Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker
- ISBN-13: 9781599905280
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
- Publication date: 5/22/2012
- Pages: 240
- Source: Netgalley
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.
I am so glad that I picked Unbreak My Heart up this week. I was looking for a quick easy read that I could just sit back and move right through. It was an excellent choice and I real liked the book more than I thought it would. When I first read the synopsis for this one I felt like it might be all crazy teen drama. Okay, there is that plus so much more. There are many depths to this story and it is not all teen stuff.
Clem will be spending her summer on the family boat and she is would have tried to get out of it expect she ruined her life in the last few weeks of her Sophomore year of high school. She broke the cardinal rule of friendship and fell for her best friend’s boyfriend. Not just any best friend but her life long best friend and no she has no friends everyone has turned against her. Each morning Clem starts to write a letter to friend but fails. One morning at the dock deli that they are stopped at for supplies, Clem runs into, really runs into, a boy. His name is James and her turns her whole summer around. James is traveling with his father and they are following the exact same course as Clem and her family. Clem and James get along very well and Clem starts to come out of her funk. James realizes that something has Clem blue but when she tells him what happen he has the worst possible reaction. Clem hopes that she can fix her mistakes. What Clem doesn’t realize is that James and his father are going through some tough times of their own.
Along the way, an older couple work their way into the story and I just love them and their input! It makes the perfect segway so many times during the book. I really enjoyed the multiple levels of relationships in the story and just the places the boat trip takes everyone not just the main characters. I find that this is something that is missing in a lot of YA books but it is done extremely well in this one. There are many adult topics that affect teens that make an appearance in this book and I found it to be written at the right level as to not overwhelm. There was great balance between a coming to terms with mistake and fun summer vacation.
The more I wrote in this review my rating changed. Originally, I was thinking that this was a 3 penguin books, but it moved up as I wrote this.