Worlds Apart

Worlds Apart

by Luke Loaghan

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ISBN-13: 9781461169659
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication date: 07/20/2011
Pages: 398
Product dimensions: 0.82(w) x 5.25(h) x 8.00(d)

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Worlds Apart 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
MSWAN86 More than 1 year ago
"World's Apart", by Luke Loaghan, captures the spirit of high school life and the feelings of regret often associated with one's high school experience. From the first page, the narrator, who is also the main character, foreshadows ominous results, stating, "Some say that they can leave high school without regrets, just like I tried to do. Go ahead and avoid your destiny." The story takes place during the 1980's at Stanton High School in Brooklyn New York, the most prominent in the area. Musical genius David Orpheus is ten months shy of completing his senior year, and anxious to get into the real world. Much of the audience can relate to David's endeavors, ranging from studying for the SAT, staying at school long hours for rigorous academic classes, college admission decisions, and high school crushes. When he finally musters the courage to ask his crush Delancey on a date, everything changes. Out of fear of rejection, David asks another girl to the prom-even though Delancey is the only girl on his mind. Just when the relationship is in full bloom, a series of bizarre events take place at the prom, leaving Delancey with hundreds of shards of glass in her body, fighting for life in the hospital. The Leviathon, an invention of another student, Sal, is David's only way to bring Delancey back from death's doorstep. At this point, Greek mythology enthusiasts will have realized that Loaghan's story is a unique spin on the tragic mythological tale of Orpheus, the sweet musician, and Eurydice, his bride who is sent to the underworld. Like Orpheus, David is a gifted guitarist whose music permeates the underworld, but will that be enough to bring his newlywed bride back to the mortal world. David's whole life is ridden with confusion, insecurities, a lack of confidence, and regret. Will he be able to overcome all that because only "A man without regrets never looks back." The gradual build up of the adapted mythology is enticing, but clearly, Luke Loaghan's World's Apart is about the memorable, even glorious high school years-or the years that should have been glorious. Ultimately, Loaghan does an incredible job of portraying love, loss, and the more tangible aspects of the roller coaster that is high school life. Well-written with fascinating characters and a plotline that most audiences can relate to, "World's Apart" is a highly recommended must read.
lcahillnj More than 1 year ago
Worlds Apart is an interesting look back at a young man's senior year of high school. What a year this guy had! It made me feel grateful that my high school career was uneventful. The author successfully balances the normal issues that plague teens with parallels to classic Greek mythic figures and suspenseful plot twists. This sets the novel apart from other novels in its genre and I recommend it.
KathyNY More than 1 year ago
Luke Loaghan's "Worlds Apart" uses real true story to tell the journey of a young man in high school, David, and his struggles of not fitting into a school that is located in a bad area of New York City in the 1980s. The story is told with a modern twist on the Greek story of Orpheus and Eurydice. I love how he was able to take a true story, structure it with classical emphases and themes, and leave and imprint.
p_pPP More than 1 year ago
In our life we all went through the same insecurities at some point in our lives no matter who we are. This book is very engaging, real voice, the story is compelling as well as the writing. This book is a realistic journey of a member of today's generation. This book keeps you engaged. I highly recommend this book without any doubt.
AllBooksRevealed More than 1 year ago
A talented guitar player, a competitive high school in an extremely dangerous New York City neighborhood, and a wild senior year create a very compelling novel. Stanton is the high school equivalent of an Ivy League university. It is very difficult to get into, and very difficult to graduate from once accepted. Stanton is the kind of high school that prepares students to be the best of the best at whatever profession they choose, whether it is business, medicine, law, engineering, or literature. The level of stress many students experience literally pushes their sanity to the brink of failure, and a number of them, during their senior year, commit suicide because they simply cannot handle the pressure anymore. The level of competition is so fierce that other students are relieved to see a classmate carted off to Belleview Mental Hospital. With one more student gone, the students ranked below the latest mental patient move up into better positions. The same occurs when students knock themselves off or become victims of the drugs and gang violence that happen on the streets surrounding Stanton. A major theme Worlds Apart covers is the simple fact that you cannot change the past. Early in the story, David says, "I wished I was built faster and stronger, that my body had produced more testosterone. I wished that I had developed hand-eye coordination like a short stop or a point guard. If that had happened, I could've been a great athlete. But I can't waste anymore time looking back at what could've been. No more looking back, only looking forward." Every high school student struggles to find their place in the world. Luke Loaghan points out the fact that most high school graduates never find their place in life. Many of them never escape their high school glory days, as if they are the best days of their lives, never to be replaced by anything better. Overall, Loaghan's story is successful, compelling, and worthwhile. Unfortunately, it is also obviously self-published. My educational training has engrained in me the simple fact that perfect language does a much better job at communicating the author's desired message. If readers are tripped up by poor grammar, punctuation mistakes, poor sentence structure, and a host of other issues, the effect your writing can have on the reader is diminished significantly. I have said it before and I'll say it again: Authors, before self-publishing anything-poetry or prose-have a professional or freelance editor help you work the kinks out of your writing. Yes, it may cost you a few hundred extra dollars, but the end product is always better, cleaner, polished, and refined. Though Worlds Apart is a really good story, an editor would have been able to work wonders on Loaghan's prose.
