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  • Posted June 2, 2012

    Great YA book!

    Unbreak My Heart is a super cute teen read. It is a book that many teenagers will be able to connect with; even some adults might enjoy this book, especially those who can still connect with their inner teenager, like I try to!

    This book is about a girl who was deeply hurt, and in some ways betrayed, by her best friend and her best friend’s boyfriend, who was also her friend. You do not really understand what happened that made her BFF hate her, you really don’t completely understand what happened until near the end.

    It hurt me to see Clem beating herself up all the time; I kept thinking more had to have happened than was being said, but that is not the case, not really. As an adult, I can look back at this and say, gosh why did you let this come between you two? It is only high school, and the beginning of it at that. But then I remember, oh yeah, in HS every boyfriend is the one you are going to marry, so I get it. But, overall, I actually ended up really disliking Amanda and I don’t think Ethan had a redeeming quality.

    I think the best thing about this book was that Clem’s parents were real honest to goodness parents. They were there for her and as annoying as we adults remember our parents being, at least at times. They were the kind of parents that I hope to be when we have kids. They were there to listen to Clem when she was ready to talk, but did not push her. They did not act like her best friend, but rather like the adult parents that they were. I also loved Clem’s sister, Olive; anyone who has or had a little sister will totally be able to connect with Clem on how annoying being trailed by your little sis can be, especially when you are trying to make out with a cute boy. She made me LOL!

    Now on to the romance part, James. He is not your average love interest in a book, he isn’t super hot, or a bad boy. He is just a regular kid who was also traveling with his father by boat on the same course as Clem’s family and another couple who makes recurring appearances in the story. The reader does not realize what James’ demons are until after James turns away. Even then, it takes a bit for the truth to come out, though it was easy enough for me to guess beforehand.

    In the end, this is a great “summer beach read” for a YA. It is the perfect YA book in all respects. The main characters have parents and siblings, both of which many readers will be able to connect with. The main characters are normal teenagers dealing with normal teenage things, things that even we adults dealt with all those years ago. This book tackles tough topics that YA have to deal with, one I won’t mention so I don’t ruin the story, trouble with boys, and fights with your best friend, for example.

    Another reason this is a great YA book, there is absolutely no sex or violence. There is romance and the mention of making out, but there are no details and no sex, not even alluded to. This is a great book for teachers and parents to recommend to their kids to read. This book would appeal more to girls, since the story is told from the POV of a teenage girl. I would highly recommend it to girls in 7th grade- adults.

    I received this book as an ARC. I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy and also to assist parents and teachers in recommending appropriate books for your kids to read.

    Please read more of my reviews on my blog: sarahereads(dot)wordpress(dot

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

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    This is such an emotional story, somehow perfectly blended w

    This is such an emotional story, somehow perfectly blended with that summer/beach read, and it was just what I needed. Clem went through something that affected her so much, and it speaks volume towards friendship, and what happens when trust is broken. But I am sympathetic to her, and I toally wanted to root for her and Ethan in that point of view, except for I knew what she knew, and that made it so much harder. Ethan is her best friend's boyfriend. But they go so well together, and I just wish that she would've spoken up before Amanda went after him, but I guess if that happened, then we wouldn't really have a story.
    And let me just say that Melissa Walker has a gift of writing chemistry and longing if she can make me understand and want it to work out when it involves cheating. It's such a hard issue, but she tackled it well, and I am glad that there's the back and forth where we see she learned from it and the ramifications. It's more than just about the boy too, its about a lost friendship.
    This is also a new way where I've fallen for both boys, but its unique because its in the past and present, because James aka Red is totally awesome too. I love his humor and his understanding.
    I also appreciate the ties of family, between Clem and her sister, between her and their parents. I love how her parents push but not too much, how they care without managing to suffocate. It is special to me when parents play a huge role in a book, and Melissa pulls it off well.

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

    Clementine and her family are boat people. Actually, Clem’

    Clementine and her family are boat people. Actually, Clem’s family is made up of boat people. Clem would rather spend sometime using her newly-acquired driver’s license, checking up on Facebook and doing any number of normal things for a 16 year old girl.
    Except nothing is, or ever will be, normal again because Clem has committed the ultimate no-no: She fell in love with her best friend’s boyfriend.
    Throughout her sophomore novel, author Melissa Walker continues to show her innate understanding of the adolescent mind and the problems they face, as well as the concepts on their minds. While this novel is different than Small Town Sinners, it is no less a compelling read.
    I was intrigued by NetGalley’s description of the novel, but when I realized the author, I knew I had to read it and proceeded to devour it. I really enjoyed her first book, and this was similar.
    I want to thank NetGalley and the Publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this. I think that fans of young adult literature will enjoy Clem’s character and circumstances.
    I loved that Clem is a writer, that she journals and that she realizes (possibly too late) the bigger implications of her feelings and actions.
    Her family and her extended ‘boat family’ are secondary characters, but very clear and enjoyable. There are very few loose ends by the end of the book and I felt this is one of my favorite YA reads of the year.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2012

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    iThis was a nice pleasant summer read. It not quite being summer

    iThis was a nice pleasant summer read. It not quite being summer, I didn't get to enjoy it by the pool or outside but the feeling was the same. Clem made a mistake and fell for her best friend's boyfriend. But everyone seemed to forget that there were two people that did something wrong. Actually it was more of a flirtation and Clem tried to stop it. Her best friend, Amanda, blamed her for something that never happened. And everyone chose a side. Not Clem's. But it wouldn't matter because Clem thinks she's the worst person in the world. Even if you chose her side, she'd push you away. She wouldn't take your comfort. She is sure she is the worst person on the face of the earth.

