Losing Adam by Adrienne Clarke #Review @clarkeadrienne

I wanted to share my thoughts with you today on Losing Adam by Adrienne Clarke. It was such a mesmerizing read. Read on for the synopsis and my review.

What happens when the person you love most in the world suddenly becomes a stranger?

Adam and Jenny’s world is falling apart. Their dream of attending college together away from home quickly becomes a nightmare when Adam begins hearing the voice of the Snow Queen. Adam’s startling transformation from popular drama student into a withdrawn, suspicious stranger leaves Jenny frightened and confused. How can the person she loves most in the world suddenly become someone she doesn’t recognize? As Adam drifts farther and farther away into the Snow Queen’s mysterious world of ice and snow, Jenny believes she must fight to bring him back or risk losing him forever.

Vividly narrated by Adam and Jenny, the struggle to understand the impact of Adam’s mental illness, forces both characters on a journey of self-discovery that leads to understanding about life’s uncertainty, the power of first love, and the pain of letting go. Drawing on elements of The Snow Queen fairy tale, Losing Adam is a unique combination of drama and romance.



"I don't think fairy tales are simple. We might think they're just about happy endings, but it's their darker elements that make them so compelling. Reading them changes us. Once you've broken through the wall of thorns, bitten the poisoned apple, or donned that pair of glass slippers, you're never quite the same. Suddenly, you see the world full of light and shadow."

Never has a more eloquently story been told and I feel blessed for having read it. This tale is told via two points of view; Adam and Jenny, which made the storyline more powerful and mesmerizing. We are granted front row seats to a beautiful love story and the effects of mental illness and we bear witness to the emotional turmoil and even the devastation that occurs, not only with the person who is diagnosed but also by the ones whom they love. I was a bit put off by Jenny at times as she demonstrated some selfishness but I kept coming back to the fact that this young girl was for all points and purposes in her first relationship; Adam is her first true love.

I loved how the author incorporated the use of the Snow Queen here as Adam was caught up in that deep, cold desolated void not being able to comprehend what he was truly experiencing until later on in the story. I was so fascinated with this story and beautiful characters that I read this in one sitting. I'll even tell you that I was so captivated by the cover that I purchased the paperback instead of the ebook. I was touched by the words in this book and experienced overwhelming emotions. I highly recommend this book.

I have tattoos and found the following to be an Ink Worthy quote which I hope to get done:

"Once you know loves' shape, the way it feels under your fingertips, the sound of its voice in the dark, it won't ever leave you."

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