Hearts, Fingers, and Other Things to Cross

Hearts, Fingers, and Other Things to CrossTitle: Hearts, Fingers, and Other Things to Cross (Broken Hearts & Revenge 3)
Series: Broken Hearts and Revenge #3
Author: Katie Finn, Morgan Matson
Also by this author: Revenge, Ice Cream and Other Things Best Served Cold (Broken Hearts and Revenge #2)
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: May 10, 2016
Rating: two-half-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):


Gemma and Hallie's world has come to a screeching halt. Their parents are engaged, which makes them step-sisters. Nothing in the world could possibly be worse for Gemma and Hallie--they won't let it happen. Even if it means putting their own feud aside to separate their parents.

Events quickly escalate as a hurricane rips through the Hamptons leaving everyone (including Gemma's two exes, her current crush, best friend, and her nemesis) bottled up in one house. One big, miserable group of exes and enemies together allow secrets to unfold and plans to be plotted. The calm before this storm definitely doesn't exist.

Katie Finn pulls out all the stops for this fast-paced, dramatic conclusion in the Broken Hearts and Revenge series, Hearts, Fingers, and Other Things to Cross.

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Hearts, Fingers, And Other Things to Cross, Katie Finn

Hearts, Fingers, and Other Things to Cross by Katie Finn just doesn’t compare to the rest of the books in the Broken Hearts and Revenge series. The concept is not as fun and upbeat as the first books, since it is all about two girls trying to get their parents to divorce because they don’t want to be sisters. I also didn’t enjoy the main character’s immature actions and the unrealistic plot. I had such high hopes for this conclusion, but unfortunately, I was let down.

❀ A horrible Plan

I’m not sure how I feel about the concept of this book. I have always been a fan of revenge books, which is why I enjoyed the other two books in this series so much. However, in this final instalment, the two enemies become friends. I think it’s great that they are able to stop their fighting, but they are only joined together to execute a reverse Parent Trap, as one of the characters describes the plan. Hallie and Gemma only get over their differences so that they can break up their parents’ marriage to avoid becoming sisters. This is such an awful thing to do, and I couldn’t believe that they would try and do something so heartless. There are some aspects to the book that I enjoyed, but I just couldn’t get past this horrible plan.

❀ Gemma is not Enjoyable

Gemma, the main character is not as enjoyable in this conclusion as I found her to be in the rest of the series. As I mentioned a bit above, she tries to break up her dad and Hallie’s mom without even considering their happiness. She prioritizes her own drama over her dad’s well-being, and because of this, her character becomes dislikable. Gemma is also so careless and is so wrapped up in her scheme that she neglects tasks that are supposed to ensure that everyone is safe during the storm. Her immaturity was tolerable in the rest of the series, but it became too much in this particular story.

❀ Unrealistic Plot

My biggest issue with this book is probably how unrealistic it is. It’s difficult to describe without spoiling too much, but the whole story is basically a cliche. First of all, there’s the entire plot. The main character is trapped in a house with everyone she has drama with because a hurricane is approaching. This isn’t so hard to believe, but there are so many other things that would never happen. For example, Gemma and Hallie are scheming out in the open, people even catch them in the act, but no one tells their parents. It also just so happens that they have access to hours of documentary footage in which Gemma’s dad insults Hallie’s mom’s writing, and they are able to burn onto a DVD to show them. For what it is, I tried my best to look past it, but there are just way too many cringeworthy moments that I couldn’t believe.

❀ A Disappointment

Hearts, Fingers, and Other Things to Cross by Katie Finn is the final book in the Broken Hearts and Revenge series. I ended up disappointed in the reverse Parent Trap concept and the main character’s childish behaviour. I wanted to enjoy this book so much, but the endless cliches made it difficult. The ending of the book itself is satisfying, but I wish I could say the same about the ending of the series.

About Morgan Matson

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Morgan Matson was born in New York City and grew up there and in Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College as a theater major, but halfway through, switched her focus to writing and never looked back. She received an MFA in Writing for Children from the New School, and then a second MFA in Screenwriting from USC.

She is the New York Times bestselling author of five books, all published by Simon & Schuster.

She currently lives in Los Angeles with her rescue terrier, Murphy, in a house with blue floors that’s overflowing with books.

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5 thoughts on “Hearts, Fingers, and Other Things to Cross

  1. ravenblake99 says:

    I haven’t read this series but I’m sorry to hear that it turns out to be a disappointment for you. I hate clichéd plots too! I hope you enjoy your next read.

  2. Jaime Lynn says:

    Well that is disappointing. I read and loved the first book in the series, but wanted to wait until this one to finish it. Now, I am not so sure that I should. Maybe it would be better to leave it as it was after the first book…. loved.

  3. Tiffany says:

    So sorry you didn’t enjoy it! I don’t think I will enjoy it too, since I think separating their parents is a pretty cruel thing to do. I remember being interested in the first book of this series though, so maybe I’ll just read that 🙂

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