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Project Lexi (The Lexi Series Book 1) by [Survillas,Lisa]
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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.**

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  • Print Length: 269 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499721005
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L4ULUEK
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4.0 out of 5 stars Emotional read 7 December 2014
By T London - Published on Amazon.com
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Project Lexi is not an easy read. It is based on the sensitive and emotional subjects of abuse and recovery from the betrayal of a family. The author did a great job at presenting the view from a survivor and letting us see all the emotions that linger after the crime is brought to some sort of light. While this is not a fluffy light read, I do think the author balanced the intensity more towards the gentle side which to me was not a cop out in this case but more of a showing of respect to everyone affected by such events.

Lexi will forever live with the fact that doing the right thing is also the very thing that tore her family apart. She grew up with three siblings a mother and father but also a boat load of secrets and lies. When college starts she packs up and leaves to get as far away from the memories and people as possible. She begins her new life with one friend, her roommate and a heavy load of college courses to keep her busy. Only two people in that area know about her past, her roommate and her therapist and that is how Lexi wants to keep it. Plans don’t always go as she wishes when she is thrown into a project for a class with the assigned partner Derek.

I will just admit it now I loved Derek. He is so focused on getting his education he won’t even live on campus and get involved with the party crowd. He went down that path for a bit earlier and his sister reminded him that he was who she looked up to so now his focus is on being the man his sister and mother can be proud of. He carries so much guilt and baggage regarding three important people in his life, but that guilt has also allowed him to see the pain in Lexi’s eyes and the need to protect her becomes stronger than any other emotion he has felt. He stays isolated most of the time, going to the gym, school and looking for a part time job so he is happy to have her come to his place to work on the project and making her dinner. Every moment he shares with her becomes a treasure to him and a way for him to get to know what is causing her so much fear and hurt. The class project requires them to communicate with each other about their lives. He can tell this is going to be hard for her so he takes each step slowly to make it as comfortable for her as possible.

As the story goes on you see a lot of back and forth between them but Derek never loses his patience for her. Lexi doesn’t understand how he can care about her so soon, what does he want from her? The bigger question for her is what does she have left to give him? For some reason he just gets her and understands that she needs her personal space and the need to not be touched. He finally finds a way to show her that she isn’t the only one with skeletons in the closet, demons that invade their sleep and cause nightmares that last all day. She really isn’t alone in the pain she is feeling and that is what makes her see why he understands her so well. Slowly she lets down some of the walls and he appears to bull doze the rest until they are at the point that a relationship might be possible. Derek also has to deal with some surprising events from his mom that will push his acceptance and patience level up even higher.

The book was emotional as I stated earlier but for me it lacked some character development that would have allowed me to invest more of my heart. The author used dual POV style in the book and that caused some repeating of events which made me feel the book dragged out a bit too much. Also for the first half of the book it was pretty much a lather, wash, repeat style with her getting closer, running, going to therapy, and repeat. Once she was able to cross the line into new territory I felt the story on her part picked up a bit.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has the compassion to care and understand the level of pain Lexi was going through. It isn’t for someone who wants a quick solution to the angst and we have a happy ever after story. I believe the author kept this work of fiction as close to reality as possible and did a great job at expressing the exhausting emotions that are involved.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!! 4 July 2014
By Patricia Martinez - Published on Amazon.com
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I really loved this story. I loved Derek and Lexi. Two people that survive their own personal tragedies but, even years later, are not really living. They get put together for a class project in college where they are forced to open themselves up and, in doing so, they find the strength in each other to start to heal. Derek is amazing!! I wonder if guys like him exist in real life :) truly supportive, caring, and loving while still dealing with all he has lost. Lexi is a true survivor and I felt not only her pain, shame, and guilt, but also her strength and drive to move forward and on with her life. Lexi could have easily been written to be a self pitying victim but she wasn't. Lisa did such a great job keeping this story pure and honest. I can't wait for this story to continue!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Achingly Raw 30 January 2015
By Stace - Published on Amazon.com
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The story of Lexi and Derek is emotional and raw.

Capturing the true feelings of someone that went through a personal trauma that Lexi did, is hard if you haven't been through it yourself. Lisa did a fabulous job portraying these feelings and characteristics. I was hooked and couldn't put the book down. I wanted to find out if Lexi could survive and learn how to overcome such tragedies.

Luckily for Lexi, she was put in a situation where she had to deal with her issues and communicate what she has been through. Derek going through his own tragedies brought them closer and stronger together. It just showed how strong they could be and live each day knowing they were going to survive.

I love the characters and definitely want to see more of Derek!!!

I'm looking forward to reading more about Lexi and Derek in Loving Lexi! Can't wait!
4.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Read 5 June 2015
By Becky Cox - Published on Amazon.com
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Received a copy for an honest review.
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Project Lexi covers some heavy subjects. Lexi has suffered from abuse and is on her own for the first time, going away to college. Derek suffered from tragic loss. They meet at college when assigned to do a project together.

The project forces them to open up and share their separate horrors. Derek is further along in his recovery and helps Lexi progress with her own. He is patient and kind. She is very dependent on him, as she had been on her friend Paige, and I am not sure how I feel about how that will effect their relationship moving forward. I struggled connecting to Lexi at times but that is probably due to the nature of her withdrawn character. Derek is just a sweet caring boy.

This is not your run of the mill romance and covers serious subject matter which Lisa has handled carefully.

Looking forward to how these characters work through their issues in Loving Lexi.
4.0 out of 5 stars An Emotional, Heartbreaking, Beautiful Ride.... 22 August 2015
By Nicole J Plummer - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't write a lot of reviews, or at least not for every book. But I just had to write something about this book. I had to stop reading at chapter 10 because I'd already been on an emotional roller coaster. I knew I was going to have to put it down and pick it up later. It took 3 days for me to pick it back up. And I devoured the book once I started it again.

The characters are so amazing. I loved Lexi and Derek. The things they have gone through in their lives is heartbreaking. But the fact that they help each other is beautiful.

I know the next book will have twists and turns and I know it will be emotional but I can't wait to read more of their story.

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