Title: The Ones Who Got Away
Author : Roni Loren
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: 01/02/18
Dates Read: 01/15/18 – 01/20/18
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Finn Dorsey and Liv Arias were an unlikely couple. She was a rebellious wild-card from the ‘wrong side of the tracks’, and he was the all-american football player with the matching well-to-do family to match. Liv was everything that Finn’s father did not want for him and in response, he kept their chemistry under-wraps. Making out behind bookshelves in the library and steamy moments in janitor’s closets were about as public as he let their connection become.
Unfortunately for them, as well as many others, during one particular ‘secret session’, in a closet during their high school prom, gunshots rang out down the hallways from active intruders who were threatening the lives of those they attended school with every day. Hearing her screams, Finn fled from the closet to the aid of his date (who was not Liv–because, appearances), ultimately taking a bullet for her. Upon his flight from the closet, Liv was found by one of the gunmen, alone and terrified.
Fifteen years after that terrible night, many of the survivors have returned to their alma mater in order to take part in a documentary about the tragedy. When Liv and Finn cross paths, tensions run high and sparks fly. How can you be so attracted to someone who grounds you to the worst night of your life? Fortunately for readers, Liv and Fin have many things left unsaid, doors left open, and experiences left unexplored.
You will fall in love with these characters. When I finished this novel, I had such a lingering sense of attachment to these two. They shared a tragic event in their past and both have some deep-rooted, well-grounded issues. They are both broken and have become people that their teenage selves would not recognize. But together they find inspiration, drive, forgiveness, peace, romance, and… of course, passion. Lots of steamy, second-chance-love passion.
Trust me when I say that this romance between Finn and Liv is beautiful.
But this novel is about so much more than romance. Liv is one of four girls that readers are introduced to in this novel, all survivors of that terrible night. They have all went down paths in their lives that would not live up to the expectations they set for themselves when they wrote those time-capsule notes together as teenagers–as survivors. Four very different women who share an inseparable bond that I hope we are only seeing the beginnings of. (Since the ‘snipet’ from the second installment is following one of the other women, I am hoping we will get four installments–a window into each of their lives and stories).
This novel is about rising up from the ashes, becoming the person you always wanted to be. Letting go of excuses and expectations. Healing. Empowerment. Forgiveness. The Ones Who Got Away is story about leading the life you love with no regrets.