SweetEM More than 1 year ago
Luke Loaghan's Worlds Apart is an in-depth look into the life of high school senior David Orpeus. It shows his abilities, his concerns, his drive and his heart. It also shows the the good and evil present in the world and how David copes with both being very close to him. Though justice wasn't always served 'right' (and in the real world this is the case as well) and the ending was not as happy as he would have liked, it was a great read. In essence,, I feel the book tells the human story, from a high school senior's point of view. Great read!
Nicole8080 More than 1 year ago
A modern spin on Greek myths, World's Apart is poignant and gripping. Gangs, the bad streets of NYC in the '80s, guilt and teenage issues all take place between the pages of this interesting book. The main character, David, takes the reader on an adventure as he describes the issues in his young teenage life. His love for the beautiful girl in school coincides with his feelings of guilt over his mother's death and his desire to fit into a school life that is troubled. This book speaks to its readers. A great read!
Msclassy More than 1 year ago
World's Apart is a book with little substance and full with intriguing moments through the entire book. This book encourages individuals, especially those still in high school, to enjoy their experience to the fullest, and leave nothing to be desired. I am really sure that after reading this book, one will without a doubt take many down memory path. I loved the most about the book was the modern twist on the Greek story of Orpheus and Eurydice and how the author actually used a real event from his life to help base the book on.
JSHAH21 More than 1 year ago
One should never regret the decisions they make, especially in high school. Luke Loaghan's "World's Apart," a spin-off on the Greek mythology of Orpheus and Eurydice, features expert guitarist David Orpheus, a senior at Stanton High School in Brooklyn, and his crush, Delancey. Going through various situations typical of high schoolers, David finds that his insecurities hold him back from attaining what he wants most. When an accident shakes up their senior prom, David's love is put to the true test as he comes face to face with the ruler of the underworld. World's Apart encourages individuals, especially those still in high school, to enjoy their experience to the fullest, and leave nothing to be desired. Put it all out there and proudly say that you have no regrets. Reading this book will undoubtedly take many down memory lane.
jwbatlarge More than 1 year ago
A high school senior that doesn't feel like he fits into a 1980's high society school in New York City is the basis of the Luke Loagham novel Worlds Apart. David tells his story about Chinese gangs, guns, drugs and coincidental yearly deaths in his school. David delves into his guilty feelings towards his mother's death, since he was her caregiver at the time of her death. When you add the beautiful Delancey into his life and their blossoming relationship, the reader is drawn into the story and can't put it down.
giantwarrior More than 1 year ago
Worlds Apart by Luke Loaghan a story told by the main character, David, a New York City high school student at the elite school Stanton who writes for the school newspaper. David must deal with more than the average high schooler: Chinese gangs, high school snobs and oddballs, a bewildering average of nine deaths a year in his school, and his own demons following the death of his mother. David then falls for the lovely Delancey and they begin a beautiful relationship. It is what happens to this relationship that will keep the readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.
AmyU10 More than 1 year ago
Luke Loaghan has taken his eventful and crazy life in high school and put it into a book. However, his life in high school was not your typical high school life. His was filled with gangs, twisted people, and on average 9 deaths a year. His eventful life in high school and how he handles it will suck you in and make you not want to put the book down. It also talks about coming in contact with people and things that are completely opposite of what you are destined to have and shows it is not your circumstances that make you who you are, but how you decide to grasp those circumstances and make them run your life or not. This would be an awesome read especially for someone who is facing hard times in high school to see that they are not alone and that it may not be all that bad.
