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Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend

(Broken Hearts & Revenge #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  2,562 ratings  ·  588 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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Destiny Holley YESSSS!!! I promise you will love it. It was really fun to read and I still love reading the series. You can't put it down because you are DYING to kn…moreYESSSS!!! I promise you will love it. It was really fun to read and I still love reading the series. You can't put it down because you are DYING to know what happens next. I was shocked through out the books. It took a unexpected turn...But it was a good unexpected.(less)

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Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
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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 d
Apr 14, 2015 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 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2014, dnf
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
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Katie Finn is Morgan Matsons pen name. Although I haven't read a Morgan Matson book I really enjoy this trilogy and want to get into her other books. ...more
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars

Not sure how I feel about this book, but it was enjoyable!
Sarah Louise
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
Completely Melanie
Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I would give this a 3.75. I really enjoyed this story. There were a few aspects that keep me from giving it a 4 though. One being that I figured out way too early what was actually going on, and two is that there were parts that I felt were totally unrealistic. That being said, I do intend on reading the rest of the series because I thought it was still a really cute story. Gemma at 11 caused so much havoc in the Hamptons that she planned on never returning. Now being forced back 5 years later s ...more
May 13, 2015 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).
Apr 10, 2015 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. ...more
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Soooooooooooooooo good. I almost walked into some scaffolding as I was finishing the last pages walking to work. :)
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series, young-adult
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
Nov 25, 2015 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
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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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
Jan 09, 2016 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.

Jen Ryland
Huh. I'm finished with this and still confused about what I just read.

I started out feeling really sorry for Gemma after she got dumped by her boyfriend and then -- totally out of nowhere -- she tells this horrible story about how, when she was eleven, she coldly and systematically destroyed someone's life. What? Then Gemma coincidentally (??) runs into that person's kids -- who, through a convoluted series of events, think she's someone else. (view spoiler)
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
Caryn - iam.caryn
This was a wacky and wild ride!

If this were a CW show, it would be a hit!

That ending though! So grateful I have the next book sitting right beside me to start immediately!

This was a very fun and surprisingly addictive book about revenge, vengeance, avenging.... it’s hard to explain without spoiling too much.

But if you want a wicked fast read to read this summer, that will make you not want to put the book down, pick this series up!

On to book 2!!!
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well, more like 3,5 but I rounded it up because it was EXACTLY what I needed right now... A light, fun, summer read that flowed very easily! I really recommend it if you are on vacation! Otherwise, not so much 😜
mallory andrew
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was really predictable, but cute, fun and addicting!!
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, ya, 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
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 t
Jan 26, 2015 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
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
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
Danni Maxwell
Mar 09, 2015 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
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
*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
Allison Gardner
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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. :) ...more
Jordan (thejordanjournals)
3.75/5 stars.

This was such a fun and addicting read. Although I've read several books written by Finn under her other name Morgan Matson, I wasn't sure what to expect going into the series. It still had the same summery vibe to it, but there was so much more drama and revenge and plotting than anything I've read from Matson.

Finn was already dropping hints about the mystery and revenge plot line within the first couple chapters; however, they're woven in so well that you don't even pick up on t
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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!

She currently lives in Los Angeles, California, in a house she wishes was a lot closer to the be

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