Friday, April 17, 2020
Review: Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things by Jacqueline Firkins
Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things
by Jacqueline Firkins
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars
Edie has lost her mother and had been living in foster care. Her aunt and uncle decide she can move into their house, finishing up the last few months of high school before she goes to college. While there, she is reunited with her first crush Sebastian and meets Henry, an older guy she is sure is a playboy. All she is trying to do is make it to college and keep her heart from being broken further.
Those concerned with relationship elements and teens drinking need to be aware of this book does contain both. There are some heavy make out scenes, discussions of sex but not in detail. There are multiple episodes of teen drinking as well. It feels authentic and true to the point that characters are at in this book.
A delightful contemporary romance, this is heartwarming, and often times funny, take on Austen’s classic Mansfield Park. I enjoyed the sprinkling of quotes from other books throughout as one of Edie’s quirks is to remember lines from every book she has read. I felt the ending was a bit rushed, that the final moments seemed too rush even if you predicted the ending. Overall, I would recommend this title to anyone who enjoys a young adult contemporary romance.
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