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The Art of Losing

One terrible night, 17-year-old Harley Langston’s life changes forever. A car accident leaves her younger sister, Audrey, in a coma. Harley’s boyfriend, Mike, was at the wheel—drunk at the time, though relatively unscathed. The sickening irony is that Audrey would be fine if Harley hadn’t caught her wasted with Mike at a party and abandoned her in a rage. Now Harley is left only with guilt, grief, pain and the undeniable truth that her ex-boyfriend has a drinking problem. So it’s a surprise that she finds herself reconnecting with Raf, a neighbor and childhood friend who’s recently out of rehab and still wrestling with his own demons. At first Harley doesn’t want to get too close to him. But as Audrey awakens from her coma and slowly recovers, Raf starts to show Harley a path forward that she never would have believed possible, one guided by honesty, forgiveness, and redemption.


“A riveting story about loss, addiction, and love, The Art of Losing is a poignant novel readers young and old will be able to relate to.”
—Bustle

“Driven by authentic and well-developed characters and relationships, this work presents a compelling exploration of responsibility and forgiveness…A relevant and engaging coming-of-age novel that highlights the accountability that comes with adulthood.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“The Art of Losing is a lyrical and moving exploration of the fraught bonds of family, the suffocating bonds of addiction, and the warm, embracing bonds of love. This is a book you won’t soon forget.”
—Jeff Zentner, Morris Award-winning author of The Serpent King

“A brave and beautiful story about sisters, addiction, and finding your place in the world—a book that belongs on every shelf.”
—Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces

“An unflinchingly honest and touching dive into the ever-complex relationship between sisters, the reality of addiction, and the nature of love in all forms. I will never forget Harley or her story.”
—Alexandra Bracken, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Passenger

“With prose that taps into the highest of highs and lowest of lows, The Art of Losing shows exactly what it means to have a sister, to be a sister, and—the scariest of all—to possibly lose a sister. As a big sister myself, this story rang so true.”
—Susan Dennard, New York Times bestselling author of Truthwitch

“Lizzy Mason’s powerful debut is about the bonds and betrayals of sisterhood and accepting flaws in those we love. Emotionally resonant and, at times, gut-wrenching, Harley’s story is one that will stay with you long after turning the last page.”
—Elizabeth Eulberg, bestselling author of Better Off Friends