I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Love, Lucas by Chantele Sedgwick
Published by Sky Pony Press on May 5, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
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A powerful story of loss, second chances, and first love, reminiscent of Sarah Dessen and John Green.
When Oakley Nelson loses her older brother, Lucas, to cancer, she thinks she’ll never recover. Between her parents’ arguing and the battle she’s fighting with depression, she feels nothing inside but a hollow emptiness. When Mom suggests they spend a few months in California with Aunt Jo, Oakley isn’t sure a change of scenery will alter anything, but she’s willing to give it a try.
In California, Oakley discovers a sort of safety and freedom in Aunt Jo’s beach house. Once they’re settled, Mom hands her a notebook full of letters addressed to her—from Lucas. As Oakley reads one each day, she realizes how much he loved her, and each letter challenges her to be better and to continue to enjoy her life. He wants her to move on.
If only it were that easy.
But then a surfer named Carson comes into her life, and Oakley is blindsided. He makes her feel again. As she lets him in, she is surprised by how much she cares for him, and that’s when things get complicated. How can she fall in love and be happy when Lucas never got the chance to do those very same things?
With her brother’s dying words as guidance, Oakley knows she must learn to listen and trust again. But will she have to leave the past behind to find happiness in the future?
I absolutely adore this story. Grief and the loss of a loved one has different effects for each person.
I love the relationship Oakley had with her brother, Lucas. You can tell they were close and would do anything for each other. Oakley has to figure out what she’s going to do without her best friend, and doesn’t know how she’s going to move on. She builds walls to keep people away, but those walls can tumble.
Carson is a completely swoon-worthy character. He’s sweet, polite, and an all around good guy. He has his own hopes and dreams and has to overcome a few obstacles in order to reach them.
The romance is sweet, if not a little fast. But I think that works well with this book. It’s hard not to get caught up in the beachy atmosphere and take chances.
Emma Roberts as Oakley
Austin Butler as Carson
Josh Hutcherson as Lucas.
Michael Trevino as Dillon
Alex Kingston as Aunt Joe
Ashley Judd as Oakley’s Mom
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