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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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

Title: Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend
Author: Katie Finn
ISBN: 9781250045249
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Released: May 13, 2014
Page #: 339
Series: Broken Hearts and Revenge #1
Source: ARC from the publisher

"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 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.

Can Gemma keep up the charade? Or will she be found out by the very people she's been hiding from?"

I feel like everyone has that one thing from childhood that they regret. They said something mean to someone, did something horrid, etc. I know I did... and this book really brings that to the forefront.

Gemma has to spend the summer in the Hamptons with her father. It doesn't sound so bad until she realizes that her friend from the past is staying there, too. Years ago, Gemma had been horrible to her and her family, so now she feels like she has to make up for it. By luck, they all think her name is something different - and she looks different enough after a few years of growing up, that they are fooled. Now she has the chance to see if everyone has moved on and she can become friends with Hallie again.

Stories like this are sort of refreshing sometimes. It's light and easy, but there's enough drama going on to keep you interested. It's amazing how much can be messed up just by not correcting someone. Gemma lets Josh think her name is Sophie, just because it's on her coffee cup. But then it quickly snowballs because of who Josh is. Then it gets even bigger because now there is a whole group of people who know her as Sophie... so they just can't interact with anyone who knows her real name. I can imagine living like that would get all sorts of confusing. Especially when you run into people who know you from the past.

So, there's a lot of mistaken (on purpose-ish) identities, but there are also crazy things happening in Gemma's life. It seems like nothing will go right. She will break things, lose things, get sick, and so much more. It sounds like the most miserable summer of all time. But she has to keep up the charade and not let those things get her down. All of this is while she's trying to be the best possible friend to Hallie and trying to figure out what her relationship status is with Josh. She just can't... you know... be herself.

The one serious drawback of this book for me was that I could see what was going to happen a mile away. Honestly, soon after she got to the Hamptons and was just getting her feet under her, I could see what was happening. It's just a little shocking that it took Gemma that long to figure things out. And she doesn't, exactly. She is told. Well, you'll see what I mean when you read it. But because I knew what was going to happen, I lost a little interest. The book took me a little longer than it probably should have.

But all in all, it's a cute story that I think lots of romance lovers will be all about. It does leave you on a cliffhanger, so I am wondering what could possibly be next. There are a couple of aspects of the story that I know will pan out, but I'm guessing it will be more than that. So, if you're looking for a fun beach read, then this book is for you. Especially if you're a fan of friendship drama and lurv. :)
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