Broken Hearts, Fences & Other Things To Mend

Finished Broken Hearts, Fences & Other Things To Mend by Katie Finn.  I received a copy from the publisher.

Summary (from Goodreads):

Hot sun. Blue waves. New romances. Old secrets.

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 friends (that is, before Gemma ruined her life). But people don’t hold grudges forever. Do they?

Gemma intends on making 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.

Filled with summer sun, boys, and friendships gone sour, Katie Finn’s first novel in the Broken Hearts and Revenge series sizzles and delights.”

I was excited to read this,  because Katie Finn is Morgan Matson’s pseudonym.  At first, I was a little let down (this book is incredibly fun, but it doesn’t have the emotional weight of Morgan Matson’s books) but then I was completely sucked in.

And then I was let down again because it turns out this is the first book in a trilogy.  (I mention that because I reached the end and was like, “Wait…WHAT?!” because it seemed like a really sudden ending.  (Of course, it’s not really the end because there are two more books.  So THAT happened.)

I liked Gemma very much and, even though she did this really horrible thing, there are mitigating factors (mainly the fact that she was ELEVEN).  Even so, I respect the fact that she’s still beating herself up over it.  I also liked Hallie.  This book is basically written for people who love reading about friendships (as I do) and the minefields that there can be when you’ve made a mistake and are trying to rectify it.  (Obviously Gemma’s plan is not ideal.)

The second book isn’t out until May.  :(

Recommended.

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