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Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine Book Review

Best Kind of Broken (Finding Fate, #1)
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.

Pages: 336 Pages
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Release Date: March 4, 2014

I’ve been a fan of Chelsea Fine for a few years, especially with how much I loved her Archers of Avalon series. That’s what made me so excited to hear she had a new novel coming out! The buildup was kind of slow, but overall, I’m happy I gave this new series a try.

Best Kind of Broken follows two different characters, Levi and Pixie, in the aftermath of a tragedy that impacted both of their lives. Both characters, as the title hints, are so broken. I felt bad for both of them, but Levi more so. The things Pixie went through were equally tragic, but I just didn’t like the way she attempted to deal with them. I’m aware that everyone grieves in their own way, but she lived in so much denial. Her best friend, Jenna, was amazing, though, especially in how supportive she was of Pixie and how honest she was with her.

Levi was a great guy. He did and said some of the sweetest things, and I was able to truly see and understand him through Pixie’s eyes. One of my favorite aspects of the novel was all the flashbacks to moments from Pixie and Levi’s past from when they were kids and beyond. They were so cute!

The plot was pretty slow the first 25%, and I didn’t completely understand anything about the character’s past. It’s not explained until quite a bit later in the story, so I felt like the beginning just dragged too much to fully hold my interest. However, towards the end of the book, things definitely sped up and got extremely entertaining. I sped through the last part of the book. 

Levi and Pixie seemed meant to be together and the attraction between both of them was crazy. As the novel is new adult, there were some more mature scenes, and I personally preferred the tender, sweet ones they shared. This couple was one that you just know is meant to be together. 

Pixie’s mother, although introduced only once or twice in the book, is one of the worst mothers I’ve ever read about in fiction. The way she verbally abused her daughter was terrible and I was glad that Pixie fought back against it. Levi also had his own family things, and I feel like the epilogue did a good job at resolving some of those things.

Best Kind of a Broken is an emotional read with characters you can’t help but root for. I’d give it 3 out of 5 flowers :)

12 comments:

  1. I've been on a NA kick lately, but have been seeking out the more upbeat books. But I've also been mixing the occasional 'broken characters' storyline in the mix, so I'll keep this one in mind when I'm in the mood for that type.

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  2. Great review, I really enjoyed it! I got this off of netgalley, so I need to get onto it soon. :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm looking forward to seeing your thoughts on it.

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  3. Glad that despite a bit of a rocky start you ended up enjoying this one Montana! I think I'll likely be frustrated by the fact that Pixie is in denial, but Levi sounds awesome as does her friend Jenna. And I have no doubt I will HATE Pixie's mother, which is always kind of fun in a twisted sort of way. I love when characters can make me angry, sad, stabby, etc. :) Thanks for your thoughts on this one!

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    1. Pixie was frustrating and her mom was so awful. However, the rest of the book was pretty good!

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  4. I'm so afraid to read NA books lately. To me they all have the same plot and the same characters. I'll wait and see what you read next.
    Bethzaida @ Bookittyblog

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    1. This plot was similar, but I feel like the author made it more unique.

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  5. Thanks for sharing. I haven't heard of this author. That's a bummer the beginning dragged a bit, but it sounds like things got better!

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    1. They definitely did :) This author's other series is great!

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  6. I'm actually not a huge fan of New Adult contemporary romance books - I've enjoyed a few of Cora Carmack's one of Chelsea Cameron's, and a few others. BUT, I've seen many mostly positive reviews for this particular book, like this one! I'm glad you mostly enjoyed this one, Montana! I probably won't read this one (I feel like I need fast-paced books at the moment). Fantastic review!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  7. I'm so excited about this one, it looks like something I'd like. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it more.

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