If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received this free eARC novel from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.
The synopsis of this book intrigued to me to no end when I first read it, so I was very excited to get a copy to read and find out if the book was just as good as the summary. And it definitely was! I really enjoyed this book and flew through it once I started reading.
Jill has been having the worst summer of her life and she doesn't even know how to deal with anything going on. Her mother left Jill and her dad, things are in a very tense place with her best friend Sean, and she has to get up at the butt crack of dawn before the sun comes out to run with her friend Clare for cross country. Then she gets to enjoy life for a little bit to go work at her father's auto shop and fix cars - which is Jill's true passion.
When Jill gets a new neighbor, mysterious and gloomy Daniel, she thinks things might become more interesting. Especially since the first night she notices them in the house, it seems like his home life might be very similar to hers when his mother is screaming and yelling at him. Living her whole life with her mom and dad fighting and arguing in the house, Jill can understand how he might be feeling right now.
Because even though Jill is mad that her mom left, she is also upset about the REAL reason that she left and Jill can't forget the scorching scene she saw when she walked into the house the day before her mom left. Jill can't forgive her mom for destroying her family and her sense of what is right and wrong in her life.
So with Daniel, she can confide in him and tell him the whole truth of what happened. And she starts to really see Daniel for who he is. She tries to fix his crappy life that he was delt.
But in the end, Jill realizes that she can't help Daniel until she can help herself, and the only way to do that is to confront the two people who betrayed her trust the most.
This was a fantastic novel! I love Jill and I feel so much for her during this terrible summer she is going through. I couldn't even imagine how she is feeling. It must be very emotional for her. I loved that she was a tomboy and loves to work on cars! And that she is actually employed to work on cars and that she's not just "tinkering" or "playing" with them - she really knows what she is doing at age 16!
I'm so glad that I got to read this and I am definitely going to keep my eye out for more books by Abigail Johnson in the future!
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