Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers Favorite
He lives on the edge. She walks the straight and narrow. His life is an open book. She keeps her secrets close. He's secure in his public image. She lives in the shadow of her perfect sister. Danny and Lauren are both trying to overcome disastrous pasts, but their past refuses to lift them up to the place they most want to be: he with her and she with the most popular crowd in school. Danny's existence revolves around his uncle's illegal business transactions, no matter the cost to Danny and his cousins. Lauren's family is new to the area following their move from Illinois to escape the nasty turn of events that stamped their public image undesirable. Lauren wants to start anew and place her own stamp on her school life...not just be someone's little sister. And she know she can do it. Her goal is to claim the most popular boy as her own; if only the school juvenile delinquent wasn't so darn irresistible! He stands in the way of Lauren achieving her goals, even though Danny has her best interest at heart. Should she believe all the terrible rumors about Danny or follow her instinct that Josh is her best choice?
Breaking Lauren by Jordan Deen is a heart wrenching tale of young love and the complications of peer pressure to be a member of the "cool" group. Teen readers will identify with Lauren and Danny and adult readers will remember the pains of surviving adolescence.