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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...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Ariana


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...more
Cara
Say you'll love me again....
I just couldn't help myself! It was begging me to do it:)
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...more
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...more
Elizabeth
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...more
Jessica *The Lovely Books*
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Jen
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...more
Crystal
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...more
Fred
Mar 14, 2012 Fred rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Kay
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...more
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
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
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
Emma (Miss Print)
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...more
Rachael
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
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...more
Sara Grochowski
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...more
Katy
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...more
Kelly Hager
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)
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...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
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...more
Kelly
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
Vox
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...more
Lady 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...more
Elizabeth B
Full of teen angst to the nth degree and a summer locked on a boat with her family, this story is going to appeal to a wide group of teen girls. It’s an old plotline, clichéd even, and the only thing new is the setting. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this novel. Clem, the MC, acts as if she is the only person in the world who has suffered what amounts to average teen issues. To compound that, the problems are entirely of her own making. It’s hard to feel sympathy for that and she treats her fami...more
Crystal Books Unbound
As soon as I read the synopsis for Unbreak My Heart I knew I had to get my hands on an ARC no matter what. And it was just my luck that it was on NetGalley and the publisher asked me to participate in the blog tour. When I first started blogging I never read contemporary. I thought they were boring and that a story just couldn’t be interesting if it didn’t have some kind of paranormal creature or witchcraft in it. Then dystopia came along and even though I was hesitant, I fell in love. After exp...more
Zemira 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...more
Hannah
I was so excited for this book - I love the cover, and the premise sounded unique and interesting. I was a little worried I wouldn't be able to relate to Clem because of the whole cheating-thing - a girl putting a guy first and not thinking of her friend just makes me so mad - but I thought I'd love the story of how she moves on, and the romance, too. I did like this book, but it turned out to be the other way around - I liked reading about how Clem fell for Ethan, but had some problems with thi...more
Vy
Clementine didn't finish off Sophomore year on a good note. Now she’s caught in this awkward situation of almost cheating with her best friend’s boyfriend. The story is told in alternating chapters that tell the story of how she broke her heart and how she healed it. Clementine started off with a moody attitude, but slowly grew on me with her personality. She was definitely someone I could see myself becoming friends with.

The whole family aspect of the book was one of my favorites. They were thi...more
Jennifer
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Erica
Since I finished Small Town Sinners, I have been waiting for another Melissa Walker book. And with Unbreak My Heart, Melissa Walker delivers the perfect summer story that was just way too cute.
Clem was such an easy main character to connect with, as a lot of things about her just reminded me of things in my life. James is pretty much the most adorable guy ever - seriously, where can I find one like that? I loved how spunky and fun Olive was - she was so funny!

The plot was so heartbreaking and t...more
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