If I Fix You

If I Fix You

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, 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…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373212491
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Edition description: Original
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 190,202
Product dimensions: 5.29(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About 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 becoming a published author. Visit Abigail at abigailjohnsonbooks.com and on Twitter @AbigailsWriting.

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If I Fix You 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Vidushi Liyanage 6 months ago
If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson is thrilling book that opens the eyes to the damage that can happen to a child from his/her parent’s mistakes. Jill Whitaker is a sixteen-year-old girl who fixes things and people. She spends most of her time at her father’s auto shop fixing cars, whom she loves immensely. Jill had a good life before her mother left, before her mother gave her first taste of betrayal. To make it even worse, her former best friend(Sean Addison), who she loved, was tangled up in the midst of it all. Her mother’s sudden departure tore her family and happiness to shreds. Now, Jill can’t even stand to be in her dark, desolate home, and she can no longer seek comfort in Sean. Her summer kicks off as a new boy moves in next door, who has even more scars than she. The two bond over their shared problems and Sean manages to bring himself back into the picture. Jill manages to bring herself to a slight normal, when an unexpected visitor throws everything back into chaos. Jill finds herself riding that roller coaster all often teenagers do, until she realizes that she must fix herself before fixing anything else. Abigail Johnson writes an excellent novel, that examines an important topic: the relationship between parents and their children. She uses the fluctuations of Jill’s sweet and genuine character to show how a parent’s actions and decisions can affect a child. Personally, I don’t know anyone who can still feel normal after their parents fight. Anything and everything parents do have an impact on their child. She adds in the Jill’s innocent and joyful friend, Claire, whose family is virtually perfect to contrast their lives and worlds. Claire is always happy and positive, which can show how a happy family leads to a happy child and a troubled family leads to a troubled child. I think that this is a very important lesson because approximately 50% of people in America are divorced. This means that the children that come out of these marriages are going to dad’s on weekend and mom’s for the week or vice-versa. The poor kids are forced to pick sides. Abigail Johnson picks a pressing and important issue to address in her debut novel, turning it into a creative and intriguing young adult read. This novel is a good read for all ages and genders. Anyone can take something from this book, they can connect with the characters and relate to at least one situation. If I Fix You is a great novel to keep you glued to the couch for a good two hours and turning the pages at lightning speed. Abigail Johnson creates an enthralling novel with a good story line and meaningful message that you won’t want to put down.
Galatia135 More than 1 year ago
Johnson writes an honest romance with believable, multilayered characters. I love how tough Jill is, from her hobby to her sweet relationship with her dad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book a lot but I just wish theirs a second book
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Jill Whitaker knows the exact moment she fell out of love with Sean Addison. It was the same moment she caught him in a compromising position with her mother. It was just before her mother walked out leaving behind nothing but a post-it note by way of explanation. In the aftermath of that horrible day, Jill is trying to relearn the intricacies of her life. She still works with her father at his garage. (She isn't about to give up fixing cars when she could turn a wrench before she could tie her shoes.) She runs cross country with her best friend Claire to train for the high school track team. Sean is there too, but Jill isn't sure how to be around him yet. She isn't sure if she'll ever be able to fix everything that has broken between them. When a new guy moves in next door, Jill finds herself trying to fix him too. But as Jill gets closer to Daniel she realizes that his problems (and his scars) may be bigger than she imagined. There's also the small matter that despite their obvious chemistry Daniel is twenty-one. Jill used to be able to fix anything but before she can move on, she's going to have to learn how to fix herself in If I Fix You (2016) by Abigail Johnson. If I Fix You is Johnson's excellent debut novel. Jill is a thoughtful and entertaining heroine. Her first person narration is conversational and breezy filled with evocative descriptions of a hot Arizona summer. Jill's love for cars and skills as a mechanic are unexpected and add another dimension to this story. Johnson negotiates a complicated love triangle well. Jill's interactions with both Sean and Daniel are fascinating with chemistry that is tangible. While the romance is a huge part of the story, If I Fix You is really about Jill and her own choices as she tries to decide how to move forward after the painful heartbreak of her mother's departure. If I Fix You is a solid and often unexpected contemporary romance. Recommended for readers who enjoy stories about characters pulling themselves back from the brink, books with chipper best friends, and romances that keep you guessing. Possible Pairings: The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre, Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake, This Raging Light by Estelle Laure, When We Collided by Emery Lord, Falling Through Darkness by Carolyn MacCullough, The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle
