Sophomore year broke Clementine Williams’ heart. She fell for her best friend’s boyfriend and long story short: he’s excused, but Clem is vilified and she heads into summer with zero social life. Enter her parents’ plan to spend the summer on their sailboat. Normally the idea of being stuck on a tiny boat with her parents and little sister would make Clem break out in hives, but floating away sounds pretty good right now. Then she meets James at one of their first stops along the river. He and his dad are sailing for the summer and he’s just the distraction Clem needs. Can he break down Clem’s walls and heal her broken heart?
SMALL TOWN SINNERS was one of my top contemps last year, so of course I was highly anticipating Melissa Walker’s newest.
Besides getting Whitney Houston stuck in my head every time I read the title (AHHH), I really, really enjoyed UNBREAK MY HEART.
The majority of the book takes place on a boat (unique setting alert!) as Clementine sails the coast with her family for the summer. All we know at the start is that right before the trip, Clem did something that made her best friend hate her. Throughout the book we get glimpses into Clem’s journal and flashbacks that describe the situation little by little.
There were two characters that I really loved in UNBREAK MY HEART. The first is Olive, Clem’s little sister. I loved how much she loved Clem, and how connected the two of them were – there were times they could just give each other a look and understand what was going on. So often in books the siblings either don’t get along or are opposites so they don’t hang out, so it was refreshing to have a connected sister duo.
The second character I loved was James. James is a boy on another ship traveling the same path as Clem’s family for the summer, so they see each other at docks along the way. James is one of those good mood guys, is funny, and likes to draw. He seemed very genuine.
While the journey is mostly about Clem, there are a few other characters that make some progress throughout the summer. This made for a very fulfilling read.
I wholeheartedly recommend UNBREAK MY HEART, especially for those interested in a boat setting!