The Art of Losing
On one terrible night, 17-year-old Harley Langston’s life changes forever. At a party she discovers her younger sister, Audrey, hooking up with her boyfriend, Mike—and she abandons them both in a rage. When Mike drunkenly attempts to drive Audrey home, he crashes and Audrey ends up in a coma. Now Harley is left with guilt, grief, pain and the undeniable truth that her ex-boyfriend (who is relatively unscathed) has a drinking problem. So it’s a surprise that she finds herself reconnecting with Raf, a neighbor and childhood friend who’s recently out of rehab and still wrestling with his own demons. At first Harley doesn’t want to get too close to him. But as Audrey awakens and slowly recovers, Raf starts to show Harley a path forward that she never would have believed possible—one guided by honesty, forgiveness, and redemption.

The Art of Losing Details

TitleThe Art of Losing
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 19th, 2019
PublisherSoho Teen
ISBN-139781616959876
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance

The Art of Losing Review

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    This one is weird to review because I really enjoyed it but I don't feel like I have a ton to say about it? It was a look at addiction and how alcohol/substance abuse can affect not only yourself but everyone around you and I personally thought it was really well done. 10/10 do recommend if you're looking for a YA book that covers a heavier subject matter but still has some uplifting (and even swooney!) moments.TW: alcohol/substance abuse
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  • Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
    January 1, 1970
    **Spoilers AheadOn one terrible night, 17-year-old Harley Langston’s life changes forever. At a party she discovers her younger sister, Audrey, hooking up with her boyfriend, Mike—and she abandons them both in a rage. When Mike drunkenly attempts to drive Audrey home, he crashes and Audrey ends up in a coma. Now Harley is left with guilt, grief, pain and the undeniable truth that her ex-boyfriend (who is relatively unscathed) has a drinking problem. So it’s a surprise that she finds herself reco **Spoilers AheadOn one terrible night, 17-year-old Harley Langston’s life changes forever. At a party she discovers her younger sister, Audrey, hooking up with her boyfriend, Mike—and she abandons them both in a rage. When Mike drunkenly attempts to drive Audrey home, he crashes and Audrey ends up in a coma. Now Harley is left with guilt, grief, pain and the undeniable truth that her ex-boyfriend (who is relatively unscathed) has a drinking problem. So it’s a surprise that she finds herself reconnecting with Raf, a neighbor and childhood friend who’s recently out of rehab and still wrestling with his own demons. At first Harley doesn’t want to get too close to him. But as Audrey awakens and slowly recovers, Raf starts to show Harley a path forward that she never would have believed possible—one guided by honesty, forgiveness, and redemption.I was concerned about the 'hooking up' but this was an ARC so I thought give it a try. For those concerned about the explicitly of this story, it is only mentioned and never gone into detail until towards the end. Even then, It's barely mentioned and easy to skip past.On another note, I was actually considering dnfing this because I wasn't loving it. But something happened. You know how when you have cheap candy in the house and your eating it and not really liking it. But you keep eating and then suddenly you realize your actually loving it. That's how this book was.This was written in a then and now style. I really loved reading the last parts. Especially ones with Audrey and Harley. Their relationship is so close. It's a perfect example of how sisters act.So as you know from the synopsis, Audrey is in an accident and she goes into a coma. Harley has to deal with the emotion of being cheated on by herself because Mike is in rehab and Audrey is in a coma.Let's talk about Mike. I hated him from the get go (But I think that's what the author was going for?). He honestly sounded like a horrible person and I was really hoping he would change but in the end He starts drinking again. I was literally seethingNow on to Raf. This the common cliche of child good friends becomes more than a friend. Raf and Harley's relationship was cute and I was really enjoying reading about it. Of course, I was super upset when Raf relapsed. In the end, He finally admits that's he an addict and starts getting the help he needs. So that's good.One more thing, I really didn't like the fact that Audrey's homosexuality was used as a sort of plot twist.Thank you so much SoHo Teen for sending me an Advanced Reader Copy|blog|Bottom Line:4 Stars: A heartbreaking story of love, strength, forgiveness and redemption.Age Recommended: 14+Trigger Warning: Injuries, Substance Abuse
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  • Liza Wiemer
    January 1, 1970
    Don't miss this one! Make sure to add The Art of Losing to your TBR list!I finished The Art of Losing over a week ago and I can't stop thinking about it. Powerful, emotional, and brilliantly written, this novel will change lives and save lives. Gripping from page one, readers will be drawn into the complex relationship between sisters, Harley and Audrey. When Mike, Harley's boyfriend, drives Audrey home from a party, the consequences of DWI will change these teens' lives forever. This novel asks Don't miss this one! Make sure to add The Art of Losing to your TBR list!I finished The Art of Losing over a week ago and I can't stop thinking about it. Powerful, emotional, and brilliantly written, this novel will change lives and save lives. Gripping from page one, readers will be drawn into the complex relationship between sisters, Harley and Audrey. When Mike, Harley's boyfriend, drives Audrey home from a party, the consequences of DWI will change these teens' lives forever. This novel asks the questions: Can an addict change? When and how does a person forgive another? How do you go on with life when betrayal and tragedy alters everything? Lizzy does an exceptional job with her secondary characters. Readers will appreciate the sweet romance between Harley and Raf, the flawed but awesome parents of Harley and Audrey, and the amazing, caring BFFs in this novel. A story of betrayal, forgiveness, family, friendship, healing and sisterhood, Lizzy Mason takes readers on an unforgettable journey that will remain long after "The end."
