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Broken Hearts & Revenge #2

Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold

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The war rages on between Gemma and Hallie in the second installment of the Broken Hearts and Revenge series.

After the humiliating events on the 4th of July, Gemma's trying to handle the fact that Hallie knew who she was all along, and she was the one who stole Teddy from her. Gemma vows revenge, but things get more complicated than she planned. Ford, Gemma’s long-time crush, has arrived in the Hamptons cuter than ever. Josh is refusing to speak to her after she lied to him, and Teddy is playing champion to his beloved Marsh Warbler (in Gemma's backyard, no less).

Gemma and Hallie find themselves locked in an escalating revenge cycle. Just when Gemma thinks she has the upper hand, the biggest bombshell of all is dropped. And it’s one that threatens to change her life forever. This exciting sequel to Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things To Mend will leave you begging for the third installment.

400 pages, Hardcover

First published May 5, 2015

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Katie Finn

9 books510 followers
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 beach.

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574 reviews4,185 followers
November 13, 2016
3.5/5 stars, maybe even more like 4.

There's so many things I love and hate about this series, but I'm finishing it out because I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS! The writing, the plot, the pacing are all fantastic, but it's so petty that sometimes it's a little bit too much. So basically I hate what is actually happening, but it's so addicting and well written that it's hard to hate.
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781 reviews1,590 followers
November 7, 2015

I am a masochist and a Scorpio. I'm weak for revenge, ice-cream and petty things even if they want to make my eyes claw out.

The second book in Broken Hearts & Revenge opened up where the first book left it off. Gemma and Hallie is at war. And no one is refusing to back down. Ford, Gemma’s first kiss and long-time crush is in the Hamptons for vacation, while Teddy is undeniably back. And Josh still refuse to make amends with Gemma. In this summery book, evil schemes are bound to happen.

Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold is one of my 2015 anticipated reads. And it didn't disappoint. It is exactly what I expected it to be. Fun, filled with plenty of schemes. The setting is perfect for summer read. The camaraderie between the characters is delightful and enjoying. I also love the simplicity of the plot. I was very attached to the situation, I want to hurl the book at my wall.

This book’s only short coming is, its predictability wise.
Great bonus: There’s a short recap before the book begins. Just in case readers need to freshen up their memory.

It’s sweet. I really love Ford. He officially becomes one of my few book boyfriend. I didn't even know I have that kind of list, but it turns out I do. He is totally a cutie pie.

Like the blurb said Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things To Mend will leave you begging for the third installment. This series is perfect for summer time.

Listen to my Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend fanmix on 8tracks.
Review also posted at Young Adult Hollywood.
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189 reviews1,414 followers
July 15, 2015
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I received a free finished hardcover of this book from the publisher (Macmillan) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

3 of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below). I rarely write book reviews right after I finish a book. But, this review for Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold was written minutes after I finished reading it. Because of this, my opinions probably have not solidified completely yet, but for some reason, I feel compelled to write a review while the story is still very fresh in my mind. Let me say this. I would consider this trilogy a reading guilty pleasure. It's not incredibly well written, the narrator isn't the most smart and likable person, and there really isn't a lot of plot to the book even though it's centered around a main idea, which is revenge. The only rational comparison I can make of reading this book is that it's like watching a chick-flick movie such as Mean Girls. Mean Girls is an unrealistic recreation of the high school experience, but we watch and enjoy the movie anyways because of it is an unrealistic representation. It's the same thing with Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold. It's a book you enjoy because of how unrealistic it is. It's even almost laughable because it is indeed so unrealistic. No one spends that much time on plotting revenge. No one. But you read the book because no one spends that much time on revenge, because you want a representation of what revenge could be, and what unrealistic revenge could be. But at the same time, you want to rip your hair out because of how unrealistic it is. That being said, I did enjoy this book, much more than the first book. I wouldn't mind admitting that I would read this book just for Ford alone; I love him beyond measure (Gemma's father's employers son). The other love interests that Gemma is caught up with, not so much. Since this book doesn't have much plot, there isn't really much that to can critique other than the characters and how guilty pleasure of a book that Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold is. It's like eating ice cream versus a very expensive seafood dinner. Both are delicious and enjoyable, but certainly on different levels.

