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Breaking Nova

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Nova Reed used to have dreams-of becoming a famous drummer, of marrying her true love. But all of that was taken away in an instant. Now she's getting by as best she can, though sometimes that means doing things the old Nova would never do. Things that are slowly eating away at her spirit. Every day blends into the next . . . until she meets Quinton Carter. His intense, honey brown eyes instantly draw her in, and he looks just about as broken as she feels inside.

Quinton once got a second chance at life-but he doesn't want it. The tattoos on his chest are a constant reminder of what he's done, what he's lost. He's sworn to never allow happiness into his life . . . but then beautiful, sweet Nova makes him smile. He knows he's too damaged to get close to her, yet she's the only one who can make him feel alive again. Quinton will have to decide: does he deserve to start over? Or should he pay for his past forever?

224 pages, Kindle Edition

First published September 3, 2013

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Jessica Sorensen

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Jessica Sorensen is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.


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3,922 reviews33.1k followers
April 20, 2015
5 Shattered Stars!

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Another Jessica Sorensen book that gave me a major case of the feels! From the moment I read the prologue, I was hooked. I went back and forth on my rating... the book wasn’t perfect, but any book that can evoke that much feeling from me gets a solid 5 stars.

How do you move on when the person you loved chose to leave you? Death is a heartbreaking thing. But when someone choses that fate, it makes it even harder to cope. Nova Reed’s boyfriend and best friend Landon took his life last year. She hasn’t been the same since. She hasn’t been living, just trying to get by as best she can. She’ll never be the same. She doesn’t understand why he left her. Being home from college in the summer is hard for Nova. She is reminded more and more of Landon when she’s home. All the memories surround her. She will forever wonder why... and if there is anything she could have done to prevent it.
I didn’t always use to think this way.
I used to have hope.
I used to believe in things.

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Quinton Carter is another person who’s life has been completely changed by death. He was driving the car that crashed and took the lives of two important people to him. He should have died too. He wishes that he did. He is alive, but hasn’t been living in a long time. No matter what happened that night, he will never be able to forgive himself. He is in self destruction mode. He doesn’t feel he deserves any happiness. He does the only thing he knows how to do to cope, the only thing that even takes the edge off. He gets high. When he’s high, the pain is a little more bearable.

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Nova and Quinton are both in a bad place when they meet. For some reason, whether it’s his eyes, the fact that he’s an artist... something Nova sees in Quinton draws him in. They are both broken. Death has consumed their lives.
I know death hurts, death breaks, death consumes, and there is no magic cure to making it go away.

Nova and Quinton are sort of pulled together in some strange way. It’s like they are drawn together. It’s almost like they have this mutual understanding. Nova wants to figure Quinton out. They develop this odd friendship at first. They are connected in ways that no one else would understand. The more time they spend together, the more they want to be with one another. Quinton can’t go there. He uses women all the time. But thats all it ever is. Using. Just like the drugs, something to numb him. He knows things with Nova would be different. He doesn’t want to feel anything for her, he doesn’t deserve to feel anything for her, and yet he does.
She means something. The truth stabs at my chest like a chunk of shrapnel lodged in my heart, right where the scar is. Things aren’t supposed to mean anything. I’m dead. I gave up. I’m not supposed to be here. With Nova. With anyone.

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Nova and Quinton are trying to figure things out. Quinton tries to stay away, but he can’t. Their ‘relationship’ isn’t healthy. Both are damaged, broken. Instead of being able to heal each other, their lives both just spiral further and further out of control. Finally, Nova has had enough. She hits a point in her life where she knows things have to change, she has to change. But what does that mean for Quinton?
People say that time heals all wounds, and maybe they’re right.

Nova and Quinton are not perfect characters. They are both broken, flawed, damaged. I have such a love for damaged people. Nova was broken, but she hit rock bottom and rose from the ashes. I commend her for being strong enough to walk away. I hated that she had to do that, but she had to do what she had to do to survive. Get her life back on track. You can’t help anyone until you first can help yourself. Quinton was one of those characters that just broke my heart. I wanted to give him a big hug. Especially when he said things like this-
Nova said she went looking for me. No one ever goes looking for me or cared enough to worry about me. When she says it, I’m pretty certain my worthless heart shatters inside my chest, and she steals one of the pieces. If it didn’t already belong to someone else I probably would have handed her all the pieces right then and there.

There were some parts of the ending I was extremely happy with. Other parts devastated me. It is not a hea. The ending is not clean cut. There is a cliffhanger, it’s not a terrible cliffhanger, but it’s there. I really hope the next book comes out soon. I need to see what is in store for there two, especially Quinton.
“Stuff happens. We get lost. We try to control what will happen. We give up. We do things that don’t make sense. We search for things in the wrongest of ways. We lose our way, but sometimes, if we’re really, really strong, we manage to find our way back.”

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I love Jessica Sorensen’s writing. It’s so fluid and beautiful. Most of her books aren’t light. She creates beautifully damaged characters who have some serious issues. It shouldn’t surprise you that this isn’t a light read. I will also say it is one of those books that won’t be for everyone. There were some seriously gritty parts. Death. Suicide. A lot of drug use. People who are doing any thing they can to erase the pain, numb themselves. If all that makes you uncomfortable or you are looking for a stand alone with a hea, this won’t be the book for you. If you are looking for an emotional, raw, powerful and beautiful book, you will want to give this one a go!!!
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896 reviews1,977 followers
September 8, 2013
4 Beautifully Broken Stars!!

After a book I’ve read a few days ago that made cry one whole night while reading it, I promised myself I would take an “angst-break”. No more books filled with angst and no more books that would provoke me crying attacks.
Well, obviously I didn’t know that this would be one of those. But what can I say? It was so good that I forgot my own decisions! ;)


This is the story of Nova and Quinton. There are both broken by their past.
Nova ex-boyfriend died and Quinton ex-girlfriend and cousin died in a car accident while he was driving and he feels guilty about it.

Nova is trying to move on, to try to be happy and feel alive again.


Quinton is trying to forget and just be numb to the outside world. He justs wants to forget everything and one day disappear for good.


So when they meet each and feelings that neither of them wants but that can’t also ignore, starts to appear, all they have been trying to do with their lives starts to change.
But dealing with life is hard… and from that day one their lives (and this book)will be a damn roller-coaster of emotions.


God, this was emotional, filled with angst, messed with my feelings and I loved every single second of it.
The only reason I’m not giving it 5 stars it’s because there was moments where I found it too much angsty and I really HATE cliffhangers when I have to wait months for the next book.
(I know, unfair… but what can I do?)

I don’t know if I’ve said it before, but no one can master the creation of beautifully broken characters like Jessica Sorensen does.
So if you are into books that will certainly bring you to tears, you have to read this one! : )
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632 reviews2,704 followers
September 7, 2014
4 stars!!

“People say that time heals all wounds, and maybe they’re right. But what if the wounds don’t heal correctly, like when cuts leave behind nasty scars or when broken bones mend together but aren’t as smooth anymore?”


I’ve read several books from Jessica Sorensen and I have to say, Breaking Nova is the most depressing one out of all of them. Drugs, suicide, accidents, and more are all packed in this book and it took a toll on me. Nevertheless, I couldn’t look away from the book once I started, and I do admire the author for not being afraid to portray the ugly side of things – she really dug in and went for it. And as usual, her writing style is fantastic so I had no problem getting into the story.



