Review: If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson

Posted November 3, 2016 in Review / 7 Comments

Review: If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson

If I Fix You

by Abigail Johnson
Published by HarperCollins, Harlequin Teen on October 25th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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 . . .



If I’ve said it before, I’m going to say it again…. I don’t like love triangles.

BUT, love triangles that aren’t really a love triangle, those that serve a purpose that when you finish a book, you look back and say to yourself, “Ya know, I don’t think there EVER was a love triangle,” those are the stories I love best!

This is one of those stories…

Before I begin, can I just say that I love that the main character’s name is “Jill”?!  What a completely normal, everyday name!!  I have total love for that.

*clears throat*  Let us begin again…

Sixteen year old Jill has the shittiest mother in the world.  Raise your hand if you’ve heard that before ∗counts too many raised hands∗.  It’s okay, though.  She has an awesome dad she works with in his little automotive business, fixing cars with him.  Jill loves the satisfaction she gets from fixing a broken engine and then hearing that engine purr as it leaves the garage when she’s done.  Unfortunately, she can’t fix the mess of her family.

One night, while sitting out on her roof looking at stars, trying to escape the house that is tainted with her mother’s memory, Jill can’t help but overhear her new neighbors loudly arguing.  Reminding Jill of her parent’s past arguments, she tries to “do something” and distract the two people arguing when it sounds like the argument has become physical.  Oh, she stops the argument alright 🙂  She also meets the next door neighbor, Daniel, in the process.

This story is about Jill and Daniel meeting and finding in each other a person to talk to.  And damn, isn’t that important in life?  Just to have one person to listen to you?  How healing it is just to get things out.

[pullquote]Talking about Mom with Daniel didn’t feel like I was exposing a festering wound to someone who’d never gotten so much as a scratch.  He had his own wounds…  We both bled.  How much wasn’t important.  And just like that, I started seeing stars again, brighter and more numerous than they’d ever been before.  Daniel saw them too.[/pullquote]

You think I blew the whole story there, right?  NOPE!  There’s a ton of plot I’ve completely left out.  And because there’s so much to this story, it makes this book unputdownable (it’s a word, dammit!!)

And even though I needed to drop anvils on her head repeatedly, the “mom” character was pretty well fleshed out and well written.  You knew why she did what she did.  Wrong?  Completely.

Other characters were written with actually more depth, including Dad – oh, I loved on Dad’s honesty in the end.  Jill’s best friends were unique and you almost feel like they could have their own stories, at least Claire could have a book.

I’m really looking forward to more from this debut author in the future!  And isn’t she just so adorable ↓ ??  Someone so cute shouldn’t have such a dark mind….  😉

About Abigail Johnson

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 cross-country road trip in a purple spiral-bound notebook that she still has, and has been writing ever since. She became a tetraplegic after breaking her neck in a car accident 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.




About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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7 responses to “Review: If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson

  1. I haven’t seen or heard of this book before so thanks for the heads up because I love stories where there are important friendships that sometimes lead to more. This sounds like something I would enjoy so I’m putting it on my wish list. Haha, I find myself missing your average, every day run of the mill normal names too. Jill works!
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