[ARC Review] The Lonesome Young

Friday, April 11, 2014

Title: The Lonesome Young
Author: Lucy Connors
Series: 1st in series
Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance
Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Release Date: April 8th 2014
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: ARC received by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Get swept away in the first book of the sensational romantic drama that is Romeo & Juliet meets Justified.

WHAT HAPPENS when the teenage heirs of two bitterly FEUDING FAMILIES can’t stay away from each other?

The Rhodales and the Whitfields have been sworn enemies for close on a hundred years, with a whole slew of adulterous affairs, financial backstabbing, and blackmailing that’s escalated the rivalry to its current state of tense ceasefire.


And now a meth lab explosion in rural Whitfield County is set to reignite the feud more viciously than ever before. Especially when the toxic fire that results throws together two unlikely spectators—proper good girl Victoria Whitfield, exiled from boarding school after her father’s real estate business melts down in disgrace, and town motorcycle rebel Mickey Rhodale, too late as always to thwart his older brothers’ dangerous drug deals.

Victoria and Mickey are about to find out the most passionate romances are the forbidden ones.

. . . ON A POWDER KEG FULL OF PENT-UP DESIRE, risk-taking daredevilry, and the desperate actions that erupt when a generation of teens inherits nothing but hate.

There are times when you need a book to just take you away from your life, and there are times when you need a book that is a overdrawn love story that makes you wish you lived in their world. I will not say that the characters in The Lonesome Young were not overdone, or that the love story has been done before, because we all know this. But what I will tell you this book is so well written that you cannot help but fall for these two star-crossed lovers and their families. I loved reading this book.

Many have said that this story has been done before, that there is nothing original in this book that warrants a read. But I disagree. All love stories stem from the trope of two lovers that cannot be together, it is unavoidable. But what I think I liked about this book was that these characters did fall in love right away. It was not the insta-love that in some YA has become the norm. There was crazy sexual tension between the two characters and it was great to read. It propels you to read more because I wanted to know if the two of them would eventually get together. And what I think I loved that most was that their relationship was not perfect. There were fights, and breakups and a lot of passion and that I think is what makes this book so relateable.

The secondary characters were my favorite part of this story because they were the true stars of the book. It was these characters that propelled the two main characters together and drew them apart at times. Each family had their issues and each family hated the other one for different reasons. Am I saying that I liked these characters? Hell no! I hated most of them with a fiery passion, but my hatred for them propelled my loved for the two lovebirds. And I believe that was the whole point.

This books is not deceiving you because its storyline is not as original as other. When you look at the cover you can tell exactly what you are getting. It is not hiding anything and I loved that about the presentation. Overall this book was a great getaway for me and I loved reading every page. I will also tell you that this book is the first in a series and I am so excited because we need more epic romance series that do not include anything magical or fantastical.

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