Innately sad and a loner with OCD, Nova Reed has never emotionally recovered after her father’s death and when her boyfriend Landon commits suicide, she completely shuts down and spirals into a bottomless pit. Constantly asking herself ‘why?’ when thinking of Landon’s suicide, Nova barely lives. She’s perpetually melancholy. On one of the rare days she hangs out with her friend Delilah, she meets Quinton and she sees something in him that reflects her own sorrow.


At the same time Nova loses her boyfriend, Quinton Carter loses his girlfriend in a tragic car accident. Having carried around her death for over a year, Quinton is the complete opposite of who he once was; now, he relies on drugs and meaningless sex to get him through the days, thinking he doesn’t deserve any better. Meeting Nova knocks him off his feet, because for once, he feels like he has a reason to live.


This book was not a light read. It pretty much crushed me to see the baggage both Nova and Quinton carried and their reluctance to get to know each other. But at the same time, I understood. Both have been burned badly by their past experiences and guilt and immense pain have ruled over their lives for so long they don’t know how to experience anything else. Timing wise, I found their budding romance to be very realistic and liberating for the both of them.


My only reason for not rating this book 5 stars is because I didn’t love it, which I expected when I started it. Usually books like these where many sensitive topics like drugs, death, suicide and more are touched upon, it becomes hard for me as the reader to fall for the characters and romance when all my mind is focused on are the depressing moments. For books to get all five of my stars, I HAVE to be emotionally invested in these characters on top of a well-delivered story. So in short, I liked this one very much. It held my attention from start to finish and I liked both of the characters: Quinton with his damaged bad boy vibe and Nova with her tough-as-nails attitude. If you’re thinking about reading this book and worrying that you’ll drown in the depressing parts, don’t be. I promise there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

“Time to let go and move forward.”

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639 reviews3,792 followers
November 16, 2014

2.5 stars for toxic relationship

Note: I changed my rating from 1 star to 2.5 half because after I thought about it, I saw that I didn't really considered things I liked.

I can’t believe this book was written by Jessica Sorensen, one of my favorite new adult authors. She could stab me in the back and it would hurt less. Really. Breaking Nova was not what I expected it to be. This novel totally shattered my immense love for every male character Sorensen’s ever created. When I think about Quinton and start to compare him to Micah or Kayden I feel the need to hit my head with something heavy. My terrible book monster reared his ugly head and started stomping like five year old telling at me to stop reading this epic failure. But I didn’t stop with tiny hope it could change. I need a shoulder to cry on. Can someone volunteer?

I despise writing hateful reviews, especially for a book I had great expectations. But I don’t have a choice. Why? Let me tell you exactly why.

This is a story about Nova and Quinton. Both of them are broken and damaged, which is totally fine with me, I love heartbreaking books, but this time Sorensen went a little bit too far.

Nova is nineteen years old and lost boyfriend she loved very much. London committed suicide and she doesn’t know why. He was always drowning in his sorrow, never really smiling and struggling with every day. Only drugs made him ‘barely surviving’

So one night he killed himself. From that moment Nova changed. She doesn’t know how to live anymore, how to love, trust and be happy. She wants to know why London killed himself. She also blames herself for not helping him. Completely lost and broken Nova is back home for summer break. But her house and neigborhood is the place that is strongly connected to her and London, which make her remember every painful thing.

Quinton is a druggie. He smokes weed every day and use something stronger ‘from time to time’. Smoking is his only way of dealing with death he caused in car accident a year ago. His mind and soul are pretty fucked up. He promised his dying girlfriend he won’t love anyone else as much as her. He wishes he could die with her that day, because living is his own hell.

In Breaking Nova drama is not only the size of Africa but also so overwhelming, you can’t think straight! Think every catastrophe happening on one page. Suicide, car accident, hateful parent, loss of the other one, mindless sex, drugs and MORE DRUGS! Everything is there. But where was amazing sense of humor? Where were swoonworthy moments only Sorensen could create? Where the fuck was pure healing love? Where? Because they sure weren’t in the book I was reading.

You have to understand that I expect something beautiful to blosom from ugly. Hurt has to change in love and so on. I love pink fluffy happily ever after!!

Also everyone in this novel is doing drugs. To deal with life, horrible past, to have fun, to have even more fun, to find out how it feels like, to… I think you get my point. And when I say everyone is doing it I mean it (I think the only one who didn’t is Nova’s mother). It’s like fucking advertisment for pot. This book doesn’t warn you about concequences of smoking, nope it’s almost encouraging you to try it. Nova almost begs for a joint, because she wants to find out why people why doing it. Quinton is always stoned and his friends too. And guess what? Nova’s best friend ALSO!!! Every chapter, every page has something to do with USING DRUGS.

Well, I guess I have a problem with reading about bunch of freaking JUNKIES, because this is exactly who they are. There is nothing sexy in someone addicted. There is no fun in reading about effects of getting stoned. It’s painful, uncomfortable and horrible.

This is the first book by Sorensen that lacks in love department. Quinton and Nova are not in love, their ‘relationship’ is shallow as well as toxic. I didn’t feel chemistry between them. I didn’t feel anything at all for them. Quinton could overdose and I would be happy he got what he deserved. His mistake wasn’t being a driver in car accident but dealing with it by destroying himself and everyone near him. He’s antagonist in this story.

The thing about Nova is even more complex. She’s not interested in Quinton as a new, different person. She personalize London with him. She sees sadness, brokeness in both of them. Quinton also smoke weed (London did it too), they’re artist and so on… She used Quinton for finding closure. It was pretty pathetic to watch.

The only thing that really interested me was London’s suicide. I wanted to know his reasons and well, get to understand him. I didn’t get a chance to find out, everything was so vague.

I also enjoyed beautiful style of writing and the easy way Sorensen can tell a story. As always words were deep and meaningful. The last few pages showed me Nova in totally different light that made me like her more. I'm crossing my fingers for her. I wish her the best, because she needs to find her happiness.

Overall, I am a little bit angry and disappointed in this story. I’ve never read something so toxic and destroying for both of people. I think that my issue with drugs made me bitter about some things and I suppose people who didn't care about it will have better time to focus on other sides of this novel.

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1,059 reviews74.9k followers
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August 14, 2013
New Jessica Sorensen book!! Due out in Sept!

"One, two, three. One, two, three. I can’t seem to get the counting and the obsessing out of my head. I’m always drowning in it and the memories of that god awful day that I can’t quite remember, but can’t quite forget. It owns me. I just want to feel alive, but all I feel is numb. But then I meet Quinton. He makes me feel alive and for the first time in my life, I can breathe."

BLURB: A powerful story of love, scars, and impossible choices . . . Nova Reed used to have dreams-of becoming a famous drummer, of marrying her true love. But all of that was taken away in an instant. Now she's getting by as best she can, though sometimes that means doing things the old Nova would never do. Things that are slowly eating away at her spirit. Every day blends into the next . . . until she meets Quinton Carter. His intense, honey brown eyes instantly draw her in, and he looks just about as broken as she feels inside.

Quinton once got a second chance at life-but he doesn't want it. The tattoos on his chest are a constant reminder of what he's done, what he's lost. He's sworn to never allow happiness into his life . . . but then beautiful, sweet Nova makes him smile. He knows he's too damaged to get close to her, yet she's the only one who can make him feel alive again. Quinton will have to decide: does he deserve to start over? Or should he pay for his past forever?

