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The Art of Losing [PDF / EPUB] The Art of Losing 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 On one terrible night, 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 The Art PDF \ 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.


10 thoughts on “The Art of Losing

  1. says:

    Oh gosh, I loved this I wasn t expecting much going into this, which is the best thing I could ve done, because the surprise of it all was wonderful to discover This is quite a personal story to the author She s had a history with drugs and alcohol to help deal with her anxiety and depression She s had experience with going into rehab and finding a support system in that We have a main character who adores her sister She finds out her boyfriend cheats on her with her sister Said boyfriend of hers was also drunk driving that night We have a childhood friend of hers, Raf, who has an alcohol addiction and is fighting his own inner demons They begin to reconnect and fall into this journey of self discovery and finding out what truly matters to them I can in no way shape or form relate to the traumas our main characters have faced But there is something about the storytelling in this book that is very honest and open Harley has the habit of bottling up emotions which I could identify with The little traumas in her life formed a wall within her Her outlet was to reside within herself, books, to not take risks and live life the easy way, because investments meant pain Raf experiences death and grief at a young age and alcohol and drug abuse became his outlet This book spoke so beautifully about forgiveness and looking beyond the outer layer of people, the shell they present to the world There s a reason There s always a reason Most people aren t shitty because they want to be shitty You dig down deep enough and you will find ingrained in them something they haven t worked through and has now become a manifestation of that something that is eating away at them But if you can t recognise it because it has been years and is now, essentially, a part of you, or if you aren t ready to confront the ugliness that you have to work through, what do you do How do you deal with it There s always a reason I loved this book for what it was For presenting us to a group of characters that we re deeply flawed, but were deserving of forgiveness and love and second and third chances It really brought to the forefront the fragility of human nature It s pathetic how weak we are and how much our mistakes shackle us But we re also build with this extraordinary power of being able to heal ourselves and finding that strength within and importantly, extending that to others Buddy reading with this one who just decided we should read the book without even asking me It s been a long time coming anyway.


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    This one is weird to review because I really enjoyed it but I don t feel like I have a ton to say about it It was a look at addiction and how alcohol substance abuse can affect not only yourself but everyone around you and I personally thought it was really well done 10 10 do recommend if you re looking for a YA book that covers a heavier subject matter but still has some uplifting and even swooney moments.TW alcohol substance abuse


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    Interview with Lizzy 1 What inspired the idea for The Art of Losing I started writing the scene where Harley walks in on Mike and Audrey the night my ex boyfriend told me Read More 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.I was concerned about the hooking up but this was an ARC so I thought give it a try For those concerned about the explicitly of this story, it is only mentioned and never gone into detail until towards the end Even then, It s barely mentioned and easy to skip past.On another note, I was actually considering dnfing this because I wasn t loving it But something happened You know how when you have cheap candy in the house and your eating it and not really liking it But you keep eating and then suddenly you realize your actually loving it That s how this book was.This was written in a then and now style I really loved reading the last parts Especially ones with Audrey and Harley Their relationship is so close It s a perfect example of how sisters act.So as you know from the synopsis, Audrey is in an accident and she goes into a coma Harley has to deal with the emotion of being cheated on by herself because Mike is in rehab and Audrey is in a coma.Let s talk about Mike I hated him from the get go But I think that s what the author was going for He honestly sounded like a horrible person and I was really hoping he would change but in the end He starts drinking again I was literally seethingNow on to Raf This the common cliche of child good friends becomes than a friend Raf and Harley s relationship was cute and I was really enjoying reading about it Of course, I was super upset when Raf relapsed In the end, He finally admits that s he an addict and starts getting the help he needs So that s good.One thing, I really didn t like the fact that Audrey s friend s homosexuality was used as a sort of plot twist Many thanks to SoHo Teen for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewBottom Line 4 Stars A heartbreaking story of love, strength, forgiveness and redemption.Age Recommended 14 Trigger Warning Injuries, Substance Abuse Reddit


  4. says:

    DNF 64% There s nothing at all wrong with The Art of Losing in fact, it has a lot going for it but I don t have a lot to say about it in this review I mean, the characters are enjoyable, the writing is solid, and the author takes a long and honest look at a lot of really important themes that affect teens in a big way, such as 1 the effects of irresponsible drinking2 the potential risks of any substance abuse3 the ability for teens and young adults to become addicts4 the fact that society tends to not hold young men in authoritative positions i.e., white cishet star athletes to the same standards that their marginalized counterparts would be held to There s also some great representation involved, such as the fact that our main character Harley is plus sized and her love interest is Latinx All of that said, I had a hard time really connecting to The Art of Losing which surprises me, since substance abuse and addiction is something that hits very close to home for me after having many related experiences with family members and just never seemed to find myself compelled to keep reading I tried both the eARC and the audiobook, and neither was ever able to hook me I d give this a solid 3.5 stars, though for Goodreads sake, I ll round up to 4 Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review


