Title: Best Kind Of Broken
Author: Chelsea Fine
Publication Date: March 4th, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Rating: Three Stars
Summary: Pixie and Levi haven't
spoken in nearly a year when they find themselves working―and living―at
the same inn in the middle of nowhere. Once upon a time, they were
childhood friends. But that was before everything went to hell. And now
things are... awkward.
All they want to do is avoid each other,
and their past, for as long as possible. But now that they're forced to
share a bathroom, and therefore a shower, keeping their
distance from one another becomes less difficult than keeping their
hands off each other. Welcome to the hallway of awkward tension and
sexual frustration, folks. Get comfy. It’s going to be a long summer.
One of the more bittersweet YA/New Adult books that I've read recently, but in a good way.
- otherwise known as Pixie - and Levi have known each other since
childhood. Now they're grown up and dealing with a whole lot of tension
between them, both sexual and otherwise.
The blurb for this is a
bit misleading, I have to say - it makes it sound a lot more breeze and
shallow than it actually is, and I actually rather enjoyed this book.
~obvious sexual tension~ made me want to roll my eyes a bit as the book
began, but the obvious deeper connection between Pixie and Levi was
what made me keep reading on, if only to figure out just what they were
I often feel as though romances have to scramble
for reasons that are keeping their pairs apart - the 'problems' that get
thrown in the way end up feeling a bit cliched, or forced. That can
really suck the life out of a book when the reader just wants to roll
her eyes and say 'get on with it!'
Chelsea Fine has done a good
job of building a real connection between the main characters, though -
bonds of friendship and trust - and pain, though we only learn that as
the book goes on.
Readers may be frustrated by the back and
forth at the beginning of the book - I know that I was, and it was only
the obvious fact that there was something deeper going on that kept me
going. I like sparks as much as the next girl, but sometimes a girl gets
a bit impatient, you know?
Learning that [Charity
had died - Levi's sister, Pixie's best friend - made a lot of sense out
of what had preceded, and definitely tugged at my heartstrings. To be
young and lose your best friend or younger sister so quickly and harshly
- I saw friends in highschool be torn apart by the deaths of others in
my school, so I could understand the pain and anger that both Pixie and
Levi were swept up in.
Reading about characters who have been
torn apart by tragedy always makes me root for them and want them to
find their way through - this was no different. Both Pixie and Levi have
their individual struggles, and I enjoyed the fact that the book was
written in a way that let me see into both of their heads - especially
since Levi was an outright asshole a couple of times, something I would
have had issues with if I hadn't been able to read just what he thought
The gradual healing for both of them was something
that I enjoyed reading, especially Pixie slowly opening herself up to
Levi and to Jenna, her new best friend who is almost patient to a fault.
Levi's story wasn't quite as engaging for me, but I still was glad to
see him reaching out to Pixie, his love for her evident.
were a few faults with the book that justify its rating, however. First,
I found the relationship between Pixie and her mother to be a bit over
the top. Not that there aren't mothers out there who are so awful -
there definitely are, undoubtedly. The writing just seemed a bit over
the top, though, and I found it hard to swallow the horrendous things
that were said to Pixie by her own mother.
relationship with his parents - and the way that it is resolved - was
another part that I found difficult to swallow. I can understand HIM
emailing them, but why on earth would they not pick up the phone instead
of the weird email conversation that we read? For god's sake, he thinks
that he's to blame for the death of their daughter and they don't pick
up the phone? Urgh. It just didn't work for me.
There were a few
awkward bits during the sex scene that got to me, too - mostly
comparisons to a wolf or dog howling? Protip: not something that I want
to read about during a steamy sex scene!
Still, a poignant, sweet New-Adult book, and better than some others I've read.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in return for an honest review.