Emily's ARC Review: The Art of Losing by Lizzy Mason

Title: The Art of Losing
Author: Lizzy Mason
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: BookExpo
Publisher: SoHo Teen
Publication Date: Feb. 19th, 2019

Summary: 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.
Wow, wow, wow. This book was so powerful and so wonderful. I know February is a long time away but read this book the first chance you get, you will not be disappointed.

After Harley's sister, Audrey, is left in a coma after being in a car accident with a drunk driver, Harley feels nothing but guilt. Especially because that drunk driver was Harley's boyfriend, Mike. Harley now has to deal with the fact that Mike has a drinking problem, that her sister hooked up with Mike, and that Audrey may never be the same after the accident. Harley soon finds herself reconnecting with an old friend Raf who she's hesitant to be with. As Audrey begins to recover, Harley begins her own journey of forgiveness and finding herself.

This was an amazing story of strength, forgiveness, and finding yourself. Harley is faced with decisions she never imagined she'd ever have to make. The relationship between Harley and Audrey made me wish I had a sister. After her sisters accident, Harley is able to take the steps she needs in order to right herself and her life. She is able to face Mike and confront him about that horrific night as well as connect with Raf on a new kind of level. With Raf, Harley was able be honest about a new relationship and her fears of being with another alcoholic. Raf, struggling with his own inner demons, helps Harley discover a new path of recovery.   

Anyone who reads this book, young or old, will absolutely feel touched by this moving story. Remember to leave your thoughts on the book in the comments below! 

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