JC91 More than 1 year ago
Luke Loaghan's Worlds Apart is a book full with intriguing moments through the entire book. The main character of this book deals with typical high school situations such as: gangs, himself and many more to name a few. I can definitely relate with the main character for multiple reasons. Great Book!
GabrielNA More than 1 year ago
After looking and searching for a good book that is not like the same stuff that seems to be written these days, I came across "Worlds Apart". What I loved the most about the book was the modern twist on the Greek story of Orpheus and Eurydice and how the author actually used a real event from his life to help base the book on. This book is intriguing because it follows the main character David from his senior year in high school as he handles the typical insecurities and problems that most people at this stage in life face. Great book that is really different and interesting.
ANERIV28 More than 1 year ago
This book really caught my eye and interest as it features the main character David in high school in the 80's facing a lot of the same challenges and obstacles that most of us face in life. With plenty of ups and downs and a bit of a twist, this book is really worth the read. I enjoyed how the author took from his own inspiration and tried to show readers how even many years later, kids and young adults are still facing the same problems. This is the perfect choice for anyone who is looking for something different and refreshing.
shines1980 More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy a good read, "Worlds Apart" by Luke Loaghan is worth a try. This book is a modern day adaptation of the Greek myth that includes Orpheus and Eurydice. While that may sound above your head, the storyline itself is quite easy to follow. The book is based in the 1980s as the main character, David, attends high school in New York and deals with gang issues, low self-esteem and other high school problems. David likes a girl and in a strange twist, the whole book gets even more interesting and alluring. The book may be long, but it is a page turner that can take you back to your high school days and open up your imagination at the same time.
KaleyEvans More than 1 year ago
Luke Loaghan's Worlds Apart is a wonderful new world take on the classic Greek myth, "Orpheus and Eurydice." The book tells the story of David, who is wrapping up his senior year of high school at the very competitive Stanton High in Brooklyn. Worlds Apart is full of typical teenage angst and David, realizing that his insecurities are holding him back from what he wants most. David writes sports for the school newspaper, and is a very talented guitar player. Also, he experiences things that most teens don't, including an average of nine deaths at his school per year, rivaling gangs, and backward personalities. Worlds Apart is an intelligent coming-of-age story, carefully crafted in a highly interesting light. It is a story of young love, found in Delancey, a girl for whom David patiently waits, and with whom he finally begins a relationship. David and Delancey soon discover the differences in their separate worlds. Loaghan captures the very essence of both normal and abnormal high school experiences, and seamlessly ties them in with the Greek myth beautifully. Worlds Apart is also set in the eighties, presenting a very interesting story line that is highly enjoyable, and at the same time it is full of substance. The problems of American teenagers are at once truly timeless and era-specific, and this story really reiterates that fact. People of all ages will relate to Worlds Apart because everyone has or will experience at least one of the circumstances depicted in this book. Full of heart and harsh realities to which teenagers are sometimes subjected, this is the kind of book that will never grow old or irrelevant in theme. Loaghan wrote a wonderful story from which everyone can enjoy and learn. To be sure, this one will thoroughly entertain from cover-to-cover.
ichisan More than 1 year ago
Ah the 80's dont we just love'em. I was drawn to the story for two things, one: school theme in the 80's, 2: New york City. The combination of the said 2 things are what was most intriguing to me on this book and decided to give it a go! I'm glad I did because it has been a wonderful read with mythical elements involved. The book is about a gifted musician David, his luck with love, as it turns out, is bad, and the girl is in a serious condition struggling for life. This is a story about the wonderful years of high school. The story begins with an ominous tone dismissing thoughts about not having regrets to look back upon. Does this mean David has a huge regret? Is it his lady love, has she not been saved? With all the twists I have been reading until now even I can't predict the ending! Must give this a try, it's quite good.
