Two sad kids with at least one terrible parent each bond over having terrible parents in this strangely engaging YA novel about sixteen-year-old Jill, her two best-friends, and the age-inappropriate boy — handsome, and dangerous, and so, so broken — who moves in next door to her.
Weirdly unpredictable, the story moves easily in the head of our much-beset Jill. There is romance, violence, melodrama and an occasional flash of humour, and Jill’s mechanical expertise, as she assists in her father’s garage (not the terrible parent, in her case), wordlessly makes her one of those Not Like Every Other Girl girls that so populate YA fiction, and a good thing, too.
The book does deal with some big themes, most of them abuse-based, and while one troubling sexual harrassment storyline is significantly underplayed, and not at all properly dealt with (which it surely would have been, had the genders of the people involved been reversed), it must be said that, for the most part, these important topics are dealt with both candidly and with sensitivity.
Why I bought this, I can’t really say. It just… called to me, somehow? I think it was the title. We all like to think we can fix, that we can help. No one really fixes anyone here, though, they just listen, and show they care.
And maybe that’s the point.
TBR DAY 200: If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson
TIME ON THE TBR: 2 years.
PURCHASED FROM: Readings Carlton.
KEEP: Probably not.