Wednesday, October 29, 2014

✯Review✯Breaking Free (Living Again #4.5) by LL Collins

Alexis Carson-Nichols has had what anyone would describe as an idyllic childhood. She has great parents, little brothers and sister that mean the world to her, and friends that are always there for her. As she graduates from high school and gets ready to go to college, she feels like she has the world at her fingertips. She can’t wait to experience life as a young adult. Maybe even get a boyfriend…as long as her school comes first. 
What she doesn’t expect is to meet Greer Henderson. Greer hasn’t had a life anything like Alexis’. Sure, he’s had the parents that loved him, but that was about it. He’s never been understood or even tolerated. He’s spent his life in a constant state of inner chaos and outer turmoil. See, Greer has Aspergers. When he finally gets up enough courage to take a few classes at his local college, he becomes lab partners with Alexis. He thinks she’s the most beautiful person he’s ever laid eyes on, but he knows she won’t want anything to do with him. None of the kids ever do. But if there’s one thing he’s good at, it’s science. 
As Alexis tries to break through Greer’s tough exterior and understand his idiosyncrasies, she realizes that Greer may just be teaching her more than she could ever imagine, and changing her life in insurmountable ways. Can Alexis teach others how to love and accept Greer, even if he’s different? And can Greer, through Alexis, realize that all of his dreams are within his reach and that he’s worthy of love after all?

 ✯5 Break Out Stars!!✯✯

Well, I sound like a broken record when it comes to LL Collins!! This series is one of my favorites. I fell in love with Alexis AKA Lexie in the 1st book of the series Living Again about her mom Kayley. I felt like from page 1 to the very last page I cried. And, somehow it doesn't surprise me that Alexis is all grown up and I'm crying again!

Now,  Alexis is all grown up and headed to college. Her relationship with her father Ben still brings me to tears. Ever since the day he met her the day her mother brought her into the hospital on her 1st birthday, he was her father. 

Alexis can not wait to go to college. She is a cheerleader and has excellent grades. Alexis plans on being a doctor like her father. So, Alexis can not wait to go off to college and start her life.

Alexis goes to her science class and is paired up for the year with a lab partner by her teacher. Her partner is Greer. Alexis can tell almost instantly he is not like anybody she's ever met. They go out to get something for lunch to figure out a schedule for the year. When some of the other girls on Alexis cheer leading team start making fun of him. Greer runs out and Alexis is left shaking her head.

I fell in love with Greer instantly!! This kid has Aspergers and has been dealing with it his whole life. His days go by a schedule. He has his parents and 1 friend. Unfortunately, his friend went away for college so it's just Greer. He has been bullied, harassed and made fun of his whole life. But, seeing and having lunch with  Alexis he thinks things could be different. Maybe she'd want to become his friend. Until those girls start making fun of him at lunch and he runs off.

Alexis can see right away that Greer is one of the good guys. She does whatever she can to break his walls down little by little. Alexis knows she can't push him. Greer knows Alexis isn't like the other girls he has grown up with. There is something about Alexis. Greer finds himself wanting to do things for Alexis. Something easy for us like everyday go somewhere different for lunch. Or changing our nightly plans just because is no big deal. But, Greer. It doesn't work like that. Yet, for Alexis he'll do it. Little at a time.

But, of course it's not all butterflies and rainbows. It's not all easy. When they think they've gotten ahead Greer gets setback. This poor guy just can't win. There are people that won't let him be happy. Live his life. They live to wake up everyday to find away to make fun or hurt him. It's sad.

Of course Alexis being the Lexi I remember from all the books. She is strong and won't back down from anything. She makes sure Greer knows just how much she loves him. And, that anyone who tries to stop Greer she makes it her mission to have them all pay!

I was really glad that Ben, Kayley and Alexis's 2 brothers & sister were in it. I was stoked to see bits of Kayley's past with Alexis father as well. Plus, the rest of the Living Again Series is back in full force. And, I cried the whole book!! But, I wouldn't have it any other way. 

Even though this is a novella you'd forget it. LL did such a great job at making you feel every emotion that was going on in this story. My heart felt for Greer the whole book. But, she did it perfectly! I was glad to get to see Lexie go from college all the way to adulthood was fantastic to see. I am really going to miss this series so much. But, LL has a fan in me!!

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