New Adult Contemporary
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1,258 reviews1,547 followers
September 14, 2013
This was my first novel by Jessica Sorensen, and I can say without a doubt that she knows how to use words to evoke some very strong emotions. In the case of Breaking Nova, it was mostly sadness, depression, anger, and helplessness. Watching two essentially good people slowly destroy themselves is never any fun.

Nova Reed hasn't always been this blank shell that she is today. Less than a year ago, she was a somewhat quiet girl, on the outskirts of popular but still content teenage girl. Her father's death years earlier scareed her emotionally but she's still living and learning. Her lifelong friend turned into her lifelong love...or so she thought. When yet another tragedy changes everything, Nova immediately loses the will to keep going. She's living but barely, breathing without thinking, lacking passion and direction.

Her summer back from college and her new friend lead her to meeting Quinton...a guy whose eyes mirror her own. Though Quinton's regrets are different than Nova's, they are no less tragic. Once the big man on campus, a guy with the world laid out before him, he is now just as hopeless and careless as Nova. He's so weighed down with the guilt from his past than he simply doesn't care to move past it; doesn't actually feel as if he deserves to.

While I was rooting for both Nova and Quinton, I felt like this road to healing that Nova was on was just a little off. She begins to hang with the wrong crowd, partying too much, trying to lose herself in the oblivion of substances to take her mind off of life.

Now, I'm not advocating drinking and drugs. But to make having a few beers out to be some terrible stepping stone to a worse you was going a bit far. Even smoking some pot...was this a push for some political agenda? Gateway drug? That's the feeling I got her, and I didn't really want the very obvious lecture. Stay away from junkies...okay, I can see that. Don't smoke pot or you'll end up a junkie yourself? Not so much.

In case you haven't heard, this ends in a cliffhanger. I hate cliffies, but this kind really gets my goat. Because this one ends in such way that I was more depressed after I put this down than I was when I realized why Nova and Quinton were such sad, lonely characters.

My verdict...The writing was fabulous, sometimes insightful, sometimes romantic (?), sometimes break down and cry sad. The story itself is one big book of emo depression. The epiphany was waaay too sudden for my taste. It goes from rock bottom to explosion of thoughtfulness within pages, and I felt that there was too little focus on the actual healing and too much focus on the rock bottom. Still, I can't see giving this less than four stars because I was glued to the pages for the entire book. I will definitely be reading Sorenson's other series now.
ARC provided by Forever via NetGalley
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2,416 reviews4,660 followers
September 16, 2013

“But sometimes stuff happens and we find ourselves lost, and suddenly we're standing in a place we don't recognize and can't remember walking-or falling-there, and we're unsure how to get back or if we even want to.”

I loved this story and all the characters!! It was completely unpredictable and I loved every page and every line.

I've been so tired of reading the same old stories but this was exciting and had my full attention the whole way. The story is told in alternating povs and yes these characters are broken and struggling and I found it real, raw and riveting.


This story deals with a lot of real life issues such as teen suicide, and drug use and I found the story to be relevant and captivating.


Well Done Jessica Sorensen!


This does end with a cliffhanger of sorts. Honestly, I liked where the author stopped and I can’t wait for the next book.

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362 reviews498 followers
September 16, 2013

4 heartbreakingly beautiful stars!

"I think that sometimes things just get confusing and we get lost, and sometimes you can’t out which path is the right path… which is the right decision.”

Everytime I read a book by Jessica Sorensen I know that I can expect nothing less than a great story and brilliant writing! Seriously her writing is just SO SO good!!

This book is heartbreaking and so fcuking SAD!! Beautifully sad that it physically makes your heart ache for these characters.

"I honestly don’t know anymore, what’s considered weak and what’s considered strong. What’s right and what’s wrong. Who I was and who I should be."

This story starts of with a girl named Nova. She is broken and so sad. Her past literally turned her into something else.

Nova's ex boyfriend committed suicide and 1 year later she is still trying to deal with the pain and the memories and cannot let them go...

Nova does everything she can to hold on to the memories and distracts herself with things she can control because she never wants to not have a routine or control ever again.

Then she meets Quinton. This poor boy is as easily broken, he lost his girlfriend and cousin an an accident and the guilt eats him alive every single day..

"And then just like that, everything that once existed, lives, breaths, heartbeats, were gone. And I was left with blood on my hands."

The difference between Nova and Quinton is that Nova is looking for the light but in all the wrong places and Quinton is trying to numb the pain....

"What we do doesn’t define us, although I think some people would probably disagree with me.”

They meet and their lives entwine and friendship leads to more only they don't want to let go of what is no longer...

"I want it out of my head. This moment. Every moment. I want it gone. I want to be gone. From the life I fell into. This place. But how the hell can I escape it when I can’t even remember getting here?"

Once Nova joins Quinton on the dark side and numbing the pain she discovers so many answers she was seeking...

"I’m starting to wonder what it would be like to move on past the numbers and finally start to breathe again."

But it isn't enough...
(With Jessica's writing it never is, she always keeps us waiting... For the next book!!)
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634 reviews1,275 followers
October 2, 2013
For anyone who's ever felt lost and struggled to find their way back.

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I am going to be honest. This is a painful read. Nova's story is heartbreaking. Suicide, death, guilt, drug abuse all play a strong role in this story. BUT it is real.I felt the pain these characters endure. Maybe something is wrong with me, but I appreciated the emotional pain and despair that Breaking Nova inflicted upon me. Real life if not wrapped up neatly in a some beautiful package. Real life hurts and sometimes pain can work it's self so deeply into your soul, the energy it takes to breath a single breathe can be overwhelming. Both Nova and Quinton are dealing with the aftermath of tragedy, will they be able to help each other find their way back or will they continue to fall together? This is only book one. I cannot wait to see where this story will go.

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1,910 reviews853 followers
September 24, 2013
Breaking Nova was an emotional and captivating story. It’s a darker read but, surprisingly, one that did not depress me.

I should tell you I’m not a fan of stories that glorify drug use or are all about characters on a path of self-destruction. I read for entertainment for the most part, and a story that depresses or frustrates me does not count for happy entertainment in my book. If Breaking Nova fit that description you would not be reading my review because this would be a “Did Not Finish” for me. Yes, there is a lot of drug and alcohol abuse in this story, but it in no way paints it as a happy way of life, quite the opposite, in fact.

Nova has just finished her first year of college, and is back at home for the summer. She suffered an unfathomable loss before she left for school, and basically went through her freshman year on autopilot, reeling from sadness and guilt. When she gets home with her “friend” Delilah, they connect with Delilah’s ex-boyfriend a real gem of a guy *NOT*, Dylan and his roommates. These boys and Delilah spend each day getting high, dealing and drinking. Not a good situation for Nova to be around, AT ALL! This is where she meets Quinton, another sad soul, and they somehow in all this connect in an intense way.

Quinton for his part is even more desolate that Nova. He lives with all-consuming guilt, grief, and self-loathing. Quinton used to be the guy you’d want to take home to your parents: good grades, promising future and all around “nice-guy”, but this changed drastically a year ago and he feels he deserves nothing but the self-destructive course he’s on. In spite of that and a lot of reluctance, he forms a bond with Nova and starts to care about her. Moments of hope, longing, and happiness shine through.

I don’t try to kiss her or feel her up. I just hold her and let our bodies stay linked, wanting to know her and understand her more than I have with anyone since Lexi. For an instant, I have something to hold on to again, a reason to keep breathing, to live.

