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Sarah Marshall, otherwise known as Pixie, is at a difficult time in her life. Her best friend Charity was ripped away from her in a tragic car accident, and Charity’s brother, Levi, won’t give her the time of day anymore. They used to be such good friends. The Three Musketeers, they called themselves. Now Pixie and Levi haven’t even spoken in almost a year. She’s happy enough to be avoiding him. After all, she feels a lot of guilt for her involvement in the accident, and a lot of resentment at being abandoned. But as she starts her summer job at her aunt’s bed and breakfast, she finds she’ll be sleeping next door to handyman Levi – and they’ll share a bathroom, so there’s no avoiding him, either. He’d dropped off the face of the earth, and now she can’t get away from him.
Best Kind of Broken is a very well-written novel. Chelsea Fine has a distinct voice, with a unique humor that was right up my alley. The first part of the book in particular has some great inner monologues from Pixie:
Surprise! You’ll be sharing a sink, a shower, and a daily dose of weird sexual tension with him.
I liked all of the characters, and I liked that all the characters had their own distinct personalities. I liked Jenna, Pixie’s friend, as the constant voice of reason throughout the novel. She was one of my favorite characters, and I found her advice to Pixie (below) very refreshing, especially for a NA novel, which are so often focused on sex:
Sex is not a requirement for a relationship. It’s a perk. And if you don’t want to get perky with Matt, then don’t.
Overall, I really liked this novel, but I had to knock two stars off my rating – one for the sheer amount of angst (my number one pet peeve in a book is too much angst, and this book is bursting at the seams with it), and another for making us wait so long for the characters to finally be happy. I feel bad subtracting two stars since I did like it so much, so I’m going to call this a solid 3.5.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read a free copy of this novel.
Final rating: ★★★☆☆