My rating system: (I do use half stars.)
5 - I do not use the 5 star. Not because a book might not be worthy, but because a book is never perfect.
4 - I loved it! There weren't too many flaws, and I had no trouble getting through it. (A 4 star rating is the highest rating I've ever given a book.)
3 - I enjoyed the book, but there we're flaws that made me enjoy it less.
2 - I finished the book, but there were too many flaws for me to enjoy it.
1 - I could not finish the book, and I probably did not finish it....
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618 reviews135 followers
September 2, 2017
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.
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430 reviews847 followers
July 21, 2016
I hate to say it, but I found the whole thing a bit too petty. Is any 16 year old this vindictive?? The schemes weren't as good as the first book and it felt a little long winded. Also, Gemma is blind with anything that's related to Ford. *sigh* *eye roll* *sigh* But, the cliffhanger definitely makes me think that SOMETHING big has to happen in the finale!
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1,188 reviews1,338 followers
February 21, 2020
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Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold is the perfect summer read. It is set in a luxurious town with private beaches and contains plenty of revengeful actions. Gemma and Hallie, two girls who loathe each other make the book hilarious to read and almost impossible to put down!

Revenge, Ice Cream is set in such a beachy location. The characters spend their summer in a beach town filled with mansions and private beaches perfect for surfing. The book also takes place in an ice cream parlour where the main character, Gemma, works. Just reading this book made me wish it was warmer out! However, the perfect beachy setting is ruined when two girls are constantly fighting with each other in a manner that is so amusing to read.

I absolutely loved all of the revenge in Revenge, Ice Cream. It is so hilarious reading about the different ways Gemma and her nemesis, Hallie, ruin each other’s reputations. I enjoyed watching each of Gemma’s plans to get her back unfold. I don’t think I’ve ever read a revenge book as dramatic and clever as this one!

Gemma and Hallie are both such amazing characters. I liked how Gemma handles each of Hallie’s schemes. She takes control and plans to get her back twice as bad. Hallie is also very interesting. Though the book is not told in her perspective, the reader learns so much about her personality. I really enjoyed how Katie Finn describes her faux-sympathetic voice and sly smile.

If you haven’t read the first book in the series, Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend, I strongly suggest you do so. The series is one of the funniest I’ve ever read. The books go by very quickly, despite the fact that they are 400 pages long. Readers will be flipping the pages to find out what antics are going to happen next!
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149 reviews169 followers
July 8, 2015
Wow! That was probably one of the most entertaining and dramatic books I've read all summer!!! I highly recommend these books to read on the beach or at the pool.

I definitely enjoyed this one even more than Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend. And lets face it, it wouldn't be a good summer if I didn't read something by the wonderful Morgan Matson/Katie Finn.

As with the first book in this trilogy I was able to pick up on the plot twists and major reveals pretty quickly so I wasn't exactly shocked when they happened. But I was still engrossed in the story, I had a hard time putting it down. I really loved getting to know Sophie and Ford in this one, they are probably my favorite characters to be honest! :) Hallie and Gemma on the other hand... So vicious and cruel and selfish. Ugh... Admittedly, Gemma does start to finally show some personal growth at the very end. (I'm also trying to keep in mind that this trilogy is taking place within the same summer.) So hopefully... Maybe she'll finally grow up a little bit in the next book?

That ending though. I was honestly so shocked that I literally laughed out loud in disbelief. I cannot wait to see what's in store for the final book in the trilogy!
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604 reviews31 followers
April 3, 2017
-Disclaimer: I won this book for free through goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review.-

I had quite high hopes for this book.
My hopes were quickly shattered.