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  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars, rounding to 4 for GR.I feel like once you hit a certain age, you begin to forget what it's like to be a teenager. Life was so different then - not so many cares in the world as when you're an adult . At seventeen I was working my first job, going to high school and just trying to figure out where to go to college. I couldn't imagine being Harley - who caught her long-term boyfriend cheating on her with her sister. Then abandoning her in rage just for said boyfriend to drive drunk to g 3.5 stars, rounding to 4 for GR.I feel like once you hit a certain age, you begin to forget what it's like to be a teenager. Life was so different then - not so many cares in the world as when you're an adult . At seventeen I was working my first job, going to high school and just trying to figure out where to go to college. I couldn't imagine being Harley - who caught her long-term boyfriend cheating on her with her sister. Then abandoning her in rage just for said boyfriend to drive drunk to get her sister home and getting into a car accident he walked away from... but that put her sister in a coma. PHEW!The best part of this book is the author's notes and how she takes her own experiences to put us in Harley's though processes as she deals with a variety of emotions - anger, guilt, love and forgiveness. Her relationships with Mike and Raf - both addicts dealing with their addictions in different ways. The influences that shape how they feel and act. How addiction never goes away.As a YA novel, this didn't delve into so much of the nitty gritty though it was definitely a bit of a somber read. The message is clear. The actions of one person irrevocably affects each and every person around them. The loneliness and solitude addicts feel during recovery is real - giving up all their friends who can trigger them can lead to a solitary life that can also trigger them. It's a hard ride to take but a necessary one. The positive spin is that it is NOT the end of the world. Things DO get better and everyone, including the people who are the support system, need to take things one day at a time. All so much easier said than done.The ending got a little too "after school special" for me, but I absolutely appreciate the story and the author's courage to put her experiences into a book that can help readers who may be going through the same thing. I'm not sure YA books about addiction really are the books for me, but for those who like these kinds of reads, this is one to put on your list.Thank you to Soho Teen for this copy.
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  • Ksenia
    January 1, 1970
    I was so honored to read an early draft of this and am so thrilled that everyone else will be able to read it. As an only child, I actually do have a soft spot for stories about sisters (when done right), and this one really got me emotional. Three cheers for Lizzy!
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  • Andi (Andi's ABCs)
    January 1, 1970
    I need Goodreads to add about 5 more stars for books I am head over heels for! Honestly I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved this book. It was just so amazingly perfect I want everyone to read it! Seriously, get this on your 2019 TBR ASAP! Review to come.
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  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed The Art of Losing! I thought this was an excellent portrayal of mental health and addiction. It perfectly captured so many aspects of being a teenager. Loved the focus on relationships of all kinds-- friends, family, romantic. Overall, this is such a promising debut!
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  • Emily Knosher
    January 1, 1970
    I sat down tonight with the intention of reading 20 pages or so and then going to bed, but then I accidentally read the whole book instead. I think that speaks to how amazing it is. I wasn't really prepared for what I was getting into when starting this book or that it would make me feel how it did, but it was so so good and an important story to be told. Everyone read it !!
