Gemma and Hallie's world has come to a screeching halt. Their parents are engaged, which makes them step-sisters. Nothing in the world could possibly be worse for Gemma and Hallie--they won't let it happen. Even if it means putting their own feud aside to separate their parents.
Events quickly escalate as a hurricane rips through the Hamptons leaving everyone (including Gemma's two exes, her current crush, best friend, and her nemesis) bottled up in one house. One big, miserable group of exes and enemies together allow secrets to unfold and plans to be plotted. The calm before this storm definitely doesn't exist.
Katie Finn pulls out all the stops for this fast-paced, dramatic conclusion in the Broken Hearts and Revenge series, Hearts, Fingers, and Other Things to Cross.
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.
This was definitely my favorite out of the three because it was less about girl drama and more about working together. Also LOTS OF LOOSE ENDS TIED UP VERY NICELY *ahem* Just sayin, I love Ford. He's right up there with some of my favorites.
I'm so glad to be done with this series. Half of the time I felt like this book could have been combined with the previous one and the other half of me was like "I don't think I wanted a 500-600 page conclusion to this story" so I guess I'm glad that this was split up into two books. I'm glad that this story worked out in a good way (I figured it wouldn't but I wasn't entirely sure exactly how the happy ending was going to work out). I'm glad the stupid love square/general four sided shape resolved itself between Gemma, Ford, Teddy, and Josh. I'm glad Hallie and Gemma are real friends and I'm glad that Karen and Paul finally got together in the end. However, I don't really see why Reid and Sophie got together though. It doesn't seem like they have much in common. Also the whole bit with people crossing through storms to get to other parts of Bruce's property (and later the ocean itself) seemed unrealistic to me. I felt that none of the characters really understood how large and serious the storm actually was, esp. Ford. The stunt he seemed to get away with unharmed is pretty ridiculous to me, considering how much the waves were churning. As a supposed semi-professional surfer, he should know the extreme dangers in braving a storm like that. The epilogue from Hallie's point of view was weird too. I guess Finn was trying to show that yes, things have finally resolved themselves within both Hallie and Gemma. But that was obvious from the way that Finn described them. I feel like the POV change was unnecessary and out of place. Overall, I don't think I would recommend this series because of the whole revenge plot on Gemma's part was necessary. Like she honestly has no reason to be mad at Hallie, even though Hallie did do some pretty hurtful things to her, as I discussed in my review of the first book in this series. My real rating for this particular book: 3.25/5 stars.
2 out of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below). I was so looking forward to some super epic ending to this revenge warfare! Sadly, I felt like 80% of the book was concluding the cliffhanger from the second book. The other 20% was a new turn in the romance and a super rushed ending. I was hoping that there would be something huge in this book! Sadly, it was just a small project and a tying of loose ends. I WANTED MOREEEEEEEEE
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....
There's a storm and all the characters are trapped together in one house?! I love those kinds of dynamics! What I don't like however is people trying to sabotage other people's happiness. Thank goodness for Ford, that's what I'm saying. A really lovely end to the series, but maybe it could've been a duology as a lot of the emotions seemed really drawn out.
(3.5 stars) I’m the biggest slut for longtime friends turned to lovers and I WILL NEVER STOP!!! So obviously my shipper heart aaadoooreess Ford and the midnight surf scene <3 Other than that I would have liked more interaction between the whole group like with the game night. All in all it was a sweet way to end it so I still liked it. Overall the series was just a bit childish, over the top and cheesy but hey I am all those things as well so I don’t care.
As the last book in a YA series, I think that this book was good, but not exceptional.
As childish as they can be, I liked reuniting with the characters, which are all funny and interesting. I think that some of them finally grew up, which was a bit of a relief, because the previous book, as well as the first half of this one, made me roll my eyes in exasperation at some things that the characters were doing or saying. It was nice to see them grow up as the series progressed.
I'm really happy that this book has a resolution for most of the issues encountered during the previous books. Overall, I don't feel like anything new happened; instead, I feel like everything I was more or less expecting happened, which was not a bad feeling. Some people made peace, some confessions were said and some relationships started or ended, but there wasn't any big finale, which was a bit disappointing, but not surprising, considering everything that needed to happen in such a short amount of pages. It wasn't too predictable, but I feel like it would be even better for younger readers.
I'm satisfied with the end of this series, so I'd definitely recommend it to younger (or even older) readers.