bwbatlarge More than 1 year ago
Luke Loaghan's Worlds Apart is a modern day version of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, putting a unique twist on the classic story, using a 1980s high school in New York City as a backdrop. Readers will quickly be swept away by Loaghan's story of heartache, true love, regret, indecision, guilt, and death, transfixed as the story unfolds on the page before them. This modern day interpretation of Orpheus and Eurydice will win over readers, inevitably becoming a classic itself. David, the sports editor of his high school newspaper, is a high school student who does not feel as though he fits in among his peers at the upper echelon high school, Stanton. While most high school students have their fair share of problems, David has an undue burden, having to contend with the ever present problems of gangs, guns, drugs, an abnormally high death rate at his high school, and the guilt he carries from being his mother's caretaker at the time of her death. Things take a turn for the better when David falls in love with Delancey, despite their difference in upbringings. In a twist of events, their relationship hits a snag when Delancey is taken from David and he must take on Death himself in order to get her back, steadfast in his devotion. Whether you are a lover of Greek mythology or just enjoy a great story, Worlds Apart is a must-read. Loaghan's use of classic mythology and evocative themes interwoven into a compelling story line places this story above other modern-day novels, making it a true literary work and positing Loaghan as one of the great writers of our generation, leaving readers anxious for the next release from this compelling new author; if Worlds Apart is any indication of what readers can expect in the future, Loaghan will undoubtedly become a favorite among readers everywhere.
Jean_Croichy_Jr More than 1 year ago
World's Apart is a story about a man named David, and his struggles through his teenage years to his young adult life. His high school years had scar him, and the city where he grew up became very dangerous. In this book, the story tells about how David feels like he don't fit in at all, but he's trying to impress this girl he deeply crazy about. The story is very interesting, and the characters are very three dimensional. The story has a lot of good drama, and will make you keep reading to see how everything will work out.
sonyaa2 More than 1 year ago
Luke Loaghan's "Worlds Apart" is a craftily told coming of age story centered around the last year of graduation senior David's last year at his competitive high school. Told in an engaging, real voice, the story is compelling as well as the writing. Highlighting the competitive world of university-aspiring high schoolers, "Worlds Apart" is a realistic journey of a member of today's generation.
Mama-of-a-Dozen More than 1 year ago
Having graduated from high school in 1982, I found this fictional story, Worlds Apart about a high school boy named, David, during the time period of the 80's quite interesting and reminiscent, yet so thankful I did not have to deal with many of the worries he did, especially the gang activity. David was an extremely intelligent, sports editor the the school newspaper, and yet did not feel he fit in the elite high school he attended. He also lives with regret of his mom dying several years before from cancer. He was the oldest son, and responsible for giving her medication. On the day she died, he came home a half hour late, finding her dead. He then lives with his dad and brother through his high school years. He did not rate it high being in the elite high school and was determined to be a self-made success no matter what college he went to, and it did not have to be one that set his status high. In Worlds Apart the drama continues for David, from finding a new job, studying for the SAT's and dealing with crime, Chinese gangs, and violence which is taking over New York City, and faces decisions with friends having guns and hearing of suicides and deaths. He tries to fit in by getting a modern haircut and dressing totally different and numerous asked him if he was in the Deceptors Gang. He also waits patiently for a girl, Delancey, who he never thinks will like him, and eventually they begin a sweet relationship. And this is where the books name, Worlds Apart comes from, as this girl, is from another world. This is the first time he goes to her dad's appartment where she lives: "The apartment appeared designed by an interior decorator. I glanced around and saw Central Park from the windows. shimmered in the polished beige marble floors. The apartment had rich mahogany doors with furniture to match. Her kitchen was out of Architectural Digest. A feeling of anxiety overtook me. The apartment was a reminder that Delancey and I came from two different worlds. She was still out of my league, even though we were friends. If I ever brought her home, it would be the end of our friendship. The stark reality of my lifestyle would painfully remind her of how poor I was." The story takes many twists and turns, much of terror I am thankful I nor my children ever had to face, Though not a Christian book, it is a quick reading book following a young man's life that is sadly realistic of what some kids have to face in gang filled cities.
Kimberly_Fisher More than 1 year ago
I admit that sometimes I like a "fluffy" read. Then sometimes I like to read something that has a little substance. Worlds Apart by Luke Loaghan is just that. The main character David is followed through his trials and tribulations of teenage life in the 80's, as influenced by the author himself. He falls for Delancey, and a modern day twist on the Greek love story of Orpheus and Eurydice is portrayed.