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Lose You to Find Me

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I will say that this was definitely more of a "finding yourself" book than a romance. I think the title implies that, but the cover and blurb made me think it was going to be more of a romance than it was. I did like the way the story played out, especially the idea that things don't always work out the way you planned, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. And I thought the message at the end of the book that life is full of times that are so hard as to seem impossible to get through, but that once you do get through them there are better times ahead was so important. And I liked how flawed and often misguided and self-involved the characters were. They are teenagers. They make plenty of mistakes. All that felt very real.

Raine is dealing with her parent’s divorce, the decision not to marry Caleb and other secrets. Will this second chance romance have a HEA? In the comment section of the YouTube video for “Lose You To Love Me,” Selena revealed the following:I'm on the fence with this book.. I LOVED the first two books, so much so i finished them within 24 hours. This just fell short.. don't get me wrong it was an amazing book but i felt the whole time it was missing something. I honestly struggled with how to rate this book.. Warnings: swearing; implied sexual content; underage drinking; finger amputation; mentions of death; mentions of suicide) A music video was released alongside the song. The music video was shot completely on an iPhone for Apple’s “Shot on iPhone” campaign; these words and the Apple logo can be seen in a promotional video posted by Apple.

Caleb and Raine have been together forever. So after college graduation it's only natural that Caleb propose so they could start their future together. Only it doesn't have the happy ending he was expecting when Raine turns him down in front of everyone and breaks his heart. Since then Caleb's life has gone from bad to worse. He doesn't know how much more he can handle. Especially without the one person he thought he could always count on to be there for him. This book started out GREAT! Tommy was a really fun MC, the set up was intriguing, and I was really liking Tommy and Gabe’s dynamic! And then it all came crashing down when it was revealed that Gabe has a boyfriend. 😐😐😐 And the story took a terrible turn. Suddenly, I was no longer having fun seeing these 2 rekindle their friendship/romance. I was just annoyed and honestly????? pretty disgusted with them. Overall, this is not a romance novel at its core. It’s a book about figuring out who you are, and what you want to do with your life as a teenager because society expects you to do that. It challenged the “norm” and gave insight into the fact that not everyone’s life paths need to follow an identical formula. As their work relationship begins to bud into actual friendship, Tommy’s old feelings begin to resurface. But he has a job to do and a letter to secure. Plus, he doesn’t even know if Gabe likes boys. So he’ll have to be happy with friendship. That is until his signals get crossed and he goes in for a kiss……..That being said, I think the story does confront the messiness of young queer relationships very well. In particular the topics of limerence, falling in love with the idea of people, and fear causing us to cling to unhealthy situations is very well portrayed in the story. If that hits home, like it probably will with most queer readers, then you might really connect with the characters and forgive their unbearable moments. I applaud Erik J. Brown for 1. having the balls to NOT make the main romance of the book be the endgame, and 2. having the talent to make me love and root for Brad and Tommy despite rarely seeing them together until the last 10% of the book. Erik Brown has this intriguing ability of making his characters so different from each other yet relatable all the same. Erik Brown has this intriguing ability of totally getting what I want from a book and delivering every time. (well, two times, as of now, but I bet there's gonna be more.) The setting was interesting and fresh for the genre, I preferred that it was set more in the workspace than school, because it really highlighted the characters and boosted the story. Admittedly, I wasn't a huge fan of Tommy's character at first, and that was largely because of the cheating and disregard for other people's feelings, but really admired the character growth that he went through and eventually ended up warming to him. I liked that they all struggled with different things in their lives but also the amazing friendships they all had.

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