I loved this series soooo much!! Soo I basically finished this book in one night, I dropped The Unexpected Everything to read this (technically I was in the middle of two Morgan Matson books at the same time hahaa), I just couldn't wait to finally find out what was going to happen to all the characters. This series in a nutshell is something that isn't suposed to be taken too seriously, they're hilarious, fun, swoon-worthy, entertaining books, the perfect summer read.
Going to go into some spoilery detail because I need to squeal for a bit
Overall I am really really happy with the ending of this series, after reading this book I literally could not stop smiling.
I love to read these type of books in the summer. (Well, technically it's not summer yet but you get what I mean.) They are fun, dramatic and easy to read.
Gemma and Hallie once again return to scheming, now meant to separate their parents because they got married without letting anyone know which I think is stupid and irresponsible. So, they aren't any better than their children. lmao I guess, now I know where they got their theatrics from.
Both girls are petty and selfish but I didn't hate the fools. They were both entertaining in their pettiness. They buried their hatchets in order to wreck someone else's life. haha And they STILL get love interests. Tsk, tsk...
Secondary characters were quirky and interesting. But I only have eyes for Ford. Lemme just borrow those heart-shaped sunglasses from the cover so my heart eyes can be visible to anyone who's still in doubt about him being the book boyfriend of this trilogy.
I had been awaiting Hearts, Fingers, and Other Things to Cross for a while, since it is the final instalment in the Broken Hearts and Revenge series, but this story just doesn’t compare to the rest of the books. The concept is not as fun and upbeat as the first books, since it is all about two girls trying to get their parents to divorce because they don’t want to be sisters. I also didn’t enjoy the main character’s immature actions and the unrealistic plot. I had such high hopes for this conclusion, but unfortunately, I was let down.
I’m not sure how I feel about the concept of this book. I have always been a fan of revenge books, which is why I enjoyed the other two books in this series so much. However, in this final instalment, the two enemies become friends. I think it’s great that they are able to stop their fighting, but they are only joined together to execute a reverse Parent Trap, as one of the characters describes the plan. Hallie and Gemma only get over their differences so that they can break up their parents’ marriage to avoid becoming sisters. This is such an awful thing to do, and I couldn’t believe that they would try and do something so heartless. There are some aspects to the book that I enjoyed, but I just couldn’t get past this horrible plan.
Gemma, the main character is not as enjoyable in this conclusion as I found her to be in the rest of the series. As I mentioned a bit above, she tries to break up her dad and Hallie’s mom without even considering their happiness. She prioritizes her own drama over her dad’s well-being, and because of this, her character becomes dislikable. Gemma is also so careless and is so wrapped up in her scheme that she neglects tasks that are supposed to ensure that everyone is safe during the storm. Her immaturity was tolerable in the rest of the series, but it became too much in this particular story.
My biggest issue with this book is probably how unrealistic it is. It’s difficult to describe without spoiling too much, but the whole story is basically a cliche. First of all, there’s the entire plot. The main character is trapped in a house with everyone she has drama with because a hurricane is approaching. This isn’t so hard to believe, but there are so many other things that would never happen. For example, Gemma and Hallie are scheming out in the open, people even catch them in the act, but no one tells their parents. It also just so happens that they have access to hours of documentary footage in which Gemma’s dad insults Hallie’s mom’s writing, and they are able to burn onto a DVD to show them. For what it is, I tried my best to look past it, but there are just way too many cringeworthy moments that I couldn’t believe.
Hearts, Fingers, and Other Things to Cross is the final book in the Broken Hearts and Revenge series. I ended up disappointed in the reverse Parent Trap concept and the main character’s childish behaviour. I wanted to enjoy this book so much, but the endless cliches made it difficult. The ending of the book itself is satisfying, but I wish I could say the same about the ending of the series.
It was good but not fabulous. The idea that they were all stuck in the house and tensions were high was good and it played out well. I hate Hallie still. And Gwyneth. She's an awful person! In the beginning of the book when Gemma was still hung about Josh I kept thinking about Ford. I mean Ford is literally the most perfect boyfriend ever. He's smart, hot, can surf, and has super hot abs. I was so happy that Gemma ended up with him. The marriage situation was typical but the ending was sweet and I think it was wrapped up very nicely. Still can't get over Ford though. Can I be his girlfriend?
