Broken Hearts, Fences And Other Things To Mend By Katie Finn

Broken Hearts, Fences And Other Things To Mend By Katie Finn
Broken Hearts & Revenge #1
Published15 May 2014 By Macmillan


SummaryHot 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.

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Broken Hearts left me wanting more but was predictably frustrating.

Broken Hearts started off great: it had a good premise, a sympathetic and relatable main character and it has its adorable and funny moments. And while Broken Hearts is enjoyable, it was also predictable. By the second incident between Gemma and Hallie, it was kind of obvious what was going on but Gemma is frustratingly dense and oblivious to Hallie’s schemes. I find it hard to believe that Gemma genuinely thought she could get away with merely a haircut before trying to befriend Hallie again. I’m not sure if it was the author’s intention, but the way that some of Hallie’s reactions were written helped with the predictability and you could tell that she’s up to something.

But Katie Finn knows how to end a story.

Despite knowing what was going to happen, I still thought that the ending was powerful. Hallie’s schemes were brought to the surface, Gemma’s pretence comes to a halt and it gears you up for the next instalment that will certainly be filled with drama and revenge plots.

Gemma does make a good main character. I feel that she’s sympathetic enough for people to like her because she just wants to be a better person, despite going about it the wrong way. I do feel some emotional attachment to Gemma and undoubtedly want to see her succeed in befriending Hallie again.

I’m also curious to see how and if Josh and Gemma’s relationship will take course post-revelation because I loved their interactions with each other. Too adorable.

Though predictable, Broken Hearts would make for a great beach read. They say that sequels make or break a series and I’m hoping for Katie Finn’s sake that the next book will be much better than this.

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Since You’ve Been Gone By Morgan Matson

Since You’ve Been Gone By Morgan Matson
Published May 6th 2014 by Simon & Schuster


SummaryThe Pre-Sloane Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell.But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend. Apple Picking at Night? Ok, easy enough.Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not? Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?

Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…

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Since You’ve Been Gone is worth the hype.

And if you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll know I’m not one to read hyped books right off the bat but Since You’ve Been Gone is so fun and easy to read, no wonder its been a crowd favourite.

Emily is shy and never does anything out of her comfort zone until she met her best friend Slone. Sloane is your typical fun and flirty best friend, and naturally, Emily depends on Sloane to help her get out of her shell and be brave. But when Sloane leaves unexpectedly without a word, Emily is left with nothing but a list of things to do from Slone.

Since You’ve Been Gone isn’t a road trip book (most of the events happens in her city), neither is it adventerous: the list of things to do are rather tame and seemingly ordinary. But for Emily who is painfully shy and filled with fears and doubts, these tasks are no easy feat. I could relate easily to Emily, in which I lived vicariously through her adventure.

The characters in this book were so charming, even Sloane, who we meet through Emily’s flashbacks. There wasn’t much of a character development; they’re minor and easy to miss, but they developed nonetheless.

Since You’ve Been Gone isn’t supposed to be complex. It’s really about a girl who learns to be independent and to be brave, without her safety net and its about friendship, the woes and joys of being in one.

One of my favourite aspects on the book were the playlists/mixtapes. I really loved seeing bands I loved/listen to (and getting excited) and discovering new bands and songs.

I loved Since You’ve Been Gone. It’s an easy to read contemporary, which will be great to read in the Summer. Highly recommended.

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#FridayReads | 13/09/13

This week’s #fridayreads are all on my kindle!

I will be reading the highly anticipated book Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. This will be my first Rainbow Rowell book and I am really excited to finally get my hands on it. I have been waiting for this book to come out forever now; the premise of the book sounds really good and so relatable. I am only 11% in right now – it’s a little slow, but it looks like it’s picking up now so I’ll be continuing this for the rest of the day (and hopefully finish by tonight!).

I will also be reading what seems to be one of everyone’s YA contemporary books, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. I have read a little bit of this and it’s alright so far. I saw some reviews talking about playlists and ticket stubs etc. so I’m quite excited to read on and get to those playlists. I’m such a sucker for music-related stuff.

These will be my two reads this weekend! What will you be reading?

  1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
    Goodreads • Book Depository

    A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. 

    Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

    Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .

    But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

    Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

    Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

    Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

    For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

    Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

    And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

  2. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
    Goodreads • Book Depository

    Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew–just in time for Amy’s senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she’s always known toward her new life.

    Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy’s mother’s old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she’s surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident.

    Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road–diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards–this is the story of one girl’s journey to find herself.