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  • Erica
    January 1, 1970
    I can't wait to read this book!!!
  • Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you SO much to Soho Teen and Edelweiss+ for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest reviewI knew that I would run into a book quite strong in content because it touches on topics such as alcohol addiction, and other substances, also as its synopsis says, we came across an accident that could have ended in tragedy, due to these addictions. I enjoyed it a lot, it's a very easy book to read despite its delicate content, and I think it was touched from a very real point, so I apprec Thank you SO much to Soho Teen and Edelweiss+ for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest reviewI knew that I would run into a book quite strong in content because it touches on topics such as alcohol addiction, and other substances, also as its synopsis says, we came across an accident that could have ended in tragedy, due to these addictions. I enjoyed it a lot, it's a very easy book to read despite its delicate content, and I think it was touched from a very real point, so I appreciate that3.5/5 StarsYou can find this one and more of my reviews on my blog A Book. A Thought. The book is about Harley, who being at a party, finds her boyfriend cheating on her with her younger sister, because of this she immediately runs out of there, which is why her boyfriend, (now ex-boyfriend) Mike, is the one who ends up taking her sister Audrey home, and they end up having a car accident, recording that causes Audrey to end up in a coma. Meanwhile, Harley tries to deal with all her emotions, from the rage of treason to the pain of guilt. All this while she begins to reconnect with her childhood friend Rafael, who's a recovering alcoholic. The book is from the very beginning very hard because we see our main character having to deal with a lot of pain because of her sister's accident, but also with a lot of anger for her betrayal, not only her sister betrayal but also her boyfriend's, since he was driving drunk the night of the accident. So we have many mix feelings and thoughts throughout most of the book. I think that for me, all this internal struggle of Harley was very real, I feel that she acted in ways that are quite understandable to her situation and although I don't say that they're the right ways of thinking or acting, I was able to put myself on her situation and feel that internal struggle. I really liked all that, I think that's what the author wanted to convey and although I'm sure that we'll all have different opinions, it's very interesting to see all the states which the main character passes through.The writing style was good, it's difficult to maintain a good pace in a story when you talk about such delicate topics, that can also be so heavy, you know?, but I think the author has achieved it. She has managed to balance the pace of the book very well since I think it's very quick and easy to read, but she doesn't stop focusing on the main topic, which is very hard.The plot is told from the Harley's POV, jumping from present chapters, after the accident, to chapters of many years or months ago. That was interesting I think it was well done because it allows us to build the relationships of the characters better in our heads, and understand a little more the current situationThe characters seemed very real, I can't say that I connected myself a 100% with any of them but they're still good. Harley's a girl with a "normal" life until the day of the accident, despite her unhealthy relationship that we'll discover she shared with her boyfriend, she's a girl with an apparent overweight and this is something that, although she doesn't say it directly at any time, I feel that it affects her, as it refers to her weight in several occasions, for this reason, her may have created a shell around her. You may like this character since she's not the typical good girl, I would describe her as an unlikeable character. I don't have much to say about Audrey, I think she's a very innocent girl and prone to make mistakes, I think that each one of you will get your own opinion on this once you read itThen we have Raf, who's her childhood friend and whom she reconnects with. He's a very good boy, I liked him a lot, was interesting to see his own internal struggle as well, which involves his recovery after the rehabilitation, and the death of his sister. The romance is quite adorable although I enjoy it more towards the end. I quite like Harley's best friend too, Cassidy, she's very fresh and loyal, and I love how much she supports her friend.There's an attempt to introduce a bit of the LGBT+ community into the story and I don't think it is well done, I didn't like that it was just thrown there to justify another action. I don't know, maybe it's something that doesn't bother you, but it was handled very lightly for meAs for addictions, I think it's the central point of the story, so if it's something you don't feel comfortable with I wouldn't recommend reading it, on the other hand, I think it's played in a very real and raw way and it shows the reality of alcohol addiction and other substances and how difficult it is to quit. In addition, the topic is generally spoken with a lot of respect and information.Harley not only comes living with the alcoholism of her ex-boyfriend but also live it with her re-connection with Ralf, who's in recovery. So I would say that the book is about her learning to deal with this and learning to know what to do in certain situations.The relationship among the sisters I think is quite natural too, they fight and love each other as all sisters, so you can feel identified if you have one. I think the whole issue of "betrayal" itself doesn't really have closure as such, they end up having a little talk about it, but it's not big deal. I think most of the healing and transformation was on Harley's part as individuals and within herself. So if you like stories about sisters, about difficult family situations, acceptance, and learning, I think you can enjoy the book, besides as I said, it's very easy to read. If the subject of addictions is something that interests you, this book has it as the main theme so you'll surely like it. Maybe you asking yourself why I haven't given it a higher rating, because, in fact, I think it's a very good book. Well, the thing is that I feel that my rating is very fair and matches perfectly with what I feel towards it. It was a good book and possibly it touched many people, but I feel that it was something that although I enjoyed, I probably forgot with time, was something missing to be incredible for me, but that doesn't mean it's not for you. So if you read it, I hope you enjoy it a lot!!
