DNF Review: Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn

Series: Broken Hearts & Revenge #1
Publication Date: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 339 (ARC)
Source: Borrowed from Friend
Summer, boys, and friendships gone sour. This new series has everything that perfect beach reads are made of!

Gemma just got dumped and is devastated. She finds herself back in the Hamptons for the summer—which puts her at risk of bumping into Hallie, her former best friend that she wronged five years earlier. Do people hold grudges that long?

When a small case of mistaken identity causes everyone, including Hallie and her dreamy brother Josh, to think she’s someone else, Gemma decides to go along with it.

Gemma's plan is working (she's finding it hard to resist Josh), but she's finding herself in embarrassing situations (how could a bathing suit fall apart like that!?). Is it coincidence or is someone trying to expose her true identity? And how will Josh react if he finds out who she is?

Katie Finn hits all the right notes in this perfect beginning to a new summer series: A Broken Hearts & Revenge novel.
~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

I think this book was meant to be really cute, but I simply could not stand it. There's no other way to put it. I DNFed at page fifty because I simply did not like being inside the main character's head. I couldn't put my finger on it, but I was continuously frustrated by her for an unknown reason. This just made the book a laborious read for me.

Furthermore, by page fifty, I had the entire book figured out. See, our main character just got dumped and is no longer attending a trip with her boyfriend to spend the summer building homes. Because of a pre-planned family vacation without her, Gemma ends up going to the Hamptons with her father. She hasn't been back to the Hamptons since she was 11 years old. She did something very bad that summer and ruined someone's life. Of course, the first person she runs into en-route to the Hamptons is the older bother of said person whose life she ruined and then the person whose life she ruined.

Immediately after that, I ended the book. Really because a single line made me figure out the entire plot line. I then contacted a friend and asked them to confirm or deny my suspicions since they finished the book. If they said my hunch was incorrect, I would have continued. But, alas, my hunch was correct and I couldn't continue anymore. A book is no fun if you have the entire convoluted plot figured out after fifty pages. It's also a really bad sign if you have the entire plot figured out after fifty pages.

However, said person told me to skim certain parts and I was appalled. Mostly because of the huge twist with the person whose life Gemma has ruined. I saw about half of it coming, but the other half of the plot can only be described as pathetic. It is one of those moments where you sit there shaking your head because one of the characters has a little too much free time on their hands. It's the revenge story meant for much younger readers, if you ask me.

In other words...this book was not meant to me, but that's in part because I had high hopes. I couldn't find this one at all enjoyable, but alas, enjoyment is dependent on the type of reader you are. Give this one a chance if you wish, but I will not be continuing on with this series.



  1. I definitely agree that it's no fun to read a book when you know where it's headed—especially if you don't particularly LIKE where it's headed. Still disappointing when you can't finish a book, though—especially if it looked promising like this one.

    1. Yup. This book was just not for me. It was full of cliches and stupid plot lines and annoyance all around, but such opinions will obviously differ between readers!

  2. Predictable books are the worst. And it is even worse if the characters are ridiculous. I had high hopes for this as well but I might leave it be. There are much better books out there! Hope you have better luck with your next read Lili :)

  3. Well that is disappointing. I bought the book based on the sample I downloaded and I enjoyed what I did read of it, but then, I didn't get very far. This doesn't bode well for it's place on my TBR pile. I suppose I will get to it eventually, but I may not be so keen to read it quickly. Thanks for the head's up!
    Tammy @ Bo's Book Nook

  4. I've been leery of this one and after reading your review I'm glad that's the case. I feel like I wouldn't have liked figuring out some of the twists that early on...

  5. I read this book to the end but am not sure if I will pick up the next book in the series. It just never pulled me in enough. I had to keep pushing myself to finish it.