Unbreak My Heart – Melissa Walker

Unbreak My Heart – Melissa Walker
Published: 5-22-2012 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Get the book: Amazon, The Book Depository

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?


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This cover is great for the story. The simplicity is refreshing and really works with the elements of the story. I like how the girl is shown alone on a boat because so much of this book is Clementine wishing for a bit of solitude on the boat. I really like the placement of the title in the arc of the heart shape. I’m not sold on the placement of the publisher’s name, but I guess publishers see it as necessary to put their logo on ebook covers now.

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Unbreak My Heart is the story of Clementine getting over a bad situation with her friend and her friend’s boyfriend, while being stuck on a small boat with her family all summer. Being in constant contact with only her family and a few other families on the same sailing route gives Clem time to brood, but also gives her perspective. Clem’s story is part reflection on what happened and part making new friends on her trip. Overall, it’s a short look at love gone wrong and love gone right.

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  • Olive – As annoying as Clementine finds her little sister much of the time, Olive is great. While Clem tortures herself with worrying what her friends think of her, Olive is young enough to not care what other people think of her, and to be annoyed by her sister’s constant moping. Olive makes fast friends with everyone and wants to be involved in Clem and James’ adventures. Olive is fun and Clem discovers that her sister understands much more than she gives her credit for. She gives you a nice break from Clem’s woes.
  • boating – I like the plot of having Clem stuck with her family constantly. So many YA books ignore parents, but Clem is forced onto a boat where she can’t escape her family, and eventually learns that her parents and Olive can actually be helpful when she’s struggling with something. Although she doesn’t quite go to them for advice voluntarily, Clem’s family surprises her with their understanding.

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  • Ethan – It definitely seems like Clem and Ethan had a connection, so why is he dating Amanda in the first place? True, we only see things from Clem’s POV, but Ethan never seems like the great guy she thinks he is. As much as Clem and all her old friends vilify her, it’s clear that Ethan is the one who should be hated. Clem shouldn’t be excused, but he’s definitely doing something wrong and obviously knows it. It would be easier to sympathize with Clem if Ethan seemed like a worthy object of her affection.
  • quick relationship – Since this story is split between the boat journey of the present and Clem’s friendships during the school year of the past, there isn’t much time given to building Clem’s relationship with James. They aren’t with each other during any actual sailing and most of their time together involves their parents. It’s not that their relationship goes far or anything, but it would have been just as nice if they were simply friends since they just met. It just seems like James and Clem didn’t get to spend much time together, especially since they couldn’t communicate when apart.

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I look out at the water and I’m glad for the sound of the waves and the wind, so I don’t have to hear my parents talking about me. I let a few tears fall, but I have to stay quiet. That’s one of the hardest parts of being on this boat. I can’t even let go and cry without everyone knowing.

– pg. 106

“We didn’t do anything at all, except hold hands a little. But it felt like…”

“You felt like his girlfriend,” says Olive. I look down at her and see that she’s totally caught up in this story, my story, and she’s understood me perfectly. I want to hug her.

– Clementine + Olive  pg. 192

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Acquired: bought (ebook)


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