by Nadia Simonenko
Series: Lost and Found #1
Published by Nadia Simonenko Release date : June 14th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Realistic Fiction, Romance
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Sometimes you need someone else to help you find your way.
Maria's life was torn apart when she was fifteen, and for seven years she's kept her terrible secret hidden from the world. Now, in her final semester of college, she still struggles against paralyzing fear just trying to speak up in class, and the terror and helplessness linger on in her nightmares.
Across campus, Owen sees his scars in the mirror every morning while he gets ready for class. They remind him of the broken home he left behind, the father he hates and fears, and the little sister he couldn't protect. Now, in his final semester of college, he's scared that he may have to return to the hell he called home after staying away for almost five years.
When Owen becomes a teaching assistant for one of Maria's classes, they find themselves irresistibly drawn to each other. As the two learn each other's secrets and grow closer, they realize that although they may be lost, they're not alone anymore.
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There are a few NA titles that have really effected me in some way. Hopeless and The Sea of Tranquility being the two that stand out the most. It’s one of those books that is good, but not much in the book is GOOD. It’s heart breaking and sad, yet beautiful. Lost, while pretty much fitting the bill for those pesky NA trends; tore me up. This is one of those books I can add to “this seriously effed with my brain.” Even though it had this.. effect on me, I had a few issues with it.
This is a pretty short, quick read. This to me, is what made this a 3.5 star. It’s not that I wanted these two to suffer more but it seems like a little more detail and time would have made this book so much better. Things moved rather quickly and I just don’t see their relationship developing so fast. I liked that we learned more about them and their past through their nightmares and flashbacks. Seems morbid, I know, but I felt more connected? I guess. It’s one thing to be told about something, but seeing it for yourself really makes it set in. Makes it more real. Make sense? Pulls on the heart stings.
One thing that sets this book from the mold is that BOTH of our MC are broken. Both of them have had horrifying, traumatic events play a huge part in their lives. Both are suffering inside, while trying their best to make life work. To have a MC heal with the help of another is always remarkable but it’s something else to have two broken people, meet, trust and heal together.
Of the two, Owen’s history is what tore me up. That’s not to say that Maria’s didn’t, because it did, but for some reason his childhood– what he endured and what he is still suffering just broke my heart. He was scared, lonely and felt unloved. Nightmares plague him, fear of becoming like his father consumes him, guilt over his sister. This poor guy! Watching him slowly let Maria in was just so heart warming.
As for Maria; she let Owen in and slowly learned to trust him too. Since the only person she had before Owen was her friend, Tina, this was HUGE for her. Not only does she suffer from this event; she never told ANYONE in her family. There are reasons for this and I just about threw up when her mother made some general comments. Imagine that sort of pain eating at you for YEARS?
To me, this is not a feel good book. It isn’t a boy meets girl and bunchofshithappensinbetween then HEA. This was a beautiful, heart wrenching story of two very broken people coming together and trust each other. Getting over their pain. Moving on with their life. Healing. And while it seems it would be a feel good book, it’s not easy to stomach.
Overall- Although I feel like this could have been longer, with more development between Maria and Owen; I enjoyed it. Grab your tissues and coping chocolate because this one is a tear jerker.
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