Pre-Pub Teen Book Review – Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn

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

This book was about a girl named Gemma whose summer, which was once all planned out, takes a dramatic turn when she is dumped by her long-time boyfriend and shipped off to the Hamptons to be with her Dad. The problem with going back to the Hamptons means that she has to uncover unsolved problems she really doesn’t want to go back to, but when she ends up running into Hallie and her brother (someone she had long ago hurt), she decides that she needs to make amends with Hallie. This book was an easy summer read full of romance, friendship, and the striking realization that not everything/everyone is as he or she seems.

I really enjoyed this book. I liked the fact that it was a book that I can read anywhere and not have to analyze it too deeply. Also, the author did a perfect job of portraying the feelings and actions of typical teenagers which made me feel more of a connection to the characters. Finally, I liked that not only did this show what true friendship is, but it also provides a little bit of a summer fling.

One memorable thing about this book is how resilient the main character, Gemma is. Throughout the summer, she is lead through a series of unfortunate events, but she doesn’t give up. She really wants to make things right with Hallie, the girl she hurt so long ago, so she tries her hardest and stays spirited and committed throughout the entirety of the book.

Review by Rachel, Grade 8, Tuckahoe Area Library

Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend is due out May 13, 2014! This review is based on an Advance Reading Copy (ARC) that publishers make available to libraries and professional reviewers before a book hits the stores. Our local Teen Galley groups read and review ARCs to discover the next big thing in teen fiction. Check the library catalog for more great books!

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