Book Review: The Art of Losing by Lizzy Manson

On one terrible night, 17-year-old Harley Langston’s life changes forever. At a party she discovers her younger sister, Audrey, hooking up with her boyfriend, Mike—and she abandons them both in a rage. When Mike drunkenly attempts to drive Audrey home, he crashes and Audrey ends up in a coma. Now Harley is left with guilt, grief, pain and the undeniable truth that her ex-boyfriend (who is relatively unscathed) has a drinking problem. So it’s a surprise that she finds herself reconnecting with Raf, a neighbor and childhood friend who’s recently out of rehab and still wrestling with his own demons. At first Harley doesn’t want to get too close to him. But as Audrey awakens and slowly recovers, Raf starts to show Harley a path forward that she never would have believed possible—one guided by honesty, forgiveness, and redemption.

Book Review:

To be completely honest, I am debating whether I liked this book or it feels like a let down. I mean, you could feel two sides of the emotions a lot of times, right? You may be reserved but at the same time, at certain parts, you feel the happiness and enjoyment. That’s how I feel when I was reading the book, it feels like, it is too heavy as a young adult book but at the same time, it feels like its not because it captures the real emotions of a character, or might be a supposed person, given in the same circumstances.

The agony of waiting while contemplating painfully. The surreal feeling and realizing of the moments and at the same time figuring out where you took a wrong turn. The undeniable regret of wrong decisions because of overwhelming emotions are so raw in this book. It was like reading a life drama where people are constantly flowing, where sadness and darkness collides but at the same time, it feels like I am reading, or at least imagining that the book ignited in a  huge possible blindness and there are glimpses of sparks, like a firework, that made the book a better novel.

For me, it captures the wild, unexpected, and spontaneous emotions of the characters, their good and bad natures that depicts the true humanity — that not everyone is all good, that we have each of our own demons inside. The author shows how there are two sides of a person. And sometimes, we only see the good and at times, we only see the bad. All people have good and bad characteristics. It is only a matter of perspective where we would like to look.

The Art of Losing by Lizzy Mason is a brave book that dwells to sisterhood, relationships, family, friends, and love and at the same time, it discusses the importance and lessons of drug addiction, the consequences of guilt, homosexuality, and acceptance. This book is all about acceptance and realizing that there are so much more in you.


Disclaimer: Thank you to Soho Teen for sending a review copy on my way. This does not affect my personal opinions regarding the book.

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Lizzy Mason grew up in northern Virginia before moving to New York City for college and a career in publishing. She lives in Queens, NY with her husband and cat in an apartment full of books. The Art of Losing is her first novel. Visit her online at


3 thoughts on “Book Review: The Art of Losing by Lizzy Manson

  1. The thing I’m most interested about in this book is the characters, especially since you’ve described them most amazingly in your review! I would hazard a guess that they are characters that hold certain depth in them, and would make for good reading.


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