The Lonely Ones by Kelsey Sutton
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Publisher: Philomel (PRH)
Published: April 26th, 2016
I received an eBook copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Fain hasn’t always been lonely. Her family used to be close; she used to have good friends. But as circumstances—and people—changed, Fain was left behind. That’s when the monsters appeared.
While her parents argue and her peers and siblings either pick on or simply ignore her, Fain spends time in a world of her own making. During the day, she crafts stories of fantastical adventures, but in the darkness of night, these adventures come to life alongside a legion of imaginary creatures, with Fain as their queen.
In time, Fain begins to see possibilities and friendships emerge in her day-to-day, but when she is let down by the one relationship she thought she could trust, Fain must decide: remain queen of the imaginary creatures, or risk opening herself up to the fragile connections that can only be formed in the real world?
Told in lyrical free verse, The Lonely Ones reminds us of the need for imaginative play and the power of true friendship. (via GoodReads)
About the Author
Kelsey Sutton is the author of teen novels SOME QUIET PLACE and GARDENIA. She is also the author of two novels for middle grade readers, THE LONELY ONES and BENJAMIN. She lives in Minnesota, where she received a dual bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing from Bemidji State University. She is currently working on a master’s degree from Hamline University. Her work has received an Independent Publisher Book Award, an IndieFab Award, and was selected as a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013. When not writing, Kelsey can be found watching too much Netflix, ordering a mocha at the nearest coffee shop, or browsing a bookstore. You can like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @KelseyJSutton.
What I Thought
The first two word that I wrote about this book were “beautiful” and “captivating”, and both of these words describe this book perfectly. I am cultivating a huge crush on books in verse and this one is helping me broaden my horizons in this category of literature. This is also the first middle grade book I have read that is written in verse and I hope it definitely isn’t the last. I have a lot of respect for people that can tell amazing, vibrant stories with so few words but Kelsey does a fantastic job. The writing is so lovely and flows so smoothly it is easy to read in one sitting. I love the attention to how the phrases flow and how the stanzas are formatted, it truly made this book an immersive read.
I love a story that can transport me right along with it into a world that I can connect with. Everyone has had a point in their childhood where they have felt alone and invisible, so this makes Fain’s character that much more interesting and relatable. This book gave me some serious Bridge to Terabithia vibes with Fain’s nighttime adventures and the friendship that happens in this book is probably one of my favorite friendships in a book ever. This book is much more than an imaginative tale of make-believe creatures and a lonely girl; it is about the hardships of life, the wonders of growing up, and the importance of family and good friends.
The Lonely Ones explores life events that are very prominent and real and sheds some light on the outcast. I think it is important to note that Fain doesn’t try to fit in, she is content with who she is even when it hurts to know that people don’t see who you really are. The characters are wonderfully complex and genuine and just make the story so fascinating to read. I enjoyed every second of this book and will definitely be picking up a copy to add to my collection.
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