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Lost in Los Angeles
An emotional story about friendship, loss, love, and a secret by J.W. Lynne
"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 ★★★★★

LOST IN LOS ANGELES has captivated teens and adults who enjoy novels 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), 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.

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

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 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 novel:

Genre or genres of literature: romance, ya (young adult), mystery, thriller, travel, 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)
  J.W. Lynne is the author of ten novels popular among teen, young adult, and adult readers. Lynne's works of fiction feature preteen and teenage main characters.

Books best for kids in middle school through adults: The Unknown, Kid Docs, and Wild Animal School

Books best for teenagers in high school through adults: Above the Sky, Lost in Los Angeles, and Lost in Tokyo.

(Last updated January 2021)