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.
Never have young adult readers been introduced to an edgy series with such an emotional impact! Jordan Deen breaks boundaries in Breaking Lauren, the first book of a new contemporary series.
Danny Cummings lives on the wrong side of the law and shuns emotional ties with everyone except a few choice relatives, and eventually, Lauren McIntosh. Lauren is timid and living in the aftermath of her parents’ declining relationship. Yet, she still bases her romantic and future dreams on the perfect, happy life her parents could not maintain. Deen’s characterization is exceptional and so complete that just a summary of Danny and Lauren’s story will give readers a solid understanding of their motives and ways of thinking. It’s so easy to feel as though one is diving into their souls and getting to know them inside and out.
Breaking Lauren is a very well planned novel. The steadily paced plot constantly moves forward and every scene is detailed and purposeful. Deen keeps readers intrigued, and invested, with Lauren and Danny’s friendship, interactions, and more. When it comes to say goodbye to these characters, Deen leaves readers with a promise of continuation. The novel ends on a climaxing and emotional turning-point that will have readers eager for the next book of the series!
Deen’s writing thrusts readers to a place where Breaking Lauren is the main attraction and all eyes are glued to its turning pages in awe. As an amazing and well written story worth reading, Breaking Lauren captures the essence of realistic teen drama and true romance.