Sunday, May 27, 2012

Unbreak My Heart

Unbreak my Heart, by Melissa Walker.

I wasn't always such a downer. Up until, like, two weeks ago, I was Clementine Williams, happy and upbeat and kind of hilarious, if I do say so myself. But that was before everything exploded in my face. Now I'm Clementine Williams, outcast. And that's on a good day.

Melissa Walker's books have been compared to Susane Colasanti's, an author whose novels I really like, so I was excited to read this book; however, although the story was overall a good read, I like Colasanti's novels better.

Clementine is NOT excited to go sailing with her parents and sister, Olive, this summer, because of events that transpired during the school year. She no longer has a best friend, or any friends, really, because of something that she didn't really do but wanted to, and her best friend Amanda now hates her. When Clem meets James, however, another teenager sailing with over the summer with his dad, he sees her for what she is - a decent person - and they become fast friends, and soon more than that. Clementine must reconcile her past actions with who she actually is, and realize that one action doesn't always define you as a person.

Clem's best friend was Amanda, who was a "serial dater" - she would date guys without a break in between. When they meet a new guy at school, Ethan, Amanda immediately decides to go for him, even though Clem finds herself more and more attracted to him; however, when everything blows up in Clem's face, and Amanda immediately jumps to the conclusion that they had been messing around (which they had, emotionally-speaking, but they hadn't actually kissed or done anything), she abandons Clem as her BFF. When Clementine finally has an internet connection (they leave the boat and go into town), she logs onto Facebook for the first time all summer and sees Ethan still hanging with "her" friends, and that Amanda has unfriended her, but is continuing to date Ethan.

I really REALLY disliked both Amanda and Ethan as characters - Ethan because he's a tool (he told Amanda that it was Clem who had been hitting on him and he wasn't reciprocating, which was false) and Amanda because she would abandon Clem so easily after being friends since their childhoods. Amanda goes so far as to send Clem a Facebook message with the title "BITCH" in it, which says something like "I was really hurt by what you did to me." I agree that Clem should not have been hanging out with Ethan as much as she did, but ... she probably should have found some new friends if they are going to abandon her that easily.

Other than that, though, the book is a quick read, and fans of the YA genre will most likely enjoy it.

3 stars out of 5.

*Disclosure: I received a galley of this book from NetGalley to review. The opinions expressed, however, are my own.

5 comments:

  1. I REALLY need to read this one! It sounds right up my alley!! :)

    Thank for yet another great review!! :)

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  2. I thought it was not as good as other YA books I've read recently, but let me know what you think of it. :)

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