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?
Clementine and Amanda have been best friends since Kindergarten. They do everything together and even have a cute mash-up name, Clemanda. When Amanda starts dating Ethan, the new guy at school, Clem is happy for her. She soon realizes that Ethan fits right in their little group of friends. He's funny and charming and they have a lot in common...more so even than he and Amanda do. When Ethan starts with the subtle flirting Clem is confused. She doesn't understand what he's up to, but she like how he makes her feel. She knows she should push him away, tell him to stop, but she doesn't. After her and Ethan spend the day together on her birthday, even though nothing happens, Amanda is furious and Clem is exiled. Everyone at school shuns her. She might as well be wearing a scarlet letter A! Thankfully, sophomore year is over and her family is spending the entire summer sailing. She won't have to face anyone. But that doesn't stop the guilt from tearing her apart. How could she have done something so horrible to her best friend!? She feels horrible, and no matter how hard her family tries to cheer her up she's miserable...until she meets James. He is such a happy person, and it's a bit contagious.
Unbreak My Heart is heartwarming and a great comfort read. It's a bit sad, but it's uplifting at the same time. I felt sorry for Clem as she relived the past year in her mind and through rereading her journal. Even though nothing actually happens between Clem and Ethan, you know Amanda's hurt by the actions of her best friend. This is evident by the fact that she tells Clem she'll never forgive her but she immediately takes Ethan back. I even found myself feeling a bit sorry for Ethan. It was obvious he had a real connection with Clem, even though he really liked Amanda.
This story is real and I'm sure most readers will totally relate to the situation. I loved Clem and her entire family. And I absolutely adore James. The way he drags Clem out of her depression is just so sweet. Especially when you realize he has every reason to be just as depressed. I devoured Unbreak My Heart in a matter of hours, and I loved every minute of it.
5 Stars * * * * *
I won my copy of Unbreak My Heart from Bloomsbury, so I'm going to pay it forward and give it away to one of my wonderful readers! It's just too great of a story not to share!! So, if you would like to win your very own hardback copy of Unbreak My Heart be sure to enter below. Also, you get the bookmark I used while reading...a sock monkey sticker! Please read this first:
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