Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things

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Edie Price never wanted to end up back in Mansfield, Massachusetts, not after she and her mom thought they had left the clique-y rich town behind forever. But now Edie’s mom has been dead for three years, and her aunt and uncle have finally decided to give her a home until Edie finally turns eighteen and can hopefully set off for college. Edie’s plans for the next few months don’t include parties, makeovers from her cousins, or romance. Definitely not that last one. And yet, Edie soon finds herself torn between two local boys: Sebastian, her childhood friend and the boy next door…who already has a girlfriend, and Henry, the local rogue who leaves a string of broken hearts in his wake but who seems determined to get on Edie’s good side. When Edie gets caught up between them, can she fix the situation without breaking anyone’s heart—including her own?

Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things sounds like it should simply be a fluffy summer young adult read, but anyone who picks up this novel will be pleasantly surprised by the intricate and moving story author Jacqueline Firkins has concocted. Edie is a fascinating character, and her continued grief is something a surprising number of readers will be able to identify with, as are her frustrations with the situations life has thrown at her since. The story is well written and engages young readers on teenage subjects while still also being interesting to older readers. It’s worth wading through Edie’s problems to get to this ending.


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Author Jacqueline Firkins
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 384 pages
Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers
Publish Date 2019-12-17
ISBN 9781328635198
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Issue April 2020
Category Young Adult
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