The Beautiful Lost by Luanne RiceThe Beautiful Lost by Luanne Rice

The Beautiful Lost

byLuanne Rice

Hardcover | June 27, 2017

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From New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice, comes a sweeping, stunning story about the surprising directions our hearts can take.

Here are three things to know about Maia:

1. Ever since her mother left, Maia's struggled with depression - which once got so bad, she had to go to an institution for a while. She doesn't want to go back.

2. Maia's sure that if she finds her mother, if the two of them can talk about whale songs and constellations, then everything will be okay again.

3. She's in love with Billy, the handsome, brooding boy who lives in the group home in town. He doesn't seem to know that Maia exists . . . until now.

When Maia sets off on a road trip in search of her mom, Billy unexpectedly comes along. They drive up the East Coast, stopping along the way for lobster rolls and lighthouses. Maia learns that Billy has dark secrets of his own-and wants to outrun his past, too. But what will the future hold if they reach their destination?

Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, most recently the YA novel The Secret Language of Sisters. There are upwards of 22 million copies of her books in print across the world, and five of her novels have been adapted into TV movies and miniseries. Luanne divides her time between Connecticut and Souther...
Title:The Beautiful LostFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.53 × 5.75 × 0.98 inPublished:June 27, 2017Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1338111078

ISBN - 13:9781338111071


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The car running, I gripped the steering wheel hard with my elbows locked, just begging the stars to let him walk by. That's when I spotted him sitting alone under a maple tree, leaning against the wide trunk. And, as if the stars had decided to answer, he leapt up and came toward me. I got out of the car."What are you doing here?" he asked."I came to say..." I said, but I couldn't get the words out.He looked in the back seat and saw my duffle."Where are you going?" he asked."Away," I said.Our eyes burned into each other. I felt heat in my chest, knowing that this really was the last time. I wanted to reach over, touch his hand. I hoped he could read my mind and somehow know he was the only person I'd miss, that I'd come here today because he was, ineffably, mine."Away where?" he asked."To see my mother," I said."Can I go with you?" he asked.I stared at him. Had I heard right? No, I had to be dreaming. "Will you take me?" he asked. It was real. This was happening. His eyes were begging me. "But people will miss you. They'll wonder where you are," I said."I live in a group home," he said, gesturing at the building. "They won't wonder for long."And then he touched me -- just one finger on my wrist bone -- so quickly I would have thought I'd imagined it if it didn't tingle all through my body. "I can help you," he said."Help me?""Yeah, you're running away, right? I know how to do that. No one will catch us," he said. He was already hurrying around the car.I didn't think after that. I climbed into the driver's seat, he got in beside me, and we sped off.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Secret Language of Sisters:"Riveting and heartbreaking... a glorious affirmation." -- Lauren Myracle, bestselling author of Shine"Luanne Rice brings her trademark grace and lyricism to a suspenseful story about sisters and life-changing chances." -- Huntley Fitzpatrick, author of My Life Next Door"A moving story, beautifully told, about art, hope, and all kinds of love. Welcome to the YA world, Luanne Rice!" -- Natalie Standiford, author of How to Say Goodbye in Robot"Raw and emotional. A novel you'll want to discuss, and one that will stick with you long after you've turned the last page." -- Tamara Ireland Stone, bestselling author of Every Last Word"Rice skillfully examines the way one mistake can shatter the lives of many." -- Publishers Weekly"Genuine and heartfelt. . . fans of Gayle Forman's If I Stay. . . will find another favorite in this." -- School Library Journal"Rice, a bestselling adult author, employs alternating chapters in the sisters' voices with clarity and honesty in her YA debut." -- Booklist