I couldn’t have read this story if it weren’t for Nova; a sweet, caring, and lost soul. She takes a path that isn’t healthy when we meet her (thanks in part to her loser friend Delilah!) but never does she completely give up. She was strong, and yet, so innocent. I have to say I was so angry for what Landon put her through! He made a choice that affected everyone who loved him, cutting them deeply. I was also extremely ticked with Nova’s supposed friend, Delilah. She knew Nova was sad and depressed and then encouraged her to get high and drink. Worst idea ever! A decision like suicide might feel like an attractive option to someone whose inhibitions and clear thinking are stripped away by intoxication! But I wanted to slap Delilah for more than just that!

Breaking Nova made me cry in a few parts, and gave my heart a good squeeze! But I didn’t think it was sad throughout. Although the romance was not something Quinton and Nova were looking for, it felt genuine and surprisingly hopeful. There were very heated, swoony moments between these two and I hope everything works out for them in the end. Nova and Quinton’s story is far from over and very much up in the air. I foresee a very bumpy road ahead.

A copy was provided by Forever (Grand Central Publishing) in exchange for an honest review.

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1,655 reviews1,009 followers
January 11, 2015
This was my first Jessica Sorensen book and I can honestly say it won't be my last. Wow, she sure is an author who can make me feel deeply about the characters in her books. Breaking Nova I found to be a very heavy read, and by the end I was emotionally drained. I am for sure going to have to take a break in between this first book and The second. I need to get my thoughts together as well..so review still to come!
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434 reviews725 followers
September 25, 2013
5 Intense, Dark, Beautiful and Broken stars+++++

Sometimes life's difficult and sometimes it pushes you over the edge and sometimes you think your not worthy of that life- a happy life, a loved life.
I love reading romance, I love reading a happy ending, I also love reading how they get to that but sometimes I love to read a dark, powerful, Intense story that pulls me in, breaks my heart and those are the stories that stay with me because they're the most beautiful ones right?!!

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If your with me then let me tell you about Nova and Quinton.....

Nova once had a loving healthy father and a gorgeous loving boyfriend but then when Nova was 12 her father died and this left Nova lost and no-one understood her, she's different, special, good. But then Landon pulled her through, he loved her, she loved him, they had there special bond, they had each other but one night Landon killed himself and left Nova Alone. And all Nova's hope of a happy future disappeared and Nova is struggling to breathe day to day.
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"People say time heals wounds and maybe they're right." I keep my eyes on the computer screen watching my lips move. "But what if the wounds don't heal correctly, like when broken bones mend together, but aren't as smooth anymore."

Quinton Carter had a warm home, a family, a girlfriend with promises of a bright happy fulfilled future. But Quinton lost control of the wheel one night and his girlfriend and cousin both died that night and so did he only he's still got blood pumping through his veins he's alive but he's not breathing anymore-He.No.Longer.Has.A.Future.
So he goes on to use drugs this eases the pain, the regret, the guilt.
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Nova is back from her studies, she's back for the summer back to where it all happened! So when Nova and Quinton meet there's something that Nova see's in Quinton that reminds her of Landon that gives her a little peace, calms her nerves, settles her, if it be his eyes, or that he's an artist just like Landon they connect. Quinton thinks he doesn't deserve Nova's attention, she's too good, he's bad, he just exists and he's high so please stay away. But then he also needs and wants Nova, she takes the pain away slightly but she should stay away , he doesn't deserve to live never mind feel.

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These two young adults honesty broke my heart, the more you read the more you understand them. They both feel guilt when they are together, you see both Nova's and Quinton's thoughts, there are memories with Nova and Landon, how they were, insights into Landon's mind.
But how do they cope? Drugs which is a huge part of this story Drug use and Alcohol abuse numbs the mind gives them some peace be it wrong, this is how mainly Quinton copes and a little Nova.

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"How did I get here? To this place? This moment? This life?

Quinton has no self worth, his soul is dead.

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Death hurts right? It can break us and we deal differently to it.

Nova is learning though that it is ok to cry, and eventually to let go and breath.

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Addiction is a bad thing though and Quinton is an addict.

This is a dark book and at times I did struggle with there heartbreak, their feelings, their loss, their pain, their guilt. I had to take some breathers get a drink come back and then I also couldn't put it down. It pulled me in both directions. I love Jessica's writing she writes beautiful, heart-breaking stories, she knows how to pull at your heart and it flows nicely.

Be warned as in all Jessica's books she loves CLIFFHANGERS and yes there is one but for me it wasn't BAD BAD, it gave me some hope.
What I want is for Nova and Quinton to heal, to move on, to love and be strong. To fulfil their dreams. To have a future together.

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So until next time I'm off to read something little lighter with hearts and roses and a HEA....

That is all.......

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643 reviews4 followers
March 23, 2014

It's been a while since I read The Secret of Ella and Micha, and a little bit later The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden. What I remember the most about those books is how much they surprised me and made me feel. To be honest, I don't really have a valid reason why I never got back to the sequels. That was back when new adult novels just started to gain their audience and I was 100% sold to the whole idea. And then came whole drama - people had a lot of bad things to say about genre, but still everyone continued to read them despite their hatred. It wasn't about the book for me - I love new adult romance novels and I am not ashamed to admit it - but the whole attitude of reading community. I kind of lost my way. But not anymore.

Depression, drugs, broken people and a lot of bad choices. This pretty much sums up Breaking Nova. One of my Goodreads friends wrote in her review that she felt like she was drugged after she finished reading. I did too - at some point everything got crazy and out of the hands. It tends to be that way when you end up in the company of the people like Dylan or Delilah. Even Quinton. It is so easy to fall of the cliff when you're eighteen and still don't feel like you get around as well as other people. Add to that all of the problems Nova had, you have the killing combination. That was the best part of the story for me. The most believable one.

What I didn't like that much? Like any other new adult novel, Breaking Nova has standard cliches. There is nothing bad with them, but you have to find that golden middle ground to make it work. Beginning was the weakest part because it looked like "my life sucks more than your life" contest. Also whole deal with Nova and OCD was really too much. Or at least it could be a main focus in her character development and some other details could have been left out.

Jessica Sorensen wouldn't be Jessica Sorensen if she don't end her novels with the cliffhanger. This one wasn't that bad, but still I am happy that I waited for second book to come out.


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656 reviews1,293 followers
December 29, 2014
People say that time heals all wounds, and maybe they're right. But what if the wounds don't heal correctly, like when cuts leave behind nasty scars, or when broken bones mend together, but aren't as smooth anymore?

Sometimes bad things happen.
Sometimes it happens and there is nothing anyone can do about it.
Not even if we drown ourselves in alcohol or drugs or whatever things that we could think of to make us forget.
It won't happen.
Because life is like that.
Sometimes things happen that are beyond our knowledge and control.

Breaking Nova was about two people coping from a loss they didn't expect. It was about scars that doesn't seem to go away no matter how hard they try to forget.

Nova hasn't been the same since she found her boyfriend, Landon, dead in his room. Just when she thought everything in her life was perfect. Just when she thought things were finally in place, he left her. Permanently. And that messed up Nova pretty bad.

Then comes, Quinton. He lost his self the night the accident happen. He lost his one and only love that night their car crashed. He almost died that night too but someone he was given a second chance at life, a second chance he didn't really want. Now, Quiton is just a shadow of the person that he was back then.

After Reading Thoughts

I seriously had no clue it was going to be that intense.
I seriously had no idea it was going to make my heart hurt the way it did.

