Losing Logan

Losing Logan

by Sherry D. Ficklin


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What if the one thing you never meant to hold on to, is the one thing you can't let go of? Normally finding a hot guy in her bedroom wouldn't irritate Zoe so badly, but finding her childhood friend Logan there is a big problem. Mostly because he's dead. As the only person he can make contact with, he convinces Zoe to help him put together the pieces surrounding his mysterious death so he can move on. Thrust into his world of ultra popular rich kids, Zoe is out of her element and caught in the cross-hairs of Logan's suspicious ex-girlfriend and the friends he left behind, each of whom had a reason to want him dead. The deeper they dig to find the truth, the closer Zoe gets to a killer who would do anything to protect his secrets. And that's just the start of her problems because Zoe is falling for a dead guy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940534411
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: 05/02/2014
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 15 - 18 Years

About the Author

Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she's on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs. She is the author of several YA novels ranging from contemporary romance to science fiction. In her spare time she co-hosts the Curvy Writer Radio Show and is constantly trying to take over the world.

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Losing Logan 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel hit all my sweet spots. It deals with real teen issues in a fun, and still honest way while also taking the reader on an emotional ride they won't soon forget. Top notch writing and a steady pace makes this my vote for best YA of 2014 so far! A must read!
DDBean More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Losing Logan by Sherry Ficklin and the first thing that comes to mind is Oh My God, I am so reading that one again. It will be placed in my favorites file. I found this book to have a lot of depth for being a teen/young adult book.  Zoe sees dead people. Well just one dead person. That of a childhood friend named Logan. She doesn’t know why she can see him, but decides to help him find out how he died. This could be difficult because he was part of the in crowd and she was part of the shadows. Logan lets her in on a little secret. His best friend Bruno has liked her for some time. The problem with Zoe dating Bruno is that she has fallen in love with Logan. She also has another ghost being following her. Will Zoe and Logan be able to find the answers they are looking for? This is definitely a 5 out of 5 star rating book. I wanted to read faster and faster to see if they found the answer, and it is kind of shocking, while at the same time not wanting the book to end. I also loved the dedication. If you do not already own this book, it needs to be on your TBR list. I would recommend it to people of all ages.
amandatatton More than 1 year ago
I just finished my ARC of Losing Logan and it quickly became a favorite of the books I've read lately. Although it is a YA novel, it would be entertaining for readers teen and up. It's a love story with a supernatural twist that will make anyone want to keep turning the pages.  After falling in love with the characters almost immediately, the witty one-liners made me laugh out loud and the love story left me teary throughout the book. And sometimes I found myself laughing and crying-all on the same page.  I loved reading this book and can see myself reading it again. It deserves a movie adaptation. Seriously
jenni7917 More than 1 year ago
LOSING LOGAN by Sherry D. Ficklin is an amazing, heart-rending ride. It's a ghost-love-mystery that will leave you guessing right up until the end, not to mention drenched in tears. When Zoe's childhood friend Logan suddenly dies, she goes to the wake more out of a sense of obligation than anything else. Her and Logan had drifted apart over the years, with him hanging out with the popular kids and Zoe decidedly not. Zoe had known that the wake would be tough, but nothing could have prepared her for seeing Logan's ghost. What's worse, she's the only one who can see or hear him. Zoe and Logan quickly realize that he was murdered, and Zoe infiltrates the popular girls to search for clues. It's part Mean Girls, part Pygmalion, and all awesome. Along the way, Zoe learns to let her guard down, and what love--and letting go--really means. One of the things that I loved most about LOSING LOGAN was Zoe's rampant snark. One of my favorite lines:     "His moods are giving me whiplash. I know he's dead and all, but seriously." All in all, LOSING LOGAN is a win. Five stars all the way!
