Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine is available in paperback and ebook format now.
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Book details (as seen on amazon page)
Pixie Marshall’s freshman year of college ended two weeks ago, as did her residence in the school dorms. Which means she’s in need of a new place to live and, subsequently, a job. She started working at Willow Inn because one of the job perks-and she’d use that term loosely-is free room and board. But what she hadn’t realized is that her free room shares a hallway and a bathroom with the only person she was hoping to avoid for the rest of her life: Levi Andrews. As in: Hot guy. Handyman. Keeper of all her painful memories.
Once upon a time, they were best friends on the brink of being something more, but that was before everything went to hell. All Pixie wants to do now is avoid him completely, which might be more harder than she thought. Because despite everything that happened before, Levi hasn’t let go of his feelings for her either.
I’d like to thank the publishers for a copy of this book for an honest review.
Firstly, I’d like to say that this is the first book I’ve read by Chelsea Fine. I love finding new authors and then realising part way through the novel that they will be added to your favourite author list. My favourite author list is expanding each day but there is always room for more …
While reading the book this phrase went through my mind:
‘She was his sister … She was her best friend … She brought them together and she’s now tearing them apart. Will the love they shared for her break their heartache?’
I adored this book, from start to finish the author kept me engaged. It’s about two teenage friends that had a strong bond and a growing chemistry however, tragedy struck and Pixie and Levi went their separate ways. After a year of being apart they are thrown back together and thus starts a love, hate relationship. The novel’s chapters are split between both characters and its great to read from both Pixie and Levi’s points of views. The chapters are quite short at times which is great as it kept me turning the pages to find out what the next instalment was going to be. We find out a lot about their history, how they became friends and a lot about them individually. When their lives took a tragic turn it was very heartbreaking to learn of their pain, the author wrote this section very well and I loved the mood created with the storm. It’s a very emotive storyline that is filled with angst and heartbreak, it is tragic and touching, lovely and romantic. It’s filled with a lot of sexual tension. I just wanted them both to give in to their emotions and hug each other and say to each other “I understand your pain.” However, you need to read the book to find out what happens …
A great, emotive 5/5* read.
I’d like to share a section of the book I particularly enjoyed …
I spent that weekend at Levi’s house, crying to his mom about how kids at school were going to tease me and how no boys would ever like me. Linda did her best to style my hair in the most feminine way possible, but it was a lost cause.
Monday morning came around and I cried all the way to school. Junior high is hell on girls – especially in a small town – so with my head hung in shame, I braved the front doors and steeled myself for the endless teasing and whispering that was sure to ensue.
But it never came.
It seemed everyone in school was too preoccupied with a certain eighth grader’s hair to care about mine. I travelled though the halls, listening to giggles and following wide eyes to the source of the school’s entertainment.
His hair was longer back then and he had dyed it purple – neon purple – and spiked it up all over his head. The school’s star football player dying his hair a silly colour wasn’t jaw dropping or mind blowing, but it was outrageous enough to keep any attention off of me.
Levi and I didn’t speak that day, but once, as we passed in the hall, he gave me a crooked smile and that’s when I knew.
I was his completely.