    This is one of those books that reminds me of how MAJOR everything seems when you're a teenager. It reminds me of how great that first kiss was and how awful that first breakup was. How bad it felt to not get asked to the dance and how great it felt to go out on my first date. How BIG everything felt. And how it was all about ME. Because when I was a teenager, the world revolved around me. I was so focused on fitting in and being what everyone wanted the slightest blip was a huge ordeal. And that's where Clem is right when the story starts. The world has shut down because she made a mistake and her best friend unfriended her on Facebook and her heart is broken.

    Thankfully she's spending the summer on a sailboat with her family instead of skulking around the house or her job at the mall. But spending time on a small boat with her family doesn't give her a lot of grieving time or feeling sorry for herself and then there is this cute happy, puppy dog like guy that is at every stop they make that gets under her skin and his mood is kind of contagious. He was contagious off the page as much as on the page. I looked forward to reading about him. He and Clem, oh his name is James and he is an artist and sensitive, and Crazy Olive, Clem's little sister spend the summer together swimming, fishing, eating together and exploring. It's very sweet how James includes Olive in their outings and makes her feel welcome.

    The story goes back and forth between past and present as Clem tries to write a letter to Amanda about what happened and then she thinks back on the flirtation that went on between her and Ethan, Amanda's boyfriend. It's chronicled for us, though the big reveal is a bit of a disappointment considering all the fuss . But this is a very enjoyable coming of age story, at least I think that's what it's billed as. I'd say it's about a girl that makes a mistake and gets a blessed amount of time away from the situation to get a clearer picture of what really happened. With time and the love of her family, she's able to see things for what they really are and unbreak her own heart. It's a lovely story with a sweet romance. I recommend it for anyone that loves romance or YA contemporary.

    I do have to say that James has his own kind of heartbreak he is dealing with this summer and though he doesn't show it, he shares it with Clem. At one point in the story, he needs Clem's parents' help and I found myself sobbing through this part of the story. I really, really loved James with his happy attitude, always making people feel good, young and old. And in his time of crisis, I fell apart. My heart broke for him. I was really surprised that I had such a strong reaction, but I did. Sign of a great story, when it makes you cry.

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  • Posted March 15, 2012

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    Unbreak my heart

    I need to read more books that are set in the summer because the whole book always puts a smile on my face! I love them so much that I just can not get enough of them. And this book was no exception. This book made me try to convince my husband that we need to buy a boat so when we have kids we can take them on adventures such as these.... true story, he told me no. :(

    Clem is sixteen. This is the time of her life were everything is falling into place! She has great friends, a great social life, and a great family. She has it made. But in her eyes she is about to ruin it all. She does the unthinkable...she fell for her best friend's boyfriend. I know that if this would happen to me, I would flip a lid. But nothing happened between them, it just looked that way. And now her and her best are not talking and she is supposed to embark on a adventure with her family sailing down the Mississippi River. If you were a sixteen year old girl and you had this much drama in your life, a family vacation is not going to help it. While on this vacation she meets James. James is sailing with his dad on the same route. It is meant to be. But James and Clem are both hiding secrets about their lives. But everything is about to come out and thrown on the table. How is James going handle Clem's secret and how is Clem going deal with James's secret?

    This book was AMAZING! If I didn't have to go to work today, I would have stayed up all night reading this book. If you love the Jenny Han books, the summer series, you will love this book. It had everything that a pretty awesome book should have. It had a summer romance, heartache, and drama. Everything that is needs!!! If you want a good read that keeps you wanting more, this book is defiantly for you!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    Great read.

    I loved this book. It was a perfect short-read and I recommend it to anyone thinking about reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    soo good! 

    soo good! 

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

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    Unbreak My Heart is a heartbreaking novel about love, friendship

    Unbreak My Heart is a heartbreaking novel about love, friendship, and forgiveness. My heart despaired along with Clem's, and I wanted to walk up to her and give her the hug that she needed. Clem is the insecure teenage girl that we can all relate to. She isn't bad at heart; she never meant to hurt anyone. She just couldn't stop her growing feelings for her best friend's boyfriend--and that's what love is. It's something that we can't control. It is true that we can control our actions, something Clem could have done better, and she suffers the consequences, as we find out through Clem's alternating narration of the past and present.

    Clem's heart breaks when her best friend of forever (Amanda) ditches her after finding out that Clem and her boyfriend Ethan's relationship wasn't as innocent as she thought. While the two never really "hook up," Clem betrayed Amanda emotionally, and that's bad enough to start the rumors--and make Clem a social pariah while nobody blames Ethan. At first, I really despised Amanda, and I was annoyed with Clem for thinking of herself as a bad person. As I learned more about their relationship over the course of the novel, the two grew on me. While I never really felt like I got to know Amanda, Clem's character matures when she meets James. James was by far my favorite character. He has unique personality that goes along with his red hair. Together, he and Clem's younger sister Olive are the ones who get her to stop moping around and bring the smile back to her face. James is the one who brings her back to real life.

    One of my favorite parts of the novels is how old songs, films, and ships are worked into the novel. It is music and a shared taste for the classics that brings Clem and Ethan together. It is a sailing trip that brings Clem and James together, and their shared flair for individuality brings them closer. I enjoyed learning more about life on the water. The family getaway is just what Clem needed to heal her broken heart, especially as James is around to show Clem what a real relationship is about.

    This is a book that can be easily finished in one sitting. I wouldn't recommend it if you're looking for a light summer read filled with sunshines and smiles from start to finish. However, you won't regret picking up this book. It is a beautiful contemporary read that looks into relationships of all kinds (from family to friends to love).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    Summer Must Read

    This book was a really good book. It was cute and easy read book. I could not put it down and when I had to the minute I could read it again I did. It has a story line that keeps you guessing and wondering every second. At least it did for me. I highly recommend this book.

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