Bloomsbury USA Childrens
May 22, 2012
It’s summer, and everyone needs at least a book or two that will lift them up into the light summery mood that we all love. Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker proved to be a perfect beach read. This effortless read takes place on a boat, has an adorable romance, and an endearing character growth. Coming highly recommended from me, Unbreak My Heart is a summer book everyone should pick up.
Clementine starts off her summer on a low-note: she did something mysteriously unforgettable that caused her to lose her best friend– and all friends for that matter. Now, her parents are dragging her onto a boat for the entire summer with her little sister Olive. She’s down in the dumps, but she slowly brightens when she meets another teenage sailor.
This book was just so darn cute! There were quite a few things that I liked about this book: first, the setting! I’ve never read a book that takes place on a boat and on the lake, and this was a really good experience. It felt very beachy and light and just pure bliss! I think Walker really captured the fundamental atmosphere of being on a boat. In addition to the setting, the romance was really great as well. The romance wasn’t insta-lovey; it started off friendly and then it progressed from there, which I love. I think James, the love interest, really helped Clementine as a character grow. This leads me to my next point: Clementine developed into a stronger character in this story. If you know me, you know that I love when characters change positively and end up being dynamic characters by the end. As I mentioned before, Clem starts off on a bad note, and the fact that she was able to forgive herself and learn from James was just heart-lifting and pleasing.
The only little complication I had with Unbreak My Heart was that the “issue” that Clem went through wasn’t revealed until a looong time in the story, and I hate the anticipation– it’s not even in a good way, the waiting. That was a bit annoying, but I can see why Walker did it. This hardly affected my enjoyment for this novel by the end though, so it’s negligible.
So if you’re looking for a beach read that’s spot-on, Unbreak My Heart would be an excellent choice. With a nautical-feel, a heart-warming romance, and steady character development, this one did not disappoint and completely satisfied my summery reading.