Sunday, March 15, 2015

Review: Project Lexi by Lisa Survillas


Publication Date: June 19, 2014
Series and Book: Lexie Series #1
Rating: 5 Stars 

Official Blurb: 

Lexi Crandall’s world is turned upside down her junior year of high school. Her confession tears her family apart and leaves them broken. Looking for an escape after graduation, she heads out of town for college. Wracked with guilt and shame, she keeps to herself, befriending only her roommate, Paige.

Derek Fressen experiences one tragedy after another. After learning to cope with being raised by a single mom, he and his sister, Tiffany, become closer than ever. When Tiffany escapes for college, Derek takes the opportunity to leave his past behind as well.

San Francisco State University is where Lexi and Derek find themselves junior year, thrown into the most uncomfortable situation possible, a group project that requires each to open up about their past. Their grade depends upon the ability to prove to the professor through a class presentation that they truly learned about one another.

Painful memories and terrifying tests of courage propel Lexi to learn how to take baby steps in the healing process, and give hope of one day feeling normal. Although he feels he’s pretty well healed from the horrible events of his past, Derek is lonely and longing for a life of more.

Will Lexi and Derek be able to share enough of their lives with each other to pass the class? How much will Lexi let Derek help her in the process? Are their tragic pasts too much to overcome, or will love be in their future?

**NOTE: This book is intended for readers 18+ due to explicit sexual situations and alcohol consumption.**

This was my first book by Lisa and let me tell you it was amazing. It’s very hard to book this book into words because it caused so many emotions in me. One minute I was laughing, the next crying, at times I was so angry, and many many more. First the book goes from both Lexi and Derek’s POVs so we get both sides to their stories. Not only was this a story about love and trusting but also about learning to overcome obstacles in life. Both Lexi and Derek have pasts that they are both trying to deal with. When we first met both characters they are so different from the characters I seen later in the book. Derek has suffered many loses over the years. Just when he was getting over on loss then tragedy stuck his life again. Then there is Lexi. WOW!! I cannot express how much pain I felt for this girl. This poor girl has pretty much lost everything in her life and suffered a horrible incident. When the story starts Lexi is in college and she is a very shy and timid closed off girl with only one friend, which is her roommate Paige. Then Lexi get assigned a partner in class for a project and of course it’s Derek. The understanding that Derek had for Lexi in the beginning and of course over the book was beautiful. He knew she had been through so much in her life and he had too which made this too perfect for each other to heal together. I loved seeing the changes in not only Lexi but also Derek throughout the book. These two are perfect for each other and I cannot wait to see where their story goes.