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Review by Suze
After the death of her brother, Lucas, Oakley is heartbroken. He lost his battle against cancer. Lucas was Oakley's best friend and she misses him very much. To make moving on easier for his sister Lucas has left Oakley a notebook filled with letters. Oakley needs something to help her get through the days. She hasn't only lost the person she loved the most in the whole world, she's also moved in with her aunt Jo until the summer. Her mother wanted a change of scenery and they left Oakley's father behind. Living with Jo brings Oakley a little bit of peace. She's kind and has a fascinating profession that she shares with her niece.
When Oakley meets Jo's neigbor Carson she immediately feels like she's made a new friend and she thinks she's safe with him. He's taking the time to get to know her, he's polite, he's kind and he's willing to teach her things. Oakley has the idea she betrays her brother when she's having fun so soon after his death, but Lucas keeps challenging her in his letters. With his help she gives Carson a chance. Will her time at the beach heal the biggest cracks in Oakley's heart?
Love, Lucas is a beautiful heartbreaking story. Oakley has lost so much, but after the death of her beloved brother life isn't done making things difficult for her. She has to keep fighting to be all right. Living with her aunt brings a bit of normalcy back into Oakley's life. After graduating early and spending as much time as she could at the hospital she became isolated. She needs friends and Carson is a sweetheart. He's always there for Oakley and he never gives up on her. They have a great connection and he's exactly what Oakley needs. I loved reading about this special bond.
Chantele Sedgwick writes about difficult topics in an empathic and honest way. She guides her reader through many layers of emotions by giving them a story filled with love, hope and wisdom. Love, Lucas is impressive and I often had tears in my eyes while I was reading the letters Lucas wrote for Oakley. Chantele Sedgwick has captured exactly what it feels like to be ill and the wisdom that usually comes with it. Lucas is absolutely wonderful and I felt sad that he'd never have the chance to become an adult. I loved the way he describes his own journey and his plans and hopes for his sister's future. Oakley becomes stronger because of his advice. Lucas makes her see her flaws and he encourages her to correct her mistakes in a heartwarming, sensitive way.
Love, Lucas has a surprising ending. I didn't expect such a big and life-changing finale. I really liked it and I'm always happy when something astonishes me. It's a fantastic way to conclude an incredible story. Everything about Love, Lucas is exactly as it should be. The story is moving and it has a good balance between grief and promise. I highly recommend this book, it's amazing in many different ways.