This was an okay ending to the series. I wanted more fighting and backstabbing but was left with Hallie and Gemma trying to break up their HAPPILY MARRIED parents. I get you hate each other but come on they are clearly happy and clearly in love so why go through all that trouble? I did like the idea of everyone being stuck in the house during the storm. It gave a Clue like feel to it even though there was no murder mystery just savagery between two bitter girls. One thing I totally forgot about was Gwyneth and everything she did. She stirred the pot, I mean it sounds fun, but look at what she did? That's what happens when you name your kid after Gwyneth Paltrow I guess. I loved Ford so freaking much. Gemma does not deserve him. She goes around thirsting after Josh who is technically her brother now, while Ford is standing there all perfect and beautiful! Everything is all good and well at the end but if I was her I would be jumping on that Hawaii boy immediately. The best part was her almost drowning and him saving her because we love a damsel in distress. I can't think of much else right now to be honest. I know this was all over the place but I really enjoyed the series and I'm sorry to see it end but hopefully Katie Finn (Morgan Matson) will write some more cheesy summer romance books soon.
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I love this series! It's light and perfect for Summer reading (although they're a middle of a hurricane). It's predictable and silly at times but I just love the characters and it's by Morgan Matson and I love everthing she writes like she writes one of the best contemporaries out there! Yeah... And oh! Ford is so adorable.
My thing with this book is that it wasn't bad, it just didn't need to exist. To be honest, this was 244 pages of pretty much nothing happening. It's pretty much an entire book on just character growth and it was pretty unnecessary.
Gemma and co get stuck in Bruce's house because of a hurricane and she finds out her dad and Karen are getting married. And because the entirety of the second book didn't happen apparently since no one seems to have learned anything from it, she and Hallie go back to do everything they did in book 2 except it's to their parents.
And literally everyone was telling them to take their heads out of their ass and just let their parents be happy and Gemma essentially went, I hear you and I kind of agree but I'm gonna do it anyways. Like the entire time she was scheming, she knew she was doing the wrong thing, she didn't even want to do it, but she just kept going. And the way her and Hallie made it sound, you'd think capers would ensue but literally only two things happened and the second event was the only dealbreaker one for their parents relationship.
Like the entire Reverse Parent Trap plot didn't really go anywhere, to be honest, their parents weren't even in the house with them most of the time, and the rest of the time they were too busy making sure things went smoothly because of the hurricane.
The Ford plotline was dragged out for way too long, for suspense purposes and nothing else obviously, to the point where it was just annoying. Like the dumb pining and stuff would've been cut down significantly. Like the scene at the end where the two of them do get together was cute and all but it could've happened at literally any other time.
The rest of the characters were pretty uninteresting like nothing happened with them, they were mostly there because they had to be. Gwenyth was home the entire time to literally no one's surprise, it was fairly obvious.
I guess the only thing that we really got out of this book was that Hallie and Gemma finally got over their problems and grew closer since they were gonna be related and all. But all in all, anything worth keeping around in this book is so small that it could've been added onto book 2 with like an extra hundred pages or so and it would've been a nice wrap-up. So, like I said, there wasn't really any need for this book. It wasn't bad, it just didn't serve a purpose.
The addictive Broken Hearts and Revenge trilogy comes to a satisfying conclusion in this title. Readers won't be surprised that it will take a catastrophic storm with hurricane force winds to fix all the things that Gemma and Hallie have messed up in their efforts to take revenge on one another. Even though there were moments in the first two books in which it looked as though the teen girls might find a way to get along, there are others who take advantage of their animosity. Having hurled cake at one another aboard the ship where Hallie's birthday celebration is taking place, bad weather forces the girls and their entourage to head back to the Hamptons mansion where Gemma has been staying. Friends, ex-boyfriends, and Gemma's father Paul and Hallie's mother Karen come along as well, seeking shelter from the storm. After the adults reveal that they have gotten married secretly, Gemma is horrified that her father has shared so little of his life with her, and she and Hallie decide to become partners in a last-ditch effort to split them up. Although it's clear that the couple adores each other and is happy and despite admonitions from others to leave them along, the girls plot on, even recording some spiteful verbage uttered by Paul about Karen's writing. Meanwhile, Gemma is so distracted by all the drama and her feelings about Ford that she neglects to keep the generator running and they are without light due to her carelessness. Although much of this is funny, it is also predictable. Both girls learn some hard lessons about life and their own carelessness, but no one's wounds are so deep that they can't be healed quickly. Middle grade girls will enjoy this conclusion, but I think I liked the very first title the most. I simply cannot conceive of anyone having this much wealth or access to this much wealth. Light and frothy but with a lesson or two to be learned, the book is a perfect beach read for the summer, perhaps the literary equivalent of a frozen fruit bar or popsicle.