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    Heartbreaking and hopeful. I flew through this one. I loved the mix of past and present stories that gave depth to the issues Harley was dealing with and never felt like the flow of the book was disrupted by the change. I also absolutely adored the best friend relationship in this one. Such a realistic representation of true best friends who don't always agree but are always supportive and honest with each other. The romance was okay for me, probably the lowest on my list in terms of what I like Heartbreaking and hopeful. I flew through this one. I loved the mix of past and present stories that gave depth to the issues Harley was dealing with and never felt like the flow of the book was disrupted by the change. I also absolutely adored the best friend relationship in this one. Such a realistic representation of true best friends who don't always agree but are always supportive and honest with each other. The romance was okay for me, probably the lowest on my list in terms of what I liked but I did appreciate the way it was approached and how it developed. I can't speak to the addiction representation itself but it was dealt with in a responsible way and definitely didn't clean it up or the struggle addicts go through. Overall, I thought this book was really well done. The ending was a little heavy handed for me but with such serious topics to discuss, it's not entirely out of place. If you're a fan of YA realistic fiction, you should put this one on your list.
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    As I was reading this book, I just kept thinking that is was SO good. The premise, the relationships, the way the mental health issues were navigated - I loved it all. Full review to follow*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced copy for review from the publisher via Edelweiss. Thank you so much!
  • Brian
    January 1, 1970
    Our main character, Harley has a lot to deal with. Her boyfriend, Mike is caught smooching her sister Audrey. Mike drives Audrey home drunk and gets into a car wreck, getting her into a coma. Harley has to deal with her feelings of anger towards her sister and her boyfriend as well as her worries about her sister's recovery. This was a serious book with an interesting message and some well written characters. I wish that it had a bit more action, but it was mainly talking.
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  • Kendra
    January 1, 1970
    A fateful drunk driving accident leaves 17-year-old Harley's younger sister, Audrey, in a coma. The drunk driver was Harley's boyfriend. The story that unfolds is one of forgiveness, guilt, sisterhood, and an intimate look at the psychological twistings of addiction -- even more so as Harley rekindles a relationship with a childhood friend, Raf, who's grappling with his own recovery. This book is so *real* -- charged, exceptionally moving and healing. Nothing is simple and there are no neat answ A fateful drunk driving accident leaves 17-year-old Harley's younger sister, Audrey, in a coma. The drunk driver was Harley's boyfriend. The story that unfolds is one of forgiveness, guilt, sisterhood, and an intimate look at the psychological twistings of addiction -- even more so as Harley rekindles a relationship with a childhood friend, Raf, who's grappling with his own recovery. This book is so *real* -- charged, exceptionally moving and healing. Nothing is simple and there are no neat answers, but Harley and Mason's cast of characters work honestly through painful and difficult feelings toward a kind of grace. I loved seeing addiction, rehab and AA so realistically portrayed in a book for this age group -- loved seeing characters admit, honestly, that they were afraid of intimacy, that they felt like "gold-plated pieces of shit," that they can love someone and still be furious with them. The book is a Rubik's cube of emotion -- watching all the intricate, complicated and sometimes contradictory twistings of human feelings click into place.I think this book will be a tool for many struggling readers, and for all, an enormous gift. Coming early 2019.
