I received this book for free from Irish Banana Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson
Published by Harlequin Teen on October 25th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: Irish Banana Tours
Readers of Sarah Dessen, Cammie McGovern and Morgan Matson will adore this thought-provoking, complex and romantic contemporary novel from debut author Abigail Johnson, about finding the strength to put yourself back together when everything you know has fallen apart.
When sixteen-year-old Jill Whitaker’s mom walks out—with a sticky note as a goodbye—only Jill knows the real reason she’s gone. But how can she tell her father? Jill can hardly believe the truth herself.
Suddenly, the girl who likes to fix things—cars, relationships, romances, people—is all broken up. Used to be, her best friend, tall, blond and hot flirt Sean Addison, could make her smile in seconds. But not anymore. They don’t even talk.
With nothing making sense, Jill tries to pick up the pieces of her life. But when a new guy moves in next door, intense, seriously cute, but with scars—on the inside and out—that he thinks don’t show, Jill finds herself trying to make things better for Daniel. But over one long, hot Arizona summer, she realizes she can’t fix anyone’s life until she fixes her own. And she knows just where to start . . .
My Thoughts On This Book
If you know me then you know that if a book has a blurb that says anything like “for the fans of Sarah Dessen” then I am automatically adding this to my TBR. It also means that I am setting my expectations extremely high when it comes a book with a blurb similar to the one above because Sarah Dessen is my queen of contemporary. I had extremely high expectations for this book. If you tell me this is something for Sarah Dessen fans then I am setting my bar of expectations extremely high. Abigail Johnson, you did not disappoint me.
If I Fix You is the debut novel by Abigail Johnson and it was really good. So good in fact I read it in a day. Do you remember the last time I did that? No? Yeah, me neither.
The book is told from Jill’s perspective and it takes place during the Arizona summer. There were many things about this that I liked; one Jill was not a girlie girl. She was a mechanic and I can name one other book where a girl was a mechanic and I loved that. I also liked the emotions that Johnson was able to bring out of me while reading If I Fix You. I was betrayed, angry, confused, hurt, sad, heartbroken, but above all I was fixed.
The writing was extremely easy to get into. Like I said, I read this in a day and I didn’t even realize I was going to finish it until there was no more. I was involved in the story; the characters and I wanted to make sure everyone was fixed in her or his own way.
I loved the characters in the story even the side characters but I felt a connection to Daniel and Claire the most and I hope to see them have their own novels. Abigail, if you are reading this I really want to know if everyone is okay so like I’m totally happy with a novella, I just need to know everyone is okay.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and found myself wanting more. I would definitely pick up more books by Abigail Johnson and you should too.
About The Author
Abigail was born in Pennsylvania. When she was twelve, her family traded in snow storms for year round summers, and moved to Arizona. Abigail chronicled the entire cross-country road trip (in a purple spiral bound notebook that she still has) and has been writing ever since. She became a tetraplegic after breaking her neck in a car accident when she was seventeen, but hasn’t let that stop her from bodysurfing in Mexico, writing and directing a high school production of Cinderella, and publishing her first novel.