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

May 21, 2014 Raquel Romero 0 ½

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn
Series: Broken Hearts & Revenge #1
Publication Date: May 13th 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Feiwel & Friends, NetGalley

Gemma just got dumped and is devastated. She finds herself back in the Hamptons for the summer—which puts her at risk of bumping into Hallie, her former best friend that she wronged five years earlier. Do people hold grudges that long? 

When a small case of mistaken identity causes everyone, including Hallie and her dreamy brother Josh, to think she’s someone else, Gemma decides to go along with it.

Gemma's plan is working (she's finding it hard to resist Josh), but she's finding herself in embarrassing situations (how could a bathing suit fall apart like that!?). Is it coincidence or is someone trying to expose her true identity? And how will Josh react if he finds out who she is?

I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Thoughts

After reading Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend, all I can think about is Kieran Scotts Shes So Dead to Usspecially with that ending. Still, I cant quite decide if I truly liked Gemmas character or what. There were times when I just wanted to slap her and shove some sense into her, but there were also times where I sympathized with her. Gemmas just gotten out of a relationship and with that news comes a change of plans for the summer. Instead of spending a couple of weeks doing humanitarian work with her (ex) boyfriend, shes now spending her summer in the Hamptons with her dad. And while spending the summer with her dad isnt the worst thing that can happen to Gemma, she didnt exactly leave the Hamptons the last time on such a good note.

Right off the bat, we find out what horrible thing it was that Gemma did to Hallie and her family, and while it doesnt start off so bad, the repercussions of Gemmas plans do get severely out of hand. Those were the bittersweet moments in which I truly saw Gemmas guilt and regret eat away at her. What she did was wrong and uncalled for, but at the same time, I can sort of understand where she was coming from. Nevertheless, that doesnt excuse her behavior, and five years later, she comes face to face with the last person shed ever hoped to see Hallie.

Now, at sixteen, and back in Hallies orbit, Gemma is ready to apologize and (hopefully) maybe become friends again. But when her identity is mistaken for another, Gemma panics and goes with the flow, thus ensuing in a summer filled with mishaps, lies, and a whole lot of guilt. Honestly, I felt like the end of the book and everything leading up to it could have been avoided if Gemma had just up and apologized from the very beginning.  I do not in any way think things would have been easy for her, but it was clearly time for Gemma to put on her big girl panties and do the right thing. Instead, she manages to complicate things even further and drags Hallies cute, older brother into the girls mess. Drama! So much drama!

I did like the ending because, well, even though I saw it coming, Gemma deserved it. Was it harsh? Yes. Mean? Definitely. But Karmas a bitch. One thing is for sure, Josh did not deserve to get hurt at all. He was everything I could have hoped for: sweet, caring, funny, and even kind of nerdy. I do hope that Gemma and Josh are able to get past everything, because they did make a pretty cute couple. Nevertheless, Im definitely curious and anxious to see what will happen next, and I hope to God that things dont get even more completely out of hand. With that said, Ill definitely be checking out the sequel, Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold.

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