Full of heart and harsh realities to which teenagers are sometimes subjected, this is the kind of book that will never grow old or irrelevant in theme.
by Luke Loaghan
4.7 stars - 26 reviews
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Here's the set-up:
An epic 1980's Supernatural tragic coming of Age love story.
high school prom was the worst night of David's life, and twenty years
later, he's unable to get over high school. But given the tragic
circumstances of that night, who could? There are nine student deaths at
Stanton High School every year. Surviving senior year has never been so
stressful. In the 1980's, crime, gangs, and violence, have taken over
New York City, making life a challenge for any student. The story
follows David from the first day of his senior year, all the way to
graduation. Doubts, a lack of direction, and regret are weighing heavily
on his mind. He is a musical prodigy confused about college, life, and
career choices. He can't trust his classmates at his ultra-competitive
high school, where the goal is Harvard (no matter who gets hurt in the
process.) Delancey is the girl of his dreams, but she is out of his
league. The SATS, choices for college, school dances, and the prom, all
start to overwhelm David. A fellow student, obsessed with the
metaphysical world, befriends David and creates a doorway into a
supernatural world where must give the musical performance of his life
in order to win back the girl of his dreams. An unforeseen plot twist
leads the reader to a thrilling and suspenseful ending. Worlds Apart is
an urban retelling of the the Greek Myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.
One Reviewer Notes:
Worlds Apart by Luke Loaghan is a story that is filled with realistic issues that is happening right now in our society. Although this novel takes place in New York City during the 1980s, readers can definitely relate to David's life because of the gang issues, teen suicide epidemic, not fitting in at school, and the burden of taking care of his mother. I definitely appreciated the interesting incorporation of Orpheus and Eurydice. If you're a fan of Greek myths, you should definitely read this book.
About the Author
The inspiration for Worlds Apart arrived shortly after Luke Loaghan attended his 20 year high school renunion. He was fascinated by the people who never got over high school. "It was as if high school was a major tragic event in the lives of so many former classmates." At the same time, Luke was intrigued by today's high school students and how they deal with similar issues that faced high school students in the 1980's. College, confusion, gangs, insecurities, sex, friendships, and the prom are still more or less the same intense issues that faced kids decades ago. Luke Loaghan wrote news articles in high school and college. Worlds Apart is his first novel. He is an entreprenuer and lives in Long Island, NY.
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