Thursday, May 30, 2013
Unbreak My Heart- Melissa C. Walker
Author: Melissa C. Walker
Source: Bought new (Kindle)
You can’t help who you fall in love with. It’s a lesson Clementine Williams knows all too well. She’s headed into the summer with a broken heart and zero social life. So even though her parents’ plan to spend the summer (trapped) on their sailboat should make Clem break out in hives, she doesn’t really mind the chance to float away for a while. Even if it means most of her social interaction will be with her nine-year-old sister.
Told in alternating chapters that chronicle the year that broke Clem’s heart and the summer that healed it, Unbreak My Heart is a wonderful dual love story from magazine writer/editor and rising star, Melissa Walker.
This was on sale on Kindle a few weeks ago for $1.99 so of course I bought it because it's Melissa Walker how could you not. I was a huge fan of her Violet on the Runway series which I completely devoured and this one had me hooked from the first page. I read this in one sitting. It's a summer time, fast paced contemporary story about Clementine.
The main character is spending the summer on her family's boat after being heart-broken and dropped by her friends. Clementine is not overly keen to have to spend the summer (trapped) with her nine year old sister on a sail boat and then James comes along. He is spending the summer with his dad sailing and following the same route as Clementine and her family. He gets her out of her shell and the pieces of what happened start to form and the story unfolds.
Clementine played the sullen teenager well, but when you wanted to get mad at her you couldn't because she would acknowledge her selfishness and another piece of the story would be revealed. I really liked how she grew over the summer and her sister was so sweet and tried to bring her out of her shell. I also liked how Jame's story was played out. He had also been dealt a unfair hand but he handled it completely differently from Clementine. I liked how the author showed both ways to deal with grief and sadness.
I really liked the story, I love how it was laid out. I felt like this was a situation in some way that everyone can connect to. It may not have been exactly the same as Clementine's story but I know personally I have been there when I have fought with a friend and how disconnected you can feel. This book is a summer read and I cannot wait to re-read it. I want to re-read it to see if I can pick out the subtle hints in the story that let me know what directions it is going to take.
I gave this a 5/5 because it deserves nothing less and I hope more people read this book because it is so so good.