“How did we get so broken?”
There’s something to be said for a book that doesn’t once lose your attention. Reading Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine felt a little like Alice jumping down the hole into Wonderland. Once you’re in it, you’re completely immersed in the characters and storyline. Chelsea Fine has created a work that perfectly combines humor, wit, and heartbreak.
The summary reads:
“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”
At first glance, this book seems like just another New Adult romance where the characters avoid each other until their inner passion or whatever takes over. But there’s a dark secret and painful history between Pixie and Levi, which adds an extremely heartbreaking element to their story. Trust me, I teared up a few times reading this, and it took me a few days to recover. However, thanks to Levi and Pixie’s witty banter, and the various awkward situations they get themselves into, there are enough comical moments to keep this book from becoming depressing and soul sucking.
I think the only reason I’m giving this book 4 starts, and not 5, is because of the reason the main characters stay apart for so long. To put it clichely, they are their own worst enemies. They refuse to let go of the past and let themselves heal. They refuse to realize that they are not responsible for the past, and therefore put themselves through more pain than necessary. However, I guess it wouldn’t be the angsty book it’s meant to be without this. I still think it could have had a little less angst.
I enjoyed both Levi and Pixie as protagonists, which is pretty good considering there is usually at least one of the love interests that annoys me at least slightly, but that wasn’t the case for this book. This is the first book by Chelsea Fine that I’ve ever read, but I fully intend on reading and reviewing the next book in the series as well! So keep an eye out for that. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a good beach read that contains angsty romance and broken characters that get a second chance at love, then go pick up Best Kind of Broken today!