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Sophomore year broke Clementine Williams’ heart. She fell for her best friend’s boyfriend and long story short: he’s excused, but Clem is vilified and she heads into summer with zero social life.

Enter her parents’ plan to spend the summer on their sailboat. Normally the idea of being stuck on a tiny boat with her parents and little sister would make Clem break out in hive
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Hardcover, 232 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published May 1st 2012)
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Ariana
Mar 20, 2015 Ariana rated it really liked it


There is something awful about feeling guilty.. It eats you from the inside, it kills the joy, it leaves you empty, it sucks the life out of you. The thing is, it doesn't matter if you've made a big mistake or a small one, because your conscience will act like a magnifying glass making your memories haunt you day and night.
"My mind is not a very forgiving place."

Also, being young is difficult; it's hard to know what's right or wrong, and it's even harder to manage to walk that thin line between
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Cara
Jan 31, 2014 Cara rated it really liked it
Say you'll love me again....
I just couldn't help myself! It was begging me to do it:)
Paige  *an exploding fluffball* Bookdragon
Reread:

Say you'll love me again..

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It's been almost a year and Unbreak My Heart is still one of my favorite books. This is a story of a girl who wants forgiveness and acceptance and she's one of my favorite YA realistic characters.

I don't know how to do a review for this one without giving much spoiler but this book doesn't pull any punches. It's raw and emotional but it never went overboard.

I love this and I want you to swallow this book because I want to break your heart.
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Jasprit
Unbreak My Heart is a poignant read about heartache, testing where friends loyalties lie and trying to leave all the hurt behind and about making a fresh start.

After the great fall out with her best friend Amanda just before school broke out for summer, Clem just wants to get away from it all, she’s become the school pariah, her best friend doesn’t want to know her anymore, so being stuck on a boat with her family for the next three months doesn’t sound like a bad idea at all. But eventually tha
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Charlotte
This is a beautifully written journey of a young woman working through the weight of her choices.

I HIGHLY recommend this!

Update: It's been several months since I read this and I've struggled with writing this review all along. Why is it so hard to write a review for a book you love so much?

I don't think I will ever do this book justice, I loved it so much. I found it real and emotional and so much of what I want to explain to my teen daughter about friendships, loyalty, family, patience, first
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Jessica *The Lovely Books*
Apr 21, 2013 Jessica *The Lovely Books* rated it really liked it
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Elizabeth
Jun 06, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Unbreak My Heart is a sweet and insightful story about the heartbreak and guilt of damaging a friendship. Melissa Walker does a great job of taking an issue and making readers see a different side of it than what is normally portrayed.

Usually when we see a story about "boyfriend stealing", it is from the perspective of the girl who has been cheated on. In Unbreak My Heart, we see the heartbreak that comes when Clementine crosses some lines and hurts her best friend. I like it when an author can
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Jen
Jan 19, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it
Buoy, is this a good read and such a pretty cover. Definitely knot one you want to miss. (See what I did there? If naut, you will...)

Lifelong friendship, true love, the ultimate betrayal, and crushing heartbreak. "Unbreak My Heart" has it all, reminding us that while you may be able to choose your friends, you can't necessarily choose who you fall in love with or help who gets hurt in the process.

Sixteen year old Clementine, or Clem was supposed to have the best summer EVER with Amanda, her BF
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Crystal
May 10, 2012 Crystal rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I think every teenage girl should read this book. I can remember being sixteen and thinking the world was going to end if a boy didn't like me or if my friends were mad at me when in reality things like that aren't as important as other things.
In this story Clem has to set sail with her family for three months. This means not having any contact with her friends via cell phone or computer. Normally this would be a huge inconvenience for Clem and she would have begged and pleaded with her parents
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Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Jul 17, 2012 Tiff at Mostly YA Lit rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is one of my favorite summer 2012 reads. It has heart, it has depth, it has lightness, and it has the sweetest romance ever. Walker has absolutely triumphed with this book. What really got me was how REAL everything seemed, especially the characters. Clementine, the protagonist, felt very much like me as a teenager. James, the love interest, was the perfect complement to her rawness - he was joyful and jovial, but in a way that felt both masculine and flawed. The secondary characters of her ...more
Fred
Mar 14, 2012 Fred rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Sarah Dessen, Sarah Ockler, Elizabeth Scott
We meet MC Clementine as her family - Clem, her teacher dad, her on-sabbatical lawyer mom, and her precocious 10 yo sister Olive - are embarking on "The Williams Family Summer of Boating," a three month sail trip from their suburban Chicago home base, all the way down the Mississipi river. Clem, however, is in no mood to enjoy the trip, her family, or anything else. There was this incident, you see, just two weeks earlier, that ended up breaking both her heart and her relationship with long term ...more
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
After seeing so many mixed reviews about Unbreak My Heart, it was one of them books that I wanted to read but didn’t want it to disappoint. But in the end I finally decided to take a chance and, I’m so glad I did because it’s one I really enjoyed.

