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If I Fix You

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  2,773 ratings  ·  403 reviews
When sixteen-year-old Jill Whitaker’s mom walks out—with a sticky note as a goodbye—only Jill knows the real reason she’s gone. But how can she tell her father? Jill can hardly believe the truth herself.

Suddenly, the girl who likes to fix things—cars, relationships, romances, people—is all broken up. Used to be, her best friend, tall, blond and hot flirt Sean Addison, coul
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Harlequin Teen
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Fictional World Dreamer
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
WELL..... that was....... !!! description

So here I am, a week after I read If I Fix You. And I'm still thinking about it. This story was great, in so many aspects. When I read the synopsis, I was intrigued and it’s a debut novel. Which I love even more.
Well, let just say I wasn't expecting to feel so affected by this story.
The Jill and her father’s relationship was outstanding and heart crushing. I felt so deeply for the father. The things he did to keep everything afloat and his daughter happy. Was beau
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Some books I simply love!
Emotional, intriguing, romantic, tender, with a dose of sarcasm.. it had everything I wanted and more. Full review (hopefully) soon.


Final rating 4.5 stars. I loved the fact that the synopsis makes you think this might be a cliché story, but the pages inside tell a different one.
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't know how I missed this book when it was first published but I discovered it a few days ago and picked it up on a whim. I started reading it and literally couldn't stop. I absolutely loved every second I spent reading this book. It is everything I love about contemporary YA fiction and so much more. Perfection. Amazing. If you enjoy complicated, emotionally-involved, contemporary romance then you need to read this book.

If I Fix You is beautifully complex and layered. I loved the character
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm in love and I want more. Standalone or not. Abigail created such a wonderful story and I honestly cannot wait to see what she does next! Full review at Gabriella M Reads. ...more
Lauren R.
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lily ☁️
2 1/2 stars

Occasionally teetering on the edge of melodrama, and more than once making me skim parts of long-winded dialogues, it managed to portray glimpses of real, and raw emotions.

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Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
the writing just absolutely ruined this for me

I can't tell if this book would've been a better book if it had had better writing, but as it stands, it was not a particularly good book. There's no way of getting around it: the writing was melodramatic as hell. I don't really have any quotes to show you what I mean by "melodramatic" (frankly I didn't care enough about this book to highlight any for this review), so you'll have to take my word for it. It was a really trite, tired, recycled kind of
Wow. This wasn't AT ALL what I expected. You know, with this book you'll read the blurb and you'll think you know what you'll get but trust me, what you're thinking is WRONG. This was so unbelievably real. And surprising and heartbreaking and oh my God I cannot believe how great this book was!! Please, if you're considering reading this, don't read too many reviews especially spoilery ones. Just go into it blind and let the story surprise you. Loved loved loved this!! ...more
Sarah Guillory
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Abigail is my CP so I was lucky to get an early read. I love this story so much and can't wait for everyone to get their hands on it. ...more
Have you ever wished you could un-see something that you've seen?

Book Title: If I Fix You
Author: Abigail Johnson
Series: Stand-Alone
Genre: YA, Contemporary Romance
Setting: Arizona
Source: Kindle eBook (Library)

Book Theme Song (this link will take you to my tumblr post with video) ♫Inner Demons by Julia Brennan --Sometimes, I'm not sure how I stumble upon the songs that I do…when I seen the cover page for this I was like, wow, that matches the cover's color scheme perfectly. Then I listened to
Reg Mars
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
Wow so when I started reading this book I wasn't ready for the emotional roller coaster I was about to be apart of. I have to say I really enjoyed it. I did get a bit emotional at times and even found myself tearing up at times because there were scenes that were very intense.

So the story is about a girl, Jill, whose Mom ended up walking out on her and her Dad. This took a huge toll on her to the point where she was drifting from her two closest friends. Then she catches her neighbors fighting
Ella Mae (thebookishgoddess)
If I Fix You comes out on October 25, 2016; you may pre-order the book on BOOK DEPOSITORY, AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLES.

Review type: Breakdowns and quick whips

*** An ARC (advanced reading copy) of this book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ***

If I Fix You has a promising premise. It follows the story of 16-year old Jill whose going through some tough times with her dad after her mom leaves them. What I liked about this book was the raw emotions coming off of Jill
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A well drawn love triangle is a complicated thing to pull off. This book has one of the most emotionally complicated (and well crafted) love triangles that I've ever encountered which made it near impossible to put down. I grew to quickly care about teenaged, auto-mechanic-whiz Jill and her compelling love interests - intense, closed-off neighbor Daniel and long-time friend/crush Sean, all three characters caught up in the devastating fallout caused by both Jill's and Daniel's seriously troubled ...more
DNF at 38%
Okay, first things first. I hate this kind of books, the kind that trick you, that you can't tell how bad they are until it's too late and you've already wasted time on them, precious time that could have been given to a much more deserving book.

The MC, Jil is works as a mechanic in her dad's shop, that sounded very interesting and different from the norm of YA. I hoped for a passionate girl, feisty and not the usual cheery, cheesy type. To be honest, Jil was not like that, but she wa
If I Fix You totally took me by surprise (both with how much I ended up liking it and in the direction the story took). It felt messy and real and I couldn't put it down. Really excited for Abigail Johnson's sophomore novel The First To Know which is out November of this year. ...more
Rachel Hyland
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Two sad kids with at least one terrible parent each bond over having terrible parents in this strangely engaging YA novel about sixteen-year-old Jill, her two best-friends, and the age-inappropriate boy — handsome, and dangerous, and so, so broken — who moves in next door to her.

