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Heartbreak River

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  848 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Hailey Abbott's Summer Boys takes a weepy turn in this story of one girl's attempt to tell her childhood friend how she really feels about him.

Alex thought she'd be spending the summer focused on her family's rafting business, burying the memories of her father's death last year, and leaving behind all the messes she made in its wake.

But when Sean returns to town, she is
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 16th 2009 by Razorbill
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Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
The most boring book ever.

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All of that sounds super exciting, right? It's not. The author somehow makes all of that drama incredibly dull.

Mar 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Alex never thought that she would be spending her summer working with Sean. In fact, she never even expected to see him. When he walks into the door of her family's rafting business, she is completely shocked. As it turns out, her grandparents hired him on for the summer, without ever mentioning it to Alex.

Alex already has enough on her plate trying to get over her father's drowning of the year before and living with her grandparents while her mom is in Florida. Now she not only has all that to
Jan 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, 2010
While it might be easy to dismiss this book as a teen read about a girl trying to get her boyfriend back, that would be doing a disservice to the story as there is a great deal more depth to this story than simply girl knew boy, girl lost boy and girl tries to get boy back.
Alex has grown up on the river where her family runs a rafting business. She has grown up with Sean and their friendship had turned to a romantic relationship shortly before the sudden death of her father in the river she alwa
Oct 13, 2008 rated it liked it
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Feb 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Heartbreak River made me cry. Not because it's bad or anything but because it's so sad.

What I liked best about Heartbreak River is the writing style and how it gives a sense of mystery in each chapter. The writing style is breathtaking - it leaves us hanging off the edge of the seat, waiting to see what happens between Sean and Alex. It gives a sense of mystery in each chapter when Tricia, the author, writes a little about what exactly happened last year in Alex's father's death and about why s
Aug 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: VBC World Book Tour
Recommended to Arlene by: VBC
I really enjoyed Heartbreak River by Tricia Mills. This book had a good blend of mystery, love, drama, suspense, and self discovery all wrapped up in one. The setting, plot, and characters were all perfectly matched, and this book was engaging enough to have me finish it in a few short hours.

It's the summer before Alex's senior year, and she hopes to spend time recovering from her father's death and her fear of the river that claimed his life. That's a hard feat to overcome considering she help
Jul 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-have
i read this book in a day. i really enjoyed it, even though it had the similar dilemnas of stories we see nowadays, without the vampires. lol. it's about a girl who lost her dad while rafting in a river she grew up on. since then, she pulled apart from everyone, including her boyfriend sean, and hasn't seen him since then. but it's a year later, and she's trying to move on, and when sean returns, she realizes that she still loves him, but doesn't know if it's too late to fix what she destroyed. ...more
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of realistic YA Romance
Don't know why this book has such a low rating. It was fantastic. ...more
Jan 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ya lovers
Recommended to Crystal by: Arlene
Shelves: 2010
This is my first YA romance and after reading it I know I will look into more of these types of books. I really enjoyed this one and all the characters. I found myself connecting with Alex from the start. She is a strong characters who has had to go through many life changes in the past year, which include losing her Father to the river which she loves above all. I liked the setting as well. The river to me portrayed all of Alex's feelings throughout the book calm, raging, still, powerful the li ...more
Mar 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Alexandra is a girl whose family runs a river rafting business in Colorado. The summer brings tourists, new help, and romance.

Not much going on in this story except for Alex wondering whether her ex-boyfriend still likes her after she unceremoniously dumped him at the end of the previous summer. Teen angst, romance, underage drinking and partying ensues. I guess I would like this story more if I was 16, but aside from a few entertaining remarks, I found myself doing a lot of eyerolling. I guess
Feb 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
Let me just say I have a very biased opinion of this book. My Uncle owns a rafting company and almost all of my summers have been spent there. I kept getting caught up on how inaccurate some of the "technical" stuff was...and the raft guides just weren't in the right frame of mind for me.

I am disappointed because many of my teen romances were with raft guides and I thought this was going to be perfect for me and it came up way too short.

All of that being said, other people will probably love i
Sana Noor
Jun 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved it! Such an intense, yet fun read. Plus my name was in there! That may or may not have something to do with my liking of the book, even more so. What can i say, i'm weird like that :p ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute story, rushed ending.
Apr 18, 2010 rated it liked it
As the title indicate, this story centres on the romance between sixteen-year-old Alex and her childhood sweetheart, Sean, with a river setting in a town in Colorado.

Alex lost her father in a rafting accident a year ago and to this day she is still trying to come to terms with her past and still blaming herself for not being with him on that tragic day. She runs the family rafting business mostly on her own while she stay with her grandparents. Her mother, on the other hand is still deeply affe
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Jan 23, 2009 rated it liked it
It's summertime and Alex is expecting it to be nothing out of the ordinary with her working for her family's whitewater rafting company. Of course, nothing goes as planned. When her childhood friend, Sean, comes back, everything gets turned upside down. Last summer, after her father's death, Alex left things with Sean in a bad way and she doubts that he'll ever forgive her. But maybe, just maybe, canthe summer can mend their broken friendship?