Despite the shortness of the book, which is usually a sign of a terrible ending, this book was perfect! Even though it was short, it had everything we needed to wrap up the series, leaving no end left untied.
Because the plot revolves around a storm, it takes place over pretty much a few days. However, just in those few short days, there was so much character development in (mostly) great ways and I loved seeing them like this!
It doesn't leave you needing more and leaves you with such a blissful feeling. I loved this book!!
Hearts, Fingers, and other things to Cross is a cute story about enemies, exes, and crushes learn how to all get along together. Gemma learns that her dad was hiding something behind her back- he got married to Hallie's (Gemma's nemesis) mother. Gemma and Hallie have hated each other for years, and (finally) work together to create a plan. But the thing is, the plan is to split their parents up. Meanwhile, there is a hurricane in the Hamptons and Gemma, Josh, Hallie, Sophie, Reid, Teddy, and Ford are stuck in a house together until the storm passes. Two of them are Gemma's exes, one a nemesis, one a best friend, and one her crush. Secrets and problems come about, but maybe they could resolve them? I enjoyed this book, but I would say there is not much of a plot to it. I recommend it for people who like reading about drama and a little bit of romance. This book has 248 pages.
Wow. Okay. There are so many things I'd like to say about this book.
1. The characters are so damn dramatic. Besides all the revenge and petty relationship drama, I would like to start with the storm. They're all trapped in the same house during this hurricane and that act like complete imbeciles. For one, they lose their minds after they find out the power's gone out so *gasp* no Wi-Fi. Seriously, these people start going crazy. "Oh my Lord Jesus, I'm going to die because there's no Wi-Fi. Have you seen me without Wi-Fi, it's not pretty. OMG everything is dark and I'm scared, however will I survive during this horrific time." Now I'm not making light of a hurricane because I know they can be damaging-- but the storm in this book? FRICKING RAIN. That's it. There's a bit of rain and the electricity goes out. And they're all losing their goddamn minds, acting like they're going to DIE! My power has gone out plenty of times and I sure as hell never cowered like a wimp baby brat because there was no damn internet. Now. Because people are freaking out over this storm, you'd think they'd stay in the house safe, right? Because they're so scared for their lives? Well sure. Until one idiot decides to go out and surf in the middle of this "oh-so-dangerous" storm. Do people actually do this crap? Act like it's normal to go out and surf in deadly waves during a hurricane? I mean I know there are some people out there that do this, but is it actually normal? Am I the only one with common sense here? (Clearly.) So Gemma runs after him into the face of some huge, waves where she's practically swallowed by them. Oh-- I'm sorry. Was I supposed to be impressed by this moment of bravery? I'm just shocked by the SHEER STUPIDITY displayed by these characters. And then he sees her getting washed away and he goes "Omg Gemma, why would you run out into water in the middle of a storm, that's dangerous when you don't know how to surf." Because knowing how to surf makes you invincible. K.
2. While I'm trying to get over the ridiculousness of people acting like they're going to die because of some rain, Gemma and Hallie decide to team up. And break apart their married parents. Do these idiots learn nothing? All of their problems stem from Gemma breaking them up years ago, and it's like she's learned NOTHING. She's ruined people's lives and relationships and she was crying like she felt bad, but she was literally trying to do it all over again! I can't express just how disgusted I was. She doesn't want them to be married because she hates Hallie and kissed Josh. So because she wouldn't be happy being their step-sister, she needs to break them apart. She never stops to think about how maybe their parents are happy and in love. All she thinks about is her own damn selfishness. My mind was blown. And when she tells her friends of her plan, what do they do? "Oh, ummm, guys, I don't think that's a good idea. But as long as I'm not involved, okay." .... . For real? Get some good friends who will tell you that you're being a selfish bitch and put a stop to the nonsense. Seriously. What kinda friends...? After seeing the damage Gemma caused, how can they sit back and do nothing? Oh they "disapproved." Get off your ASS and actually do something besides shake your head. There is a thing called character growth and not one character displays any. They make the same mistakes and decisions from book 1. And-- You know what? No. I can't with this book. I'm not even going to write anymore.