The title of this book is Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold. If I were to title this book I would only call it Revenge. Just because Gemma worked at a Ice Cream shop for a small proportion of this book doesn't mean it should be in the title. I would understand it being a part of the title if it was a major thing in this book but it wasn't for the majority of it. And what is this "Other Things" Best Served Cold you speak of?!? It could be anything! Enough about how much I dislike the title. I didn't care for the writing myself. I didn't like the humor used in this book either. Putting all those things aside one of the thing I dislike the most is when you are reading a book and everything seems to be going fine then the ending is horrible. That happened with this book. I had predicted the ending and had hoped the book wouldn't turn out like it did but it did.I was only entertained for 20 pages. Mind you this book is 400 pages and gets very boring very fast. This book circulates all around revenge.(Given the title) Gemma wants to get revenge on someone who "ruined" her life but never really does. Gemma had many chances to get revenge but doesn't. This book could have used more drama, better character development, more detailed scenes /less talking, and for goodness sake a new title.
August 14, 2016
The plot picks up right where Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend left off and readers are thrusted right back into the maelstrom of revenge and mean-girl antics, thanks to Gemma and Hallie's feud. Gemma is staying in the Hamptons for the summer and if you remember the cliffhanger in book one, Hallie stole Teddy, Gemma's boyfriend, who dumped her right before the summer started. Plus, Hallie is the reason why things didn't work out between Gemma and Josh this summer; essentially, Gemma was played by Hallie who was always one step ahead of her, using her as a pawn on a chess board of summer destruction. Gemma desperately wants to show Teddy that Hallie isn't dating him for the right reasons, but things get complicated. On a bright note, Ford, Gemma's longtime childhood crush, arrives along with his sister to stay at the the Hamptons and Gemma realizes that she still has feelings for him. He is no longer just a computer geek; he also has grown into a hot surfer with looks to kill. To complicate matters further, his sister, Gwyneth, is working on a documentary this summer and insists that everyone must wear a camera so can she capture every last thing. Gemma's summer is gearing up to be a drama-filled one, especially when she realizes Hallie isn't going to stop. Gemma has to do something before Hallie further destroys things. Katie Finn's Revenge, Ice Cream and Other Things Best Served Cold is pure summertime bliss and the perfect way to pass a lazy summer day at the beach.

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98 reviews21 followers
June 11, 2022
Morgan Matson's prose reminds me of the magic of summer! Its warmly shining sun, light showers and flowers in bloom. She creates soft imagery of those sounds in the early mornings, of a cool breeze coming through the open window, the intricate pattern of the summer stars...
This series was such a fun read, so glad I've got this recommendation from Kat (TheBookishKat) by watching one of her lovely videos. Thanks so much, Kat!!
Now I'm pondering which book by Morgan Matson/Katie Finn to choose next... since the air already has a summer feel to it :)

27 April '22

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1,487 reviews64 followers
November 13, 2015


One thing I HATE about reading sequels is not remembering what happened in the first book. Fortunately there was a recap of everything of importance that happened in Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend. And from there, I loved everything else about this story.
In this installment to the series, Gemma finally knows who was behind all the terrible things that happened to her at the beginning of the summer. Next thing we know, the pranks are flying back and forth between the two of them and things are getting messy. But finally, things come to a screeching halt when the biggest secret of the series is dropped.
Ironically, in the last book I thought Gemma was selfish and it was beginning to work on my nerves. But then after the bomb was dropped at the end, I realized that she wasn't, the person doing those things made her that way. Also, I realized that the person doing those things were more than a little crazy. Which means the drama was amped up in this one.
I was a little upset at first because of the first prank. It just seemed minuscule next to everything they did last month. So, when things started getting more intense, I was met with the familiar second hand embarrassment as I had with the first one. The pranks they pulled on each other were too much to not have to put the book down or to not laugh out loud. And now that Gemma knows what's really going on, things turn out to be much bigger than she originally thought.
The romance in this series was beginning to get out of control though. It went from a love triangle in the first one, to a rectangle in the second one, and then climbs all the way up to a love hexagon! (This includes the boys that branch off with other girls...) It was really weird, but in all honesty, I could see all of that happening in real life. Teenage girls are indecisive and teenage boys are even more so. Which is why I didn't have that big a problem with it. The only problem I did have, was the fact that there was no kissing really happening. Everyone was so intent on watching things happen between Hallie and Gemma, no one was really into romance.
Last but not least, there's the end. As everything came to a light and Gemma makes a very big decision, I began to wonder why Finn would do that when there was another book to be written. But as things begin to unravel, it becomes evident why. I had to read the very end of this book three times because I just couldn't get over the fact that she would do that to us. There was no clear ending, just more things that came to light that made me want answers to all the new questions I had! In other words, I have no idea how I'm supposed to wait on the last book to this series. I could hardly wait on this one to come out *sighs*
This book is a wild ride and a very fun read. It made me laugh out loud and gave me second hand embarrassment, much like the first one. But one thing that this one had that the first one didn't, was a little more answers. But then things got bad as all those answers turned into more questions in the end.
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470 reviews294 followers
June 30, 2015
Such a fun, page-turning summer read! I cannot wait to see how it all ends!!
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1,569 reviews1,043 followers
January 24, 2016
Jesus! These girls are terrible human beings! I don't like either of them. The only person I do like is Ford.

