J. A. Huss
Publisher: Science Future Press
Release Date: July 1st, 2013
Rate: Enjoyed It
Francesca Sabatini went to America to celebrate her high school graduation and was taken in the LA airport by the police saying she was a girl who was kidnapped long ago in Italy.
She had explained every time that she's not Fiona Sullivan, the girl that went missing along with her mother, that she has a father and he'll miss her as much as Fiona's father misses her daughter. But the recognition scanners don't lie and the police make her stay in with the Sullivan until she's eighteen, in a few months.
What Francesca was not expecting was Brody Mason, the boy who was in love with Fiona Sullivan and waited for her to come back, the one that searched her in the woods when Fiona went missing although they took her in Italy, the boy that wanted to say to Fiona that he was in love with her and somebody took that chance away when he/she kidnapped Fiona.
Imagine Brody's surprise when somebody tells him that they have found Fiona only she doesn't seem to remember to be herself. He's willing to do anything to get to know this new Fiona and to make hr remember and stay with him.
And Francesca is starting to doubt everything, all because of Brody. What if she was truly Fiona Sullivan? At least, right now, she wouldn't mind be that missing girl.
J. A. Huss has written a wonderful story. A kidnapped girl that is recognized by TSA scanners in the airport and they say is a missing child that was kidnapped twelve years ago, it's not an easy topic to write about. However Ms. Huss has written a beautiful story about her, about Francesca and Fiona and their different lives.
It's true that at first you feel kind of confused, because you feel the desperation in Francesca, trying to make the police see that she's not the girl that they wanted her to be or the fact that she's hurting Mr. Sullivan by saying she's not his daughter.
Then it gets to the point where you think about the main character as a brat. You're in a situation where you have been recognized as a missing girl, a girl that was kidnapped twelve years ago, and the police says it's you. Your face, your everything! It's okay you don't believe it, or that the situation it's something anyone would want to experience, but at least try not to be rude. You see that you're hurting the family that wishes that you're their daughter, so at least try to be kind with them.
Despite this, Francesca just wanted to go home and she didn't want that the Sullivan family had high hopes on her being her daughter and that they family found her, when she was sure she was not Fiona Sullivan. When you try to picture yourself in that situation you wouldn't judge the main character. It's a violent situation either you want it or not. Even if you don't mean to hurt other people, you end up doing it, that's why I didn't judge Francesca so much. Instead, I kept asking myself, what would you do in her situation?
On the other hand, we've have heroic and handsome Brody. He's sweet and amazing. He's a boy that takes care of his brothers and has been waiting for the girl of his childhood to come back to him. You can see in the book the point of view of this character as well and you get to know him, read what he's been through and how he felt when he found out that Fiona was missing and that he may not see her ever again. So if you were looking for an unconditional love reading, Brody is your perfect character and we love him because of that and because he never gave up neither with Fiona nor with Francesca.
I think that what makes the book so interesting and captivating is the fact that not a thing fits at the beginning. You don't know everything and to find out what is really going on you need to keep reading until the end when all the pieces fit together and you go like crazy knowing everything.
Without losing the young adult taste, but entering in the New Adult genre, J. A. Huss has created a fantastic story full of suspense, drama, love, heroines and unexpected twists in the story that make you want to know more about Francesca's life and what happened to Fiona Sullivan and her mother. You even start to create some crazy ideas about what happened while you read the book and I think that's what a great story can make you do: be part of it, until you start to create your own theories about what really happened there.
That's why I'm giving Losing Francesca four gorjuss dolls in our Unofficial Ranking.
Book Addicts, don't miss the chance to read Losing Francesca because it's a great, fascinating and wonderful story!
Find J. A. Huss:
J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label).
She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.
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