SFairbanks More than 1 year ago
I was sucked in at the very beginning when Zoe calls it like she sees it at Logan's viewing with the fakey girls crying and people who hardly knew Logan making a scene or just being there so they could say they had been there.  Zoe quickly realizes that for some reason, although Logan is dead, she can still hear and see him. Their relationship is anything but friendly as they start trying to figure out how and why he died and why he's still around to bug Zoe. As they try to work through it, they both realize that they've missed out on what could have been a very special friendship. They figure out the how and why of Logan's death in a totally unexpected twist of events. In a bittersweet moment, they both realize their futures are now forever intertwined but they both must move on for now. I love Zoe! She is witty and irreverent and completely someone I would love to have as a friend. Logan is wonderful and sweet and very tolerant of crazy chicks. Add in a super cool best friend of Zoe's named Carlos, the jocks and popular girls and you have the complete high school group. This is a group we all can identify with, no matter what our age is.  This is a story of life, love and loss. It's about friendship and families, being real and trying new things. A little mystery, a little romance and a whole lot of love and sacrifice coupled with an amazing writing style make this a book worth having in my library! This is a book that I will buy and read again and again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Review of Losing Logan… I’ve been sitting on my hands for the last few days trying to gather my thoughts to write this review. “Losing Logan” is one of those books that you kind of know you’re going to like, but when you read it you are left speechless by how much it touched you. How much emotion it pulled out of you. How much you didn’t like it…you loved it. I’m not a fan of reviews that outline the plot of books. Some reviewers do that and some people like to read those types of reviews, and that’s great. But I’m going to tell you—trust me, you don’t want to read a watered down review of “Losing Logan.” You want, no, that’s not right. You NEED to read the book. You deserve to experience it firsthand. That’s how it was meant to be read and that’s the only way to really, truly feel the depth of emotion contained in “Losing Logan.” The book deserves to be read first hand, you deserve to read it, and the author, the very talented and an extremely wonderful person, Sherry Ficklin, deserves for you to read it first hand as she intended. Let me say that this book and the characters it contains and their shenanigans are SO Sherry Ficklin. She’s a wicked funny person and I expected no less from her characters. She’s also a strong woman, and I expected no less from the female lead in her story. I got both. “Losing Logan” is a touching story of Zoe, a girl who feels as though she just doesn’t fit in anywhere. She wants to make her mark in life, but she just doesn’t know where or how to do so. I loved Zoe. I connected with her on so many levels. In fact, in many ways, I was Zoe in high school—minus the whole seeing ghosts thing. Sherry did such and awesome job crafting Zoe’s character. I felt like I was walking through the book with her, seeing things through her eyes, feeling what she felt. It’s very hard to create a character that pulls such a strong response from a reader and it’s a sign of a talented author who can do so. Logan, well, what’s not to like? Except for the being dead part, he was perfect. Swoony, but vulnerable at the same time. His character, even though dead, experienced so much growth throughout the book and it was like I was there with him, in a front row seat. The secondary characters were really nicely done. Often times secondary characters are my favorites. If you’ve read my reviews before, you’ve heard that many times, I’m sure. I liked the characters surrounding Zoe and Logan. They had depth and added to the story line. I have to say, I loved Carlos! And I hesitate to point this out because I don’t want to seem biased in any way, but I was so happy to see Sherry write in a gay character that had a large role in the story. Not only did she do it, but she did it well, without stereotypes and all that other nonsense people get hung up on. The mystery part of the book…Wow. I loved it. Sherry pulled it off flawlessly. The pieces all fell into place. I don’t think it was hokey or something she just chucked into the story to give it something “more.” No, she put a lot of thought and effort into making the mystery aspect of the story weave in nicely with the other parts of the plot. It was so well done. I loved it! The ending. Hmm. I can’t say much because I refuse to give anything away. But there are two things about the ending that really tugged at my heart and, yes (sigh), I cried. I was reading in the living room so I tried not to cry so my son could see me. He’s almost thirteen and would never let me live it down, but, alas, it was not to be because Sherry (damn you) wrote the ending so well that not only did I cry…it was the shoulders shaking, hiccupping, snotty nose, blotchy faced crying. My nose was stuffed up for the rest of the day. I’ll just say, it ended just how it needed to. And it was perfect.
