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Trina and Taylor's Bedtime Stories
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Format: Kindle Edition
Breaking Free is the final story in the Living Again Series. And while it’s only a Novella, it sure packs one hell of a punch.
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.