After the fiasco on the night of 4th of July, Gemma is trying to get back on her feet and move on with her life. Then she decided she's not ready to be the bigger person and went after her former best friend, again. Both girls show they're not ready to give up and are willing to do whatever it takes to take the other one down.

I have a thing for revenge books. Mostly because I would never go after anyone. So I leave the schemes to books and tv shows. Now I wish I saved these books for later because I hate waiting for the conclusion of the highly dramatic Gemma vs. Hallie saga.

I'm glad Gemma at least figured out who the right guy was for her. I kind of knew from the start 'that' guy was going to show up later and I would finally get some cute romance scenes. Josh's womanizing ass can just walk on out of here!

I'm not rating the second book either. It's entertaining but I still can't get over how childish these girls are.
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41 reviews
July 23, 2015
This book was really good and kept me guessing the entire time. I am so glad that there is going to be another book. Ford was super cute and I want to know if something will happen between him and Gemma. I can't wait to see what happens because they left so many things unanswered and left me with even more questions. Gemma was great and witty. I gave this book 4 stars because it could get really boring at times and sort of drag on things for way to long but once it got to the good parts and the action parts I was hooked once again. Can't wait for the last book!
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484 reviews306 followers
December 21, 2015
I flew through this book! I really wish the third book was out. This is honestly one of the most stressful books that I've read but I did really enjoy it. Lots of surprises!
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196 reviews73 followers
August 30, 2015
This book, this trilogy! I really enjoyed this book. Katie Finn has the whole thing so carefully planned and it just amazes me how a little detail can change the whole entire book. Just ugh so cool. In my review of Broken Hearts and Fences I mentioned how Gemma seemed like she had no character but in this book I was able to find more of that from her. The plot was just fun, mischievous, and got me so pumped for the last book!

This book picks up right after Broken Hearts and Fences and we really see Gemma put her foot down in the situation she is in. I really enjoyed getting to know more about her and her qualities because in the last book, I felt a lack of that. Gemma is understanding, very smart, sneaky, and at times, bit immature for her age. However, based on the ending of this book I am hoping for some changes in that issue. I am excited to finish this trilogy and see the wonderful character development Gemma goes through because it was just for the very very best. Gemma does go through a bit of change in this book. She does something somewhere in the book and that really reflects on the person she will become. I am excited to see how this change will affect the next book.

I really enjoyed the plot. After what happened in Broken Hearts, I would understand why Gemma did what she did. It just really gave her an opportunity to get back at Hallie for what she did. (That doesn't make it okay though.) This book a huge all out war between Hallie and Gemma and it was really funny to read the things they would do to each other. I really do hope this revenge war is going to stop because two books of that is already enough. I if I were to have to go through another book of the revenge war

I highly doubt there will be more of this revenge-ing war because of what happened in the end of the book. Plus, like I mentioned Gemma is hopefully goes through a change and that may very much affect the book. If anything, I hope Hallie and Gemma finally make amends and move on with life.

I mentioned that I felt as though Gemma was immature and I am here to explain my reasoning on that. *may be a bit spoilery* Not only did I feel as though Gemma was immature, Hallie came off a bit immature as well. People these days are doing "bigger" things. Teenages are really making their mark on media and they develop a fanbase and all that jazz. So when I see two 16 year olds getting into "cat fights" and buying things like dissolving bikinis and giving it to their enemy all I can do is shake my head. Like Hallie still holding a grudge for something Gemma did 5 years ago is just ridiculous. Girl, let it go already. Move on. So Hallie doing all this revenge stuff really brought out the immature side of Gemma and this immature side was really brought out during the whole entire Revenge, Ice Cream book. Like I said, I am expecting things to change in the next book and hopefully, both Hallie and Gemma will get out of their immatures personalities.

I gave this book 4 stars because even though I loved the plot and really enjoyed the characters, I had small problems with two of the characters.

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Author 7 books172 followers
February 19, 2015
Review Originally Posted on What A Nerd Girl Says :

I adore Morgan Matson, so it goes without saying that I absolutely LOVE Katie Finn as well. Morgan has beautiful stories that usually make me all emotional. Katie Finn, her alter ego, makes me laugh, and have a blast while reading. Its great to get both of these from the same person.

