Abbey Lee Nash debuts with a new voice along the lines of Jennifer Niven, Sharon M. Draper, and John Green, in Lifeline, a gorgeously written tale that plunges the reader into the life of popular high school senior Eli Ross who has everything...
...until an overdose at a party takes it all away.
After nearly dying in the ER, Eli agrees to go to LakeShore Recovery Center, an inpatient substance abuse treatment program where he’ll spend the next 28 days.
It's there that Eli meets Libby, the sharp-edged artist, whose freshly tattooed scars mirror the emotional scars Eli tries his best to ignore. Eli soon learns that if he's to have any chance at a future, he'll first have to confront his past.
Abbey skillfully weaves a tight story and unforgettable characters together to create a novel that is honest, raw, funny, heartbreaking, and hopeful and will ultimately have you turning pages throughout the night.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love debut novels and Nash’s does not disappoint. This is a novel about a teen in an upscale rehab facility but really it is the story about a teen and his complex history and whether he will move forward with life. It is the kind of book that kept me turning pages and reading “just one more chapter” until I’d read it all over one weekend. Eli doesn’t know much about real relationships. He is surrounded by family and friends but due to his emotional state and drug habit, he is actually very alone and isolated. In rehab, the question is posed to him: will he continue his old behaviors or choose a new way of being in the world? At its heart, this book is about relationships: relationship to trauma, to drugs, to peers, to authority figures, and to family. I appreciate that the author managed to tackle the topic of addiction without making this book simply splashy scenes to gape at. From the rehab experience to the Rooms (12-Step Meetings) Nash has created a fictional world that gives an authentic look at a recovery experience. She realistically portrays the insidious nature of addiction, how it slips in and stays, like a guest uninvited. The writing, while appropriately accessible to teens, is not dumbed down nor saccharine. This book has potential to be a teaching tool for teens, a look at addiction that isn’t sexy or glamorous but opens some space to look at all the people addiction impacts (the person experiencing addiction, their family, their friends). And regardless of whether or not addiction is a subject of interest to the reader, LIFELINE is an engaging book with likable, complex characters.
We all know someone that has struggled with addiction, it could be a friend, family member or a random stranger. We may know the trials they go through to get better, but do we really know what it takes to overcome? Abbey Lee Nash hits the nail on the head with her debut novel Lifeline. While dealing with such a strong topic such as addiction and substance abuse, this book keeps it real while also telling how hard it is for some people to overcome. We meet Eli, the star of his school’s lacrosse team, golden boy that thinks he’s untouchable. We see his side of the story and how he doesn’t think he’s doing anything wrong. He eventually sees that he is and that is the first step. When he learns of what really killed his father it hits home. Eli decides to be the person he needs to be for his family and those he leaves behind after he leaves treatment. You will laugh at their jokes, and cry when they breakthrough, and cheer them on as they face the road to recovery. This is a must read this year. It does deal with sensitive matters, but it is done very tastefully. I give this book a solid five stars. **Review by Terren, Late Night Reviewer for Up All Night w/ Books**