Tuesday, August 4, 2015

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

Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend
Author: Katie Finn
Published: May 5th, 2015
Paperback, 368 pages
4 Gold Stars

(summary from Goodreads)

Gemma had her summer all planned out, but it takes a 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?

A good revenge story is always fun to read and this one was a good time from beginning to end. Gemma used to spend her summers in the Hamptons and met her best friend the summer they were 12. She and Hallie had a great summer until Gemma did something unforgivable and ruined the whole thing. Gemma stops going there until a summer five years later gives her no choice. She's not sure if she's ready to face the wrath of Hallie and a case of mistaken identity gives her a way out. Hallie's brother Josh doesn't remember her and now thinks she's Sophie, Gemma's best friend, due to the name on her Starbucks cup. But Gemma doesn't think Hallie will forget her but when they finally meet again, Hallie is nice and makes me move to remember her. Gemma thinks she'll have the summer to makes things right with Hallie, but when things start going wrong it almost seems like she's being sabotaged. But Hallie doesn't remember her, so it must just be in Gemma's head, right?

Drama in the Hamptons isn't unusual and this book is no different. The things that happen to Gemma are brutal and heinous and I'd never want them to happen to me. The more things heat up with Josh, the less Gemma wants to tell the truth. It's a tough line for her to walk and it's hard to decide if what she did was in anyway the right way to go about it, but I can't imagine being able to admit my mistakes either. As we found out more about the summer when they were 12 and why Gemma did what she did, I'm sure she's not the only one who has thought or done something like that. Reminded me a lot of The Parent Trap, but yes things like that have consequences and Finn certainly let Gemma feel them all.

The writing was fun and I found it super easy to read and couldn't put it down. At some points it got predictable, but I was okay with that as it was still a lot of fun to read. I guessed where the whole thing was going but it didn't make it any easier to read what happens to Gemma and Hallie. The ending made me eager to pick up the second book in the series, which thankfully is already out, so I could read more of the story. Gemma loses things she loves for a mistake she made years ago, but it's finally time for her to apologize to Hallie and make things right. It may too late, but I'm hoping they'll be able to get past everything that's happened and go back to how they used to be. Revenge is a sad thing, but it makes for great reading. This book is fun for anyone who likes a quick summer read and heinous characters that kind of get what they deserve.

"It seems that thinking 'things can't get any worse' is an invitation for things to get much, much worse."

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