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Breaking Alexandria
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Alexandria’s drug-dealing boyfriend, Joel, isn’t exactly the white knight she’s always dreamed of, but she can’t deny the crazy connection they have. She would do anything for him, including helping him sell drugs in order to fit perfectly into his world. 

After catching Alexandria dealing for Joel, instead of turning her into the cops, Alexandria’s mother forces her to move to her grandparents’ farm in West Virginia. Spending the summer in the country, away from Joel, is the last thing Alexandria wants to do. But lucky for her, the sexy farmhand, Landon, who helps out around her grandparents’ place, is a very nice distraction. She tries her best to ignore her attraction to him, especially since she still loves Joel. 

When Joel does the unforgivable, Alexandria turns to her new friend, Landon, for comfort, and it ignites an undeniable spark of attraction between them. Soon, she finds herself caught between two very different men, and the struggles within her heart just might end up breaking Alexandria.

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Alexandria has become her parents worst nightmare. She is out of control. tatted, pierced, fighting, and dating a drug dealer, Joel. Much to her disgust, in a last ditch effort to separate her from her boyfriend, her parents send her off to spend the summer at her grandparent's farm in a rural area. She is angry, argumentative, closed off, and used to being a city girl.

Under the love of her Gram, firm hand of her Grandfather, and guidance and support of a young ranch hand, Landon, she begins to learn about hard work, motivation and a different life. She sees herself as dark and f***ed up. She has all sorts of twisted feelings about her love for Joel and her life. And she begrudgingly develops a camraderie and attraction to Landon as well. Her life is in limbo. It is all confusing and upsetting to her. 

"I'm f***ed-up inside, Landon. I'm black. I figured I might as well show it on the outside, too."

"Don"t think the best of me. You'll only be disappointed when you figure out you are wrong."

There are several big twists and turns that surprised me. It was a emotional and difficult journey for Lexi. She had to find the strength to deal with change and heart break. It was a story of self actualization where she needed to learn who she really was, find her own way, and forge her own path. She had to face pain and her demons, to be able to let go and move on. It was definitely a struggle and full of challenges for her. She dealt with guilt, loss, pain, sadness, and fear. She was caught between two worlds and two men and not at all sure who she really was.

"There's something in your eyes begging to get out, but you keep it locked up. You've got to let it out, City. Just let it go."

She had really strong connections to both young men. I should have disliked her boyfriend, Joel especially in the beginning, but I couldn't really. He was not all bad and not all good. He was a sweet, caring guy in his own way, but he really was also a bad influence on her and made poor choices. I adored Landon. He was charming, strong, determined, dependable, and supportive. His smile and humor was infectious. Their interactions cracked me up. And he saw right through Lexi and her walls and was not afraid to push her. They seemed like opposites, but really balanced each other well. 

Every time Lexi seemed to find her footing, then it seemed like her life shifted again. It was a roller coaster of ups and downs for her. This book had interesting plot twists and dealt with some tough topics. The story went in directions I did not expect. But it was believable, and had emotional depth. It was all in Lexi's point of view allowing us to see her growth and change, and to see her break and build herself back up again multiple times. It was humorous, sad, dark, and emotional at times, but it was also sweet and inspirational as well. 

Thanks to KA Robinson for provding me with a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.  

Breaking Alexandria is a story of one girl’s journey of self. Seventeen year old Alexandria is walking a line of rebellion her parents are sure will find her in jail. Her 22 year old boyfriend, Joel, is a drug-dealer, and in their opinion, a bad influence on their daughter. The arguments and groundings escalate until Lexi’s parents send her to spend the summer on her grandparents’ farm in West Virginia. No cell service, no Joel, no fun. 

She hasn’t been to the farm in several years. But when Lexi arrives, she finds her grandfather as prickly as ever and her grandmother as welcoming as ever. The only thing that has changed is the addition of a couple farm hands to help out. The summer on the farm begins a series of events that will have Lexi questioning everything she knew about herself and the people around her.

The first part of the book, I wasn’t sure if I was even going to like Lexi. She was completely argumentative with her parents, though was less confrontational with her dad. Her rebellious streak was a mile wide and it seemed like her hold on her temper was becoming shorter every time she found a hard situation. But once she got out of Ohio and into the hard work of the farm, she started to reflect on her choices from the last several years and I softened towards her. She was still quick to anger, but something shifted when she was away from her parents and her grandmother pulled a side of her out that I think even Lexi had forgotten was there. 

Joel was written in such a way that I wanted to not like him. I wanted him to be wrong for Lexi. But no matter what he did, what situations he led Lexi into, he was not the person he projected on the outside. There was the Joel that threw parties, dealt drugs, and lived a rough life, but when he was with Lexi, he was a completely different person. At his core he protected her and loved her.

Landon was the friend Lexi needed while she struggled to get her feet under herself at the farm. He knew why her parents had sent her there, but didn’t judge her looks or her past. He accepted her for her, pushed her to find the girl inside, and had a little fun introducing her to all her farm chores. (I’ll admit those first work scenes from the farm were read through a grin at Lexi’s reactions to the animals and the jobs she had to do.) I liked the banter they found early on and that he was a good friend to Lexi while she figured out what was going on back home with Joel. 

I don’t know how many times I had tears running down my face for everything happening around Lexi and the situations she created. There were times I was so angry at her and others that I just hurt for her. This was an emotional read with a couple twists that only served to ramp up the emotions. The emotional highs and lows are what really made this book for me. It was a great journey, for all the characters, that left me feeling the pain they had endured to get to the end. 

Thanks to KA Robinson for provding me with a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
"You’re mine, and I intend to keep it that way for as long as you want me. I keep waiting for the day when you’ll wake up and realize that you’re so much better than me.”

I shoved him down on the bed and climbed on top of him. “Shut up. I’m not better than you. You’re fucking perfect, Joel. Perfect.”

-Joel & Lexi

K.A. Robinson is the New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author of The Torn Series and The Ties Series. She lives in a small town in West Virginia with her husband and toddler son. When she isn't writing, she is reading or listening to rock music.

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