Title: Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things
Author: Jacqueline Firkins
Rating: 3.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
Edie Price just wants to focus on school, a job, and scholarships for college, instead she is stuck in Mansfield, Massachusetts, the home of wealthy suburbanites and prima donnas. Edie’s cousins keep telling her that she is like Cinderella, but that’s not how she feels at all. Cinderella was an abused maid who got a magical makeover, and fell in love with the prince- oh and actually got to keep him. Edie’s amazing life has been upended by the death of her mother, and now she is forced to live with her cruel aunt and annoying cousins. Sure, they’re rich and want to give her a makeover to fit into polite society, but Edie doesn’t want to change and her prince is someone who isn’t available anyway- or is he…? Cinderella or not, as Edie gets caught between the affections of the boy next door and the local playboy, she will find that a heart is just as breakable as a glass slipper.
This book was super fun and sweet! It started out as a funny, fluffy read, and ended with me almost in tears. This book was predictable, but it was still wonderfully written and had an amazing lesson about love and loss. The characters were all well developed, and I enjoyed watching Edie try to get used to living with her cousins in their small, rich town.
Edie was an interesting main character. I knew how the book ended when I started it, so I didn’t get too wrapped up in her drama. That being said, there is drama and Edie is not always the most lovable character. This book is not for anyone who has had their heart broken by cheating because the tone of this book is very upsetting when you look at it from a purely moral perspective. I was able to enjoy it, but I would warn readers to go into the book knowing that it could seem morally shady.
Overall, this was a great -albeit super cliche- book that I recommend to individuals looking for an addicting young adult love story. The story lightly discusses sex, and alcohol, but it focuses on first kisses, cheating, and high school crushes. I hope you all enjoy it!
That was cute! I didn’t expect that book to get as deep and painful as it did, but boy was the emotional roller coaster worth it!
First, I want to point out how much I liked Edie’s cousins by the end of the book! They are actually super supportive and helpful in their own ways. Although the girls are mildly annoying, I think they really do love Edie and want to make sure she fits in. Also, I love how strong their personalities were!
Second, I just need a second to say that I can’t decide if I despise Claire or feel really bad for her! At first I just felt bad because Edie was totally flirting with her boyfriend- and Sebastian clearly liked her as well. But, by the end Claire was being a total jerk, and she handled the entire situation super poorly. Instead of actually talking to Edie or Sebastian about everything, she lashed out aggressively- and it was super annoying. But Edie definitely started it all by obviously flirting with Sebastian.
Ok, finally to the guys…
Watching her break up with Henry was horribly depressing. I grew to love Henry so much- he is such a thoughtful and honest individual. Sure, he was a cocky jerk at times, but I truly believe that he loved Edie and wanted what was best for her. He treated her wonderfully, and I really liked their relationship- even though I was sure it was a temporary thing (which almost made it all even more painful). Like Edie literally had sex with Henry and dumped him the next day 🤦♀️. The amount of restraint Henry showed to honor Edie’s requests was super sweet, and I’m so sorry for how things ended between them!
That being said, I love Edie and Sebastian! Their connection is strong and amazing, and I am so glad they got together. I feel like they are the better couple, but I am glad the author didn’t have them get together instantly. Instead, she showed this period of transition that both characters needed because the way they became a couple was painful. I’m hoping they find their happily ever after- full of books, music, reading, and love.
The title of this book actually made sense, and I loved how it really ties the story together. It really discussed hearts full of love and loss, heart necklaces representing family and memories, and hearts merging in longing and support. The guitar strings and strings of connection between the characters mirrored each other perfectly, and in the end Edie broke Henry’s heart which in turn broke hers a little as well.
I really enjoyed this book- even though it definitely had some ridiculous, teenage angst parts in it 😂
Have you read this book? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!
Happy Reading and Stay Safe! ❤️
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