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If I Fix You Hardcover – October 25, 2016
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"Broken boys and broken cars and broken hearts. I loved this combination of things that need fixing. Heartfelt and romantic! Read it!" -Kasie West, author of The Fill-In Boyfriend
"Adroit and strong-minded, If I Fix You is a wholehearted page-turner." -Huntley Fitzpatrick, author of The Boy Most Likely To
"I know readers are going to LOVE this book as much as I did. A feisty and strong heroine to root for, and a love interest who is dreamy and complicated in all the right ways. What a fabulous debut by a great new writer to watch!" -Cammie McGovern, author of A Step Toward Falling
"If I Fix You is a heartrending story about life not being what you hoped for...and being okay anyway." -#1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike
About the Author
Abigail Johnson was born in Pennsylvania. When she was twelve, her family traded in snowstorms for year-round summers and moved to Arizona. Abigail chronicled the entire road trip and has been writing ever since. She became a tetraplegic 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. Visit Abigail at abigailjohnsonbooks.com and on Twitter @AbigailsWriting.
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Jill doesn't always make smart choices, but they always make sense from her perspective, and the way she fixes them--and herself--is compelling and part of an important journey. It's impossible not to get attached to Jill and her grease-stained hands, wit, and pain. There are also plenty of swoon-worthy moments, as well as lighthearted and funny ones that helped the emotional ride feel deep and balanced.
In other words, I just loved this book. Straight up, flat out loved it.
In the aftermath of that horrible day, Jill is trying to relearn the intricacies of her life. She still works with her father at his garage. (She isn't about to give up fixing cars when she could turn a wrench before she could tie her shoes.) She runs cross country with her best friend Claire to train for the high school track team. Sean is there too, but Jill isn't sure how to be around him yet. She isn't sure if she'll ever be able to fix everything that has broken between them.
When a new guy moves in next door, Jill finds herself trying to fix him too. But as Jill gets closer to Daniel she realizes that his problems (and his scars) may be bigger than she imagined. There's also the small matter that despite their obvious chemistry Daniel is twenty-one. Jill used to be able to fix anything but before she can move on, she's going to have to learn how to fix herself in If I Fix You (2016) by Abigail Johnson.
If I Fix You is Johnson's excellent debut novel.
Jill is a thoughtful and entertaining heroine. Her first person narration is conversational and breezy filled with evocative descriptions of a hot Arizona summer. Jill's love for cars and skills as a mechanic are unexpected and add another dimension to this story.
Johnson negotiates a complicated love triangle well. Jill's interactions with both Sean and Daniel are fascinating with chemistry that is tangible. While the romance is a huge part of the story, If I Fix You is really about Jill and her own choices as she tries to decide how to move forward after the painful heartbreak of her mother's departure.
If I Fix You is a solid and often unexpected contemporary romance. Recommended for readers who enjoy stories about characters pulling themselves back from the brink, books with chipper best friends, and romances that keep you guessing.
Possible Pairings: The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre, Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake, This Raging Light by Estelle Laure, When We Collided by Emery Lord, Falling Through Darkness by Carolyn MacCullough, The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle
When a new neighbor, Daniel, comes in, a guy who is in a situation like hers, she and he form an instant bond. Here is a person a little more broken than her, and they can lean on each other for support. The way their relationship starts is sweet, but there is the fact that he is way older than her sixteen years. Even though they share a connection, she realizes the fact that they can't work, not as anything more than just friends. I mean, see age-difference relationships as usually seen as unequal, with one person having more power than the other, but it is not completely so in this case. It is more the fact that they are in different points in their lives, and while they have this good relationship between them, it can't work as a romance. And the author, as well as Jill, show that it can not be so (which I was grateful for, because I really was thinking it might go the other way).
Jill has unresolved issues with her mom, and so does Daniel, and they both have to deal with their respective messes separately. When her mother comes waltzing back in her life with a grenade launched at her and her father's relationship, Jill finally has the courage to evaluate her relationship with her mom, and the events of that night. The reason I docked off one star, is because a lot of the plot and Jill's troubles with Sean arose out of miscommunication, and I hate stories that rely on 'if only you talked' to create obstacles. Nevertheless, it is well-written and deals with the subject properly, so I would recommend it as a good book.