My reading tips this week is the breathtaking, heartbreaking and utterly wonderful Lose Me. by M.C. Frank. This book completely blew me away! My feelings are all over the place, this book made me laugh, cry, it broke my heart and made me angry, and it made me love the characters to death all at once.
I know that M.C. Frank has experienced serious illness herself, which is also quite obvious from this dedication, and I want to mention it because it something that makes this story so extraordinary strong and emotional. You can really tell that M.C. Frank knows how it feels, not only to be afraid of dying, but to be afraid of living again and of getting your hopes up. And she makes you feel it too.
This is a book that makes you feel. It is absolutely breathtaking, it’s one of the best and most realistic love stories ever. But it’s not just a love story. (Reading the blurb you might get the impressions that this is just another sweet love story, a simple retelling of Pride and Prejudice in an exotic setting, but it’s not.) It’s so much more! This is a story about facing your fears, about being true to yourself, about forgiveness and about living life to the fullest, not just surviving. It’s a gripping, heartbreaking story that will take you on a roller-coaster of emotions, it will make you cry and laugh and break your heart.
All the characters have such depth, I love them with all their flaws and shortcomings, and all their bravery, kindness, big hearts and awesomeness. Ari is such a fierce, kick-ass heroine, a stunt girl that has grown up without her mother. Wes is the golden superstar, the famous actor, with girls swooning all over him. What could be a meet-cute at a movie set is turned into something else. Something more. Something… I don’t want to make any spoilers, so let’s just leave it with saying that my emotions were played with! And also, that I love Wes so much! He’s now one of my new favorite book boyfriends, the strikingly good looking, arrogant, bad boy, but with a heart of gold. And he’s a bookworm! Just saying! About Ari, I have some mixed feelings though. I absolutely loved her in the beginning, but in the middle of the book I kind of felt that I wanted to slap her, to shake her and make her realize how her actions were hurting the others. But in a good way, the anger was just a sign of how deeply I had started to care about her. This sure is a book that makes you feel!
Much is because of the addictive writing. The writing is so wonderful, fast-paced and captivating. It also feels so fresh with the mix of emails, twitter, text messages and interviews into the storytelling. I really loved this take, and how it made you hear Wes’s sassy voice this way, even though the rest of the story was narrated by Ari.
“Today is not the day I die.”
This is something that Ari says a lot to herself. In the beginning I thought it had to do with her being a stunt girl, as a mantra before doing dangerous stuff. But the words have a much deeper meaning than that. Just like this book is so much more than just another love story. It’s a book about life. All spectra of it.
I recommend this book with all my heart! It’s a book that you will not easily forget. A modern classic well in line with Pride and Prejudice.
Find out more about the book and the author here: M.C. Frank