I just finished reading Losing Gabriel: A Love Story by Lurlene McDaniel for an Around the World ARC Tour.
This emotionally-charged novel about three high school seniors who in the midst of planning their futures after high school are instead faced with present circumstances that force them to grasp what it means to make choices, take responsibility, and truly become an adult.
Lani Kennedy has dreamed of becoming a nurse since her cousin Arie died of leukemia. Nothing will stop her from getting into the local nursing program.
Dawson Burke hasn’t dealt with his mom’s death, and he’s angry at his dad for moving them to Windemere right before senior year. He grudgingly accepts that he must wait till graduation before he leaves.
Sloan Quentin can belt out a song and knows that her band is her ticket to fame and fortune. When she discovers that her boyfriend—the band’s lead guitarist—is cheating on her, she finds comfort—and revenge—in someone else’s arms.
When the lives of Lani, Dawson, and Sloan become entangled in unexpected ways, reality hits harder than anyone could have imagined.
I used to love Lurlene McDaniel when I was a teen. I gobbled every book of hers that came out. So when I saw I had to read this as part of the tour group, I jumped on board.
This book seemed to be more of a "new adult" (I know they used that terminology for a little while but not sure it stuck." It wasn't quite YA--the first part was but the second part was a little older. Anyways, it had more of a mature feel that her other books do.
And I quite enjoyed it. It had the usual combination of sadness mixed with hope that I loved when I was a kid. But this one had a different take on juvenile illness than the other's did. I don't want to give too much away though. I'll be on the lookout for Lurlene McDaniel's next books, just like I did when I was younger!
I gave this book a rating of 4/5.
Losing Gabriel: A Love Story will be released on June 14, 2016.
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.