Review: The Lonely Girl by Gracie Wilson
ABOUT THE BOOK: What if one day you woke up and found your heart had been shattered? You lost the one person you loved more than anything. What happens when you learn to move on even though you thought you’d never be able to again? Is it worth the risk to try and let someone in? Is it better to be left alone then take the chance of more heartache? This time will be different. Becca slowly starts to put the shattered pieces of her heart back together only to have it broken again by someone she trusted. Can her heart that was barely healed in the first place be fixed, again? Becca falls for someone new, but will her heart be safe. Will she survive the secrets that come out from the past? Love is worth the risk. Can she really believe that? The question is: is he worth the risk?
REVIEW: The Lonely Girl begins with a recollection of the tragedy that occurred several months ago when Becca lost her best friend and boyfriend, Michael. She is graduating high school soon and must decide where she would like to attend college. Her brother, Alec, persuades her to visit him at Lakehead where he attends, while also playing on their hockey team. Becca originally has doubts about this decision since this school is the one that her and Michael were planning on attending together after graduation. After the accident, Becca starts dating a boy named Dillon who quickly becomes controlling and completely infatuated with her; therefore, he doesn’t hesitate to let her know that he will make her regret her decision if she leaves to Lakehead with her brother. She couldn’t be happier to get away from him! When she gets off of the plane, she meets Keegan, Alec’s best friend and roommate. The feelings that were once reserved only for Michael come crawling out of the shadows of her heart with Keegan’s presence. During her college visit, she also meets Jake who quickly becomes her new best friend. With all of the men in her life, will she survive the pressure and jealousy that begins to arise? Will she regret the decision that she has made?
I enjoyed this story; however, Becca’s character really hit a nerve. With everything that has happened to her, she feels like she deserves all of the pain that comes after the accident. I felt like she complained a little too much instead of attempting to find strength. She let her emotions get the best of her; however, I didn’t feel that this was the best psychological reaction that comes after loss. In my experience, loss causes depression and anti-social behavior. The way that she spewed out all of the details of her life to Jake so quickly did not seem complacent for that particular scene. I did really enjoy Dillon’s character as well as Jake’s character. Both were fun to read about even though Dillon’s personality was drastically darker than any of the others.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance/suspense novels. In my opinion, this story is targeting a young adult audience. I rated The Lonely Girl with four stars due to the extensive creativeness, originality and ability to capture my attention with the building suspense. The pace was steady and the story was well written. As conveyed previously, I did really enjoy the story in it’s entirety. I was shocked at the ending because it was, in my opinion, unpredictable; however, I do look forward to reading the next in the series called The Broken Girl.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Look for her in the trees enjoying nature’s wonders, traveling to see the latest animal conservation, or at aquariums all around the world. This girl loves nature and all animals. She has many pets and is always adding new additions. The more the merrier in her mind. Sitting under the shade reading a book, letting the world around her pass by, while she is safe in her bubble of imagination. Well, that is where she’d love to stay. She is a softball player, can be talked into the occasional Karaoke and loves going out to dance. She is a first generation Canadian living in Ontario. Her family is from Scotland, so finding her in the hot sun for very long is unlikely, but give her rain and thunderstorms and she’s golden.