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

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Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn
May 14, 2014
Feiwel and Friends
Hardcover 352 pgs

What it’s about:

Summer is off to a terrible start for Gemma. Not only did her perfect boyfriend dump her, but her mother is shipping her off the Hamptons to stay with her dad. Gemma doesn’t object to time with her dad, lazing by the pool, or lounging on the beach, but she is still dreading the trip. She is terrified of returning to the place where she did the worst thing she has ever done in her life. The Hamptons is where she ruined everything for the girl who was once her best friend. Of course Hallie is there, and so is her hot brother, but when they “meet” again for the first time in five years a case of mistaken identity provides Gemma with an opportunity to right a wrong that has weighed on her conscience for years.

Why you might like it:

If you like a good comedy of errors, then you will probably find this first book in a planned series to be entertaining. Are you a fan of light, summery beach reads? Broken Hearts is certainly beach-read material! It even takes place at the beach! Are you a fan of Morgan Matson? If so, you probably already know that Morgan Matson IS Katie Finn. If you didn’t, surprise! Now, let’s talk redemption, revenge, and really awesome BFFs. Check, check, and check. Josh, the love interest is pretty great too. At times it is quite predictable, but Finn offers up just enough twists to keep you doubting yourself. As you can see, this book has a lot going for it and yet, I was not a fan. Now, before you disregard all the nice (and totally true) things I have just said, keep in mind that I am not a teen reader! That’s all. As an adult reader this just didn’t click for me, but I know plenty of readers who will devour this one!

Want more like this?

For more revenge stories you might want to try Burn For Burn by Jenny Han, Ten by Gretchen McNeil, Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers, The Hate List by Jennifer Brown, and Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Material by Rosalind Wiseman. Most of these have a more serious tone than Broken Hearts. Looking for the lighter side? Try Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland or Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

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Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian Review

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Simon & Schuster
September 18, 2012
368 pgs

Kat, Lillia, Mary are three very different girls with one thing in common: they are out for revenge. Kat is tired of the jokes and insults that come from being from “the wrong side” of Jar Island. Lillia is fiercely protective of her little sister and one guy is going to find out the hard way not to mess with her. Mary actually left the island four years about after a traumatic experience with a classmate. Now she’s back and ready to prove to her tormentor that she is a different person and ready for revenge. These three girls have no reason to be friends, but they’ve formed an unlikely alliance in order to exact revenge on the people who have hurt them most. They are united, determined, and will stop at nothing. Will revenge be sweet or will they go too far?

I read tons of YA books and for the most part the fact that the characters are teens does not affect how I enjoy the story. That was not the case with Burn for Burn. As an adult I felt really uncomfortable with the girls’ plans for revenge. That being said, I do understand why the girls thought they deserved to exact revenge. Their stories bullying are not groundbreaking, but they are powerful and painful. Teens will be able to relate to and want to read this book, and ultimately that is the goal. This book will certainly resonate with its target audience. The subtle supernatural element surprised me and I am definitely interested to see how things will play out in the sequel.

Readalikes: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers, The Hate List by Jennifer Brown, and Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Material by Rosalind Wiseman

This book was provided by the publisher and NetGalley.com for review.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan