Loved and Lost is a memoir narrated by eighty-six year old Abigail Milan. Abby tells Carrie, her carer, about the few years of her teenage life when she experienced a great first love to a boy she believed was her soul mate, we as the reader are like a fly on the wall listening in to the tale.
Full of teenage hormones and attitude we meet Abby and Allen in 1994, they quickly become inseparable in the intense first love of teenagers and go through many highs and lows with several break-ups. Abby is jealous of Al’s girl friends and he in turn doesn’t like her mixing with other boys. Throw in underage drinking, a sex life that leads to an unplanned pregnancy, plus and a social life that many teenagers follow.
Abby tells Carrie about these couple of years in infinite detail remembering all the arguments, phone calls, anxiety and accusations as if it were yesterday. For these teenagers it was the be all and end all of life, yet Abby went on to live another seventy years. She’ll not forget Al and the love she had for him.
This book hovers across the YA and NA genres, at sixteen the characters are a little young for the new adult genre, yet the underage drinking and sex scenes are not really for the young adult market. The story ended a little abruptly for me and didn’t return to Abby and her carer for any summary or reason for the whole memoir storyline.
Welcome to my second Year of Good Deeds, a challenge I set myself during April 2013. I decided to do at least one Good Deed a day for a whole year, now I am into my second year.
This week I’ve been doing the following;
February 15th – A lovely sunny day, I went out in the fresh air tidying the front gardens on mine and my neighbours house.
February 16th – Today I’ve been reading A Single Step by Georgia Rose. Just had to close my review list, I have around 50 books to review and I need time to get them done.
February 17th – Walked to the post box and saw a neighbour had left her keys hanging in her car door that was parked on the road, so knocked on her door to let her know. Today I read Humming by Rachel McAlpine A book set in New Zealand one of my favourite countries.