The Art of Losing is a compelling debut that explores issues of addiction, sisterhood, and loss.
On one terrible night, 17-year-old Harley Langston’s life changes forever. At a party she discovers her boyfriend, Mike, hooking up with her younger sister, Audrey. Furious, she abandons them both. When Mike drunkenly attempts to drive Audrey home, he crashes and Audrey ends up in a coma. Now Harley is left with guilt, grief, pain and the undeniable truth that her now ex-boyfriend has a drinking problem. So it’s a surprise that she finds herself reconnecting with Raf, a neighbor and childhood friend who’s recently out of rehab and still wrestling with his own demons. At first Harley doesn’t want to get too close to him. But as her sister slowly recovers, Harley begins to see a path forward with Raf’s help that she never would have believed possible—one guided by honesty, forgiveness, and redemption.
About the Author
Lizzy Mason grew up in northern Virginia before moving to New York City for college and a career in publishing. She lives in Queens, New York, with her husband and cat in an apartment full of books. The Art of Losing is her first novel. Visit her online at www.LizzyMasonBooks.com.
Praise for The Art of Losing
"A riveting story about loss, addiction, and love, The Art of Losing is a poignant novel readers young and old will be able to relate to."
"Driven by authentic and well-developed characters and relationships, this work presents a compelling exploration of responsibility and forgiveness . . . A relevant and engaging coming-of-age novel that highlights the accountability that comes with adulthood."
"The interwoven stories of many kinds of love—between friends, sisters, and possible romantic partners—give this well-paced book a depth that makes it more than just another recovery tale."
"Carefully crafted . . . With its authentic treatment of addiction, it's an appealing cautionary tale with conviction."
“The Art of Losing is a lyrical and moving exploration of the fraught bonds of family, the suffocating bonds of addiction, and the warm, embracing bonds of love. This is a book you won’t soon forget.”
—Jeff Zentner, Morris Award-winning author of The Serpent King
"A brave and beautiful story about sisters, addiction, and finding your place in the world—a book that belongs on every shelf."
—Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces
"An unflinchingly honest and touching dive into the ever-complex relationship between sisters, the reality of addiction, and the nature of love in all forms. I will never forget Harley or her story."
—Alexandra Bracken, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Passenger
"With prose that taps into the highest of highs and lowest of lows, The Art of Losing shows exactly what it means to have a sister, to be a sister, and—the scariest of all—to possibly lose a sister. As a big sister myself, this story rang so true."
—Susan Dennard, New York Times bestselling author of Truthwitch
"Lizzy Mason's powerful debut is about the bonds and betrayals of sisterhood and accepting flaws in those we love. Emotionally resonant and, at times, gut-wrenching, Harley's story is one that will stay with you long after turning the last page."
—Elizabeth Eulberg, bestselling author of Better Off Friends
"Real characters with real problems make Lizzy Mason's debut novel a show stopper. Harley is facing a family tragedy, a boyfriend crisis, and teen alcohol use in a novel that is sure to resonate with every teen, parent, and teacher. The Art of Losing is a punch to the gut that will resonate long after reading and may act as a wake up call to teens facing tough choices. Put this one on every book shelf in America."
—Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books (Excelsior, MN)
"It’s amazing and has so many complicated, tough emotional questions, and I LOVE IT."
"The prose is hard-hitting and raw as it explores how guilt and loss play a deep role in our understanding of life as a way of coming-of-age . . . [Mason's] unique voice will resonate thoroughly with readers of all ages."
—The YA Sh3lf
"This book was absolutely one of my favorites this summer, and I wish I could read it all over again and experience it again for the first time. I don't come across a lot of books that touch me in this way."
—The Book Bratz blog