The Predictable Heartbreaks of Imogen Finch
Imogen Finch has just been through her seventeenth breakup. Is her love life failing due to a magical curse? Insufficient effort? Poor timing or personality mismatches? Everyone has opinions on the matter.
Imogen’s ready to give up altogether. But when Eliot Swift, her secret high school crush, returns to their small coastal town after a decade of nomadic travels, Imogen has new motivation to try again. Eliot’s full of encouragement. He suggests that her curse is not only imagined, it’s easily breakable. All they need is one win–any win–and she can believe in love, and in herself again.
From trivia games to swimming races to corn-shucking contests, the pair sets out to snag Imogen her first first. But when victory proves more elusive than Eliot anticipated, and when his deep-seeded wanderlust compels him to depart for far away places, Imogen fears she’s destined to remain in second place forever. Fortunately for them both, sometimes magic lingers in the most unexpected places. And love is far from predictable.
The Predictable Heartbreaks of Imogen Finch is an emotional roller coaster of failed relationships, and a young person with rather bad luck (or if you believe in the supernatural, she’s cursed). With an elderly mother, who can’t keep a steady job due to her clairvoyant tendencies, Imogen is committed to her mother’s well being as well as the small-town that takes care of its own.
But when the unexpected happens, which, of course, Imogen’s mother predicts, Imogen’s childhood crush makes an unannounced appearance and then the love story begins.
Intertwined with Imogen’s story are her ex-boyfriends, a further glimpse into her bad luck. It paints a grim picture, one that leaves Imogen with a broken heart, dwindling self-worth, and the reader wondering, if this poor character will ever get a happy ending.
Though there’s a bit of a love triangle (sort of, maybe, kind of) between Imogen and Eliot and Imogen and a character named Dutch (I hope the author actually explores this character for a future novel), I felt like the ending could’ve come sooner rather than dragging it out.
For me there was way too much, will Eliot commit or won’t he? This may have been resolved with two POV’s, helping readers to better understand Eliot’s mental health particularly flushing out his difficulty to commit to a long term relationship, among other things, but the title says it all.
This is Imogen’s story.
Happy Reading ~ Cece
RATING: – Satisfyingly Inked
From the Publisher
|Source & Format
|Review Posted Online
|St. Martin’s Griffin
|NetGalley, Digital ARC
|August 15, 2023
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