Wishlist Wednesday: Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Wishlist Wednesday! Today I am featuring Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things by Jacqueline Firkins. I am looking forward to this retelling of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about and have yet to read. It is a spin-off of the original meme, Waiting on Wednesday that was formerly hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Wishlist Wednesday: Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable ThingsTitle: Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things
Author: Jacqueline Firkins
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: December 17, 2019

Summary (from Goodreads):

In this charming debut about first love and second chances, a young girl gets caught between the boy next door and a playboy. Perfect for fans of To All The Boys I've Loved Before.

Mansfield, Massachusetts, is the last place seventeen-year-old Edie Price wants to spend her final summer before college. It’s the home of wealthy suburban mothers and prima donnas like Edie’s cousins, who are determined to distract her from her mother’s death with cute boys and Cinderella-style makeovers. She's got her own plans, and they don’t include any prince charming.

But as she dives into schoolwork and getting a scholarship for college, Edie finds herself drawn to two Mansfield boys strumming for her attention: First, there’s Sebastian, Edie’s childhood friend and first love, who’s sweet and smart and . . . already has a girlfriend. Then there’s Henry, the local bad boy and all-around player who’s totally off limits—even if his kisses are chemically addictive.

Both boys are trouble. Edie can’t help herself from being caught between them. Now, she just has to make sure it isn’t her heart that breaks in the process.

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This book sounds like it is going to be so much fun to read, and I love the summer before college setting. The fact that it is a Jane Austen retelling has me really intrigued as well. I can’t wait to find out how this book ends.

About Jacqueline Firkins

Jacqueline Firkins

Jacqueline's a writer, costume designer, and lover of beautiful things. She's on the fulltime faculty in the Department of Theatre & Film at the University of British Columbia where she also takes any writing class they’ll let her into. When not obsessing about where to put the buttons or the commas, she can be found running by the ocean, eating excessive amounts of gluten, listening to earnest love songs, and pretending her dog understands every word she says.

31 thoughts on “Wishlist Wednesday: Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things

  1. Sandra says:

    An Austen retelling? I love that cover. The synopsis sounds really interesting. I don’t read much YA lately, but I might have to add this to my tbr. I hope you enjoy reading this!
    My WoW

  2. Mir @TBRandBeyond says:

    Excuse me while I scream!!!! Mansfield Park retelling? Yasss Queen! I love this story, well any Jane Austen story but I’m happy it’s not P&P. Don’t get me wrong Darcy is my boo but it’s nice to see something else.

  3. Jaime Lynn says:

    Cute, cute, and I LOVE the cover. I also am digging the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before shout-out!

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