(Broken Hearts & Revenge #1)
by Katie Finn
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Publication Date: May 13th 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
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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. (Goodreads)
Gemma did some pretty horrible things to her best friend, Hallie, when she was eleven years old, and she’s regretted doing them every since. When Gemma is sent to stay with her dad in the Hamptons for the summer, Gemma thinks she’s going to have a fun summer being lazy at the beach. What she doesn’t expect is to see Hallie again, five years later. But when Hallie mistakes her for someone else, Gemma takes it as the perfect opportunity to make amends for the things she did before. Unfortunately, things don’t go quite as expected.
Gemma was a pretty interesting character. She was likeable, but a bit naïve. I was actually pretty shocked to read all the things that she did when she was eleven, and some of the things she did throughout the story were pretty shocking as well. This goes for Hallie too, she was super mean. There are SO many lies in this story; I don’t know how they kept them straight for so long.
This is one of those really great books to read in the summertime. It’s full of drama and suspense, it’s like watching a train wreck; you just can’t seem to look away. Also, it’s super rare when a book makes me feel uncomfortable, and this book totally did. Not in a bad way, but in that sick to your stomach, I totally can’t believe that happened kind of way. It’s intense!
Overall; Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend was a highly addictive read. I could not put it down. Now that I’ve finished it, I can’t wait to start Revenge, Ice Cream and Other Things Best Served Cold, which luckily, I can start right away. I’m ready, bring on even more drama!!