Loner | Book Review

Updated: Feb 27

Five Stars


[This book was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review.]

This book tells the story of a young, cynical woman named Lona, who has only just discovered everything she believed she wanted is not really what she wants. Like many women at this age, she has just ended high school and is attempting to decide what to do now. Though she has lost all hope that the after part holds any meaning to her life or the world itself. Thus, she is now roaming through her life with constant indecision, partial self-reflection, and no exact goal to guide her out of this limbo.

To describe Lona would be like requesting me to explain why the sky is blue. Lona is a unique personality, an acquired taste if I am to be honest. She doesn't care about anyone except her best friend and then some of her family who comes next. Therefore, she spends little time getting to know those around her. Not even the boy or boy(s) she likes. However, she constantly finds herself in this place between wanting to be herself, but also want to be what others expect her to be. The sad thing is, Lona doesn't know what she desires to be but she knows what she doesn't want to be. Which already propels her further than me when I first left high school. This places her a few less than pleasant situations that while hard, she needs experience in. This entire book is an insight into things that happens with young women every day.

I don't want to give too much away, but this is such an extraordinary book. I will admit that at the start of the story I was very hesitant about the writing style. I will not spoil it for those considering this book, but the writing is not like any I have ever read. Frequently I feel like I am missing pieces of the story due to the chosen form of writing. However, the more I read I feel like the format was precisely chosen to reflect on Lona and how she perceives the world. Thankfully, the formatting does not take away from the story. It instead, just makes me wish I had more to read. The leading character feels so realistic that my kindle has over 50 highlights of things that I loved or agreed with. I related so much to Lona that I almost felt like this book was exclusively written about me a few times. That's what makes this book so much fun to read. I feel like I'm apart of her world and comprehend why she does the things she does. I believe anyone will identify parts of themselves in Lona because in my mind she's not a fictional character. I'm merely reading the diary of the typical everyday young woman. The book depicts situations and thoughts we have all had at one point or another and I love the insight on how Lona specially deals with this.

The humor is the second reason I enjoy this book. It has been so long since I have laughed out loud at something I read in a book. I wish I could provide an example here to give you an idea, but I don't want to ruin it. I highly encourage you all to give this book a chance and I guarantee you won't regret it. Lona is hilarious, selfish, honest, blunt, creative, and just an extremely fascinating person. Someone I'd appreciate getting to know even if she doesn't want to get to know me!

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