KatyAnne More than 1 year ago
I cannot say enough good things about IF I FIX YOU. This book is everything I love about YA contemporary--rich, complex relationships, an interesting plot, clever writing, love, heartache, and humor. Jill is a budding mechanic who works at her father's shop, and their relationship would have made the book even if there wasn't a host of other wonderful things about the story. She and her dad are Keith and Veronica Mars-level awesome, and the author illustrates that in such tender and funny ways. The relationships between Jill and Sean and Jill and her new neighbor, Daniel, are complicated and enrich the story so much without ever becoming or feeling like a love triangle. Jill doesn't always make smart choices, but they always make sense from her perspective, and the way she fixes them--and herself--is compelling and part of an important journey. It's impossible not to get attached to Jill and her grease-stained hands, wit, and pain. There are also plenty of swoon-worthy moments, as well as lighthearted and funny ones that helped the emotional ride feel deep and balanced. In other words, I just loved this book. Straight up, flat out loved it.
RJ Gonzales More than 1 year ago
My Review If I Fix You is a book that leaves a lingering impression on you long after the last page is turned. I'll admit at first I was a little skeptical when reading the prologue by wondering if the conflict in this novel would be sustainable and interesting enough for the length of the pages without me experiencing back-and-forth/will-they-won't-they exhaustion. However, as soon as things took off I couldn't help but stay up and finish the last half of the book in one night. When reading any novel I usually have a checklist for books that I utilize when reading—nothing too formal just a simple few traits most books I enjoy seem to have in common. If I Fix You hit several of these traits. Does this book have characters that aren't perfect/"chosen ones"/stock characters? Heck yes! Flawed characters are more interesting and relate-able, at least in my opinion, and Jill, Sean and Daniel were definitely far from perfect and boring. Do I care about the characters/world/plot within the first 50 pages? Yes. I mean it took a little longer to fully get on board with the characters but I got there and found them to be genuinely likeable. There was something devilishly delicious about the tension between Daniel and Jill that I liked (even though I knew it was unethical) To me, they had more chemistry and gravitas than Jill had with Sean—before and after the incident—and made the most sense given that the two "fix" each other despite Sean having more weight and importance in the story than Daniel. Then there was the relationship between Jill and Claire, her best friend. I felt it to be somewhat odd that Jill felt comfortable telling a stranger of what was bothering her and not her best friend who practically begged her to tell her so she could help. Nevertheless, Claire was a dedicated friend who cared about Jill—possibly more than Jill even thought so herself. Of all the relationships between Jill and those surrounding her in this novel, the one that was the most developed and interesting was the one she had with her father. Their bond was so strong and was unparalleled to anything I've read before in the YA contemporary genre. Abigail Johnson's ability to create a tangible parent-to-child relationship deserves to be commended and acknowledged as that is a difficult element which she has beautifully mastered in this debut. Now on to the plot of this book: If I Fix You is a story about love (in many forms), secrets, as well as forgiveness and learning to move on after a traumatic incident causes a rift between Jill and her friends and family. It is a novel with a certain rawness that is able to transcend this novel from a run of the mill contemporary to a cinematic-like drama in literary form that both warms and tugs at your heart when reading it. It isn't the most shocking scandal, but rather a mother who wasn't exactly maternal (more selfish) and a misunderstanding followed by jumping to conclusions and letting it fester without confrontation to find a resolution. However most teens are irrational, so I understood why Jill became so angered and traumatized from what she experienced. In closing, Abigail Johnson's If I Fix You is a raw and emotional read that will trigger a response from you as you hurt and heal alongside Jill on her journey of forgiveness. Definitely worth the read! Rating: 4/5 — DISCLAIMER — I disclose that I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review from the author
ruthsic More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If i fix u is a great book for young people to read because it as some not so good words