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If I Fix You

If I Fix You

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by Abigail Johnson

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Some things are easy to fix…but are some meant to stay broken?

When sixteen-year-old Jill Whitaker's mom walks out—with a sticky note as a goodbye—only Jill knows the real reason she's gone. But how can she tell her father? Jill can hardly believe the truth herself. Suddenly, the girl who likes to fix things—cars,


Some things are easy to fix…but are some meant to stay broken?

When sixteen-year-old Jill Whitaker's mom walks out—with a sticky note as a goodbye—only Jill knows the real reason she's gone. But how can she tell her father? Jill can hardly believe the truth herself. Suddenly, the girl who likes to fix things—cars, relationships, romances, people—is all broken up. It used to be that her best friend/secret crush, Sean Addison, could make her smile in seconds. But not anymore. They don't even talk.

With nothing making sense, Jill tries to pick up the pieces of her life. When a new guy moves in next door—intense, seriously cute, but with scars that he thinks don't show—Jill finds herself trying to make things better for Daniel. But over one long, hot Arizona summer, she realizes she can't fix anyone's life until she fixes her own. And she knows just where to start…

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Broken boys and broken cars and broken hearts. I loved this combination of things that need fixing. Heartfelt and romantic! Read it!" -Kasie West, author of The Fill-In Boyfriend

"Adroit and strong-minded, If I Fix You is a wholehearted page-turner." -Huntley Fitzpatrick, author of The Boy Most Likely To

"I know readers are going to LOVE this book as much as I did. A feisty and strong heroine to root for, and a love interest who is dreamy and complicated in all the right ways. What a fabulous debut by a great new writer to watch!" -Cammie McGovern, author of A Step Toward Falling

"If I Fix You is a heartrending story about life not being what you hoped for...and being okay anyway."-#1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike

Kirkus Reviews
A young woman struggles to regain her footing after walking in on her mother and the boy she’s loved since childhood.It’s been five months since Jill Whitaker found her best friend, Sean Addison, in a compromising position with her mother. The day after, she found only a Post-it note; her mother was gone. Now, Jill’s left in a quiet house with a wounded father and unable to forgive Sean, the boy she’d dreamed of marrying since they were children. She spends her days in her father’s auto shop, trying to keep the mood light. One night, while sitting on the roof to escape the summer heat, Jill notices her new neighbor get into a violent argument with his mother. She throws a can of soda to distract them, breaking their window and subsequently sparking a slow-burning relationship with the boy, Daniel. The two lean on each other, sharing difficult stories of their parents. Only Daniel’s not in high school like Jill; he’s 21, and his scars run deeper than hers. As Jill defines her feelings for both Daniel and Sean in a clear, introspective voice, her mother returns, sending her into a tailspin. Each character’s pain is fully realized, and in spite of the love triangle, it’s facing the uncomfortable truths of damaged mothers that forms the pulse of the story. All the characters appear to be white. A nuanced take on learning to fix yourself rather than fixing others. (Fiction. 14-18)

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5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
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14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Abigail Johnson was born in Pennsylvania. When she was twelve, her family traded in snowstorms for year-round summers and moved to Arizona. Abigail chronicled the entire road trip and has been writing ever since. She became a tetraplegic when she was seventeen, but hasn't let that stop her from bodysurfing in Mexico, writing and directing a high-school production of Cinderella, and publishing her first novel. Visit Abigail at abigailjohnsonbooks.com and on Twitter @AbigailsWriting.