When Broken Hearts left off, we had a cliffhanger. A pretty major one. Hallie had revealed some crazy things. She had known who Gemma was all along and had spent the summer doing everything she could to get revenge of what Gemma did to her family years ago. It literally blew my mind and I remember closing the book and thinking, ” I need the next one. Now.”

Which is precisely how I feel about this book as well!

Katie serves up a delicious story just like she did the first time around. We enter the book with Gemma feeling the sting of what happened with Hallie and Josh and all of that. She’s not sure what to do until…well, things keep going wrong. Her and Hallie, their fight isn’t over yet and Gemma is determined to get her revenge on what Hallie did to her this summer. And the results are pure hilarity. This book reminds me of a primetime teen drama, like something you’d see on Disney Channel or The CW and I mean that as a total compliment. When there isn’t massive drama, there’s laughter and revenge and hilarity and I sped through this book because its just so fun. At every turn, you think Hallie or Gemma has the upper hand and then the other one comes back with a WHAM and the story spins off in a completely different direction. Its a roller coaster ride of fun, and I’m on it for the long haul.

I was also really excited to meet the new characters in the novel: Ford, Gwyneth, and Darcy especially. They all added flavor and color to the novel and I was glad to have them aboard for this story. Especially Ford. I think some great things are coming ahead for us in Ford. And I also think there was a secret revealed about Gwyn toward the end that might just cause some problems in the future a little.

All in all, I LOVED this book. It was fun and juicy and the perfect beach read, which means its going to be the perfect book to pick up in May. And that cliffhanger! I thought Katie had left us hanging in the first book but she reveals another shocking secret right on the last page and leaves me hanging in the balance, ready for the next book. I, for one, can’t wait to see how things continue to unfold for these teens in the Hamptons and am anxiously awaiting that conclusion!
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852 reviews584 followers
May 21, 2015

I started Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold by Katie Finn just moments after finishing Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things To Mend. I went into this book not really knowing what to expect, I was worried that this book wouldn’t be able to top all the drama that happened in the first book. Boy was I wrong!! If possible, this book has even more drama in it, and it only gets better than better. These books are perfect summer reads!!

If you’ve not read the first book in this series, stop here. This does contain some information that is from the first book!

Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served picks up right where the previous book leaves off. Gemma now knows that Hallie knew who she was the whole time, and Hallie thinks that she has finally won. That, of course, is not the case at all. The story is filled with Gemma and Hallie antics, some that you will find pretty funny, and some that are just way too cruel.

In the first book we were introduced to Josh, who was the love interest for Gemma in the story. In this book, we are introduced to Ford, and I just love him so much! I’m not used to changing teams halfway through a series, but I really love Ford, and some things that happen with Josh that make me kind of feel like he’s not exactly what I thought he was in the first book, and that was a total turn-off.

As I mentioned in my review of the first book, these books are like watching a train wreck. You want to look away, but you just can’t do it! I read this book in just a few hours time, and now I need the next book in my hands ASAP. Especially where this book leaves off, I’m dying to know what’s going to happen with Gemma, Hallie and the rest of the crew.

Overall; Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold was an excellent addition to the Broken Hearts & Revenge series. If you like lots of drama, you’re definitely going to enjoy Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things To Mend & Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold. Now that I’m all caught up, I will be impatiently waiting to get my hands on the third book in the series. Check these out!!

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229 reviews64 followers
May 11, 2015
If Broken Hearts, Fences and Other things to Mend was fun, Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other things Best Served Cold was fun and smart. A complete game changer, Katie Finn explores Morgan Matson's fun side. Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other things Best Served Cold picks up right where the last book left off, but in case you've got a terrible memory like I do, there's an awesome summary of the events from the previous installment to freshen up your memory.

While i've always had my apprehensions with purely 'silly' reads, Katie Finn steps up this sequel by making it just as smart as it may be silly. With revenge plots in the air and vengence on everyone's minds, it's safe to say that clever trickery is a feat Gemma and Hailey both face in this installment. Just how far are both girls willing to go in this sequel? Well it's like the old saying: fight fire with fire and you'll only get more fire.