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  • Gillian
    January 1, 1970
    In THE ART OF LOSING, much is lost (and, eventually, much gained). This stunning debut novel tackles addiction, first love, and sisterhood. The storytelling is compelling, heartfelt, and masterfully crafted.17yo Harley struggles after a night where her life is changed forever. Woven into the main narrative are flashbacks that give the reader insight into Harley herself, her relationships, and the events that led up to that night. I enjoyed the flashbacks just as much as the main narrative. This In THE ART OF LOSING, much is lost (and, eventually, much gained). This stunning debut novel tackles addiction, first love, and sisterhood. The storytelling is compelling, heartfelt, and masterfully crafted.17yo Harley struggles after a night where her life is changed forever. Woven into the main narrative are flashbacks that give the reader insight into Harley herself, her relationships, and the events that led up to that night. I enjoyed the flashbacks just as much as the main narrative. This is the kind of book that has characters you really get to know and love, and will remember forever. Highly recommended!
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  • Stacy Fetters
    January 1, 1970
    "I also think it’s better to have loved and lost, you know? I just think everyone should get to experience that happiness, even if there’s a chance it might lead to heartbreak."The Art Of Losing hits you right were it hurts. Being betrayed by a close family member all because of a little amber liquid. This eye-opening tale will make you second guess that last drink before stepping into a car and hopefully save someone’s life. This book stayed with me (in my mind) after I finished reading it. I k "I also think it’s better to have loved and lost, you know? I just think everyone should get to experience that happiness, even if there’s a chance it might lead to heartbreak."The Art Of Losing hits you right were it hurts. Being betrayed by a close family member all because of a little amber liquid. This eye-opening tale will make you second guess that last drink before stepping into a car and hopefully save someone’s life. This book stayed with me (in my mind) after I finished reading it. I kept playing it over and over to the point where I had to reread the last few chapters. Doing that changed my mind on this. The message was there but the lead character, Harley ruined it. Her demeanor bugged me. Nobody was perfect enough for her until she was desperate for attention. That’s not how friends treat each other and it’s definitely not how you treat someone who you’re in-like with. That’s not how the real world works. Besides Harley and her nauseating attitude, all the other characters showed deep emotion and walked around with their hearts on their sleeves. You felt them all on a deeper level and wanted them to grow. This guy-wrenching and powerful debut sets the bar really high for other debuts. The emotionally packed novel will make you think before you act. The Art Of Losing is something you’ll never forget.
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  • Maggie Carr
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you #soho_teen for my #arc of @LizzyMason21 #debutbook in exchange for an honest reviewThis amazing YA fiction includes first hand experiences from the author. Themes: sisterhood, first loves, & addiction among others. The two guys Harley loves in The Art of Losing are each dealing with a substance abuse, but in very different ways. Addiction is rarely a solitary problem, it affects all the people around an addict as well. Yes, they have to desire healing, but the support network we ca Thank you #soho_teen for my #arc of @LizzyMason21 #debutbook in exchange for an honest reviewThis amazing YA fiction includes first hand experiences from the author. Themes: sisterhood, first loves, & addiction among others. The two guys Harley loves in The Art of Losing are each dealing with a substance abuse, but in very different ways. Addiction is rarely a solitary problem, it affects all the people around an addict as well. Yes, they have to desire healing, but the support network we can create is invaluable. Readers who are oblivious to teens dealing with all these issues may not see the value in stories lines such as in this book. No town, big or small, located in the Bible belt or not, is immune to drug and alcohol problems. Hopefully text like this incredibly honest book will open up conversations and allow healing to transcend from the bottom up. The Art Of Losing is written in alternating chapters: current day and flashbacks add details and understanding how the characters got to this point in the story and the decisions they need to make together. Since my copy of the book hasn't gone through the final edits, I can't share direct quotes but so many of them have me nodding and confirming the authenticity of this storyline and the feelings and emotions put into it. Well done, Lizzy, I hope you keep writing from the heart!
