by Abigail Johnson
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Publication Date: October 25th 2016
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: For Review
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Readers of Sarah Dessen, Cammie McGovern and Morgan Matson will adore this thought-provoking, complex and romantic contemporary novel from debut author Abigail Johnson, about finding the strength to put yourself back together when everything you know has fallen apart.
When sixteen-year-old Jill Whitaker’s mom walks out—with a sticky note as a goodbye—only Jill knows the real reason she’s gone. But how can she tell her father? Jill can hardly believe the truth herself.
Suddenly, the girl who likes to fix things—cars, relationships, romances, people—is all broken up. Used to be, her best friend, tall, blond and hot flirt Sean Addison, could make her smile in seconds. But not anymore. They don’t even talk.
With nothing making sense, Jill tries to pick up the pieces of her life. But when a new guy moves in next door, intense, seriously cute, but with scars—on the inside and out—that he thinks don’t show, Jill finds herself trying to make things better for Daniel. But over one long, hot Arizona summer, she realizes she can’t fix anyone’s life until she fixes her own. And she knows just where to start . . . (Goodreads)
I had my eye on If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson for a while before I had the opportunity to pick it up, and when the chance arrived to finally read the book, I jumped on it. If you know me at all, you'll know that I absolutely cannot resist a good contemporary novel, and that's definitely what this book was!
There are a lot of interesting characters in this book, including the main character, Jill. Despite some of the things she's gone through in the past, she's a trooper. Strong-willed and determined. I love that she has this fascinating love for cars, and, she has a pretty awesome dad as well. Her friends are pretty great too. And when a new boy moves in next door, things really get interesting.
As I mentioned above, If I Fix You is a contemporary novel, which just happens to be my favorite genre. I really enjoyed the storyline for the book. I like that it kept me guessing on what was going to happen next, and the book definitely went in a completely different direction than I expected it to. I liked that. I also liked that while the book had a bit of romance in it, it didn't overpower the main focus of the story. So many feelings while reading this book, I tell you. So many.
Overall; I really enjoyed reading If I Fix You more than I expected to, and I'm excited to read more by Abigail in the future! Her next novel, The First To Know, is set to release in November, and I'm really curious to check it out as well.