So what else did Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other things Best Served Cold have to offer, you ask? Well other than the impressive revenge plots there was plenty of great banter and terrible situations for the characters to find themselves in. Speaking of characters, Katie Finn manages to expand the series with this installment. Character's who were briefly mentioned in Broken Hearts, Fences and Other things to Mend finally managed to make an appearance in this one. They were great additions and also, complete game changers. It's always great when a series can expand it's list of characters to further explore the world and get the plot moving. 

So what's my consenous? Revenge, Ice cream, and Other Things to Mend was what I wanted it too be. It was fun, hilarouis, and completely silly. But the type of silly that ends up working. At a nearly 400 page mark count, this one shouldn't be that easy of a read, but with the quick and witty dialogue, this one ends up going by quicker than you can imagine.
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March 20, 2015
WHY would you change the cover?

SO SO WRONG, this one is just horrible .-.
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144 reviews19 followers
July 18, 2017
Wow this book got really intense. I'm happy to see, though, that there at the end, there was a good message behind it. I'm kind of against the Ford and Gemma ship going on simply because they don't really know each other. I'm so glad to be done with this book because, as you can see, it took me a lot longer than anticipated.
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1,011 reviews21 followers
December 3, 2015
Ok, no.
(Side note: I also skimmed through multiple parts of boredom...)

Multiple, multiple times I felt like screaming at Gemma, and her stupid flip flop back and forth. Her actions were wrong in the first placed, but it's like she could not stick to any one course at ALL.

This book was SO annoying, but I wanna read what happens next...
At least I won't be waiting around for it but, *she grudgingly sighs* the book has the effect to make you pick up the next one.

Side not: I don't believe either deserves the treatment they're giving to each other. There was a moment when this could have all stopped and they could have understood each other (they both seem nice despite the whole evil plots) and got over everything that had happened. Of course,

I just really want to see how the author redeems everyone. I don't agree with the revenge theory at all, and it seems like everyone in the book was totally down to hurting other people for their own sick satisfaction. I really hope it isn't some cheesy, half baked ending like, "revenge isn't totally ok, but we're all good now so..."
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213 reviews
December 24, 2017
Okay, we need to talk about this book.

Because what in the fuck.

To clarify I haven't read the first book but I think the events that happened in the first book were referred to relatively frequently to the point that I basically got the gist of what happened in the end without the nasty details of everything that this bitch Hallie did.

I didn't think I'd end up liking this as much as I would like I was at a solid three stars mostly because the beginning, while not boring, did take some time to build up and get to the good stuff but when it did get to the good stuff HOLY SHIT. This was teenage girl drama but to the extreme, should anything along this line ever happen in real life I would be sincerely concerned for the mental stability of the individuals involved.

I'm going to start off with Gemma because I don't have much to say about her and while I didn't hate her, I did get just a tad bit irritated with her.

Because this girl is fucking stupid. As shit. So stupid. I literally cannot even comprehend the level of cluelessness she expresses throughout this book.

For the first half of this book I couldn't go more than a few pages without Gemma saying, "I didn't understand half of what she said," over the most basic, easy to understand concepts. Like you didn't even have to be especially gifted to understand all of the things that she didn't understand, you just have to have graduated from the 12th grade. And I was like there is just no way, there has to be some sort of exaggeration on her part, there is no way that this girl knows this little.

But as you keep reading you realize, oh but she is this clueless.

And this is what made the plot twists less shocking than they actually were, like half of the things that she realizes near the end of the book, you have figured out before you hit the halfway mark. And she out here acting all shocked

And I'm just here like .... girl are you actually stupid. And maybe you're thinking oh but you're just good at figuring things out, I'm here to tell you no. nonononononono. I'm terrible at figuring things out which is why mysteries are always such a wild ride for me because I literally never put two and two together.

But when your hints are blunt enough that even I figured it out then you either did a really bad job of hiding the hints or your main character is stupid.

Gemma is just stupid.

But total obliviousness aside, I didn't hate her. I actually really liked her, she had really changed by the end of the novel and I appreciate that character growth that she went through and realized that hey maybe it's a good idea to stop acting like I'm 12. Although to be fair it was because Hallie was fucking crazy and it was kill or be killed so she really didn't have much of a choice.

But one more thing that I want to touch upon before we get into the mess that is Hallie.