I loved this book. Althought it dealt a lot about drugs, death, pain, depression and all that, I still liked it. I loved the fact that it was so raw and real that I could feel the character's pain and sorrow.

This book was the darkest New Adult book I've read so far. I was a little bit uneasy with the whole drugs stuff because I'm scared of it and although I face tons of problems and trials, I would never ever consider drugs to dull the pain. But after reading this book, I sort of have a better understanding on why some people do it. I can't say I agree with their way of coping with pain but I have to say I understood better now.

First off, I would have to say I am extremely happy with how this book was written. I think it works really well that its a dual POV and how sometimes you'll get glimpses of the past so you'll understand a bit more of what is happening now and what has happened before.

I feel for Nova and Quinton. They have been through a lot and they deserve to be happy. They both blame each other for things they couldn't have avoided. They were the only two people who I really have sympathy for. The other ones like her friend Delilah and Dylan. They belong together and seriously, I didn't give a f*ck about what happened to them. It wasn't exactly made clear anyway what Delilah was running from and why she stayed with Dylan but whatever. I don't really care about them anyways.

Back to Nova and Quinton.

I sort of thought they didn't really click at first. I'm no longer talking about the depressed side of both of them but rather the romance part. Their relationship build up was actually a slow one and was a little worried that I won't like them but gradually, I felt their connection and how much they needed each other to heal.

She sucks in a sharp, stammering breath, then kisses me back like she's been trapping her breath for ages and suddenly I'm supplying her with oxygen.

I just hate that this is a cliffhanger. I wish it was a standalone instead so I'll know what happens to Nova and Quinton.
I can't believe I have to wait a couple of months more before the next one comes out.

Would I recommend this book to everyone? Not really. This book isn't for everyone. It was great don't get me wrong but all the drugs and suicide and all that here could be too much for some people so I guess I'll recommend it for those people who can as Nova and Quinton's story is definitely one that should be read. It is not your typical NA book that will have a bad boy and a good girl in it and the bad boy changes immediately. No. This one isn't like that *thank goodness*.

Let me end with a quote from Nova which I absolutely love and could relate to:

I'm learning that it's okay. It's okay to hurt. It's okay to cry. It's okay to admit we need help. It's okay to let go.
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2,082 reviews861 followers
July 20, 2014
ARC provided on behalf of Forever (Grand Central Publishing) from NetGalley

5 beautifully broken stars!
Ms. Jessica Sorensen has mastered the art of ripping out my heart and stomping on it,
but in a good way.

'I didn't always use to think this way.
I used to have hope.
I used to believe in things.'

We meet Nova, well we meet the broken version of Nova. She had dreams and she had plans for a future; but that hope died that morning. Now she is empty and just sleep walking through life.

But when summer break comes around and she is back home, forced to face the ghosts she is hiding from she meets Quinton. And Quinton might just be more broken than she is.

His life changed in a moment. And when that change occurred he let the good parts of him die. Now he is numb, traveling through as a shell of the man he one day thought he would become. Because he thinks he deserves it, that it was his fault and the guilt is eating him from the inside out.

'...because it reminds me that there's life in the world, and that hearts do keep beating even after they break.'

But when Nova sees the pain and sadness in Quinton's eyes she can't walk away, not again. For the first time he is feeling something other than numb, when he sees Nova his heart races - but he has a promise to keep. Both have had their hearts torn from their chests, their forever lost among the darkness. And neither seem to be ready for anything more, but can't seem to stay away from one another.

But Nova said she went looking for me. No one ever goes looking for me or cared enough to worry about me. When she says it, I'm pretty certain my worthless heart shatters inside my chest, and she steals one of the pieces. If it didn't already belong to someone else I probably would have handed her all the pieces right then and there.'

Breaking Nova was a heart wrenching story of just how lost a soul can be. The path to forgiveness is not the same for each person, nor does that time to take that journey occur for all at the same time.

Nova has to face the hard truth that saving someone else means saving yourself first.

This was a roller coaster of emotions from page one until the very last page. It touched on so many different heartbreaking aspects of the struggle & pain that some have to endure in their lives. I seriously am ready to curl up in the fetal position with a blanket and just cry myself to sleep. This was a beautiful story that although was flooded with darkness gave you hope and shined just enough light to make you feel that souls this broken can still be fixed. No cliffhanger ending - but no tidy bow either. I can only hope that we don't have eons to wait for the next book.

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704 reviews233 followers
August 10, 2016

4 stars

In Breaking Nova, Jessica Sorenson takes another ballsy chance with her characters and pulls the reader over to the dark side as she delves into sensitive subjects such as suicide and drugs – two very real issues that some young adults experience growing up. I always feel like I need a hug after reading one of Sorenson’s books. The angst is always so brutal on the heart. The characters have a hard time accepting love and hope and peace in their lives – which makes the romance complicated.

This story focuses on both Nova and Quinton’s issues, but this story was more about Nova finding her way again. While Nova does find a type of peace in her life by the end of the story, Quinton becomes more lost than ever. This series will continue on with the next installment that comes out sometime in 2014. I really wish that I could have the next book sooner rather later, especially with the little sneak peak of what’s to come added at the end of the story. I was left salivating to read more!

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2,229 reviews8,054 followers
September 6, 2013
5 gut wrenching emotional roller coaster stars
A highly emotional read and definitely a book worth reading!!

Nova (yes like the car) met Landon at the age of thirteen, he'd just moved in across the street from her and from then they became best friends - more than best friends - they became inseparable, an addiction to be close to each other, that all changed about six months ago..

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I have my silence now, which is my healing, my escape, my sanctuary..Silence all around me, silence is all i can handle..

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I ask myself the same question every day: why me? why did I survive? I survived!! It was my fault and I should be the one buried six feet under the ground, people died because of me, two people I cared about!! I'm nothing but a washed up druggie who lies round all day wasting his life wanting that next fix to stop the pain..

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The tattoos on Quinton's chest are a constant reminder of what he's done, what he's lost..

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2 Broken souls who meet by chance (Landon and Nova) as the story progresses you can see them slowly mend..
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Just keep in mind that this book is a dark gritty read, deals with teenage suicide, drugs, depression and all those good things that a dark book brings..Either have a bottle of booze sitting beside you whilst reading this or the biggest box of tissues you can buy!!
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459 reviews94 followers
September 4, 2013
I started this book thinking it will be good I love this Author, well it was AMAZING I finished this is one setting!! It is a little Dark deals with Drugs, death, depression and anxiety but that is REAL LIFE! This story is about Quinnton and Nova who are both struggling in life and trying there best to live what the people they have lost in there lifes. Im not gonna give to much away just take a chance and read this book it was really amazing and I can not wait for the next book to come out!

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Author 51 books614 followers
January 2, 2016

Non so bene cosa dovrei dire. Non so neppure se voglio dire qualcosa.

Ci sono romanzi che per alcuni lettori hanno un significato diverso. Romanzi che, in mano a una determinata persona, sono più pericolosi di un fucile puntato alla testa.
Io lo so bene.
Sono una di quelle lettrici che non segue la massa, ma va alla ricerca di quei libri, di quelle storie che hanno il potere di distruggermi. Come un tossico che brama l'oblio della droga.

Voglio il dolore.
Voglio la tristezza.
Voglio il buio.
Voglio quel bisogno disperato di cadere.