Unbreak My Heart is an emotional read about a young girl who struggles to deal with the aftermath after falling for her best friends boyfriend but, also tries to rediscover herself while on a secluded family vacation.

I really enjoyed this story. Honest
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Kay
Apr 18, 2013 Kay rated it it was amazing
Unbreak my Heart was so much more than I had expected! It was the perfect summer novel : short, cute, filled with feelings, a tad of romance and gorgeous days on the water, under the sun. I thought I was in for something simply light and heartwarming, but the book turned out to be a little more than that.

First I must say that I have very little compassion for liars and cheaters. Most of the time, cheaters are sitting in the "unlikable character" seat, written to be despised by the main character
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Originally posted here.

When Unbreak My Heart first appeared on NetGalley, I actually didn't request it. I haven't read any of Walker's prior novels, I don't have much history reading contemporaries, and I have a very black and white view of cheating in relationships. All of that told me this might not be the book for me. I went back and requested it when I saw some very favorable reviews roll into the blogosphere.

As I started reading, I was initially regretful of that decision. The opening of th
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Rose
"Unbreak My Heart" tells a rather tough story from the get go, and one I think that provides a fair punch in the stomach when you think about what the protagonist is going through and the wake of events she left behind. Clem spends the summer on a boat trip with her family trying to cope with the aftermath of a tough school year. Her best friend Amanda shuns her, she's lost friends on Facebook, and she thinks of herself as a horrible person who can't find love again. Reason being? She fell in lo ...more
Vox
Jun 10, 2012 Vox rated it it was amazing
I did not want this book to end. Not at all. In fact, Melissa Walker, I am not amused by your antics. You ended this book just when I really REALLY wanted to know what happened next. That is dirty play on your part, and I am going to cross my arms and pout at you for a long, long time.

Or until you tell me what you think happened next, at which point I will forgive you, because I am nothing if not easy to woo.

You will like this book too. I promise.

You will like Clementine Williams, even with her
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Emma
Jan 26, 2013 Emma rated it liked it
Clementine made a big mistake her sophomore year. It started with a series of little mistakes and foolish decisions but by the end Clemetine had broken one of the most important rules of friendship.

That was two weeks ago.

Now, heartbroken and friendless, Clementine is about to embark on a three month sailing trip with her parents and her little sister, Olive, on The Possibility. Last year the trip sounded like a horrible, faraway idea. Now that it's here, Clem is surprised to realize it might be
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Rachael
Jan 11, 2012 Rachael rated it really liked it
This summer was supposed to be the best summer of Clem’s life, but when she falls for her best friend’s boyfriend and said best friend refuses to speak to her, the summer is looking pretty gloomy. That’s why she doesn’t put up much of a fight when her parents get the bright idea to spend their entire summer on their sailboat. Maybe being surrounded by only her parents and her little sister Olive will be good for her, since they’re the only people who seem to still like her. Clem has resigned her ...more
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Actual Rating: 3.5 blazing stars

“My mind is not a very forgiving place.”

Unbreak My Heart is an emotionally charged story about falling-outs, learning to live with mistakes, friendship and family.

Who here hasn't made terrible mistakes? Had falling outs? Learned to reconcile with the choices we make? Dealt with self-loathing? Learned to accept things and move on?


This is the crux of this simple contemporary YA read. It deals with all these issues in a very organic way. And the novel is delightfu
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Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Last year, when Unbreak My Heart came out I didn't want to read it. I can't remember why. I just didn't. but a couple of days ago I was browsing Goodreads and stumbled upon this book I decided to try it out because I was craving a story about redemption and I'm so glad I picked it up. It was just what I needed.

Unbreak My Heart is a story about Clementine, who's in love with her best friend's boyfriend. She is forced to go sailing with her family after her friends turn their backs on her. Clem s
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Sara Grochowski
Jun 25, 2015 Sara Grochowski rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, light
Goodness, I love this novel. Unbreak My Heart is just... perfect. Simple, yet filled with such emotional depth and meaning that I wanted to simultaneously hug it to my chest and thrust it at my roommate and command that she read it immediately.

