Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Breaking Lauren by Jordan Deen My review

Seventeen-year-old Danny Cummings' life is far from a fairytale, but that's okay since he doesn't believe in happy endings. After spending a year in juvenile hall for maliciously beating his sister's boyfriend, Danny embraces his badass image. Spending most nights drinking, fighting and collecting gambling debts for his Uncle, Danny's life is out of control. His addiction to the bad boy lifestyle won't let him do anything about it, even with his family begging him to go straight. But, when fifteen-year-old Lauren McIntosh stumbles into one of his nightly escapades, the self-proclaimed anti-romantic can't concentrate on anything except Lauren and the fact that she's on the same path his sister was on. Danny knows true love happening for the villain is as common as gamblers paying their debt on time, but he's never backed away from a challenge before and he hates the idea that history will repeat itself. 

Growing old with the man she loves-in the small town where she was born-is the only dream Lauren McIntosh has ever had; that is until her family is practically run out of town amidst rumors of arson and adultery. So, when she meets Danny at her new school and hears the rumors about his activities from her new friends, she wants nothing to do with him or the gossip that seems to follow Danny everywhere. After a dangerous and ill-fated attempt at sneaking out, she develops unwelcomed feelings for Danny that he seems to reciprocate. But, Danny's unrelenting pursuit makes Lauren nervous, especially since he's the only one that wants to know the secrets surrounding her family's move. Lauren can't tell if Danny's intentions are true or if he has other plans for their newfound and unlikely friendship. The only way to figure out is to let him in and that could destroy everything, including the popularity and social acceptance she desperately seeks.

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My Review 
 Danny is stuck in a life that revolves around his uncle’s illegal business and sees no way out.  He is a bad boy with a heart of gold. His major drawback is his anger issues. He falls for Lauren and then messing things up, it’s a tall hill to climb to get her back.

Lauren is in a dysfunctional family who moves her to a new town and new school, forcing her to start over and try to fit in. She’s a naive teenager, impressionable, and a follower. All together a recipe for disaster.

Toss in the star of the football team also chasing Lauren and a gaggle of popular girls as her friends and you have high school in a test-tube.

This is not what many would consider a ‘normal’ YA, this is a realistic YA. The teenagers have very real problems and I appreciated that. Unrequited love, anger issues, drugs, drinking, sex. Get over yourself parents, you know you did much of this in high school and your kids are too.  I recommend this to both parents and older teen/NA  readers.

4 Stars :)

Rachel reviews
Jordan Deen is a Young Adult and New Adult Fiction writer from a small suburb of East St. Louis, Illinois. Her novels are a mixture of urban fantasy, paranormal and edgy contemporary. In her free time, she loves to read, bake, attend concerts, travel and play with her two-legged and four-legged sons. She is known for her love of quirky clothes, multi-colored hair and has a fondness for tattoos, high heels and cupcakes. In addition, she is a tech junkie that can be found most mornings and early afternoons on her tablet talking to folks on Facebook and Twitter about books, current events and music.
Her debut novel, 'The Crescent' was a 2010 Reader's Favorite Award Winner. Her third novel, 'Breaking Lauren' was a Texas Book Association Finalist in 2013.
Twitter  @Jordan_Deen



  1. Thank you so much for your review! I love your comment 'high school in a test tube'. That's perfect. ;)

  2. So true :) we all did crazy things as teenagers so we can expect the same from young people.
    Great review


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