Unbreak My Heart is a story about friendship and family. After Clementine falls for her best friend’s boyfriend, Ethan, and is ostracized by all of her friends, all she wants to do for the summer is stay home, read, and drown in self-hatred. Instead, she’s forced to spend her summer sailing with her parents and little sister.
This story really is a dual love story that’s told in alternating chapters, and I loved it. With this format, you’re able to see how Clem’s relationship with Ethan (her BFF’s boyfriend) develops and you can’t help but sympathize with her. They have so much in common, and he’s charming and flirtatious – his actions should be unforgiveable, but no, it’s always the girl’s fault so she’s the only one shunned by all their friends. I really liked Clementine as a character – she’s flawed, human, and I liked seeing how she grew from her mistake.
Clementine spends the summer grieving her friendship with Amanda, hating her self for ruining their relationship, and analyzing her actions. She meets James, whose family is sailing the same route as hers, at a marina… He’s upbeat, and always tries to see the best in things, despite his own family problems. The romance between Clem and James is sweet and builds up slowly. I loved James with his blue eyes and red hair, and was rooting for them the entire time!
I absolutely loved that this story is set is on a sailboat, on the water, and at the marinas they visit. As much as I loved the setting, my favorite thing about this novel was Clem’s family. Olive is the best little sister ever, and her parents are so loving and supportive. They give Clem unconditional love, and along with James help her accept, and move past her mistakes. Teenagers often take their family for granted, and I loved how the point of sailing for the summer was to spend time as a family.
Unbreak My Heart pulled at my heartstrings – it made me cry, but it also made me smile. It’s a fantastic contemporary that shouldn’t be missed, add it to your to-be-read list or better yet, pick up a copy today!