I'll admit, the cover is quite girly. I think it's adorable, but I know that some readers might look at it and see fluff. Unbreak My Heart is not fluff. It does, however, have a hopefulness to it that the cover illustrates in ways. I like that Clementine i
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Lauren (Lauren Reads YA)
May 06, 2016 Lauren (Lauren Reads YA) rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own, 2012
More reviews and bookish blog posts can be found on my blog!

Unbreak My Heart was the short summer read I needed. The pacing was excellent, the characters were likeable, their actions understandable, and the writing was easy to get through. I love the setting of the book—most of it is set on either Clem’s or James’ boat, at sea, and in and around the marinas they visit.

The chapters alternate between the here and now with her family on the boat, and flashbacks from when she first met Ethan, the g
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Katy
Jan 06, 2013 Katy rated it it was ok
I thought this book was just okay. It was kind of dull, and Clementine was a little too depressing for my taste.

It was written in short scenes, so it really just brushed the surface, and I didn't have a chance to connect with the characters. As soon as I found myself beginning to like a character, the book moves right along and I lose that attachment I was beginning to grasp.

Like I said, Clem was a little bit too depressing for me. I understand she was heartbroken from losing her best friend and
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Kelly Hager
Feb 25, 2012 Kelly Hager rated it it was amazing
Under normal circumstances, Clementine wouldn't want to spend all summer on a boat with her parents and younger sister. She's just gotten her license, after all! But these are not normal circumstances. Her best friend Amanda hates her, and she's kind of right to. Clem's fallen in smit with Amanda's boyfriend, Ethan. And now Amanda knows. So maybe a summer in exile is just what the doctor ordered. But almost immediately, Clem meets James, who's also spending the summer at sea. And...well, sparks. ...more
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Apr 20, 2012 Damaris (GoodChoiceReading) rated it really liked it
What an emotional story! My heart went out to Clem the entire book. She made one simple mistake and it cost her big time.

The story is told from Clem’s point of view, and alternates from present to past. At first I was a bit confused because whenever the story would jump into the past, there really wasn’t any warning, but eventually I caught on and realized when the story would jump in to the past. Each time the story would change to Clem’s memories, I wanted to cry. The chapter would begin with
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Savannah (Books With Bite)
May 07, 2012 Savannah (Books With Bite) rated it really liked it
This is another story that will tug at your heart. Facing a sea of hurtfulness and a lost friendship, Clem is on a road to self discovery and mending a broken heart.


Broken hearts sucks huh? Especially when its all blamed on you. The story line of the book is what got me hooked. Clem falling for her best friends boyfriend and then acting like it was all of her fault. I loved that Clem didn't lie. She did have feelings for the boy but did she ever cheat on him? I guess that's up to reader. In my e
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Kelly
Mar 13, 2012 Kelly rated it liked it
A cute, light-hearted story about a girl who made a mistake and the boy she meets who helps her put that mistake into perspective. It's a sweet romance set aboard a boat traveling the Mississippi River over the summer with her family. Clem's done something to hurt her best friend, and slowly, she reveals the back story in her alone time. It's really not a huge thing at all, but because of the reaction she receives, she feels like it's huge. She's a brooder and she's not really the most pleasant ...more
I am Danielle.
This review can be found on The Midnight Tea Party

How am I supposed to start this?
I just want to point out something that annoyed me before I gush and fangirl and talk about the deliciousness of this summer love novel.

I get that we all get my mad. We all get angry with ourselves at one point for doing something we didn't expect we'd do. We disappoint people and you can't help but hate yourself... a lot. This is how Clementine feels, the girl with amazing friends and a best friend that just comp
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Abigail the Fangirl
Mar 22, 2016 Abigail the Fangirl rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I was expecting it to be just another "summer teen romance" but it held a lot of great life lessons in it. The biggest one? You cannot let guilt eat you up. Easier said than done. That's what I loved about this story. Clementine was not a shallow female character. I connected with her because she dealt with emotions that every girl struggles with. I felt what Clem felt throughout the story, and I was able to understand her.
I would also like to hit on her love inter
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Natalie O'Brien
Dec 05, 2015 Natalie O'Brien rated it liked it
Cute story!! It was a bit cheesy and there wasn't really an ending also there were still some lose ends waiting to be tied but still some cute quirky moments. Overall? It was okay.
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