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    I received an Advanced Readers Copy in exchange for an honest review!I do not even know where to begin with this book. This book reminded me so much of myself, not with the drug and alcohol abuse, but with the heavy issues that teens deal with that seem to be pushed under the rug by adults at times. Teens deal with some heavy topics these days. This book did an amazing job of talking about the topic of teen drug and alcohol abuse that is becoming a major issue in today’s society. When I first we I received an Advanced Readers Copy in exchange for an honest review!I do not even know where to begin with this book. This book reminded me so much of myself, not with the drug and alcohol abuse, but with the heavy issues that teens deal with that seem to be pushed under the rug by adults at times. Teens deal with some heavy topics these days. This book did an amazing job of talking about the topic of teen drug and alcohol abuse that is becoming a major issue in today’s society. When I first went into this book I thought it was going to be about Harley being hung up on all the awful things her ex did to her and how much she hates him. This book is so much more than that. The characters in this book have their flaws, but they also grow so much along the way. This story was heartbreaking, beautiful and so real and prevalent for today’s society. EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS BOOK! 5/5 stars from me!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    This insightful towel offers a nuanced perspective on teenage alcoholism. When seventeen-year-old Harley's unfaithful boyfriend, Mike, nearly kills her younger sister in a drunk driving accident it would be easy to write him off as a loser. But her feelings are complicated by her own guilt, for leaving her best friend's party early upon discovering Mike and her sister in a compromising position. Furthermore, her views on drinking are tested when she becomes reacquainted with her neighbor and chi This insightful towel offers a nuanced perspective on teenage alcoholism. When seventeen-year-old Harley's unfaithful boyfriend, Mike, nearly kills her younger sister in a drunk driving accident it would be easy to write him off as a loser. But her feelings are complicated by her own guilt, for leaving her best friend's party early upon discovering Mike and her sister in a compromising position. Furthermore, her views on drinking are tested when she becomes reacquainted with her neighbor and childhood friend, Raf. Freshly out of rehab himself, Raf's perceptive nature and compassionate heart force her to question her judgment when it comes to the behavior that drives people to drink.Author Lizzy Mason has done an excellent job of taking a highly emotionally charged subject and making it relatable both to those who struggle with addiction and those who love them.
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  • D.J.
    January 1, 1970
    Review TK!
  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    RTC
  • Reading Teen
    January 1, 1970
    I can’t waiiiiiit!!!
  • Emma (Miss Print)
    January 1, 1970
    I tried. But I can’t. Wound up skimming. Harley is too angry. Audrey makes me too sad and the opening in the hospital is making my chest hurt. Good comp for fans of Unclaimed Baggage and But Then I Came Back among others.
  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    I truly adored this book and even though I'm an only child I was able to connect with it. Lizzy's writing was so beautifully heartbreaking. I loved the flashbacks at the end of each chapter, they added so much depth to the story. The character building was so well done and they felt so real, nothing seemed forced. I related to Harley the most and was happy to read her story and how she progressed throughout it. I loved that it wasn't a typical YA contemporary romance. The characters dealt with l I truly adored this book and even though I'm an only child I was able to connect with it. Lizzy's writing was so beautifully heartbreaking. I loved the flashbacks at the end of each chapter, they added so much depth to the story. The character building was so well done and they felt so real, nothing seemed forced. I related to Harley the most and was happy to read her story and how she progressed throughout it. I loved that it wasn't a typical YA contemporary romance. The characters dealt with loss, life choices and their consequences, heartbreak, and love. There is also the aspect of self medication and addiction, which I think was handled so well. Y'all I read this book in less than 24 hours and I can't recommend it enough!
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  • Gina
    January 1, 1970
    I received this early ebook copy of The Art of Losing from the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.OH. MY. GOD. So, hands down my favourite book of the year. I know it doesn’t come out until February of next year, but if you can get your hands on a copy DO IT. Such a beautiful story about finding your way, and becoming your own person. The characters where excellent, I loved the relationship between Harley and Raf. So many times I just felt my heart swell rooting for Harley I received this early ebook copy of The Art of Losing from the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.OH. MY. GOD. So, hands down my favourite book of the year. I know it doesn’t come out until February of next year, but if you can get your hands on a copy DO IT. Such a beautiful story about finding your way, and becoming your own person. The characters where excellent, I loved the relationship between Harley and Raf. So many times I just felt my heart swell rooting for Harley and I just wanted to jump up and down.Read this. Seriously.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    As someone who read a very, very, very early copy of this book I was excited to read it and see the changes in the final form. I know that this is a book of the author's heart and it's good to see the same core of the book still exists. Just stronger..better.
