Review: Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine

March 7, 2014 Raquel Romero 1

Review: Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea FineBest Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine
Series: Finding Fate #1
Publication Date: March 4th 2014
Publisher: Forever
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 336
Format: eBook

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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.

My Thoughts

Denial is thick and sweet, and for the past year it filled up my lungs until they threatened to burst. But truth… truth is clean and pure.

I absolutely loved this book. Loved it! The writing, the characters, the storyits all beautiful. I havent read a book thats left me in pieces in a good while and Best Kind of Broken managed to do just thatbreak my heart and put it back together all over again.

Pixie is broken, both on the inside and outside. The past year has been complete hell and shes suffered through it by herself. Now shes just looking forward to spending the summer at her aunts inn and far away from her hometown, where the stares and whispers follow and mock her. The summer ahead of her is supposed to be peaceful and relaxing, yet its anything but when Pixie realizes shell be living right next door to Levi, the only guy shes ever loved, whos just as broken as she is. Not knowing how to face each other, Pixie and Levi do the only thing that seems reasonable: they fight and bicker and get in each others nerveall to avoid the big elephant in the room.

I can say without a doubt that Pixie is one of the most well-developed characters Ive ever encountered. Theres so much pain and guilt behind Pixies green eyes and unruly blonde hair that threatens to drown her every single day. And if that wasnt enough, she bears a permanent remainder of all shes lost cutting diagonally across her chest. Yet shes a tough little cookie and I loved getting to know her. Pixies been the recipient of her mothers hateful words her entire life, never being good enough, pretty enough, skinny enough. Luckily she found comfort in her aunt Ellen and her best friends family. Charitys family has been everything to her ever since she can remember, taking her in, loving her, accepting her. So when she loses everything she held dear one terrible night, shes left broken and bruised.

Like Pixie, Levi blames himself for younger sisters death and her best friends accident. In one single night, he loses his sister, as well as his best friend, and during the months to come, he slowly  loses his parents to their own grief. Like Pixie, Levi is broken on the inside, the pain and guilt of that night eating him alive. It was heartbreaking to read. Ever since the accident, Levis been losing the desire to do anything with his life, both losing his football scholarship and getting kicked out of school. So hes pleasantly surprised when a job as an inns handyman for the summer lands in his lap. The last thing he expects, however, is to find himself face-to-face with Pixie after a whole year, let alone live in close quartersand share a bathroom, mind youwith her for the next few weeks.

Pixie and Levis relationship rebuilds slowly through the course of the novel, and it was perfect. These two used to be best friends and their missing link is a stark contrast every time theyre together. Furthermore, theres a lot to clean up between them and I loved that Fine didnt rush that. Both Pixie and Levi are a bit broken on the inside and it takes them some time to get trough all of the shit in their head. They havent spoken in months and they both feel guilty for Charitys deathwhich is a topic theyre more than happy to push aside and ignore. Its much easier for them to pretend everythings fine, instead of having an honest-to-god conversation. Its also much, much easier to ignore the sexual chemistry just bouncing off the walls!

Yet once they finally get together, its explosive and powerful and beautiful. Pixie and Levi slowly help each other heal and they mend together. They have a long road ahead of them, and it was beautiful to read. Before falling in love with each otherand it unconsciously happens way before Charitys deaththey used to be close friends, and they had to first repair that relationship before they could move onto anything else.  I cant say it enough, but their story, their romance and the future ahead of them was beautiful and done just right.

Best Kind of Broken is one of those rare books that steal your heart from the very first page. The healing process is never easy and Ms. Fine does a perfect job of writing down these two lost souls story. Heartbreakingly beautiful, Best Kind of Broken stays with you, long after youve turned the very last page.


One Response to Review: Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine

  1. Annie

    Gosh, Im glad you adored this novel! Levi is an awesome name I could picture myself reading this one. ;-) Slow build romances work for me, its the wham-bam ones that leave me disappointed, so Ill try and check this one out sometime. Thanks for the great review!


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