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.