Review: The Lonesome Young

May •  20 •  2014

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Lonesome YoungThe Lonesome Young by Lucy Connors
Series: Stand Alone
Published by Razorbill on April 8th 2014
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary/Romance
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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Get swept away in the first book of the sensational romantic drama that is Romeo & Juliet meets Justified.

WHAT HAPPENS when the teenage heirs of two bitterly FEUDING FAMILIES can’t stay away from each other?

The Rhodales and the Whitfields have been sworn enemies for close on a hundred years, with a whole slew of adulterous affairs, financial backstabbing, and blackmailing that’s escalated the rivalry to its current state of tense ceasefire.


And now a meth lab explosion in rural Whitfield County is set to reignite the feud more viciously than ever before. Especially when the toxic fire that results throws together two unlikely spectators—proper good girl Victoria Whitfield, exiled from boarding school after her father’s real estate business melts down in disgrace, and town motorcycle rebel Mickey Rhodale, too late as always to thwart his older brothers’ dangerous drug deals.

Victoria and Mickey are about to find out the most passionate romances are the forbidden ones.

. . . ON A POWDER KEG FULL OF PENT-UP DESIRE, risk-taking daredevilry, and the desperate actions that erupt when a generation of teens inherits nothing but hate.

This is an awesome book!

Plot: This is a basically modern day Romeo & Juliet story. It totally captures the reader with the drama and how far it reaches. This plot spans generations of family members and hate. One thing I really love about this book is the background history on both families. Older generations know about the rift between the families but the younger generations don’t know or understand why. They are just taught to hate the other family and to not ask questions.  This only fuels me as the reader to want to know why.

Love: Another aspect I really enjoyed is the great friendship/love buildup between Victoria and Mickey. From the very beginning you can tell that they are much different than the family around them. They strive to be different and to be more. Both of them strive to help others then themselves and really just want to be able to live their own lives without being in the shadow or feud in their family. Because of the way they were raised, there are some issues regarding trust between them. Eventually, they learn that they are both on the same side and fight for each other.

Ending: This is the only area of the story that I did not like. I honestly felt like the ending is rushed. I’m crossing my fingers that there will be a squeal because the story can not end like that. There is so much more that needs to be told. Not to mention that I want to see Victoria and Mickey live a happily ever after.

Overall, this is an fantastic book! I completely adore it and I’m so hoping that there is more. I loved watching theses two fight and love one another. Their friendship is beyond what I normally read and love how well they match each other. The Lonesome Young is a fabulous read!

I give it 5 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Kate @ Ex Libris
    May 20, 2014

    I have to say that this book did not for me at.all. Mostly because I felt that it was really an adult romance that plugged teens into the characters. There was definitely a guilty pleasure vibe to it, tough. I agree about the ending being rushed.

  2. Mary @ BookSwarm
    May 20, 2014

    While I enjoyed the story and romance and the friendship between the two MCs, I was a tad frustrated by the rushed ending, too. All that buildup for that? *sigh*

  3. Lisa (Fic Talk)
    May 20, 2014

    So glad that you liked it so much! I will definitely be picking up a copy.

  4. Candace
    May 20, 2014

    I’ve been tempted to pick this one up a few times but haven’t yet. I’m a big concerned with that ending though, maybe I need to wait and see if there’s going to be a sequel?

  5. Christine J.
    May 20, 2014

    Wonderful review.

  6. finley jayne
    May 20, 2014

    I’m such a sucker for Romeo and Juliet retellings-adding this to my TBR list 🙂

  7. I think I’ll wait to see if there is a sequel. I am an ending girl and that ending doesn’t sound good to me. However, the rest of the book sounds fab! Oh thanks for bringing this one to my attention.