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