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Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn
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I don't know if this book was supposed to be as predictable as it was, but...

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I called everything. Even the "big twist" at the end. Now, this doesn't mean that I disliked the book because I didn't. It just means that either I have super sleuth powers when it comes to unearthing plots or the author wasn't as sly as she thought she was.

Gemma Hart is...well, she's kind of a horrible person and kind of dumb. When she was eleven, she was convinced that her parents separation was a passing thing and that by the end of summer they would be back to being one big happy family. Realizing this wasn't going to happen, she plots to to remove the one thing standing in her way: her fathers new girlfriend and her daughter. Now, five years later, Gemma is returning to the Hamptons to spend the summer with her father. She figures there's no way she'll run into Hallie (the daughter she hurt) and things even start looking up when she meets a cute boy on the train. But as fate would have it, the cute boy aka Josh is Hallie's older brother and she suddenly finds herself face to face with the friend she hurt. So what does she do? She lies. She pretends to be someone else. She figures that she'll get Hallie to like her again and then apologize, thus revealing who she really is.

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I honestly don't understand how a girl this old doesn't get how wrong this is. You're going to lie to someone to get them to like you only to reveal your lie and hope for the best? Nope. That's not how life works. On top of that, what she did to Hallie's mom in the past was something that even an eleven year old would know was wrong. And how she didn't get caught, I'll never know.

Now, I know that it seems like I didn't like the book. And I did. It wasn't amazing, but it kept me reading - even if it was just to find out if I was correct about my suspicions. But honestly, I was interested in what would happen with Josh. Gemma didn't really have any interactions with him back in the day but I was sure that he knew everything that happened and once he found out who she was, shit was going to hit the fan. I felt for Josh. He was dealing with a break up and was having trust issues, and along comes Gemma who he clicks with instantly but she's lying to him and it's a pretty big lie. I spent the whole book just waiting for this to blow up in her face. And there were a lot of near misses, let me tell you.

Aside from the my issues with the story, I really enjoyed Finn's writing. It felt like I was watching a high school drama series and I just couldn't look away. The book definitely ends on a cliff hanger that sets up the next installment and color me curious, I want to know what happens. And I believe T Swift said it best:

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Reading Progress

March 5, 2015 – Shelved
March 5, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
May 12, 2015 – Started Reading
May 12, 2015 – Shelved as: books-i-own
May 12, 2015 – Shelved as: contemporary
May 12, 2015 – Shelved as: new-author-to-me
May 12, 2015 – Shelved as: read-in-2015
May 12, 2015 – Shelved as: young-adult
May 12, 2015 –
page 165
48.25% "Gemma is kind of...well, an idiot. This whole pretending to be someone else is ridiculous and I don't really understand how she thinks it's going to be okay"
May 13, 2015 – Shelved as: signed-copies
May 13, 2015 –
page 268
78.36% "Pretty sure I know where this is going..."
May 13, 2015 – Finished Reading
September 19, 2017 – Shelved as: 3-star-reads

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