Questo romanzo ha tutto ciò di cui ho bisogno.
Fin dalle prime diciassette pagine sapevo di avere in mano un'arma micidiale.
Fin dalle prime diciassette pagine sapevo che, per il mio bene, avrei dovuto abbandonare la lettura.
Non l'ho fatto.

Volevo vedere.
Volevo capire.
Ma non potevo comprendere.

Così sono rimasta in disparte, a osservare Nova e Quinton, ipnotizzata dai loro mantelli saturi di sofferenza, morte e desolazione. Li ho guardati avvolgercisi angosciosamente, forse desiderosi di poter essere stritolati da essi e cessare di esistere, per poi trattenere il fiato quando le loro mantelle si sono fuse e li hanno inglobati, insieme.

Ho continuato a seguirli, a spiarli senza emettere un fiato.
Mi sono chiesta che sensazione si prova ad arrendersi.
A cadere.
Mi sono domandata perché si diventa così deboli da divenire schiavi della droga. Quinton me l'ha spiegato. Io l'ho mandato al diavolo e gli ho detto di ammazzarsi, se proprio non voleva vivere. Forse mi ha ascoltato, mentre urlavo interiormente. Ma so che una parte di lui vuole restare viva.
Per Nova.
Per le emozioni destabilizzanti che gli provoca.
Ma lei non è affatto un porto sicuro.

Nova è distruzione.
Nova è Armageddon.
Nova precipita.
Nova è caos.
Nova è un insieme di domande che hanno una sola risposta.

Ti prego, perdonami.

Questa non è una lettura per tutti. E' per chi non giudica. Per chi vuole capire e non ci riesce. Per chi si sente smarrito e non trova più una ragione valida per andare avanti.
Per chi vorrebbe aiuto.
Per chi vorrebbe aiutare.
Per chi vuole risorgere dalle proprie ceneri e tornare a sorridere davvero.

Oppure no.
Non puoi salvare chi non vuole essere salvato.
E Quinton si è perso.

Trovalo, Nova.


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1,880 reviews1,065 followers
August 23, 2014
Initial reaction: One of the few times I picked up a book where it started off terrible and cliche, but the progression really grew from where it started. I liked it, but I have some bones to pick with the narrative. This review might run a little long, for constructive and personal feedback.

Full review:

This is the last time you say,
After the last line you break,
It's not even a holiday,
Nothing to celebrate.
You give a hundred reasons why,
And you say you're really gonna try.
If I had a nickel for everytime,
I'd own the bank.

Thought that I was the exception,
I could have rewrite your addiction,
You could've been the greatest,
But you'd rather get wasted.

You fall asleep during foreplay,
'Cause the pills you take, are more your forte.
I'm not sticking around to watch you go down.
Wanna be your lover, not your fucking' mother.
Can't be your savior, I don't have the power.
I'm not gonna stay and watch you circle the drain,
Watch you circle the drain,
Watch you circle the drain.

-lyrics from "Circle the Drain" by Katy Perry

I start this review off by quoting these specific set of lyrics because this was the one song that played through my mind after reading this book. It's a pretty powerful statement since this book is pretty heavy for its subject matter - tackling drugs, depression, death (including suicide and survivor's guilt) among other matters.

I'll be blunt starting this discussion/reflection: Sorensen's previous narratives have not impressed me, because many times, I had issues not only with the way certain issues were portrayed, but the writing was just so underwhelming, lacking quite a bit of character intimacy and an eye for detail and reflective insight (plus...cliches. Many, many cliches). There were more moments of telling versus showing, and quite a few of the series I started from her I had to stop because of the very cheap cliffhangers that she would usually use to break into the next installment of a series.

"Breaking Nova" is a bit of a departure from that trend (and seriously, thank goodness for that), but it's still extremely flawed for a narrative. I'll admit I had a hard time getting into this novel to start. The writing in the beginning was very underwhelming with its tell-all format, and it felt like there was a mismatch between the very heavy ordeals the characters endured and how the presentation came across. Quinton and Nova are palpable characters, they're young and naive, marred by tragedy. Nova's boyfriend commits suicide, leaving Nova herself grappling with depression as well as obsessive compulsive disorder. Quinton has survivor's guilt after being the person at the wheel that killed his girlfriend and another friend. He pretty much is a dead man revived and walking, lost to the lust of drugs and addiction.

This is not an easy narrative to read, two-fold on the note. On one hand, I really liked the realistic and blunt way this narrative is told between Nova and Quinton's characters. It made them more dimensional and you get the impression that they are not perfect characters. However, I did not like the way the narrative seemed to beat me over the head with some of the ideals intended. Yes, we know these characters are not perfect or "good" - and the narrative spent far too much time dwelling on this fact. I did love that Nova spent a lot of time searching for some mark of herself through this novel, despite her grief. She showed a lot of growth from the time she started in this novel to the endpoint, where she came to terms with things. I rarely see this kind of growth in NA novels - seriously, this genre needs to pick itself off its bootscraps and do more of this. Show its characters coming to terms with their grief in realistic ways and moving away from things that may tempt or make them lost or what have you. Added to handling it with the kind of maturity that it deserves. Because that's life - that's real, that's the kind of thing I like to see in contemporary narratives with handling this kind of tough subject matter. It makes it more mature and identifiable, even when the characters do things that the reader may not like or agree with.

But, I'm not happy about the cliches and misinterpretations of issues here. This doesn't completely depart from the usual slut shaming/bitch slamming, melodramatic meandering that I usually see in the genre. And that sucks really, because I don't know if this narrative really needed all that to tell its respective story, and it probably could've even been more powerful without it. Some of it I could accept for realism, but I think there was just a bit too much focus with that here (not as much as other narratives I've read, but enough to where it was a problem).

Let's also establish something right now about the way this book handles depression/anxiety/OCD/mental illness/addiction. Some parts of it are amazingly well presented, especially with respect to Nova coping with her boyfriend's suicide, her father's death, her own suicide attempt, and other measures where she's in her own head and succumbs to habit and anxieties she can't control. Even Quinton's survivor's guilt has value and identifiable traits, and his spiral into the use and abuse of drugs is very realistic given the pain he feels. The narrative doesn't sugarcoat it, which is something I respected when it was done well.

But here are the things I didn't like:

1. Depression is not just "sadness." Please stop perpetuating this myth. I didn't understand why this was repeated through the narrative as much as it was, and it played right into the hand of the cliche/assumption and it's wrong. Every other line seemed like something about the other characters observing Quinton and Nova looking "sad" or "depressed" or "like shit" and I was like "Dude, STOP. This is not the way to emphasize this."

And it's a shame, because there are moments when Sorensen hits the nail on the head for the experience and how the characters come to terms (well, at least Nova's case, because even by the end of this book, Quinton's still struggling, and at least those portrayals were realistic and not some magical sex/love cure-all B.S. that tend to pepper NA narratives pervasively.) I liked the fact that Nova got into making films and revealing her raw struggles and grief. I liked that Quinton's descent into drugs was realistic. There were moments where I worried the narrative would glorify his use and abuse, but it's shown to be a problem and a spiral that consumes his life (and almost consumes Nova as well.)

2. Too much crying. I understand the grieving process, and I even embrace the fact that this narrative shows both its male and female characters grieving during crucial and critical moments where they're emotionally overworked/overwhelmed by their experiences. But it was a bit too much in this, man. It felt like it was repeated (and really, that was a big flaw in this collective narrative: repetition where there didn't need to be repetition).

