Unbreak My Heart - Review

Publication date:  22 May 2012 by Bloomsbury USA
ISBN 10/13: 1599905280 | 9781599905280

Category: Young Adult Realistic Fiction
Keywords: Sailing, Friendship, Boyfriends, Summer
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Source:  e-ARC received from Netgalley

Jacket copy:

Sophomore year broke Clementine Williams’ heart. She fell for her best friend’s boyfriend and long story short: he’s excused, but Clem is vilified and she heads into summer with zero social life.

Enter her parents’ plan to spend the summer on their sailboat. Normally the idea of being stuck on a tiny boat with her parents and little sister would make Clem break out in hives, but floating away sounds pretty good right now.

Then she meets James at one of their first stops along the river. He and his dad are sailing for the summer and he’s just the distraction Clem needs. Can he break down Clem’s walls and heal her broken heart?

Told in alternating chapters that chronicle the year that broke Clem’s heart and the summer that healed it, Unbreak My Heart is a wonderful dual love story that fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Susane Colasanti will flock to.

Kimberly's Review:

Clementine's summer is not going as she planned. She lost her best friend, by doing something that wasn't so nice, and is now on a summer sailing trip with her family. Isolated from everyone and everything she knew, Clementine tries to learn from her mistakes, open her heart to the future and start the road to forgiveness, including herself.

The story jumps back and forth between the present day when Clem is on the boat with her family during the summer, and her memories of her life back home. She recounts how her and her best friend Amanda were inseperable, how Ethan came into their lives, how her situation started as small and grew into something she could no longer control.

Clem is a great character. She is facing a lot of anger and guilt, mostly at herself. Nothing she did was overly wrong, but her actions weren't ok either. It was a slow realization and then before she knew it, became something she couldn't control. It's like watching a crash in slow motion. You see it's going to happen, yet you feel powerless to stop it.

James is the hunky boy who she meets along the way at every port. Their parents seem to get along well and James and Clem form an attachement. I didn't NOT like James, but I didn't feel like there was anything special about him either. He is a cute, patient guy. I would have liked more chemistry between Clem and James.

My favorite character of the whole book is Clem's little sister Olive. She's funny, witty and sees things that adults really miss. She's older for her years, yet innocent enough to be believable. I loved her dialogue and quirks. She stole every scene for me.

Overall, Unbreak My Heart is a good realistic fiction book. I think fans of Sarah Dessen and Deb Caletti should check it out!

I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.

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