Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things
by Jacqueline Firkins
A Young Adult Romance (with an air of retellings) published by HMH Books for Young Readers on December 17th, 2019
In this charming debut about first love and second chances, a young girl gets caught between the boy next door and a playboy. Perfect for fans of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. 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 YA Romance by Jacqueline Firkins has a distinctive air of a bit of a retelling.
Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things was a good and cute read. Edie, the main character, was very independent, or so she seemed, and she tried to stay that way throughout the book despite outward forces pressuring her to conform to the norm.
Edie grew a lot during the course of the book. She fell in and out of love and went through the stages of being a teenager.
I, myself, didn’t love the book. It was a little annoying what with Edie having a little but of wishy-washy feelings but it added to the story and Edie’s characterization. It was necessary. The love triangle, and yes there is one, while annoying, was necessary for Edie to grow and learn how to trust herself and her feelings.
I did feel as though Edie was a little too dependent, despite the fact that she was independent with her actions. Edie’s thoughts, feelings, and memories were a little too dependent. But other than that it was a really cute read on first love. The retelling comes in with references to Austen’s work and the similarity to the characters between the books.
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