Katie Finn’s novel Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend is a great contemporary YA read. Gemma’s summer isn’t starting out like she had planned. Instead of saving the world, she is picking up the pieces of her broken heart and heading to the Hamptons to spend the summer with her dad. Realizing that she is mourning the end of her romantic relationship with Teddy for a strict one year period (since that is what the magazines have determined to be the proper amount of time) she plans to stay close to the house and keep her head down. That is until she meets Josh who is sweet, funny, and somehow makes her think less about Teddy. Of course the kicker is, she already knows Josh and his sister Hallie from when she was younger and things did not end pleasantly between her and Hallie. Determine to fix things from the past, Gemma finds her summer turning into a Shakespeare play with all of the mistaken identities.
Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend is the perfect summer read. Finn creates a fun atmosphere with beach parties, babysitting and new love. It was great to just get lost in this world. It was fun to see how hard Gemma worked to try and hide her true identity from Hallie and Josh. She has such good intentions, but you just have this feeling that everything is going to crash down around her. Although that didn’t stop you from hoping that it would all work out. Another thing that I liked about this book was that all of the characters are charming and likable. They just end up in crazy situations. Without giving anything away, the end twists are awesome! I really didn’t see some of it coming and was left shocked and so excited to read book two (Revenge, Ice Cream and Other Things Best Served Cold currently planned for May 2015).