Lost by Nadia Simonenko
Synopsis via Goodreads:
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.
This new adult contemporary romance is recommended for ages 17+ due to heavy subject matter.
Released: March 25th 2013
Nadia Simonenko is a scientist and author currently living in Indianapolis with her husband, two cats and a dog. When she isn’t writing, she develops new oncolytic compounds and dreams about someday getting to take a vacation.
This book made me mad and sad at the same time. I wanted to reach out to Maria and Owen and tell them that their past is over. I felt bad that they had such a bad childhood, and I wanted to arrest the people that hurt them and make sure that they never got out. Especially as the the characters started to open up and let each other in I was drawn to their story. I wanted them to get together so bad so they would help each other heal.
The secondary characters were the backbones of Maria and Owen, and they looked out for them. Without their noses butting in, they might have never opened up. I liked that, even though they were slow to share their pasts with each other, Maria and Owen each had a really good friend to confide in. I wonder what will happen in the next book Found?
I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.
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