up the charade? Or will she be found out by the very people she’s been hiding from?
Review: I love Morgan Matson’s YA and when I learnt that Katie Finn was Matson’s pseudonym I was really excited to read Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend [Broken Hearts… for ease of typing] and expected great things.
After a disastrous break up in a supermarket and a small case of mistaken identity on a train, Gemma sees her chance to make things right with her former best friend Hailie, as well as reconnecting with Hallie’s cute brother, Josh. However things begin to go wrong as a series of unfortunate disasters occur and the strain of trying to keep her true identity from Josh begins to show itself.
In this sort of scenario, I think it can be expected that you have to suspend your disbelief to an extent and in order to enjoy this book, I would say you should. While I predicted most of the twists in this book, it did not detract from my overall enjoyment, however did feel quite overdramatic at times. Finn conveyed Gemma’s motivation behind not only making things right, but what caused the betrayal, effectively and I rooted for her as a narrator. I did feel she was quite naive and tried a bit too hard, however she remained relatable overall. I do have to say that I really wanted her to be honest from the start however as we all make mistakes (though Gemma’s was pretty over-the-top) when we’re young and the deception felt too elaborate and doomed to fail, plus dishonest and wrong to her relationship with Josh.
The ending is fairly open and sets things up for the next book, however I’m not sure how this will develop as a series. That said, I do want see Gemma face the consequences of the end of this book and find a resolution.
While you may need to suspend your disbelief a lot and it didn’t entirely work for me throughout, there is something readable and summery about this book.