Early Review: Unbreak My Heart by Melissa C. Walker (eARC)

2012, Bloomsbury, Melissa C. Walker, review, stand alone, young adult 1 Comment 3rd March, 2012

Unbreak My Heart by Melissa C. Walker
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release date: May 22, 2012
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Purchase: Book Depository

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?

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 that fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Susane Colasanti will flock to.

This is the kind of contemporary novel that I absolutely adore. Because in one way or another every single person can relate to it. There are other contemporaries, more dark and gritty, that I read and enjoy, but I can’t relate to those as well since I was lucky to have a good childhood. But who can’t relate to heartbreak?

I loved Clementine. I know some people might think she was too mopey and whiney for too long but really she wasn’t. We all handle our emotions differently, deal with things differently. I had something that took me 4 years to get over. Completely overshadowed my entire time in high school. There was no point where I was thinking that she needed to just stop. She had to work things out for herself, and she did. James was major help in that department. And in her way, she helps James with his own issues. I loved seeing them get closer and closer over the summer. And Clem’s family is one of the most awesome families that could ever exist.

I enjoyed how the story unfolds between the summer present, and the school year past in alternating chapters. That’s a great way of giving back story, and ensuring your reader will continue reading since they’ll want to know what happened. Melissa C. Walker is an excellent writer as well. I was always able to picture everything in my mind, which also made me really wish it was summer already. The only thing I didn’t like about the book was that we didn’t see what happens between Clem and Amanda and Ethan after the summer. There are hints as to how it could all go down, but really you’re left guessing.

Definitely a good summer read, because even though it deals in heartbreak, Unbreak My Heart is about healing and moving on, with plenty of light moments and laughter. A contemporary that shouldn’t be missed.

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