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  • Pamela Kelley
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to win an ARC of this from Goodreads, and I'm so glad I did! The book even arrived with a letter from Lizzy Mason too, which I thought was a really nice touch. I flew through this book pretty dang fast because I just really connected with it. Even though I don't really have anyone in my immediate family or friend circle that has a problem with alcohol, I was still able to really enjoy this book and get a lot from it. I found myself having a lot of similarities with the main ch I was lucky enough to win an ARC of this from Goodreads, and I'm so glad I did! The book even arrived with a letter from Lizzy Mason too, which I thought was a really nice touch. I flew through this book pretty dang fast because I just really connected with it. Even though I don't really have anyone in my immediate family or friend circle that has a problem with alcohol, I was still able to really enjoy this book and get a lot from it. I found myself having a lot of similarities with the main character, especially reactions that I think I would mirror if I was in the same situations as her.One thing that really stuck out to me throughout the story was how the voice, actions, and thoughts of the main character actually felt a lot older than she actually was. I'm not sure if that was intended due to the subject matter, or not. It wasn't really a bad thing though. She's 16 or very close to it in the book, but if you took away the fact that she was still in high school and still lived with her parents, I would've thought she was around 20-22 based on the other factors of her personality. It felt like she did have a lot of autonomy from her parents, so that might have factored into it as well.Without giving too much detail, I liked how the book showed two very different examples of people on the alcoholic spectrum. I want to say SO much more but I don't want this to be a spoilery review! There were times I was jubilant along with the main character, and also times when I was frustrated beyond belief. I'm so glad I was able to pick up this story and learn more about a topic that is so relevant in our society. I would hands down read more work from Lizzy Mason and I hope lots of people share my sentiments!
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  • Rebekah
    January 1, 1970
    First and foremost, thank you so so much for my ARC through a Goodreads giveaway. There are so many praises I could lavish on this book! But I will try to be brief:This book deals with some heavy subject matter, but Mrs. Mason does not sugarcoat or skirt around the main issues as some authors do. She deals with the raw, heightened emotions that all teenagers feel, right or wrong, good or bad, helpful or not. I consider myself a realism book snob: I get really irritated with unrealistic dialogue First and foremost, thank you so so much for my ARC through a Goodreads giveaway. There are so many praises I could lavish on this book! But I will try to be brief:This book deals with some heavy subject matter, but Mrs. Mason does not sugarcoat or skirt around the main issues as some authors do. She deals with the raw, heightened emotions that all teenagers feel, right or wrong, good or bad, helpful or not. I consider myself a realism book snob: I get really irritated with unrealistic dialogue or circumstances and with "happily ever afters". However, I did not have any irritation with this book. The only thing that I kind of almost took issue with is the ending. It could be seen as a "happily ever after," but I believe it isn't necessarily all hunky-dory. Mrs. Mason leaves room for real-life to keep happening at the conclusion of the story. Some people prefer their nice, clean fairy-take endings, but life is so messy, that's not always how it ends. But there's also a beautiful level of hope (not sure you could end a story of addiction without it)! Well-balanced, true-to-life.All in all, this book is heartfelt and heartbreaking. If you work with a teen (and/or an addict), love a teen, or were once a teenager yourself, you owe it to yourself (and to them) to read this book.Thank you, Lizzy, for sharing your story through Harley. #teamraf #teamharley #teamaudrey
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  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    When Harley finds her younger sister hooking up with her boyfriend at a party she loses her sh*t. Leaving them to their own devices Harley heads home and that will become the thing that she regrets the most; on the way home her drunk boyfriend crashes the car and leaves her little sister, Audrey, in a coma. Struggling to deal with her grief, her anger, and her soon to ex's drinking problem, Harley withdraws just enough to not burden her parents...enter her childhood friend, Rafe. Someone who kne When Harley finds her younger sister hooking up with her boyfriend at a party she loses her sh*t. Leaving them to their own devices Harley heads home and that will become the thing that she regrets the most; on the way home her drunk boyfriend crashes the car and leaves her little sister, Audrey, in a coma. Struggling to deal with her grief, her anger, and her soon to ex's drinking problem, Harley withdraws just enough to not burden her parents...enter her childhood friend, Rafe. Someone who knew Harley better than she did at times, fresh out of rehab. As Harley and Rafe grow closer, Harley realizes that she needs to confront her demons about that night and deal with the anger and grief she has kept bottled up for so long. Lizzy Mason has written a touching story that talks about a very serious subject with knowledge and grace; sobriety is hard to acheive and Mason is able to fully capture that aspect very well. Thanks to SoHo Teen for the ARC!
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