Enchantress More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to receive and ARC of this book from the publisher and all I can say is WOW. I had a feeling I might enjoy this when the dedication made me laugh so hard I spit my coffee! Anyone who starts their book with "For everyone who was ever mean to me in High School. Suck it." has my sense of humor and the laughs didn't stop there. I have read a lot of YA books and never have I come across one with a character that "sounds" so much like my daughter. All of the characters in this book jumped off the page and the story takes you in a direction very different from the one you expect at the beginning. You will laugh, you might cry (I didn't but I would bet money my daughter would) but you will definitely want to keep reading to find the answers. A well deserved 5 stars from me and a THANK YOU for having a complete stand alone story. No cliffhangers and an epilogue to boot! Love it! V""V
AmysBookWorld More than 1 year ago
I Loved This Book!.... When I first heard about this book my first thought was, "A love story about a ghost?". Then I read the story and Zoe's dialogue had me from the beginning. Her character is so funny. The characters in this story are so easy to love and relate to. For instance, Zoe is is the loner former best friend of Logan. She keeps to herself and builds up walls as a way to protect herself. Like most teenagers in her shoes, once you've been hurt  you don't want to go through it again.  Logan seems to have taken life in stride. On his way up the popularity ladder, stopped hanging out with Zoe. I think he always cared for her but things in life shifted and changed.    These two are brought back together when Logan suddenly passes. Zoe is the only one who can see him. Why is she the only one?   Ms. Ficklin's writing is so engaging. She keeps you pulled in from the very beginning. The atmosphere she creates in her book you actually can picture. It's vivid. You feel like you are there with Zoe and Logan.  I enjoyed the banter between Zoe and Logan. It was quite hilarious at times. Her writing flows through, so there are no snags in the storyline.  Overall thoughts were that I loved this book. It was a great read. I recommend it to not just younger readers but older ones too. There is some language and mild violence. For younger readers I recommend ages 15 and up. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was completely blown away. I laughed, I cried, I snorted, and then I cried some more. I mean UGLY CRIED. There was snot and everything. Though there is a "paranormal" element, Losing Logan is a beautifully written contemporary romance about first love, loss, and moving on. It is also a thrilling murder mystery, and a laugh out loud comedy. Zoe is everything I've come to expect in a heroine written by Sherry Ficklin. She's feisty, snarky, a little crazy, but completely loveable. And Logan...well, I fell a bit in love with him myself. Whether you normally read YA or not, this is a DEFINITE must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome. I just couldn't stop reading it
Berls More than 1 year ago
When I picked up Losing Logan, I expected to cry. It’s a book about loss and death after all. But I didn’t cry much. I did laugh, though. A lot. Somehow Sherry D. Ficklin managed to write a book about loss, love, and finding yourself with a lot of humor – including a fair amount of my favorite snarky kind – without ever making light about death. No wonder I liked Losing Logan so much! First off, I loved that Zoey – the main character – was irritated with Logan most the time. She wasn’t crying over his death, because a part of her was still pissed that her childhood friend had left her behind for the popular kids. It wasn’t intentional on Logan’s part – Zoey’s dad died and her mom pulled her out of school for a couple years. When she came back, things had changed. And Zoey doesn’t fully understand that she’s holding a grudge – but man is she! So she wants Logan GONE! Of course she’s the only one who can see him, so if she wants him gone, she’ll have to help him figure out why he’s stuck here. And helping him leads to a couple great story lines. She has to figure out what happened to Logan, because he doesn’t remember a lot of the events leading to his death. This ends up turning into quite the (unexpected for me) mystery. I really had a blast trying to figure out how Logan died! The other side of that is Zoey needing to cozy up to Logan’s friends – the popular kids. Enter one of my favorite plot devices – THE MAKEOVER. I know, its been done every which way, but its so fun to see the seemingly boring, not so popular, not so pretty girl become interesting, popular, and beautiful – especially when its really just a change in attitude and some better fitting clothes. Zoey’s make over is made oh so much better because of her best friend Carlos. Did I mention he’s gay? I liked that Sherry didn’t make him ridiculous or over the top flamboyant as