- File Size: 3352 KB
- Print Length: 147 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500942758
- Publisher: L.L. Collins; 5 edition (October 3, 2014)
- Publication Date: October 3, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00O66C67O
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #676,992 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Breaking Free: A Living Again Novella (Living Again Series) Kindle Edition
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Breaking Free is the story of Alexis Nichols. I have loved Lexie from the very start. Her and Ben together always had a smile on my face and melted my heart. Now Lexie is all grown up, has just graduated high school and is heading off to college. It is there she meets Greer Henderson. She can tell right from the start that Greer is different than all the other boys she has ever met and that there is something very special about him.
Greer is distant at first. Everyone has always been mean and cruel to him so he doesn't understand why Alexis wants to spend time with him and is always so nice but he knows the feelings he has for her are very different than anything he has ever felt. I absolutely LOVED seeing the relationship between Greer and Alexis grow.
Once I started reading this book there was no putting it down!! My emotions were all over the place but I loved every single second of it!! I so totally cried at different parts and not just bc they were sad but bc you could just feel the love and emotions coming off of every single page. The love between Greer and Alexis will truly melt your heart!! There really should be more Lexie's in the world!!
The ending.....LOVE, LOVE, LOVE and now I am crying again!! Does it really have to all be over? All the characters from the Living Again Series will forever be in my heart!! Amazing job LL Collins and I can't wait to see what beautiful series you come up with next!!
This story is one of true acceptance, learning to be comfortable in your own skin and be comfortable in who you are, and finding someone who’s willing to love you for simply just being you. Differences and all.
Alexis was first introduced to us in the first book in this series ‘Living Again’, as a baby. She makes an appearance in all the books in the series, and throughout them all, we get to see her as one of those people. One of those truly good and genuine people. We see it most in her acceptance of her step dad, Ben, and the only father she’s ever known, as just a toddler. And her open mindedness, her acceptance of everyone follows her throughout her life into adulthood where she meets Greer Henderson.
Greer Henderson is a seemingly normal adult. He’s attractive and smart. But he’s different. And everyone knows it. You see, Greer has Aspergers. Constantly living in a state of scheduled chaos, Greer doesn’t do well around other people. And other people don’t understand him. Don’t want to understand him. Don’t even bother to try. Until Alexis is partnered up with him in their Biology 2 class.
This book follows the friendship that blooms between Alexis and Greer. Greer’s never really had a friend before. Especially not one that was a girl. As Alexis learns Greer’s habits and idiosyncrasies, Greer learns that maybe, just maybe, not all people are bad.
It’s no secret that I read….Like..A LOT…I’ve been avidly reading since I was in middle school. Nine years of avid reading, and I’ve only come across a handful of books that really made an impact on my heart in my soul. In my psyche. Only a handful of books that have made me want to do something different with my life, that made me sit back and actually look at my life and some of the choices I’ve made. Only a handful of books that made me want—no need—to be a better version of myself.
Breaking Free did that to me. Did that for me. You learn at a very young age to be accepting of all people. That’s why kids are such a damned joy to be around. They don’t judge, they don’t ostracize, they are accepting of everyone. But somewhere along the way children—we—forget those things. We forget to remain open to the fact that everyone is different, and some more so than others. We let peer pressure, societal norms, cliques, and other people’s judgments effect our own. And that just sucks. Not to say that there aren’t some truly good and genuine people out there, but a lot of us look at others who are different, and see only that. See these people for nothing more than what makes them different from us. We’ve lost our ability to look beyond what the eye can see.
So to read a book about one of those “truly good and genuine people” that I mentioned before, made me want to make a change in myself. Made me want to be one of those people. If this book touches even one person the way that it’s touched me, LL Collins will have accomplished something major with her words.
I have a six year old cousin who is severely autistic, and shares a lot of the same traits as Greer. He can’t be touched, he doesn’t do well in overwhelming settings, he has a schedule that he follows, and for a six year old, he’s absolutely brilliant. The people who aren’t in his circle, don’t understand. And I can only hope, that even with his differences, he’ll be so lucky as to find himself an Alexis someday.
LL Collins, since the very beginning you’ve written books that grip your soul. That are relatable! And I think that’s what makes your books so great. You write books people can sympathize with, that people can relate to and say “Yeah, I know what these characters are feeling. I’ve been there.” And even for those of us who cant sympathize with your characters and all that they’re going through, you write them so well that we can empathize with them.
I’m so sad that the Living Again Series has come to a close, but you couldn’t have ended it with more of a bang.
For those of you who may be reading this review right now, buy this book. Let it be the reason you change someone’s life by just being their friend. By looking past their differences. Let this be your “How-To” guide on acceptance. On understanding. Let your pre-teen kids read this so they don’t forget to always be accepting. To never lose that innocence that makes them so open minded. To always remember that just because they may be different, doesn’t mean they aren’t human. To Stand Up and Speak Out against others who have forgotten these things.
Alexis was in the very first book - even before she was born! This novella takes her from the last months of high school thru college, relationships and into work.
The fact that her main relationship could be seen as being controversial, or unusual adds a level of understanding and compassion seldom seen in one so young.
LL Collins has already shown that she will tackle important subjects that are often avoided because they are difficult and taboo. She handles these subjects well. With care but not like Ming vases.
Novellas are short but the author hasn't skimped on the important parts of the story. I didn't feel short-changed at missing out on every graduation tale or descriptions of each piece of furniture in Alexis' first real home.
We are being given a short book to round off the life of one of the series' first characters. Ms Collins does that without making it feel like a quick addition. I enjoyed crossing the t's and dotting the i's to bring together many of the players gathered together in support of a young woman making her way in the world.
Whatever comes next from Ms Collins is on my wish list. Talent such as she has will always be worth reading.