ARC Review: Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things

Mansfield, Massachusetts is the last place seventeen-year-old Edie Price wants to spend her final summer before college. It’s the home of wealthy suburbanites and prima donnas like Edie’s cousins, who are determined to distract her from her mother’s death with cute boys and Cinderella-style makeovers. Edie has her own plans, and they don’t include a prince charming.

But as Edie dives into schoolwork and applying for college scholarships, she finds herself drawn to two Mansfield boys who start vying for her attention. First there’s Sebastian, Edie’s childhood friend and first love. He’s sweet and smart and . . . already has a girlfriend. Then there’s Henry, the local bad boy and all-around player. He’s totally off limits, even if his kisses are chemically addictive.

Both boys are trouble. Edie can’t help but get caught between them. Someone’s heart is going to break. Now she just has to make sure it isn’t hers. 

This one got off to a slow start, but there was something about it that kept my interest going.  Honestly, it was probably wondering if Edie would keep her feelings for her childhood love, Sebastian, or fall for the bad-boy Henry who seemed interested in her right from the start, despite his history with girls.

The love triangle was a bit frustrating because it was obvious that Sebastian had something for Edie, but he already had a girlfriend and she kept showing up at the most inconvenient times.  To be honest though, I’m not so sure about the love triangle because I wasn’t too keen about Henry and I feel like the plot would have worked without him because of Sebastian’s girlfriend being such an obstacle.

I think what I liked most about the book was how Edie had grown in realizing how her actions affect others and whether she’s being selfish in situations or not.  This went back to the situation she was in with her best friend before she moved and throughout the book she tries to make amends online and through texts, but she later realizes that she needs to see her friend face-to-face and give a heartfelt, no bullshit apology.

So, overall, I did like this book.  It’s a quick and light read.  However, it’s not quite up in my top favorites.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

And thank you NetGalley for providing me with a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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