Honestly, I've got a love/hate relationship with this series. Like, the overall storyline and idea behind the book is great. But the execution of it..didn't like it as much. Normally I love cliché books because I'm a sucker for loveydovey stories. But the main characters were just way too childish and annoying to comprehend. The whole storyline was so obvious I'm really sad to say this but I think I'm taking Morgan Matson off of my favourite author-list. It's not you, it's me. I swear. Well, in some way it IS you. I adored Amy and Roger's Epic Detour and Since You've Been Gone, definitely one of my favourite contemporaries ever, but I feel like this whole series plus The Unexpected Everything let me down quite a bit and it's just a pity.
Okay, back to the book. I feel like the hate between Haillie and Gemma was just childish and didn't feel like a genuine hate. I mean, the second the two start to plot against their parents, they're like: 'Ha ha do you remember what our handshake was when we were younger', while JUST ONE PAGE BEFORE THIS the two were fighting and were wanting to pull out each other's hair.
And the romantic aspect of this book.. I love Ford to pieces, but fuck Gemma because she DEFINITELY doesn't deserves him. Such a childish prick. And the whole Teddy-wants-to-get-together-thing was also bullshit. Never liked Teddy and never will. He seems like a compulsive freak. And Sophie/Reid or whatever his name was, wasn't interesting and unnecesary. In fact, the whole character 'Sophie' was unnecessary for this book.
My Thoughts: I remember really liking the first one in this series. And then the second one I liked to an extent, so I was really happy to keep reading and see if I liked the third one, this one. Honestly, I did like it but I didn’t love it.
We are back with Gemma and Hallie and their worlds are about to crash. They are still fighting from before but now they find out that their parents are planning to be married. This does the unthinkable, makes them team up to break up their parents. But is this really the right thing to do?
I think both girls had more feelings in this book but they pushed them to the side, to deal with their parents. Which probably wasn’t the best idea. I also liked all the side characters once again. Honestly, that may have been the better part of the book for me. I didn’t really like that they wanted to break up their parents.
I liked this one, it was a very fast read once I got started. It just flowed along and even though they had revenge on their mind it wasn’t quite like the other books and towards each other.
Overall:Out of all of the books in this series, I think the first one is the best. Maybe because it’s the opening and is more juicy. I liked this one, just wasn’t as sucked in. If you’ve already started the series do read this one!
Cover: Love it even though yellow isn’t my favorite color. These covers all have such beachy cute themes!
I thought this was a satisfying conclusion, only two problems. I wanted more of Gemma and Ford but it's not like I hated it because I didn't get more, I just would have liked more. Also I really did not like how in the beginning it gave you information you already knew. Maybe if you read the second book a year before reading this one if would have been helpful, but I read the second book in May, so if was annoying to me and felt like a waste of time. Examples: It said what happened with Teddy and the Marsh Warbler in detail, it tells you about her feud with Hallie in detail, and it even says who some of the characters are like Josh and Rosie. I would also have preferred to have the epilogue in Gemma's POV, not Hallie's, it just felt foreign and I wasn't a fan of the POV, but I enjoyed the content of the epilogue. Other than that, I really liked the book.
So, it escalated like I predicted it was horrifying. But, because these are supposed to be light hearted, fun books, all is well in the end. The entire book read like it was the last quarter of the previous book, not a whole other novel. If it wasn't the conclusion of a series, I would think it was a novella (that's meant as an insult, but it is true. The "plot twist" is predictable, and there is surprisingly little closure. Everyone is just friends again at the end of plot? Which, yeah, is expected, but CAREERS WERE RUINED. MARRIAGES WERE THREATENED. These are not little pranks. Honestly, the whole series was infuriating, but this last book was also just badly written.
I have been waiting since last summer to finish reading this series and I am very happy I was finally able to finish it. Like the other books, it had it's fair share and fill of drama, especially given the hurricane aspect. As excited as I was to read the final book in this series, I am now sad that it is over. Reading the series was such a fun ride and saying goodbye to Gemma, Hallie, Ford, everyone is sad. Even though there were things I could predict that were going to happen, it did not in any way detract from my enjoying reading this book.
Book 1 was hilarious, not serious at all but very entertaining. Book 2 wasn't as fun but even when this is not my favorite genre, it felt easy. Now, book 3 was a total let down.
I wasn't blind to the cliches in the series, and the actual public it's intended for, but wow! Katie Finn/Morgan Matson really took it out of the park with this one. Totally predictable, kind of Meh and the characters felt flat. I even felt this wasn't the same author.
Cute wrap up of the story, but in the end: not my cup of tea.