Weirdly unpredictable, the story moves easily in the head of our much-beset Jill. There is romance, violence, melodrama and an occasional flash of humour, and Jill’s mechanical expertise, as she assists in her father’s g
Jenny Moyer
Beautifully written, compelling and complex. This debut YA gripped me from the very beginning, and then propelled me toward the ending as Johnson revealed new dimensions to her characters as pieces of their stories are uncovered. What starts out as a fairly straightforward story about a girl dealing with heartbreak--both relationship and family--quickly escalates into a deeply layered novel about identity, love, and letting go.

IF I FIX YOU is wonderfully nuanced and atmospheric. The dialogue is
Ashley Owens
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was provided with an electronic copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 / 5 stars

Wow. Just wow. I originally intended on giving this book 3.5 stars, leaning on the 3-star side. But after thinking about it, I’m not sure why I wasn’t going to give it a higher rating except for the fact that I’m trying to be stingy/strict with my ratings. But I can find no glaring fault that should hold this book from getting the 4 stars. This was a freaking good book.

I went into thi
Dark Faerie Tales
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Perfect for fans of teenage angst and love.

Opening Sentence: Mom left on a Tuesday.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

When I was first told about If I Fix You, someone told me it was a coming of age story whose timeline was catapulted on a roller coaster. If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson is more than just a story. There was something between me, as the reader, and everything about this book – the story, the characters, and all the emotions that Abigail has m
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
I went into this book with really no expectations. I had never heard of this one but I had an ARC from when I went to ALA this summer, so I decided to give it a try and ended up not being able to put it down.

When Jill's mom walks out on their family claiming to be suffocated by them, Jill and her father are left broken. Jill knows why her mom really left and knows that she could never tell her father, no matter how much it's killing her. Spending her summer working at her dad's garage doing wha
Samantha (WLABB)
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5 Stars

This is my 2nd Johnson book, and it was another hit.

I loved all the messiness and the emotions she elicited from me. Just when I thought Jill's mother couldn't get any worse, she dropped a truth bomb on her, which I think was meant to annihilate Jill's world. The good news - Jill wasn't having it.

Things I loved:
• The relationship between Jill and her dad. It was really special.

• The friendship between Jill and Claire. Claire may have been little Mary optimism, but she support
Hari ~Brekker-Maresh~
Quite different. Pretty good
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
On so many levels I liked this book. Mostly, it was refreshing to have the narrator be a 16-year-old auto mechanic who trades quips with her dad and her dream car is a 1967 Triumph Spitfire Mark III.

For a girl who fixes cars, it has to be hard for her to accept her mother walking out, falling out of love with her best guy friend, and realizing all is not well at the house next door where her cute neighbor lives.

Through it all, there’s an undercurrent of the solid relationship between father and
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was ok

So glad to have read Every Other Weekend before reading this one, because I would have likely never read this author again if this had been my first book. I liked the family drama aspect, but the romance was odd and completely unnecessary. Sean was such a turd, and I found him completely unredeemable. I adored Daniel and cared much more about his story than anything else.

I would say skip this one and try Every Other Weekend instead.
Tiffany Holme
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
OMG!! Turning the last page page of this read I knew that I was going to have a book hang over. Two days later and I am still struggling with what I will be picking up next, because I worry that it will suffer in the wake of this read. This book leaves no real place for me to start and end, but there is undoubtedly words twisting and pushing to come out. If You Fix Me is a heart ripping, stunningly beautiful read bound to call to many different readers.

The plot and pacing flowed together in pe
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, edelweiss

If I've said it before, I'm going to say it again.... I don't like love triangles.

BUT, love triangles that aren't really a love triangle, those that serve a purpose that when you finish a book, you look back and say to yourself, "Ya know, I don't think there EVER was a love triangle," those are the stories I love best!

This is one of those stories...

Before I begin, can I just say that I love that the main character's name is "Jill"?!  What a completely normal, everyday name!!  I have total l
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I was first told about If I Fix You, someone told me it was a coming of age story whose timeline was catapulted on a roller coaster. If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson is more than just a story. There was something between me, as the reader, and everything about this book - the story, the characters, and all the emotions that Abigail has made me feel. I have not connected to a story, or anyone, in such a meaningful way as I have with Abigail.

If I Fix You is about Jill Whitaker. Everything begi
Stephanie Elliot
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I just loved this debut by the talented Abigail Johnson -- If I Fix You is a book about loss and grief over a family that's broken and the girl at the center of it all. When Jill's mother leaves without so much as a note -- OK, it's a Post-It note, does THAT really count? -- it's up to Jill to keep her little family together, which consists of her and her loving father. She does this by focusing on working together with him in their automotive shop, which is her happy place. I was so impressed t ...more
Nov 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Is it bad that I liked the relationship with Daniel more than I did her same-age "love?" I dunno. I just couldn't get over the mom thing. Even after (view spoiler) ...more
Cass -  Words on Paper

What a mess. I liked some parts of it, but there were just too many flaws that I could not ignore. First of all, the writing style! So much telling, not enough showing. I don't have any idea what the characters look like, didn't get much of a sense of place or where they were. Other than her telling us we're in Arizona, and other than the heat, nothing else in the description stuck with me. I didn't feel immersed in the world. Plus there were a few times that Jill just told us how things we
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Abigail Johnson was born in Pennsylvania. When she was twelve, her family traded in snowstorms for year-round summers and moved to Arizona. Abigail chronicled the entire cross-country road trip in a purple spiral-bound notebook that she still has, and has been writing ever since. She became a tetraplegic after breaking her neck in a car accident when she was seventeen, but hasn’t let that stop her ...more

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