Thursday, May 17, 2012

Unbreak My Heart by Melissa C. Walker

Unbreak My Heart by Melissa C. Walker.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's.
Pages: 240.
Release Date: May 22, 2012.
Source: NetGalley.
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?

This book is so adorable and fun and made me want to jump on a ship and set sail somewhere. But while I did thoroughly enjoy it, I didn't fall head over heels in love with this book. There were some good things and some ehh things, but let's talking about what I really liked first.

James. Red. Whatever you want to call him, I absolutely loved him. I have nothing against the "bad boys" or the "mysterious brooding boys" of YA, but having a nice, goofy guy get the girl was a pleasant change. I also loved his relationship with Clem. It felt so giggly and giddy and a butterflies-in-the-stomach kind of cute. I also really liked the musical aspect of the novel. I always appreciate a book that acknolwedges music and uses it to impact the characters and this is definitely one of them.

What I wasn't so crazy about? Clem's changing attitude regarding the best friend/best friend's boyfriend situation. The way she went from being depressed and self-deprecating about what she did to feeling angry that she didn't do anything and then back to the self-deprecation was kind of ... dizzying. Also, I feel like we didn't get enough of the drama to really feel the dramatics. The story was told through flashbacks but they were so scattered and short that it didn't really have any effect on me while reading. I got a lot more emotion from the letters Clem attempted to write to her best friend in the beginning of the chapters.

Overall, I did really enjoy Unbreak My Heart. The adorable, charming romance and beautiful descriptions of the scenery on the sailboat make this the perfect summer read. It wasn't the perfect book for me, but I definitely recommend all of my contemporary lover friends check this one out!

Other reviews for Unbreak My Heart:
Makeshift Bookmark.
365 Days of Reading.
Chick Loves Lit.
Paper Dreams.


  1. I actually really enjoyed reading Unbreak my Heart! And I loved Red and how he wasn't your typical mysterious YA boy. Great review!

  2. I agree, brooding bad boys are nice and all, but in the end I'm a goofy guy kind of girl. Nothing's better than that sweet awkwardness, you know what I mean? ;)

    Great review! Happy reading.

  3. I really loved this book; Clem's sadness over losing her friendship broke my heart while her family and James helped me put it back together.

  4. I didn't looove this one either, but I did really like it as well but for different reasons. Except James. WE ARE ON THE SAME PAGE THERE. He's so un-typical for a YA guy nowadays. :DD