Published: May 13th 2014 by Feiwel & Friends
Genre & Keywords: Contemporary
Other Books From Author: Top 8 series
So, this was not how the summer was supposed to go. Like, at ALL. Gemma was supposed to be with her boyfriend, Teddy, on their volunteering trip in Colombia- spending days helping people and nights walking along the beach. But then, out of nowhere, Teddy broke up with her in the gardening aisle of Target. Devastated and discombobulated, Gemma’s life took a sharp turn and she finds herself back in 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?
Whether you’re taking a road trip, laying out on the beach, or simply chilling at home for the (remaining) summer, Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend is a fun book to cozy with. It’s got the warm sunshine, cute kisses and great bursts of energy associated with enjoying summer by the beach. The Hamptons setting is perfect + there’s ice cream! The characters are amusing, and I’d find a new reason to love them all as a new chapter goes by. Well maybe not so much for Gemma. Oh Gemma.
This book is basically about Gemma acting like an ignorant 11 year old which can be nettling. Hey girl, everyone can guess that big “plot twist” staring you right in the face, what are you doing?! Despite her pinheaded tendencies, I gradually warmed up to her. Can’t fault a girl for being too sanguine, can I? Amid the vast sea of kickass heroines who are too smart to make mistakes, Gemma is endearing precisely for her cluelessness – reminiscent of Becca from the Shopaholics series.
As you can probably guess by now, Broken Hearts is junk food like how tumblr is junk food. That’s to say even though the plot itself is predictable and chick flick teen-dramaesque, I can’t resist.
Have you read this one? What did you think? I know this is can be a hit-or-miss for many, so if you haven’t read it, does this book feel like something you’d be into? I’d love to hear your thoughts (*^▽^*)