I think one of the merits of Heartbreak River is its
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review Posted @ She Reads Things

I seem to be making a habit of picking up books that take me on emotional roller coasters. Heartbreak River is literally heartbreak river. No joke. It is what it is, and that's what it is. Flow of emotions, squeezing of the heart, laughter, love, anger, sadness, angst, happiness, shock, honesty—heartbreak river. I basically became a person with a gazillion emotions. I never knew that I could feel so much in a few hours. But
Nov 01, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-arc, signed-arcs
Heartbreak River swept me away! Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

I won’t say that I had high expectations going into this novel, because I really didn’t. Not saying that I thought the book was going to be, I just didn’t know what to expect. I’d never read any of Tricia’s other novels, so it was open on that end. From the summary, I wanted to love this book. I just love books about love!

So while we are on the topic of love lets, talk about the things I loved! The writing. Tricia, has an alluring style th
Jan 15, 2012 rated it liked it
An Itching Issue:
How the summary on Goodreads for this book completely spoils the ending. Wtf? Why are you ruining the book for countless readers our there? Good thing I had stumbled upon this after I had completed the book (and not before- I would have gone bonkers), and hopefully you had as well. And if you haven't read this book yet, I suggest you not refer to the description above.

On to MY description- of which you are so eager to read, right? Righhhht.

This book is mainly about a girl named
Maria Gallo
Nov 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Via Love
Mar 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Heartbreak River is about a girl grieving about her recently deceased father, who died in a rafting accident just one year before the story takes place. Set in Colorado, Alexis has taken over her family's rafting business (Cooley Mountain Whitewater Rafting)and lives with her grandparents while her mother is away in Florida, still grieving for her husband. Alexis's grandparents have given her a shoulder to lean on throughout her grieving, while she stayed strong in order to provide a shoulder fo ...more
Megan (The Book Babe)
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Heartbreak River isn't as heartbreaking as the title makes it sound-- it was actually a lot more CUTE than HEART-BREAKING. Note the differences in the descriptive terms I have used-- I just want y'all to know that I enjoyed this one, and I'll probably read it again, but I honestly don't feel heartbroken by it. I just think that it was adorable.

That's all. It was as cute a romance as they come, with enough backstory to make
Oct 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Heartbreak River was an intriguing read. I absolutely adored Winter Longing, by Tricia Mills so I wanted to see if I'd feel the same about Heartbreak River. It was a good read, but some parts left me confused. Some dialogue and transitions to the past weren't clearly defined. I had several moments of trying to figure what was now and what had happened in the past.

Alex Landon, spent her summer running her families River Rafting Business in Colorado. Alex still has a broken heart over the events
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is Tricia Mills debut novel and I find it was a great contemporary story for young adults. The novel describes a lot of how to deal with grief and your fears, try to enjoy life as much as you can and the importance of family and friends.

This story begins with Alex, who is trying to grieve from her father’s drowning in the river last year and her break-up with her ex-boyfriend Sean. Sean has moved to Denver because of his parents’ divorce. Her family, such as her grandparents, owns a rafting
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The Grayton River is nothing but HEARTBREAK RIVER to Alex Landon. The river claimed her father the previous summer, and she also blames the river for her breakup with Sean Kenley. She can't bring her father back, but she could've apologized to Sean, if only he hadn't had to move to Denver with his recently divorced mom for the school year.

So when Sean walks into Cooley Mountain Rafting to start his summer job, Alex is stunned. Her grandparents failed to war
Feb 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-for-review
Ooooh. This was almost exactly the kind of story I hope for when I find out a book has a romantic element. I loved it! A romantic summer with a bunch of cute boys who happen to be coworkers, and specifically two that catch the main character's attention, one because of her past with him and another for his flirty personality and British accent (although personally I would have gone for the bookish boy!). A cousin with a polar opposite personality and also a family tragedy, involving the death of ...more
Mar 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
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Allison (The Allure of Books)
A lot of people have been talking about Heartbreak River, Tricia Mills' newest book. I haven't had a chance to get a copy, so I decided to read this one first!
I really ended up enjoying this read, and there is more depth to the story then you might expect. Alex has suffered a tragedy in her family, and has a lot of emotional issues to deal with. None of it is made any easier when lover boy Sean returns to town for the summer, which she had not expected!

Has Sean forgiven her for what she did to h
Jan 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
I really loved the title of this book it’s really simple but catchy too. While reading through this book, it reveals more and more about her father’s death through chapters and all is pretty much revealed at the end. You can really empathize with Alex on her grievance and guilty feelings rotating around her father’s death.

Some of the most littlest things Sean did for Alex were SO sweet. Especially, the part where Sean takes Alex out to the river to overcome her fear of a dearly, once-loved place
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Sweet, funny, with lots of longing for the past. But you can't live in the past you have to *HAVE TO* move forward.

Alex is trying to recover from her dad's death a year earlier her life on the river is coming to an end as far as she's concerned. Her mom's gone to get a hold on herself and she's staying with her dad's parents running their river rafting business.

The boys she works with have always been off limits b/c her dad with him gone they seem to take a few more liberties especially the new
★¸. • * ° * ༺*Blanka*༺*°°*•.¸. ♥★

Alexandra Landon once loved running the Grayton River through the Colorado canyons near her home and couldn’t imagine doing anything else with her life but continuing the family’s river rafting business. But that was before her father died in a rafting accident and she developed a full-fledged fear of drowning. It’s been nearly a year since her father’s death, and the arrival of another summer means Alex has to face the river, the question of whether she can ever recapture her love of rafting, a
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