Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things, by Jacqueline Firkins, is a modern-day love story featuring the boy-next-door.
Love is the last thing that should be on Edie Price's mind. She is in her final year before graduation, and she needs to spend her time studying and saving money to be able to go off to college in the fall. Life hasn't been easy for Edie.
After the loss of her mom and spending months in foster care, Edie is not happy to learn that she will now be living with her prestigious aunt and uncle. Adding her name to the list of her aunt's "charity list" isn't something Edie is proud of.
Determined to just make it to the fall, Edie does her best to settle in with her new life living with her aunt and uncle. But her plans get derailed, when not one, but two, local boys enter her life.
Sebastian, the boy-living-next door, has been on Edie's mind ever since she met him. Now, she is living just next door to her childhood crush. He is everything she wants. But, he has a girlfriend
Henry, the new bad boy in town, is one that Edie wishes to stay very far away from. But his charm and charism ultimately wear Edie down, and she finds him falling into his wild ways.
In the end, Edie must decide what is best for her future and her heart. Be sure to check out Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things.
Additional Note - This novel features some mature relationship decisions. I would recommend it for high school and older students.