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Here are three things to know about Maia:1. Ever since her mother left, Maia's struggled with depression -- which once got so bad, she had to go to an institution for a while. She doesn't want to go back.2. Maia's sure that if she finds her mother, if the two of them can talk about whale songs and constellations, then everything will be okay again.3. She's in love with Billy, the handsome, brooding boy who lives in the group home in town. He doesn't seem to know that Maia exists... until now.When Maia sets off on a road trip in search of her mom, Billy unexpectedly comes along. They drive up the East Coast, stopping along the way for lobster rolls and lighthouses. Maia learns that Billy has dark secrets of his own -- and wants to outrun his past, too. But what will the future hold if they reach their destination?From internationally bestselling author Luanne Rice, this is a sweeping, stunning story about the surprising directions our hearts can take.
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of 32 novels, which have been translated into 24 languages. The author of Dream Country, Beach Girls, The Secret Language of Sisters and others, Rice often writes about love, family, nature, and the sea. She received the 2014 Connecticut Governor’s Arts Award for excellence and lifetime achievement in the Literary Arts category. Several of Rice's novels have been adapted for television, including Crazy in Love for TNT, Blue Moon for CBS, Follow the Stars Home and Silver Bells for the Hallmark Hall of Fame, and Beach Girls for Lifetime. Rice is an avid environmentalist and advocate for families affected by domestic violence. She divides her time between New York City and Old Lyme, Connecticut. Visit her online at www.luannerice.net.
Date of Birth:September 25, 1955
Place of Birth:New Britain, CT
Read an Excerpt
The car running, I gripped the steering wheel hard with my elbows locked, just begging the stars to let him walk by. That's when I spotted him sitting alone under a maple tree, leaning against the wide trunk. And, as if the stars had decided to answer, he leapt up and came toward me. I got out of the car."What are you doing here?" he asked."I came to say..." I said, but I couldn't get the words out.He looked in the back seat and saw my duffle."Where are you going?" he asked."Away," I said.Our eyes burned into each other. I felt heat in my chest, knowing that this really was the last time. I wanted to reach over, touch his hand. I hoped he could read my mind and somehow know he was the only person I'd miss, that I'd come here today because he was, ineffably, mine."Away where?" he asked."To see my mother," I said."Can I go with you?" he asked.I stared at him. Had I heard right? No, I had to be dreaming. "Will you take me?" he asked. It was real. This was happening. His eyes were begging me. "But people will miss you. They'll wonder where you are," I said."I live in a group home," he said, gesturing at the building. "They won't wonder for long."And then he touched me -- just one finger on my wrist bone -- so quickly I would have thought I'd imagined it if it didn't tingle all through my body. "I can help you," he said."Help me?""Yeah, you're running away, right? I know how to do that. No one will catch us," he said. He was already hurrying around the car.I didn't think after that. I climbed into the driver's seat, he got in beside me, and we sped off.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great book and heart wrenching , easy read
The Beautiful Lost was an amazing, emotional and wonderful novel. The main character, Maia has struggled with depression ever since her mother left her. Maia was really close to her mother and remembered everything she thought her. They also share a love for whales. She decides to set off on a road trip in search of her mother hoping that might make her feel like her old, happy self again. And her crush, Billy decides to tag along. Maia and Billy set off on a journey of self discovery. As they go along, they start to discover they have a lot in common. They also start to understand each other a lot better. The Beautiful Lost explores the issues of depression. Luanne Rice has written a beautiful novel of self discovery and learning to cope with depression. I really enjoyed reading this novel and joining Maia and Billy on this journey. This was a very heartfelt novel that I recommend everyone should read.
This book!!!! oh my gosh is so beautiful! I am in love everything about it! i had a major book hangover after reading this. I even had a one-sided conversation with myself when I finished it. I am weird! the thing I noticed is that road trip books never disappoint! three out of three books I've read about road trips make a mark on me. And this book is my favorite out of those three! the plot: does not give justice to what's in the book. so READ IT! it has so much emotion, family drama, mental health issues. it even covers climate change, animal preservations (especially the ocean life), and even diversity. the characters: are beautiful! Maia and Billy are such an amazing tandem. I love that they are flawed. Haunted by their pasts, they make such a wonderful character progress on their own. And that's so good about it, they realized the solutions to their problems on their own. Not the cliche "I'm going to change you for the better" stuff. i love that they are there for each other, but they grew as individuals! i can go on and on about these two! the minor characters: so-so. at the end of the day, this book is about Maia and Billy. when you read this, you'll get what I mean. the flow of the story: is well-paced. it's not to fast and not dragging. I like that the places they went actually matter to both of them, and they discover new things in these places. the writing style: smooth. the words flow so well. and the things she writes about are very educational. The author made me look up things in the internet because you know that it's not important part of the story. and in that way, I learned many things. I swear, I can go on and on about this book, even without giving away spoilers. it's just so amazing and I love this book very much. So realistic and very true to itself. *I received an ARC from Yallwest '17