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Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend (Broken Hearts & Revenge #1)

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,535 Ratings  ·  445 Reviews
Hot sun. Blue waves. New romances. Old secrets.

Gemma had her summer all planned out, but it takes a sharp turn when she gets dumped and finds herself back in the 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?

Gemma intends
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Feiwel & Friends (first published February 14th 2014)
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Sage Thoughts It's not a stand alone. Go with this in mind and you won't be surprised/shocked at the end. Fun summer read.

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Jessica (priceiswong)
Apr 06, 2016 Jessica (priceiswong) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook
So far all 3 of Morgan Matson's books I've read have been 5/5 stars. She is definitely one of my new favorite ya contemporary authors! I highly recommend her books! This book made me SO ready for summertime! I NEED book two though.. Ugh. I was so anxious while reading this book. I did guess a few things going on in this book.. But was definitely still thrown by that ending. I'm so dang invested in these characters and I can't wait to see what happens!
Grace (LovingDemBooks) Z.
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3 of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below). As a huge fan of Morgan Matson's books, I knew that I had to read her books as Katie Finn, and I knew that I had to read them fast. Because of my love for Morgan Matson, I think I went into Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend with too high of expecations. My expectations were definitely let down, and I was disappointed that I didn'
Jun 03, 2015 Nanna rated it liked it
3.5 stars!

I swear I felt like I was watching an episode of Revenge & Gossip Girl! LOL it was fun, juicy, and perfect for summer!

Wendy Darling
May 14, 2014 Wendy Darling rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, read-2014
This started out so well, with such an engaging, funny, and sympathetic narrative voice. But it quickly devolved into predictable, melodramatic soap opera scheming and awful, unforgivable behavior, which seemed completely at odds with the fun, breezy tone of the opening set-up. And the sudden, haphazardly pieced together "explanation" chapter detailing Gemma's past wrongs is one of the most awkward, show-not-tell outpourings I've ever read, lacking in any kind of subtlety or believability. Such ...more
Jan 05, 2015 Maureen rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars

Not sure how I feel about this book, but it was enjoyable!
Apr 19, 2015 Macarena rated it really liked it
Simple pero entretenida. No esperaba mucho de la historia así que mis bajas expectativas ayudaron a que me gustara un poco más.
Reseña completa en Gracias a los Libros.
Sarah M
Oct 07, 2015 Sarah M rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-books
Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend, the beginning of a contemporary series, is an incredibly cute, comedic story revolving around friendship and reflecting on past mistakes.

After being unexpectedly dumped by her boyfriend, Gemma catches a train to the Hamptons where she will spend her summer vacation with her father. Josh, a cute boy on the train, sends Gemma’s world into mayhem when she discovers he is the brother of Hallie Bridges, a former friend whose life Gemma intentionally de
Apr 10, 2015 Sandy rated it really liked it
Wow, I don't know what to say at the moment because I'm a bit fazed by the way this book ended. The situation with Hallie kinda reminded me of Second Chance Summer. I don't like the idea of secrets and sabotage - and that's sort of the problem I had because this book revolves around one big secret. Aside from that, I still enjoyed the story. It was pretty fun to read. I read this book in less than a day.
Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
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I admit it. The main reason why I picked up this book is because Katie Finn and Morgan Matson are the same person. As Morgan Matson is one of my all-time favorite authors, I just had to read a book by her alter-ego!

This book is about Gemma, who was planning on doing charity work over the summer with her boyfriend of two years. The boyfriend who decides to dump her right before the trip. Gemma's mom and stepdad were planning o
Jan 11, 2016 McKenna rated it liked it
I liked this book. It's set in the Hamptons. It features beach boys and bonfires and revenge. It was a perfect read for me, as I just finished Winter by Marissa Meyer (HUGE book hangover, by the way) and I simply wasn't in the mood to deeply connect or fall in love with any new characters. It was light and made me miss the beach, but I found it a bit predictable. I love, love, love Morgan Matson (AKA Katie Finn) so I'll be picking up the sequel sometime soon, I'm sure.

Rating: solid 3 stars.

Nov 27, 2015 Audrey rated it really liked it
I didn’t know what to expect going into this book. I mean, I feel like I say that for every book (so maybe I’m just horrifically clueless), but I really didn’t.
Morgan Matson is one of my favorite contemporary authors, so I knew that since I was caught up on all of her published books I should probably start picking up some of her Katie Finn works. (Surprise! Katie Finn is Morgan Matson) I had heard that they weren’t as good, but I was expecting that. It’s pretty hard to top contemporaries like A
Jeanette (myriadinklings)
May 29, 2016 Jeanette (myriadinklings) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Full review on my blog!

3.5/5 stars

Overall, I definitely did enjoy this book. It put a smile on my face when I finished it. It didn’t blow my mind or anything, but I did enjoy it. I was in the mood for a light contemporary when I started to read it and it fulfilled my craving well. This is a series, and I’m not sure how long this plot can stretch out, but I definitely look forward to continue reading the series (I am waiting for the sequel to come in the mail any day now).
Feb 24, 2014 Lola rated it it was amazing
Soooooooooooooooo good. I almost walked into some scaffolding as I was finishing the last pages walking to work. :)
Jamie Roeske (*Jam and her TBR Jar*)
**1.5 stars**

It hurts to say this but Morgan Matson really let me down with this one.

I have read one other book by this author and thoroughly enjoyed it but this story of Gemma Tucker and her drama filled summer in the Hamptons did not impress me. It was extremely predictable, boring and it greatly lacked individuality. For me, there was absolutely nothing that made the characters stand out in my mind or that encouraged me to root for them. For example, the main character Gemma spends her entire
May 23, 2014 Estelle rated it it was ok
Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

My own truths about Broken Hearts, etc.:

1. I guessed the outcome of the book before the halfway mark.
2. I did not connect with any of the characters or their relationships.
3. I still read until the end of the book.

