Updated: Oct 2, 2021
Age Range: 13 and up
The day Oakley Nelson's brother and best friend, Lucas, dies from cancer is the day Oakley decides there is nothing more to life. She is drowning in the depression, so when her mom suggests going to California to live with her aunt for a while, Oakley immediately accepts. In California, Oakley only finds a little relief, but then her mother gives her a notebook filled with letters from Lucas to her. He encourages her to keep moving forward and shares with her his life advice. Oakley has a hard time doing the things Lucas told her to do because she feels she can't do the things Lucas was never able to do. Then she becomes friends with Carson, the nice boy who lives next door and, without him knowing, helps her to live again. Oakley is finally becoming herself again, but then reality hits her, and Oakley realizes she will leave in a month or two to go back home. Oakley doesn't know what will happen when she leaves, and then she realizes how close she became to Carson and how much she will miss him. Oakley turns to the notebook to try to trust again and hopes for the best.
So the first time I read Love, Lucas was about two years ago, and for some reason, I wouldn't say I liked it. A few days ago, I reread it, and this time I loved the book! The author did a great job of portraying the characters and their feelings. When they were sad, I was also generally unhappy. I also thought that she showed what was in the mind of a 17-year-old. I was reading and was like I would totally believe that. The book's time frame confused me because she would read a letter or two from her brother every day, and they're only like only ten, but she said it was weeks. I don't know what happened there, but it's not that big of a deal. The other thing is I am not big into love at first site type books, but this one was pretty good. I do like it when everything goes slower because then it seems more realistic. Love, Lucas was just fantastic, so I hope you all read it!
Things to mention: A few uses of "crap" and two uses of "sexy." Small mention of alcohol at a party with some minors. They say that the wax that you put on a surfboard is called "Sex Wax." Oakley thinks in her head that her favorite pair of jeans make her butt look good. There is a shark attack.
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