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Lost in Los Angeles
An emotional romance about a broken girl who meets a broken boy
NOTE: This book is out of print in all formats. Check out Jenny Lynne's new book inspired by Lost in Los Angeles: WHAT HE DIDN'T TELL ME at Amazon.

"I have read many books and I don't think one has moved me as much as this one did. My eyes are welling up and my heart aches. I absolutely love this book." -- Elizabeth, The Bookish Way ★★★★★

Just weeks after eighteen-year-old Erin tragically loses her best friend, she is brutally betrayed by her high school crush. Plagued by crippling anxiety attacks, Erin travels to Los Angeles, searching for a sign that life is still worth living.

Shortly after she arrives in L.A., she meets Ben, a mysterious young man who captures both her curiosity and her heart. As they explore Los Angeles together, Ben reveals shocking secrets of his tragic childhood and helps Erin believe that she can heal from the wounds of her traumatic past.

But Ben is hiding a horrible secret. A secret that could destroy her.

What people are saying about LOST IN LOS ANGELES:

"Lynne made me feel like I was right there with Erin, feeling everything she was. Her pain was so real and it broke my heart. You have to read this book! Trust me. The ending will blow you away." -- Susan, Goodreads ★★★★★

"A beautiful story about finding the will to live again. It has definitely won one of the slots for my favorite books." -- Tiffany, Goodreads ★★★★★

"If you are looking for a story to make you believe in the magic of love, Lost in Los Angeles is it." -- Dianne, Tome Tender Book Blog ★★★★★

If you're looking for a romantic young adult contemporary novel that will make you cry, don't miss this captivating new must-read!

 Author J.W. Lynne's photos of some of the places that inspired Ben and Erin's adventures in Lost in Los Angeles:
Hollywood Sign Hike

Malibu Creek State Park
Griffith Observatory
Miceli's Restaurant 

An excerpt from Lost in Los Angeles

"You can open your eyes now," I say to Ben.

He opens his eyes, and his gaze goes to the chair. To my clothes. And then to me. But only to my face. Once his eyes are focused on me, they don't stray at all. I wonder if he can see how vulnerable I feel. We sit in silence, just looking into each other's eyes.

Ben pulls himself out of the hot tub and sits on the edge. His chest is rippled with perfect muscles, like a model's, but his skin is marked all over with scars. So many of them. Violating his beautiful body. The scars of his childhood. They hurt me as if they are my own. I feel like there's something I need to do. Not just for me, but for both of us.

"May I hug you?" I ask Ben.

His shoulders tense. "Now?" he asks.

"Is that okay?"

He inhales uncomfortably. "I don't think it's a good idea, Erin."

"Please." I look into his eyes, desperate. "I need to do this."

Ben holds my gaze for a long time, then he exhales and says, "Do whatever you need to do."

Maybe I'm not ready for this or maybe I am. I don't care. I swim across the hot tub and climb up onto the seat. I stand in front of Ben, afraid to touch him, afraid of how it will feel. My heart races. My breaths quicken. My body trembles. All I can think about is fear. I HATE that fear.

I need to do this now, even if it kills me.

I close my eyes and wrap my arms around Ben as tightly as I can. He wraps his arms around me just as tightly. I feel our hearts pounding. I feel our chests rise and fall. I feel the heat radiating from his skin to mine.

I stay there in Ben's arms. Until I stop trembling.

Popular quotes from Lost in Los Angeles:

"I decide to make the terrifying choice, the dangerous choice, the choice that could destroy me if my decision is the wrong one. But it is the only choice I can live with."
About this book:

Genre or genres of literature: romance, love story, ya (young adult), romantic mystery, thriller, travel, contemporary, coming of age, women's fiction
Point of view: first person
Gender of protagonist: female
Page count: under 200 pages
Featured geographical locations: Set in California, United States (Los Angeles, Los Feliz, Hollywood, North Hollywood, Universal City, Malibu)

LOST IN LOS ANGELES has been praised for its honest portrayal of sexual assault survivor recovery, healing after physical and emotional abuse trauma, PTSD, depression and mental health, and suicide.

LOST IN LOS ANGELES has captivated teens and adults who enjoy novel similar to best sellers like THIRTEEN REASONS WHY (by Jay Asher), ELEANOR & PARK (by Rainbow Rowell), THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (by John Green), ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES (by Jennifer Niven), SPEAK (by Laurie Halse Anderson), THE WAY I USED TO BE (by Amber Smith), IF I STAY (by Gayle Forman), or GIRL IN PIECES (by Kathleen Glasgow). This compelling ya novel gives us an insider's Los Angeles travel guide wrapped in a coming-of-age story of grief, healing, and hope, with a shocking ending that you won't see coming.
Are you doing a reading challenge or book bingo?
Here are some of the most popular 2023 prompts that fit this book:

A book about or set in California (set in Los Angeles, Los Feliz, Griffith Park, Hollywood, Universal City, and Malibu, California)
A book set in summer
A book with a contemporary setting
A book with a big plot twist or twist ending
A book featuring a character who travels to another state (California)
A book written in first-person present tense
Main protagonist's name starts with E (Her name is Erin)
Book title starting with the letter L
A book with a six syllable title
A book with a four word title
A book that has the name of a place or city in the title
A book with a dedication
A book with a female author
A book that's first in a series but can be enjoyed as a standalone

J.W. Lynne is a best selling author of twelve novels.
Check out her books on Amazon!

THE UNKNOWN: Eight kids learn the shocking reason why they were kidnapped.

ABOVE THE SKY: In a strict society, one girl does something unthinkable.

: Ten families are locked in a bunker to take a simulated trip to the moon.

IF I TELL: A teen wonders if her father is a serial killer.

: Ten families are locked in a bunker to take a simulated trip to the moon.

KID DOCS: An experimental program creates teen doctors.

WILD ANIMAL SCHOOL: A girl falls in love at an exotic animal ranch.

WHAT HE DIDN'T TELL ME: A traumatized girl meets a boy with a horrible secret.

Besides reading books and dreaming up stories to write, Jen's favorite activities are singing along to musical theater soundtracks and hiking in California's beautiful parks.

**Jen's books are available on Kindle Unlimited.**