I started Broken Hearts with certain expectations because Katie Finn is Morgan Matson’s pen name and she has been nothing but a total delight in my reading life. But I found myself muttering something very surprising as I read this: I d
Danni Darling
Mar 15, 2015 Danni Darling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why my phone does not post my reviews when I say I finish a book nor do I know why it won't post a status update saying that I finished the book on Twitter. Despite that I figured I should rewrite the review sort of thing that I wrote last night when I finish this book. I like this book I thought that it was a new adult for some reason I'd heard it was a new adult but reading it I realized it was YA and was a summary read like I expected it to be. It was kind of corny at times and a ...more
Allison Gardner
Mar 20, 2016 Allison Gardner rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
This was not QUITE as good as I had hoped, but still excellent for being a fun, light contemporary read. I would recommend it and I'm definitely getting book two. In fact, I already ordered it and it'll be here in two days. :)
Kaitlin (Next Page Please!)
This was my first Katie Finn read and I have to admit, I'm a bit surprised. I have read all of Morgan's books but Katie Finn and Morgan Matson write very differently. I have to say though, I do prefer Morgan but I did enjoy this book. It was funny, so carefully planned, and I loved the characters. The only problem I had with this book was Gemma legit had no character. I was writing this review before and I had to stop writing because I could not come up with three words to describe Gemma. I coul ...more
I don't know if this book was supposed to be as predictable as it was, but...


I called everything. Even the "big twist" at the end. Now, this doesn't mean that I disliked the book because I didn't. It just means that either I have super sleuth powers when it comes to unearthing plots or the author wasn't as sly as she thought she was.

Gemma Hart is...well, she's kind of a horrible person and kind of dumb. When she was eleven, she was convinced that her parents separation was a passing thing and th
Apr 14, 2015 Athena rated it it was ok
Broken Hearts and Other Things to Mend did not take the turn I was expecting.

First Impressions:
I had originally expected to find a happy, lighthearted, contemporary that delved into the ideas of true love, friendship, and forgiveness. I was incredibly wrong. What I received was a melodramatic drama about deception.


In the beginning of the book, Gemma is at a tremendous loss when her boyfriend Teddy dumps her in the aisle of Target. From there, our character is swamped in denial
Sue (Hollywood News Source)

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Broken Hearts, Fences and other things to Mend started on an engaging note but the middle part got me all wired up, in a bad way. It was so frustrating. I almost ditched this book. I nearly did but I’m so glad I still went through with it till the end. BECAUSE…that’s how you end a book, making the readers beg and writhe in pain for the sequel.

Broken Hearts, Fences and other
Apr 11, 2014 Maggie rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, ebook, 2014
First, let’s talk about why I read Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend a few months before its pub date. This book takes place in “the Hamptons,” an area I know well, I grew up there and I’m back living there before I start grad school. I had such an amazing experience reading Rules of Summer, another YA book that takes place in “the Hamptons,” I hoped I could read this one and do some kind of teaser post with a tour of Hamptons’ spots from the book. Pretty much from the moment I sta ...more
Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews
*I received a free ARC of Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

Yeah, this was not at all my kind of story. Gemma was acting so clueless, when she should have caught on to Hallie's shenanigans from the very start, and the way she tried to justify her actions all the time did not sit well with me.

Full review to come soon.

This and all my other reviews are originally posted on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews
Feb 12, 2015 Kevin rated it really liked it
OH. MY. GOODNESS! This novel is very juicy and full of lovable characters. I can't even see who the villain in this novel (if there is one). Both Gemma and Hallie have good sides of the story. Amazing.

There are so many clues in the novel that I kinda guess some of the big surprises.

Whenever I figure out that an author is writing under a Pseudonym, I can't help myself but compare their works with the books under their original author name. But
Apr 13, 2016 Laurence rated it liked it
Obviously, this HAD to be the kind of book that ends on a cliffhanger. WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO DURING FINALS? That's just sad, really. (It's not bad, though.)
Jul 09, 2016 Britt rated it really liked it
This was really predictable, but cute, fun and addicting!!
mallory o'connor
Dec 16, 2014 mallory o'connor rated it it was amazing
Lauren AKA randomfreckles
Jun 07, 2015 Lauren AKA randomfreckles rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
This was more like a 4.5 star book. Thus being said, I loved this book so freaking much. Every page, every chapter, every character was enjoyable. This is the perfect book to read in the summer time and I just loved the whole revenge aspect.
My favorite characters were pretty much everyone. Sophie was such a hilarious and helpful best friend. It was so sweet of her to help Gemma go through her breakup and other things later on in the book. It's quite nice to finally find a girl that's a friend i
Shay (The Story Goes...)
Feb 20, 2015 Shay (The Story Goes...) rated it really liked it
Gemma's summer is off to a bad start when her boyfriend of two years dumps her in Target. Shipped off to the Hamptons to spend the summer with her father Gemma's only hope is that she won't run into Hallie, the girl she befriended the last time she was in the Hamptons. The girl who's life she'd tried and possibly succeeded in ruining.

This book was really fun, it's the perfect summer read and I really enjoyed it. This book is full of cringe-worthy moments, moments that make you laugh, and of cour
Riya Patel
Riya Patel marked it as to-read
Jul 27, 2016
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Katie Finn grew up in Connecticut, in a town that looks an awful lot like Putnam. During high school, she was a total theater devotee (like Madison) and never dreamed she’d be a writer. But lots of Katie’s high school misadventures have made it into her books…which just goes to show that you never know!

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