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If I Fix You 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ruthsic 9 months ago
This book is one of the strong contemporaries to come out this year. A story about loss and recreating your life, this book revolves around Jill, whose mother walked out of her family and their lives nearly a year ago. But Jill's mother did not just walk out, she broke her daughter's heart before leaving. Reeling from that night, she is a shell of a person, not able to relate to anyone, especially the best friend she used to love or able to speak about it. She and her father share a great relationship; right from childhood, she and her father have worked together on the cars in his garage. So, in this summer that is what she is focusing on - fixing the cars because she can't fix herself. When a new neighbor, Daniel, comes in, a guy who is in a situation like hers, she and he form an instant bond. Here is a person a little more broken than her, and they can lean on each other for support. The way their relationship starts is sweet, but there is the fact that he is way older than her sixteen years. Even though they share a connection, she realizes the fact that they can't work, not as anything more than just friends. I mean, see age-difference relationships as usually seen as unequal, with one person having more power than the other, but it is not completely so in this case. It is more the fact that they are in different points in their lives, and while they have this good relationship between them, it can't work as a romance. And the author, as well as Jill, show that it can not be so (which I was grateful for, because I really was thinking it might go the other way). Jill has unresolved issues with her mom, and so does Daniel, and they both have to deal with their respective messes separately. When her mother comes waltzing back in her life with a grenade launched at her and her father's relationship, Jill finally has the courage to evaluate her relationship with her mom, and the events of that night. The reason I docked off one star, is because a lot of the plot and Jill's troubles with Sean arose out of miscommunication, and I hate stories that rely on 'if only you talked' to create obstacles. Nevertheless, it is well-written and deals with the subject properly, so I would recommend it as a good book.
thepetitebookblogger 9 months ago
So…..I’ve been sitting here and typing and then deleting and then re-reading some of my favorite parts of If I Fix You and after doing it for a few hours I’ve come to the realization that all I can do is make a list of all the reasons why you need to add this book to your tbr immediately. Because If I Fix You is one of those books that makes you speak incoherently after reading it and then just start shoving your copy into everyone’s hands screaming “read it!”because IT WAS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!!!!! (P.S. I’m pretty sure that my review will be a hot mess so please bear with me because it was like the author took all of my expectations and then just threw it out a window because I was not expecting to love If I Fix You so much and I just don’t have enough words in my vocabulary to fully communicate my adoration of this book.)The first reason that you need to read this book is because the synopsis forgets to tell you that you are going to cry and laugh at the same time. That you are going to hold your hand over your mouth as you read and flip the pages so quickly because you are so involved in all the characters stories and need to know what happens next. Usually I find it overwhelming when a story has so many themes that it wants to address all in one book but with If I Fix You it was done so well and with such a sensitivity that it never seemed preachy or like another way to add in a story line. There’s the discussions of abuse physical & emotional, trying to fix other people instead of yourself, family friendship, unhealthy relationships, health problems etc.That were surprisingly well developed in a very realistic and natural way. There weren’t any moments of i-just-met-you-now-let-me-tell-you-my-life-story-because-you’re-hot tropes that you find in so many other books. The characters sat down and talked things through and those conversations felt so real as you read them that it felt like you were there too. My love for the main character, Jill, is difficult to put into words. Jill was such a smart, mature, headstrong, loving, loyal character who ended up surprising me 99.99% of the time. She is everything I want in a main character, she wasn’t perfect but her characterization is flawless. Jill likes to fix things but what made me love her was when she realized that sometimes you can’t fix others until you fix yourself. Jill is someone that everyone can relate to, her emotions, thoughts and feelings are very easy to understand. I thought that her being a mechanic was so cool, and loved reading about how much fun both her and her dad had together in their garage.While I can go on and on about her all day long and about the many instances in which Jill is amazing. I think that you’d be able to appreciate her character more if you just read the book yourself. Another aspect that made me love Jill was her relationship with Daniel. It’s hard to define what exactly it was because they both knew that they shouldn’t really spend time together. They had an age difference of five years which is a lot when you’re a teenager, and she was still reeling over the departure of her mother and he was carrying a lot of emotional baggage as well. Their connection to each other was because they both knew what it was like to be betrayed by those who are supposed to love you. This caused me to expect one of those sapppy heartbreak romances that ends in disaster but instead it went in a different direction that surpri