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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.**

About the Author

Hi! I'm Lisa. I live in SUNNY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA with my wonderful husband and two teenage children. Hubbyis a high school PE teacher and is the coach of three different high school sports. With two kids in high school and involved in activities both inside and outside of school, I have a lot to juggle. When home, I lock myself inside the office to write. I've always loved to write, but life always seemed to be too busy. When inspiration finally hit, I made the most of the time hubby and kids were busy and published my first book in February 2014. It's a teen/young adult book and the first in a series. I'm currently working on a New Adult/Contemporary Romance series with the first book due out end of June 2014. Be on the look-out for more.

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Project Lexi was an emotionally powerful story that had me in tears. Both lead characters, Lexi and Derek, were forced to open up about their painful pasts and explore them together for a college class project. In the process they helped each other with their healing process, especially Lexi’s.

While Lexi is confused, even scared of the love and intimacy growing between herself and Derek, Derek is surprisingly patient and understanding for one so young.

This is a touching, heart-wrenching story that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0369dbc) out of 5 stars Really pulls you in from the very beginning. July 2 2014
By XterraWeb - Published on
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Project Lexi by Lisa Survillas really pulls you in from the prologue in the very beginning. You want to know what happened; why did it affect not just Lexi, but her whole family; and why does Lexi believe the way her family is feeling is her fault. Ms. Survillas did a good job in getting readers invested in the character of Lexi with all the questions in the prologue – you must read more to find out exactly what happened.

The first chapter starts to answer many of the questions we have, and we learn more about Lexi as the story unfolds. Lexi keeps to herself and is shy, closed-off, and doesn’t share with anyone (with the exception of her roommate who has been her lifeline since her freshman year in college). Lexi has to take a communications class for her degree and missed the first few days of class during which the professor announced there would be a group project which would require students paired together to interview one another with the goal being getting to know another person on a deep and personal level. The professor shared that the project was also designed to complement the psychology and journalism programs, therefore making students dig deeper into emotions that are not usually shown to others.

The communications project throws Lexi together with Derek, another student who is almost as much of a loner as Lexi – neither one shows much emotion to others and does not like to share about their past, so this project is challenging for both of them. Both Lexi and Derek want to have good grades, and that is the initial reason they meet to start on the project. Throughout the course of the project, we learn that both Lexi and Derek have experienced many types of loss (some different and some the same), and are at different stages of the healing process.

Ms. Survillas does an amazing job with the underlying theme that anyone can experience different types of traumatic events, but that healing is possible, and sometimes it just takes being with the right person at the right time to help you heal. Some of the traumatic events experienced by Lexi and Derek deal with sensitive issues, but we are given just the right amount of detail – not so much to be bothered by events, but enough to feel angry, upset, or sad about what the characters had to go through.

The relationship between Lexi and Derek developed beautifully. Derek is a real sweetheart and a true gentleman. He has a compassionate nature and is cautious with Lexi. Lexi surprises herself by making enough of a connection with Derek to feel comfortable with him and start opening up about herself and sharing about her past. In turn, Derek shares his emotions about his past with her, and together they learn that they both can heal. Derek helps Lexi to see that she is special and has an inner strength she never believed she had, and Lexi helps Derek to see that there are things that were not his fault.

I really enjoyed how Ms. Survillas handled the traumatic events and developed the relationship between Lexi and Derek slowly. I was pulled into Derek and Lexi’s story from the very beginning, and could feel the pain and suffering they had gone through; however, I could also feel the joy when Lexi began to triumph over what had happened to her and start taking back her life.

I look forward to reading the next book in The Lexi Series and learning how Lexi continues on the path to healing and if her relationship with Derek builds and becomes stronger.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa04cdc78) out of 5 stars Heart Warming June 22 2014
By Brittany - Published on
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Lexi Crandall is a victim of sexual abuse. When the case goes to trial, the outcome rips her family apart, leaving her feeling as though she is an outcast. Wanting to get away from the town where she feels she’s always the center of attention, she leaves for college and attends the San Francisco State University.
Her roommate from the beginning has been her rock. She’s the only one that knows what happened back home. She knows when the anniversary of the trial is and knows to watch for Lexi crawling into herself.
Derek Fressen transferred to San Francisco State University after attending a community college in Seattle for a few years. Most of his credits transferred except one, a communications class. And that’s how he meets Lexi.
The two, both who have been through tragedies, are paired up to work on a project together. The goal is to get to know the other person and that’s exactly what happens with Lexi and Derek.
The first time she meets Derek outside of class, she faints. In Project Lexi by Lisa Survillas, you will read about the journey of these two students, who have more in common than you’d think. Watch as they really get to know each other and form a relationship that could last through the ages along the way.
I was a beta reader for this book and I absolutely loved watching the story come together. The chemistry between Lexi and Derek is undeniable. Derek is a strong-willed, caring man who only wants what’s best for Lexi. Lexi is getting stronger each and every day, but now she has another person to lean on as she heals.
Lisa Survillas is a really talented writer. She knows how to make the story come alive. She puts emotion into her writing and you, as the reader, can feel that. And that is what makes a story great.
I cannot say anything bad about this book. It was perfect in all aspects. Lisa worked really hard and I know she is proud of the outcome. This book earns five stars from me!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0c1b57c) out of 5 stars This story deals with some pretty serious issues Sept. 10 2014
By chipswife07 - Published on
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This story deals with some pretty serious issues....deep issues. It's an amazing story to watch the characters grow, trust and love.
Lexi is very closed off and slowly starts to open up. Watching her slowly start to trust and feel again is so amazing.
Derek is the perfect one for her. He is so patient, so loving, so gentle and so aware of Lexi's body language. He breaks through her walls and he wants to stay there.

Looking forward to the next book to see where Derek and Lexi go
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa05e9e88) out of 5 stars Emotional read Dec 6 2014
By T London - Published on
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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
HASH(0xa07516d8) out of 5 stars Powerhouse read June 24 2014
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I was gifted a copy of Project Lexi. This is a very powerful read. The author did a magnificent job of capturing the feelings of both Derek and Lexi. Lexi, a survivor of sexual abuse, finds herself paired up with Derek for a college class project. Derek, a young man who has experienced painful loss himself, is very patient and diligent in getting a good grade on this class project. Little did Derek know what secrets Lexi's past would uncover. Everyday working with Lexi on this class project would not only be challenging for Derek, but also would dredge up feelings of desire and love between the both of them. These feelings are very confusing for Lexi because of her past abuse and hard for her to accept. Derek is such a patient and understanding young man and never pushes Lexi too far. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but this read just tugs on your heartstrings as it deals with many sensitive topics; sexual abuse and death. The characters recanting their lives to one another had me in tears at one point. You couldn't help but feel sad for both, yet at the same time yet rooting for Lexi and Derek to find trust and love in each other. I enjoyed reading this book immensely. Bravo Lisa!