sometimes happens – he has his giddiness over shopping and FINALLY getting to dress Zoey up right, but that doesn’t mean he has to be “flaming”. Carlos is a balanced, complex character going through his own things – like falling for a guy and introducing him to his family. He’s a great friend to Zoey and a fantastic addition to the story. I think I would have loved Losing Logan in any format, but the audio was really good. Tara Millette did a good job giving the characters unique and appropriate voices – including the guys. I was trying to figure out why – after clearly liking everything so much – this was four and not five stars for me. I think the ending was the reason. Obviously I can’t explain without giving away A LOT but I wasn’t a fan of the last chapter. It wasn’t BAD but it also wasn’t quite right for me. *shrugs* It certainly didn’t spoil Losing Logan for me! I received this book for free from Audiobook Jukebox in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite Losing Logan by Sherry D. Ficklin is a young adult tale of loss, love and teenage life. The plot centers on American teenager Zoe, who is detached from the general sobbing collective of her high school friends when they mourn the loss of the popular and perfect Logan. Zoe and Logan were once childhood friends, but cliques and social changes in the high school world had driven them apart before his untimely death. Feeling like she doesn’t belong at Logan’s viewing, Zoe leaves, only to discover Logan is in the building. He’s walking, talking and asking for her help. Fearing that he’s pulled an ultimate prank, Zoe is soon horrified to discover that the Logan she can see is a ghost, and she is the only one able to help him figure out what’s supposed to happen after he dies. Sherry D. Ficklin delivers a pitch-perfect voice of contemporary youth, with colourful language and slick humour that undercuts the tragic circumstances of the story, making Losing Logan a bittersweet read sure to make audiences laugh and cry at the same time. Losing Logan contains all the teenage drama you would expect from today’s most successful YA love stories, but it also contains intrigue, suspense and a deeply personal development in Zoe’s character as she reforms the complex friendship with the boy who left her behind when high school began. Overall, I found it to be a well-written and truly compelling piece with a true teenage voice and a fascinating plot. A deservedly five-star read.
saalex More than 1 year ago
I read this book a few weeks ago, and found it to be more of a YA romance than anything else. Yes, Zoe's romantic other is Logan--who is dead, but through their relationship, Zoe learns who she is and who she isn't. The characters--Zoe, Logan, Carlos, and Kyle to mention a few, are wonderfully balanced and full. I feel like I know who they are and found I cared about what happened to them. 
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kristys_reviews1 More than 1 year ago
Waking up to find a hot guy in your bedroom would be kind of nice, but waking up to a hot guy that is dead a little freaky. Zoe woke up the night of her childhood best friend Logan in her room, but the night she found him, was the night of his funeral.   Logan finds himself in the bedroom of his old friend Zoe.  He knows that he died, but he needs answers.  Zoe seems to be the only one that can see him.  Together they look into the death of Logan.  While searching for the truth, Zoe also finds herself.     Losing Logan has a novella, Haunting Zoe that completes the whole story.  Haunting Zoe is currently free. This review is short because it is a MUST READ!  I picked it up and read it in one sitting.  It is just one of those stories that gives you a good laugh but also has its endearing moments.  At one point I had to break out the tissues.  Sherry Ficklin has a way with words... and I can't wait to read more of her.   *I was given a copy of this book for an honest review, and honesty is what you got*
MQuire More than 1 year ago
Losing Logan by Sherry Ficklin is as entertaining as it is engrossing. I had to struggle to put it down to do those necessary things like eat, sleep, and work. What’s more, I found myself pondering over the characters and the storyline as I went through my day. I wanted to know more about Zoe. I wanted to know why Logan did not go into the light and why on Earth he was haunting someone he didn’t seem to give two hoots about in high school. And most importantly, I wanted to discover how Ficklin was going to make it all work out. As an author, this is a great success. You want your reader to care deeply about your characters, turning pages (or pressing forward buttons for electronic books) frantically in order to find out what happens next. Kudos to Sherry! Losing Logan hooked me from the very beginning and then reeled me right onto shore! I honestly couldn’t have enjoyed the ride more. I highly recommend this book to teens and adults alike. You will not be disappointed.