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

July 13, 2014 // Posted by Lisa in Reviews // 0 Comments

Audiobook Review: Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie FinnBroken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend
by Katie Finn
Series: Broken Hearts & Revenge #1
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Narrator: Katie Finn
Length: 9 hrs 18 mins
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: Publisher via Netgalley, Purchased
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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.


This was one of those cover-love-at-first-sight spontaneous downloads. Saw the cover. Read the synopsis. Downloaded immediately. It was that easy. Then I found out Morgan Matson wrote this book as Katie Finn. What?! Total excitement overload. To add to that heaping pile of awesome… Katie Finn narrated the audiobook as well!! There’s nothing better than an audiobook narrated by the author. It’s add a whole new level of awesome to the story knowing it’s read to you exactly how the author expected it to be read.

Despite the seriously adorable cover and fun-sounding synopsis, this story is also bombarded with revenge, deceit, and lies. Lots of lies. TONS of lies. It definitely has a Mean Girls vibe, mixed with a super cute contemporary. Totally different than I thought it would be, very it definitely had me hooked.

Gemma is one of those characters you either love or hate. I was on the love side. Despite her horrific behavior when she was a child and the horribleness she brought upon two good people, she was now trying to make amends for her wrongdoings. I really felt for her. Yes, she made mistakes… A LOT of them. And she made really dumb decisions, and said and did things that made me want to smack her… but she really had a good heart, and she meant well.

I had my suspicions here and there, but really had no idea how this story would end up playing out. I’m happy with the way it ended. I won’t give anything away, but it ended in a way that’s perfectly set up for book 2. Yes, this is a series. Although I very rarely read series, I will definitely be getting book 2. I NEED to see where this story goes from here.

It was really hard for me to not think of this book as Morgan Matson the entire time. I’m full of love for M. Matson. I’ve loved everything I’ve read by her. This one was both very similar and entirely different to other Morgan Matson books. It had the same fun, entertaining qualities, yet carried with that fun a much darker and more serious (and increasingly mean) story line. My favorite part you ask? The fact that it takes place in Connecticut. 🙂 Not the entire story, but the characters are from Connecticut. Most of M. Matson’s characters are. And I just absolutely love that. 😀


Katie Finn narrated her only story was amazing. I’ve only had the pleasure of reading a handful of books narrated by the author, and I’m such a huge fan of this. Hearing the author read the story and perform the characters the way it was intended is so amazing. I wish more authors narrated their own books. I would definitely 100% recommend this audio if you’re going to read this book.

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  • Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    It’s pretty awesome how the author is Morgan Matson AND that she narrated her own book. I definitely want to give this one a go just because of that. This sounds like a really sweet novel, and I love the cover as well!

    Fantastic review <33

    • Thanks, Melanie! I’ll be looking forward to your review. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 🙂

  • Aahw you made me excited to read this! 😀 Great review Lisa!

    • Thanks, Bieke! I hope you love it!

  • I wonder why Morgan felt the need to write this book under another name? I’ve had this book on my tbr for a while, but knowing it’s a Morgan Matson book moves it right to the top of my tbr list!

    I’m glad the narration was great especially since the author did it herself!

    • Ha! I did the same thing. SO much love for M. Matson!! I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did! 🙂

  • I love that this is a series. I pretty much knew how this was going to go down the entire time, but it was fun watching everyone squirm, ya know? Can’t wait for the next book! And yay for authors narrating their own books!

    • Yeah, I pretty much knew too… though a few times I did doubt my predictions. I do enjoy a good squirming! 😀

  • Cali W.

    Great review. I love the cover of this book. <3

    • Thanks! I love it too. I just may need to buy a keeper copy for my shelf. 🙂

  • I neeeeeeed this. I remember hearing someone talk about how Morgan Matson actually wrote this (WHY under a pen name?) and it made me love the sound of this book even more. WHY I haven’t read this yet, I have no idea. Obviously, I’m being an idiot. It all sounds great, I love your review 🙂

    • I’m stumped about the whole pen name thing too. Maybe because it’s so different from her other stuff? I have no idea. But Summer, you NEED to read this. You will love it. (I think?) I’m eager to hear your thoughts. After you read it, come back and chat with me. We must discuss! 🙂

  • You really can’t help but love Gemma. Even knowing what she did when she was a kid, and knowing how horrible it was, I still felt for her because she WAS JUST A KID going through an incredibly tough time. It is no excuse, but people make stupid mistakes all of the time, and even bigger ones when they are hurting. So, I liked this one. It was a cute contemporary. For me, it was incredibly predictable, but that never took away from my enjoyment. I really am looking forward to book 2, and I hope that Gemma winds up happy with a certain someone!

    • I agree it was predictable, though I did doubt my predictions a few times, so that’s definitely a plus. I really liked how genuine Gemma was. I’m so happy this is a series. If this had all tied up perfectly I wouldn’t have liked it anywhere near as much. I can’t wait for book 2! 🙂

  • Ooo I had no idea this was going to be a series Lisa! Good to know. Typically revenge based stories are tricky for me because I have a hard time supporting the character’s need for vengeance by hurting those who hurt them, but I’ve heard nothing but good things about Morgan Matson, so I think this is definitely still something I need to try! And how cool is it that she narrated the audiobook? Thanks for your thoughts on this one!!!

    • I have a very similar feeling about revenge books. I have a hard time too, and sometimes it makes me so upset that I don’t even finish the book. The last few I read with “mean girls” didn’t work for me at all. I felt I just HAD to read this one since my author crush on Morgan Matson seems to grow with each book I read of hers. This one definitely was different, and not a favorite, but boy, I’m definitely hooked. I must read book 2!

  • So the author narrated her own book?! That IS cool! You’d know that she’d read it exactly right, then, wouldn’t you?! 😉 Except…ha, I wonder if she’s sick of rereading it by now. XD I sometimes wonder why authors write under different names. I would never have even though about picking up Tsarina but then I realised it was by Jackson Pearce, who I adore, so I want to try it now!

  • I didn’t know this was Morgan Matson, how awesome that she narrates her own book! I have this one on my wish list.

  • I always find it interesting when someone has instant love for a cover that I don’t see the appeal of. Makes you wonder how spot on those marketing departments are.

    It’s good you feel on the live side with this character!

  • Totally cool that she narrates. I love that this has revenge, deceit and lies! I have really been enjoying audio books of late and will add this one Lisa. Fantastic review 🙂

  • I actually read this not knowing she was Morgan Matson, and then when she was here it came out that Katie Finn is her and I was shocked. I didn’t know she narrated the audio though, now I want to listen!
    LOVE this cover, SO much!

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