From the beloved author of The Summer of Naked Swim Parties and The Wonder Bread Summer comes the jaw-dropping story of Lexie James, a counselor at an exclusive New England prep school, whose search for happiness lands her in unexpectedly wild trouble.
Lexie James escaped: after being abandoned by her alcoholic father, and kicked out of the apartment to make room for her mother’s boyfriend, Lexie made it on her own. She earned a Masters degree, conquered terrifying panic attacks, got engaged to the nicest guy she’d ever met, and landed a counseling job at the prestigious Ruxton Academy, a prep school for the moneyed children of the elite.
But as her wedding date nears, Lexie has doubts. Yes, she’s created the stable life she craved as a child, but is stability really what she wants? In her moment of indecision, Lexie strikes up a friendship with a Ruxton alumnus, the father of her favorite student. It’s a relationship that blows open Lexie’s carefully constructed life, and then dunks her into shocking situations with headline-worthy trouble.
The perfect cocktail of naughtiness, heart, adventure and humor, The Trouble with Lexie is a wild and poignant story of the choices we make to outrun our childhoods—and the choices we have to make to outrun our entangled adult lives.
Jessica Anya Blau
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"Love creates its own balloon of reality...reality is efficiently bounced away. Until the balloon pops." This is such an enjoyable read from Jessica Anya Blau. Similar to her other protagonists, Lexie makes the types of decisions that I may not necessarily make myself but ones that I may have had at least considered at one time, even if fleetingly. I was immediately invested in Lexie's character and happy to be brought along for the ride. Be sure to read Jessica's supporting song references/recommendations at the end of the book! That was a nice touch to an excellent novel.
Jessica Anya Blau has become one of my favorite writers. After, THE SUMMER OF NAKED SWIM PARTIES, THE WONDER BREAD SUMMER and DRINKING CLOSER TO HOME, I didn't think she could top herself, but Lexie James -- the protagonist in her most recent, fast-paced novel, THE TROUBLE WITH LEXIE -- is a heroine I attached myself to from the opening pages. Blau's beautifully descriptive language made me feel like I was part of the story, helping me relate to situations that I haven't even experienced. Hilarious and entertaining at each turn of the page, THE TROUBLE WITH LEXIE will tug at your funny bone and your heart. Do yourself a favor, and give it a read; you can thank me later.
Lexie is a complex and well-thought out character. At times you feel sadness for her and at other times, you are incredulous about the decisions she makes throughout the story. You are invested from the beginning and committed to seeing her through her story. Just when you think you know how this will end, there is a twist in the plot that leaves you wanting more! Perfect for a summer read!
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