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    This book broke my heart Addiction is something that is very close to my heart As someone who was in rehab for alcohol and drugs only last year, I know the pain and the heartache it comes with struggling with addiction Not just the pain I feel but the pain I put on those who are close to me I remember hating myself for putting my loved ones in such a difficult place I remember getting so drunk and high on cocaine that I passed out on the floor covered in my own vomit This book is not pretty, it s devastating Just like addictions are I have such mixed feelings about rehab, he said I recognized that it helped me, but I resent that I needed it Raf s experience with drugs and alcohol is so damn similar to mine We ve both relapsed, we both hated ourself, we both struggled with being sober I understand his emotions and feelings I just don t want to stay in bed all day thinking about when I can get high and oblivious again To avoid my parents and the emptiness of the house Of my life This book is about Harley whose sister is involved in a drunk driving accident and it hits home to me I used to drive when I was under the influence and no I m not proud of it but I have to admit that I did And the fact that it could ve been me that have injured or possibly kill someone really strike a blow to my chest But I also crave that escape That numbness I just want to get to a point where I feel better, but I don t see it happening anytime soon And being numb in the meantime just seems like it d be so much easier than being patient But worse than the hangover was the feeling of knowing that I had betrayed the trust of someone who had no obligation to, but seems to like me anyway There are so many misconceptions about addicts Media can paint us in a bad way and I know a lot of people who turned up their noses when they see one I ve lost friends because I was too busy snorting cocaine all the time to get away from life Raf s experience with losing friends, how he handles life after rehab is something that is so close to my heart I feel his pain, his misery, and I even understand why he relapsed I too, have relapsed after getting out of rehab and I understand Raf s guilt of relapsing I m the one screwing up my life I am the only one No one is making me drink It s no one else s fault that I want oblivion so much that I sometimes just want to drink until I can t function, because it s easier than being sober And no one is going to make it better for me Thank you to the author from the bottom of my heart for writing something so close to my heart My heart is heavy and full and my tears aren t dry And for you who are reading this, thank you for reading a piece of my heart Buddy read with this cutie


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    Trigger warning view spoiler addiction, irresponsible drinking, substance abuse, cheating, a loved one being in a medical induced coma hide spoiler


  7. says:

    Book 2 for Summerathon Read a book with sunrise colours on the cover The Art of Losing was a very enjoyable and quick read that showed the possible consequences of alcoholism and addiction It definitely makes you question whether you understand how dangerous of a drug alcohol can be And that is great because I feel like most teenagers these days think it s just cool to be drunk every weekend and act like it s not a big deal and can t have any proper consequences beside the hangover the next morning This was definitely a great debut and I can t wait to read Lizzy Mason s future novels instagram my blog twitter


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    Don t miss this one Make sure to add The Art of Losing to your TBR list I finished The Art of Losing over a week ago and I can t stop thinking about it Powerful, emotional, and brilliantly written, this novel will change lives and save lives Gripping from page one, readers will be drawn into the complex relationship between sisters, Harley and Audrey When Mike, Harley s boyfriend, drives Audrey home from a party, the consequences of DWI will change these teens lives forever This novel asks the questions Can an addict change When and how does a person forgive another How do you go on with life when betrayal and tragedy alters everything Lizzy does an exceptional job with her secondary characters Readers will appreciate the sweet romance between Harley and Raf, the flawed but awesome parents of Harley and Audrey, and the amazing, caring BFFs in this novel A story of betrayal, forgiveness, family, friendship, healing and sisterhood, Lizzy Mason takes readers on an unforgettable journey that will remain long after The end.


  9. says:

    I need Goodreads to add about 5 stars for books I am head over heels for Honestly I can t even begin to tell you how much I loved this book It was just so amazingly perfect I want everyone to read it Seriously, get this on your 2019 TBR ASAP Review to come.


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    The author, in her forward to this book reveals that she went through rehab as a teen for drug and alcohol addiction, and describes how it changed and saved her life Please also read Tucker s excellent interview with this author I find it interesting to read books from the perspective of people who have actually endured the issues that are the main focus of a story This story follows many of the usual YA tropes many of the characters abuse drugs or alcohol, and just about everyone finds true love, etc., in the end, but there are sections of this well written story that are very instructive and revealing about living with and conquering addiction hence the 4 stars.Here is what I applaud about this book many YA, New Adult and contemporary novels refer to fun parties where alcohol and drugs are abused to excess everyone wants to get their buzz on I get that these authors are just describing behaviour that is already out there, but I am bothered that these same authors don t include characters in their stories who elect NOT to conform to this type of wild social behaviour, so that this type of behaviour stops being so hip Drinking and smoking weed don t bother me, but drinking and drug use to an excess, where the participants pass out and are harming themselves or others this trope should not be trivialized or misused to increase book sales Don t get me wrong I like to read the odd light, airy book just for fun and relaxation, and I get that including a totally out of control frat party or ten in YA, New Adult and contemporary novels is now the norm Anna Todd s AFTER series is all about drunken choices gone bad and raunchy I tried to read a couple of them, but have decided to just watch the movie version instead Much ado about nothing, was my opinion I get that I am being preachy, but addiction is becoming a huge problem Kids and adults often abuse drugs or alcohol to try to fit in , and we need to send the message through all of our media that you can have a decent, happy, well rounded life without resorting to pills or alcohol, and that these addictive behaviours can t solve our problems in the long term We need books like The Art of Losing Change is a choice.


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