If I Fix You | Book Review


Title: If I Fix You
Author: Abigail Johnson
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction
Goodreads rating: 3.88 / 5
Pages: 304
My rating: 4 / 5


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 . . . (source: Goodreads)


It took me a week to read this book because I was super busy. I thought I would get used to the busy-ness of being a high school student when I reach form 5, but I was hella wrong. It was only 304 pages but it took me so long to finish it, even if the plot was intriguing me.

The synopsis made the story sounds cliche, but as the story unfolds, that assumption is slowly proven to be wrong. It's not totally original, but not wholly cliche either. You can guess some things to happen but there are some other things that you don't really expect to happen but happens. It kept me reading even when I had a lot other works to do. 

The characters are very lovable. I often hate the main girl character in the past books I read, but I love Jill, because she handles every problems she has maturely. She is mature for a 16-year-old girl and I absolutely love her. I love her girl best friend too. At first there are some things that I hate about her, but as I grew to know the characters better, my love for her grew too. For boy characters, I love-hate both Daniel and Sean. I don't exactly hate Daniel, it's just something seemed off about him. And Sean. I hated him a lot at first but something forced me to un-hate him which was very impossible for me, because, Afifah Nabila doesn't un-hate, she tones down her hatred. 

But if you ask me which boy character I like better, it would be Daniel. No further explanation because I would spoil everything.

4 stars for this book because:

-I love the girl character.
-The plot is relateable. Not exactly, but I know how it feels when someone you trust the most becomes the one who breaks you into pieces, and it sucks.
-The healing process. One of the reasons why I picked up this book is to see the healing process. I love to see how the characters heal after being shattered and how they help each other to heal.
-It is a very good debut. It's very rare for me to read a very good debut book and this book kept me reading.

where did the 1 star go?

-I hate love triangles, and I'm not fond of the ending.

"Savage, vicious, relentless. How do you survive something like that? How do you survive being rejected over and over again by the person you tried to protect?"

Finally, a book review after what seems to be a year. I'm so sorry if I spoiled any part, or something is less in this post, I was trying so hard to not spoil anything to anyone who reads this 😐 I hope you enjoy this post nonetheless! If you have read this book, do tell me so that we can discuss about this book hew hew hew.

Lots of love,

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  1. i hate love triangle too. so cliche. :D
    this book looks interesting :)

    1. Right? I hate love triangle because one of the people in it will get hurt, so so so frustrating -_- Especially when the one that get hurts is my favorite character.


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