3. The realistic portrayal of OCD was very limited here. Yes, it was mentioned the character suffers from compulsive habits, and there are points where Nova's anxieties have an intimate exploration. But instead of being told this information and repeated continously, I would've liked to see more how she actually deals with this. It could've even been valuable to see her in therapeutic settings (since it was mentioned she did see a therapist). I almost would've liked it if Sorensen did something similar to what E. Lockhart did with the Ruby Oliver series, in that it showed how Ruby suffered from panic attacks, what triggered them and how she was able to overcome that. While this is NA, and I understand there were other issues here to be explored for the narrative constraints - it would've been far better to use that time to develop and show this rather than just spending the time in the telling repetition it chose to go with. I would've valued Nova's character even more with that, because at least - from the perspective of someone who doesn't have that particular condition - I would've been able to see more of Nova's experiences.

This isn't so much a romance novel as it is a realistic fiction/tough subject work in contemporary terms, but I thought the narrative did a decent job of showing the connections between Nova and Quinton, even when there were matters that created tension between them. And while these characters had a lot of growing up to do, at least this narrative really made it palpable after a time.

I'm likely to follow this series to see where it goes, and I hope that Sorensen's narrative improves upon the point where this series started. There are some moments of good standing here, but it's almost undermined by the fact that Sorensen chooses to repeat measures that don't need the repetition or telling, and undermined by the cliches and misinterpretations/juvenile portrayals of heavy subjects that often pepper other narratives in this genre. But I am glad there were at least moments in this where it went away from the box of complete instalust or just trainwreck relationships for the sake of the trainwreck. It actually meant something, and I fully appreciated Sorensen's dedication in the beginning which addressed this book to anyone who's ever felt "lost." I've been there personally in moments in my life, and while I couldn't identify with any of the characters directly for their experiences (understatement), at least there were moments in this novel where I could say "Yeah, this conveys the measure of losing your way and place in the world, but there's potential to be able to get back up again, regardless of how far you fall."

Overall score: 3/5 stars

Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher.
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Author 7 books173 followers
July 6, 2013
Tears, tears and more tears. That's what this book did to me. Jessica's contemporaries get more and more intense with each book she puts out.

Even if I didn't know the author's name, I would have known it was Sorensen's book by the love of old cars, the angst of the love story and the despair of the dark past. I have to say, though, the dark past was even darker in this book. The prologue alone had me in tears, AND THAT WAS JUST THE START.
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2,452 reviews819 followers
September 2, 2013

BREAKING NOVA touches on the heart and squeezes the most powerful of emotions from your body. I don’t think I was prepared by how much angst and darkness was in this book. I was terrified that the characters would lose themselves in the course of the story because both Nova and Quinton are taking the wrong paths and can’t seem to find their way back.

If you are a fan of dark New Adult and have loved Sorensen’s books in the past, I have no doubt at all that you will absolutely adore this book. It’s by far the darkest of all her Contemporaries so far. But it holds so much heart as well, that you can’t help but forged a connection with the characters from the short prologue.

The prologue sets the story in motion. Nova’s best friend and boyfriend has committed suicide and Quinton’s girlfriend, Lexi and his cousin, Ryder are killed in a car accident where he was the driver. Quinton barely survived himself, but despite living, he is dead inside. Drugs are his only outlet and way to survive. You can just imagine the amount of self hatred and guilt he harbors inside. A dark haze that fills this entire book. It’s dark, scary and a bit reckless, but there are also areas of hope that I tried to latch onto when they were given.

I cried. Hard. BREAKING NOVA is one of those books that push you to the limits and makes you feel things you never thought you would feel for characters. I love that despite the sex and drugs, there is also this innocence about it. How Quinton and Nova fall in love with one another is no different or less magical than what you find in sweeter contemporary romances. Sorensen manages to strike a balance that I think is the money shot for her books. Not a lot of people can achieve it and that’s what makes her books so special.

As I type this review, I’m once again flooded by the overwhelming emotions about this book. It’s an all consuming read that I read in one go simply because I found it hard to think of anything else after. It haunts you and though you feel like you are being ripped in two as you read about Nova and Quinton’s struggles, you also form a connection to them. I cannot wait for book two in this series. I need a happy ending for these two!

This was just an afterthought that I figured I should add to the end of this review: BREAKING NOVA reminded me a little of this other book I read a long time ago called Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert. It’s another fabulously written story that I think deals with a lot of the same issues that Nova and Quinton suffer from, dealings with drug abuse and also grief. I think it’s worth checking out as you wait for book two in this series. You can check out my review for it here.

Favorite Quotes :

“He’s an artist, and he tells me that in order to portray pain in his portaits he has to carry it within him all the time.”

“You’re like my favorite song, Nova. The one that I never want to forget. That I want to play over and over again.”

“The feeling of it calms me down, because it reminds me that there’s life in the world, and that hearts do keep beating.”

*ARC provided by publisher
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2,842 reviews1,483 followers
January 26, 2015
4.25 Depressing, yet endearing Stars

Breaking Nova is a depressing, but coming-of-age novel about two broken souls struggling to survive.

Nova was the typical young beautiful girl. She had a loving family and boyfriend. When she was eighteen her boyfriend and first love killed himself and put Nova into a deep depression. Quinton was the all-star guy. He was popular, had friends and loved his girlfriend completely. Until one day, there was an accident and Quinton’s girlfriend and best friend dies.

Both have damning past and both hurt deeply. Can the two move past it?

I REALLY ENJOYED Breaking Nova! I’m surprised to say how much I liked this book because it was so DEPRESSING! There were so many emotions that were poured out onto the pages. You wanted to cry your bloody eyes out or just run for a cup of wine to drown your sorrows.

I love the writing style and as much as I hate descriptive writing, I felt like I was Nova. I felt like I was Quinton. I felt the pain, the heartache and tension.

Nova loved her ex-boyfriend Landon very much. There are times were we get a glimpse of flashbacks and it just melts your heart. Yes, I hate flashbacks, but these little glimpses really build up her character. She struggles in finding herself and has ODC tendencies to compensate.

My head starts to race as I realize the painful truth of the revelation. I am lost. Broken. Searching for something that doesn’t exist

When Nova first sees Quinton, all she thinks about is how much Quinton looks like Landon (tragic right?). Quinton is more messed up than Nova. He stopped living life and started to depend on drugs and not working. He doesn’t do anything all day but drinks, smokes and uses women. He has no direction, but there’s something about Nova that brings memories of the old Quinton (the good Quinton back).

Nova is smiling at me and I can tell she doesn’t smile that often by how hard it is for her. It’s like she wants to be sad, which makes me want to make her happy…

I will say that Breaking Nova isn’t for everyone. Breaking Nova is very long, it’s descriptive, there’s hardly any steam and it’s very depressing, but for some odd reason, I just loved it. Call me crazy, but it reminded me a lot of my college years. I love searching-for-yourself kind of novels and this definitely is it. Be aware of the open cliffy, but the author is very known for that.

An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review

Breaking Nova (Nova, #1) by Jessica Sorensen AMAZON

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3,343 reviews1,015 followers
July 10, 2015
Jessica Sorensen is one of my favourite NA authors, she always creates such realistic characters, ones who are deeply messed up and who don't always deal with their problems in the healthiest ways but that just makes them all the more compelling to read about. Breaking Nova is about two of these damaged people and about one of them learning to move forward with their life. It doesn't really end with a happily ever after but I'm kind of hopeful that these characters will sort themselves out eventually and I'm looking forward to following their journey.

