4.5 gutted Stars
Sometimes there are stories that just have to be told. There’s no greater motivation than the fact that the story is clamoring to be written. The reader may find their own moral of the story, they might be able to extrapolate it into their lives and learn something from it, it may even feel like it was written simply because they were meant to read it. But at the end of the day, it’s still just a story that demanded to be told.
Losing Connor is such a story.
Cassandra Coven is a girl broken by choices and by life. She’s seen so much loss in her short life and she’s devoted her life to helping kids work through their own struggles at a juvenile detention center. Even through the pain we can see that she’s sassy, strong and funny. But mostly she’s just very sad, riddled with panic attacks and completely unable to allow herself to move on from the past.
Declan McGonagall is the love of Cassie’s life. He saunters into her life when they are in high school and promptly steals her heart the moment she lays eyes on him. But the thing he spends the majority of his life trying to convince Cassie of, is that she is also the love of his life. Declan is a whirlwind of romance and risk with a heart as big as the world. He’s an Irish charmer, Declan is.
Together they are beyond sweet. They are that couple you daydream about being a part of. They are sappy and hopelessly in love and you end up loving every minute of it. Until it all falls apart.
Amanda Alberson has masterfully and tenderly constructed a heart-wrenching story that left me absolutely gutted. Her writing is vivid, poetic and resonated deeply with me on many levels. The characters are crafted in such a way that you have no hope but to fall in love with them all, even the ones you wish weren’t there. Even the ones that get in the way are so vibrant that you can’t help but admire what they lend to the overall scenery. Alberson tells this story by jumping back and forth from present day to 5 years previously and although you’re left guessing at the beginning of every chapter what time period you’re in, it doesn’t take away from the overall story.
If this was Alberson’s first book, I can hardly wait to see what she has in store for us next. If it contains even half of the soul and exquisite writing as Losing Connor, then we’re all in for a very big treat indeed.