The biggest thing that I liked about Gemma's growth was her realization that TEDDY AIN'T SHIT BITCH. Like the little details her friends brought up about the way she used to be with Teddy and the increasing level of "ew what the fuck why was I like that" that she experienced throughout the book as she realized how incapable of thinking for herself and being on her own she was when she had been with Teddy. So yeah, I think Gemma came out a better person at the end of this book and I'm really excited to see what happens in the third one.

But moving on to Hallie. This bitch is crazy, this is like the third time that I've said this but for real this bitch is fucking crazy. Like I seriously think she needs to go in for psychiatric evaluation because she is just ... really unstable. And creepy.

This girl is literally so hung up over some ruined birthday party from when she was eleven that this bitch spent like 4 fucking years building up to the destruction of Gemma.

Over a birthday party.

Just let that sink in.

Gemma like changed the date of the party so that no one showed up on the day that it actually was and this bitch Hallie held a vendetta for like 4 fucking years and spent all that time plotting to get back at Hallie over a birthday party.

As somebody who has had this happen to them in like elementary (not the having the date changed thing, people just didn't work out because I didn't realize how invitations worked in Canada but anyway moving on that's a different story), it's literally not that big of a deal like let it go and move on. What kind of eleven year old has the time and energy to spend doing this shit like last I remember when I was eleven everyone was like losing their shit over tamagatchi's or those little pooh bears in the different outfits.

And it's not like Gemma wasn't sorry like she tried to make things right and from what I understand, not in the best way possible but she did try and this girl Hallie was just determined to spit in her face over it damn.


She almost gets Gemma arrested, she gets Gemma fired, she ruins all of Gemma's relationships and for what? A birthday party.

I'm just ... I have no words, there are no words to describe my level of shock as this dumbassery.

But I will say this, it was pretty creative like you never really think about how important a birthday can be until you read this book.

And to end off, if Ford and Gemma do not get together in the third book I'm going to riot, I'm going to set fire to ... idk maybe a napkin I don't wanna burn my books or anything. But they better get together, my boy Ford is so kind and lovely and insanely smart and so sweet I want him to be happy and I want someone to adore him as much as he adores Gemma. He is too good for this world and a true hoe, not even asking any questions before he goes hacking to find evidence for Gemma.

I think I'll end there, my adrenaline has finally stopped pumping.
Profile Image for Nina.
367 reviews8 followers
July 22, 2015
This book was pure insanity.

En el primer libro me daba mucha vergüenza cada 35-50 pags pero en este me quería morir en cada capítulo porque eran cosas serias, no estupideces como en el primer libro. Sólo por eso, prefiero el primero, también porque estaba Josh. En la secuela, TODO el mundo era un potencial traicionero y de verdad sentía que podía darme un ataque al corazón. Si, amo a Ford y creo que es el indicado para Gemma pero eso no significa que no haya disfrutado de Edward volviendo a Gemma o Josh queriendo besarla. Hablando de Josh, maldito manwhore, I loved you man. Y Gwyneth, ni si quiera voy a decir lo mucho que deseo estrangularla porque quiero hacer esto corto. El final sacó un peso de mis hombros porque pensaba que las iban a mandar a un reformatorio o idk pero una boda NO SUENA TAN MAL. Aunque con estas dos, lo mas probable todo termine mal. I'm so ready for the third book.
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70 reviews200 followers
May 30, 2016
3.5/5 stars

Full review posted on http://myriadinklings.wordpress.com

Boy, and I thought Broken Hearts, Fences & Other Things To Mend was a mouthful, somehow this book manages to have an even longer title….

Overall, this series remains steady as an average contemporary series for me. I really do like it, but I had some problems with the book/series overall. I found that although the writing was cute, however it was too predictable for my taste. Everything was too convenient and coincidental as well. The characters would be much more likable if more “depth” was written into the characters. The characters are just one word: REVENGE. I wish there was more character development in this book. However, I still plan to read the last book of the trilogy, because I surely need some closure with this whole Gemma and Hallie revenge series.

Profile Image for Caryn - iam.caryn.
768 reviews85 followers
June 18, 2019
This was insanely fun sequel to Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend!

The idea of revenge circles was such a brilliant concept and I loved that Gemma’s friends started helping her plot.

It’s hard to get too much into this because it would spoil two whole books, so I’ll just say that this trilogy is perfect for reading by the pool when all you want to read is major teen drama.

Fun and enjoyable read!

PS: my heart completely and utterly belongs to Ford.
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