Nova lost the love of her life when he committed suicide and she was traumatised when she found the body. Quinton survived the car crash that killed both his girlfriend and his cousin but because he was the driver he blames himself for what happened and suffers with survivors guilt. They're both in a bad way and have turned to drink and drugs as a way to make the pain stop. I definitely don't agree with a lot of the choices they make but it's easy to understand why they act the way they do. Their lives have been turned upside down and they've got to make the choice to get past what happened so they can find a way to move forward.

I think Breaking Nova was probably the darkest book I've read by Jessica Sorensen but I absolutely loved it. This isn't always an easy book to read, in fact at times it's downright depressing, but I enjoyed seeing Nova make such huge changes in her life. She has had it tough but she has come out on the other side stronger than ever and I was really proud of her. On the other hand Quinton is still heading towards rock bottom, I'm kind of scared to see how much harder things are going to get for him before he manages to pick himself back up but I have confidence that he can do it. What I really appreciated was that the romance between them doesn't automatically solve all their issues, they still have to find a way to deal with the past. Nova has some difficult decisions to make but I really felt like she did the right thing and it was good to see her put herself first for a change.

This was a heart wrenching story that really tugged at my emotions and I can't wait to see these characters continue to turn their lives around.
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Author 9 books607 followers
May 3, 2015
This book made me feel ...

depressed ... so very, very, very fucking depressed

This story is about Nova. She's struggling to understand and find herself after the death of her boyfriend. Anxiety, depression and an overall sense of loss have consumed her. She finds herself losing control of her emotions, and in some ways her mind.

Now enters Quinton. He's also struggling with depression and loss. But his main issue is a feeling of overwhelming guilt and self-loathing that are leading him away from his true self.

When these two characters collide their mutual attraction goes astray - leaving them both questioning if they are capable or worthy of love & redemption.

There is very little light in this book. There is a lot of drug use, self abuse, rage and crying.

I loved it. Then I hated it. Then I loved it again. It was an emotional roller coaster ride. But the damn thing ended on a pretty steep cliffhanger. One that had me asking ...

Ms. Sorensen - are you trying to hurt me? Really?
Anxiously awaiting the next book!
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1,260 reviews10k followers
September 19, 2013
3.5 Stars
I have to say that I'm giving Breaking Nova 3.5 stars because I "liked" it, but didn't really love the story.
It deals with some pretty heavy and depressing issues.

Nova is still reeling from her boyfriend Landon's death over a year ago.
He was the beautiful boy next door, who was an artist and her best friend.
Landon always was a very depressed boy and his death has left her suffering from panic attacks and a big case of OCD.

Quinton lost his girlfriend, Lexi, and cousin, Ryder, in a car accident, in which he also died for a couple of minutes.
He's dealing with a major amount of guilt over their deaths, since he was the one driving.
His father kicks him out of their home.
He ends up staying with his cousin, Tristan, and his friend Dylan in a run down trailer.

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I liked Nova and Quinton.
I felt so horrible for the two of them.
They're both in so much pain.
Still stuck in the past.
Not able to let go of their demons.
Both holding on to guilt that neither should own.

Nova has not accepted that Landon is gone.
She can't believe that he would leave her, since he always told her how much he loved her.

"It's like he doesn't even exist anymore...like he never did...but he still does to me, inside my heart. In fact, he still owns it."

Without him I am nothing. I have no one. Nothing. Everything that makes me me belongs to Landon, and without him I am nothing but a shadow of a person with no substance. And I can't be a shadow.

Quinton's entire existence died that night of the car accident.
He blames himself, and so does his father and aunt & uncle.
He's a shell of the person he used to be.
Smoking pot is what he does daily to escape his current reality.
I felt so much anguish for this character.
Honestly I don't know how someone in his circumstance could go on living.
Then Nova and Quinton meet though Dylan & Delilah...two characters I did not like at all.
There's instant chemistry.
Quinton reminds Nova of Landon so much.
His physical features, he's an artist like Landon was, and he's got the same depressing persona.
There are moments Quinton experiences a bit of happiness while being with Nova.

She rests her head back against the seat, her heart rate quickening, before returning to a steady, consistent beat. The feeling of it calms me down, because it reminds me that there's life in the world, and that hearts do keep beating even after they break.

I just didn't love this book and I usually love Jessica's books.
It was just WAY TOO depressing.
We get teeny tiny snippets of happiness and just a whole bunch of drug use and utter despair.
I felt like it was just one huge drug haze.
I HATED how the story ends for Quinton.
I don't like where his life is and I hated that last moment at the lake between him and Nova.
Don't think he should have acted the way he did. To me I felt it was a bit out of character for him.

I liked Nova's ending in this one but I will say this now, I will HATE this story if Quinton doesn't receive salvation in book 2!!!!
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212 reviews49 followers
September 15, 2013
3 Tragedy Filled Stars!
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“But sometimes stuff happens and we find ourselves lost, and suddenly we're standing in a place we don't recognize and can't remember walking-or falling-there, and we're unsure how to get back or if we even want to.”

Breaking Nova is a tale of broken pasts, present heartache, and future healing. It deals with drugs, depression and death.
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The story focuses on two broken souls, Nova and Quinton, their tumultuous past. It's through alternating POV's that we gradually explore how their lives transformed from happiness to despair.

Nova is trying to learn to live her life one day at a time through numbness and silence. But this numbness can never disguise her true pain. And that pain stems from her boyfriends sudden suicide.

Then we have Quinton who is dealing with his grief by filling it with drugs, meaningless sex, and a life filled with void. He's consumed by thoughts of suicide but isn't strong enough to end his life.
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So when fate brings these two grieving souls together their feelings and emotions start to flicker alive causing some resistance towards one another.
“You're like my favorite song, Nova. The one that I never want to forget. That I want to play over and over again.”

In an attempt to disguise their grief they find shelter within each others arms. But ultimately this disguise crumples leaving a trail of broken hearts.
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My Thoughts; While the subject matter was original and refreshing, I found it to be boring in some parts throughout the book.
For some unfathomable reason, I couldn't connect with the characters. I couldn't feel their heartache, despair or anguish. It just felt like a compilation of words and I just wanted to get to the end to see the outcome.

*Pictures provided courtesy through authors facebook page*
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81 reviews24 followers
September 14, 2013
5 Beautifully Broken Stars!

Wow, this book had me crying and completely sucked in from the prologue .

I don't know why I like books that break my heart so much,But I do and this one shattered my poor heart. So naturally, I loved it.

This is the story of two completely broken people,Nova and Quinton.


Her boyfriend,Landon, committed suicide and she can't get past it. A year later and it consumes her every thought. She is depressed and stuck in the day she found him.


He was driving in an accident that killed his girlfriend and cousin. A part of him also died that day and he is consumed with guilt and the feeling that he should be dead too.

They meet and are both drawn towards each other. They start hanging out with their group of friends,smoking pot and trying to drown the sadness. The friendship starts to build into something more and neither of them can handle it. They each go into a downward spiral of drugs and emotional meltdowns. Can they save each other or are they too broken?

To see and hear things from both their POVs left me on the verge of years practically the whole book.

There are a few sweet moments and some semi-steamy scenes. But mostly it was very heavy issues. Teen suicide,depression,drug use...

It was beautifully written by one of my favorite authors. She did not disappoint.

I fell in love with the characters and their pain caused me pain. I can't even bring my self to start another book yet.

It is a cliffy,the next one is out Feb 4th!
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