Saturday, March 1, 2014

Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine (Review)

SOMETIMES MOVING ON MEANS MOVING IN
Pixie Marshall wishes every day she could turn back time and fix the past. But she can't. And the damage is done. She's hoping that a summer of free room and board working with her aunt at the Willow Inn will help her forget. Except there's a problem: the resident handyman is none other than Levi Andrews. The handsome quarterback was once her friend-and maybe more-until everything changed in a life-shattering instant. She was hoping to avoid him, possibly forever. Now he's right down the hall and stirring up feelings Pixie thought she'd long buried . . . 
Levi can't believe he's living with the one person who holds all his painful memories. More than anything he wants to make things right, but a simple "sorry" won't suffice-not when the tragedy that scarred them was his fault. Levi knows Pixie's better off without him, but every part of him screams to touch her, protect her, wrap her in his arms, and kiss away the pain. Yet even though she's so close, Pixie's heart seems more unreachable than ever. Seeing those stunning green eyes again has made one thing perfectly clear-he can't live without her.
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Chelsea Fine lives in Phoenix, AZ where she spends most of her time writing young adult fiction, painting murals, and avoiding housework at all costs. Her obsessions include: superheroes, coffee, sleeping-in, and crazy socks. She lives with her husband and two children, who graciously tolerate her inability to resist teenage drama on TV and her complete lack of skill in the kitchen.
Find out more about Chelsea's next book on her website: www.ChelseaFineBooks.com

My Review:
BEST KIND OF BROKEN begins with Pixie in the shower finding out the hard way there's no hot water left - again. 
"I don't politely wait for him to leave the bathroom, oh no. I stand outside the bathroom door - which has steam escaping from the crack at the bottom - with a carefully applied scowl and wait. Still waiting. The door swings open to a perfect male body emerging from a billow of hot fog. His dark hair is loose and wet and frames his face in a haphazard way that manages to look sexy despite the fact that he probably shook it out like a dog before opening the door, and of course he's wearing nothing but a towel. Kill me now."
Yes, the sparks start flying, which is the last thing either of them want; and continue throughout the book. BEST KIND OF BROKEN is a book of young love, deep loss, and how to come to terms with guilty secrets. And woven into the mix of emotion, there is humor. 
How do two people, who have loved each other first as childhood friends, and later as teenagers, overcome their brokenness and learn to love again? Chelsea Fine did a wonderful job with this story. The book is full of raw emotion and struggle. 
I do not normally read young adult novels, but made an exception for this book. The writing draws you in and puts you in the midst of everyday living in a bed and breakfast with people who have chosen to be family. The writing is good. The characters are well developed, and there were no grammar issues that popped out. The author also did a good job developing the story. She lets the story tell itself, and in some ways, this allows the book to have an air of suspense.
I enjoyed reading the book and in my opinion, definitely deserves a five star rating. If Chelsea Fine decides to write adult fiction - I'm there. 
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 
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