Published: April 11th 2017
Read Date: September 15th 2017
Jane Austen meets New Adult fiction in this compulsively readable romance.
“Today is not the day I die.”
Ari Demos starts every day with this thought. Fresh out of high school, she’s landed a coveted role as a stunt double in a new Pride and Prejudice adaptation starring the Hollywood phenomenon Weston Spencer. But this job isn’t going to be easy: Ari will be performing complicated water stunts and driving fast cars along the narrow cliffs of Corfu. One false step and she could lose not only her job, but her life.
And then Wes Spencer, Mr Darcy himself, arrives in Greece. He’s got dirty blonde hair, a mile-long yacht and a bored look on that gorgeous face. Ari wants nothing to do with the rich actor boy, but on the day she meets him, she has an accident. One that almost claims her life. And now she can’t hide from the truth any longer:
She might be much closer to losing everything than she thought. She might be dying. And the British actor is the last person she’d expect to save her life.
She’s a hard-working island girl. He’s adored by millions.
Falling in love was never supposed to be a part of the job.
Staying alive was never supposed to be a part of growing up.
Was this story ever meant for a happily ever after?
‘Lose Me.’ just left me lost in the book. If you are thinking it is reimagining of Pride and Prejudice which I thought it would be initially, let me tell you it is not. You find little characteristics in characters but this is totally different story. It is fabulous contemporary set in Corfu, Greece, narrated by Ari. The book was about growing up, fighting, surviving, and living. And most importantly about forgiveness, letting go of guilt and fear, and of course, love.
Both Ari and Wes were little complicated characters.
Ari (Ariadne), Stunt girl, main character of the book was smart, down to earth and bold athlete in the book. I adored her in first part of the book. Her will of living was tremendous and the way she was fighting was speechless. But in the second part she little disappointed me (I will talk about it below in ‘what I didn’t like part’) and all my adoration switched to Wes. I was glad in third part of the she was not that hopeless. Her character development in third part raised to height of Mt. Everest. I liked one thing about her that she was true to herself throughout the book. She questioned her actions and her thoughts. She knew what she was doing was wrong or right. So overall, I liked her.
(I wonder why her father called her ‘Ars’!! All the time I pronounced it wrong. Ugh! You can guess what it was. I liked Ari better.)
Wes (Weston Spencer), second main character, hero of the book. Hero as in handsome, heart- throbbing actor in the book playing Mr. Darcy role. I so loved him that he is going to be on my book-boyfriend list. He was not all perfect guy. He was reckless, careless, and full of himself but behind this demeanor he was such an amazing friend and lovely person. The way he changed, his growth and his love for Ari was remarkable.
Ari’s father was the best dad in book-world. I loved him and father-daughter relationship. Ollie was such sweet and nicest character. In second part I got to know him even more. Other secondary character didn’t go unnoticed. Even though they had short role in the book, I felt like I know them as much as protagonist and would like to see them more.
The starting of the book was perfectly written. It gave idea of Ari’s life, how she grew up, her ambition and her work as stunt girl in the film on modern reimagining of Pride and Prejudice featuring famous TV actors. In first part, introduction of whole cast, all stunt Ari performed and the location, everything was so amazing. I also liked the talk about Greek people and their food. It was very well researched and effectively written that I fell in love with this place. So basically first part of the book was my favorite.
“I had no idea that we become a different version of ourselves when we’re with someone; that we’re different when we’re alone… Not different as in not myself. Different as in better. A better me. A more open me, a safer me. Like I’m right now. With him.”
I so loved Wes’ interest in the books and the role he played as hero of Pride & Prejudice and Hamlet was so perfect. Through his knowledge I got to know few things about this book, it felt like I was discussing book with him. Characters making a video based on their favorite classical comedians Laurel and Hardy and showing their love in the book was great idea.
As the story was narrated by Ari, I could know her fast and easily but not Wes. Through supplementary chapters in between story about gossips in magazines and blogs, Wes’ interview, his email chats with his friends, I learned about Wes’ life in very different way. It also showed how this movie industry breaths gossips and publicity.
Best thing I liked was letter by Wes. I was swooning over his words and was amazed by learning that in so less time he knew Ari so closely. At that point I started admiring him. He became officially my book boyfriend. 😉 And second best was Ari’s diary. I was wondering what went wrong and why such a drastic change, my feelings were exactly same as Ollie and Wes for Ari’s action. Her thoughts in that diary made it crystal clear.
The movies in the book brought biggest change in characters and their life. It showed them what true love and family is. The book gave pretty good discussion points like- how life threatening conditions can affect a person’s life and of the one who are closer to that person. it gave message of ‘surviving and living and not to push away loved ones. They suffer with you and they live with you. As much you need support, they also need yours. No one can survive alone. Not to let fear of dying grow over bliss of living’.
One more thing, I don’t know if this was meant to be as a something to learn but I just figure it and I liked it- Mean characters in the book were shrugged off. I thought they will create some drama later specifically after first part of the book. But nothing like that. It was like if you give lesser attention to such people the lesser they mess with your life.
The writing was so captivating that at one point it felt like author might have put a charm on book. Seriously, it was super fast paced and unputdownable. There were lot of
changes turns in the book. I expected the end much earlier in the book but lot of things happened before it came. But I was right about whether it will be happy ending or tragic ending.
I was struggling I should give 4 or 4.5 star. And finally settled on 4 because of Ari- She confused me a lot with her. I wanted her to be like she was in the first part. The change in her in second part and the reasons were looked so silly and irritating. She broke my heart and no doubt that is why I could feel Wes much better. But her transformation in the third part was mind-blowing and that is why I’m not cutting more stars.
Overall, just loved it. Both P&P lover and even those who don’t like it (it will make you read that book), would love the story. I highly recommend it to all contemporary lovers.
Author: M.C. Frank
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*** Note: I received review copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. I am glad I got a chance to read this book. ***
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