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The Lonesome Young

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  662 ratings  ·  134 reviews
Get swept away in the first book of the sensational romantic drama that is Romeo & Juliet meets Justified.

WHAT HAPPENS when the teenage heirs of two bitterly FEUDING FAMILIES can’t stay away from each other?

The Rhodales and the Whitfields have been sworn enemies for close on a hundred years, with a whole slew of adulterous affairs, financial backstabbing, and blackmailing
Hardcover, 369 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Razorbill
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Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Review also posted at Young Adult Hollywood.

If I looked back at the mediocre rating of this book. I honestly didn't expect I would consume it in one sitting down.

The Lonesome Young is the Young Adult modern retelling of Romeo & Juliet meets Justified.

The Rhodales and the Whitfields have been mortal enemies from the very beginning. And even though that has been the case for years, both of the families had managed to keep their ceasefire. Until one day, Victoria Whitfield arrived in the county,
Jun 23, 2013 marked it as not-yet-released
The plot for this one sounds kind of ridiculous but I'm kinda sold? Hearing books (or their love stories) being compared to Romeo & Julia (that's not a compliment, in my opinion) makes me cringe but this one sounds like something that might be able to entertain me. (Hopefully not with its ridiculousness, though.) ...more
Colleen Houck
I am a huge fan of horses. I've read all the Black Stallion books and have always dreamed of owning a horse ranch. This is probably the only YA book I've read with thoroughbreds. Love the bad boy on his motorcycle and the good girl on horseback. The drug running stuff scares me. I'd get as far away from that as I could. I'm really hoping these two make a run for it. ...more
Jessica (Step Into Fiction)
This book was recommended to me by Katie McGarry so clearly I knew I had to add it to my TBR pile. She raved about it and now I really can't wait to read this! It sounds great plus Katie's heavy support absolutely makes it a must read for me! ...more
Sara Grochowski
2.5 stars. Victoria Whitfield is just returning home when a meth lab explodes. Mickey Rhodale's older brother is just returning home as well... from jail. Both teens are pulled to the scene of the explosion, where they meet by chance. A relationship between good girl Victoria and bad boy Mickey should never work, but, for better or worse, the two are pulled towards one another. But there's more than just class and status against the Victoria and Mickey: their families have hated one another for ...more
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Victoria Whitfield moves back home to her family's Kentucky ranch after her father's business takes a turn for the worse and he can no longer afford her expensive boarding school. The Whitfields are the richest family in town (the county is named after them!) and everyone knows them. Victoria now has to go to the public school, but she makes the best of it, especially since she gets to see her little brother everyday now. On her first day back in town, she finds herself at the scene of a meth la ...more
Aug 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-romance
Another forbidden love. Another dual narrative. Another misunderstood rich girl. Another misunderstood bad boy.

There was just nothing original about this book.

That being said, it wasn't necessarily BAD either, so it's a solid 3 for me. I'm really glad it didn't mirror ROMEO & JULIET exactly: there was no Queen-Mab-type speech, and the (minor spoiler) (view spoiler). THE LONESOME YOUNG is perfect for an older teen that wants an angsty romance, but doesn
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, owned-digital
Sometimes a girl just needs a sappy romance book to read, and this one delivers. The characters are all pretty stereotypical ones from this genre, but that just adds to the pleasure of curling up on a weekend and settling in for a fun ride. This one lives up to the Harlequin-esque cover, and is one I'd definitely rec to romance lovers. It would also make a great beach read. ...more
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
2-1/2 stars.

A modified version of this book is also posted on Swoony Boys Podcast.

I didn't realize that this wasn't a standalone when I picked it up, and I definitely wish I had waited to read it. Actually, I'm not even sure if I'm glad I read it at all.

Seventeen year old Victoria Whitfield has been plucked out of her posh boarding school life and is on her way to her family's estate when she lays eyes on bad boy Mickey Rhodale for the first time.
He was gorgeous: tall, dark, and definitely dange
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
The first quarter started off a bit slow, but once Mickey and Victoria got together, the feud was laid out, the drugs, the family issues; everything was a bunch of chaotic pieces that came together in the very end. This book was so up and down and the reader never got a chance to recover. Sometimes that annoys me a bit, but in this book it just kept pushing me further and helped progress the story. This is truly a modern-day Romeo and Juliet in the least-cliché sense of the comparison. A family ...more
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I can't wait to see what's next to come with Mickey & Victoria! That can't just be the end of them! This book was everything I thought it would be! I adore the different point of views from each character and the way the chapters aren't too long either; enough to get the right amount of emotion and even urgency at certain points for climatic results.

I don't know where a second book would take us but I'll definitely be on board when it arrives!!

Madison Warner Fairbanks
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Lonesome Young by Lucy Connors

A young adult novel where two teens are on opposing sides in a violent multi-generational family feud. Fortunately it doesn't end with them killing themselves!

Victoria Whitfield and Mickey Rhodale are strong characters and by far, the strongest emotionally in their own families as well. Complex writing includes a depth of self destruction by many of the secondary characters.

I really liked this romance drama but it seemed to end a bit abruptly.
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2013
I was really excited at the idea of this, but it just didn't play out the way I was expecting. Loved the duel narrative and the [very few] times that Mickey and Victoria were able to be normal teenagers, but that's about it.

Too dramatic, too much of the "I love you, I hate you" push and pull and a very abrupt ending all made for an unsatisfying read.
stacy ann
Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
It was cute but there were a lot of unanswered questions at the end, almost didn't seem finished so I hope it is only the first book of what could be a series, because it stopped at a weird place in the story. ...more
Rachel's Book Reviews
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 stars! Maaaaybe 3.5, but 4 since I read it pretty much in one sitting.

Review soon. I really didn't feel emotionally invested in the characters (which is kind of a big deal to be missing...) but the plot just kept rolling, so it was action filled an entertaining.

review soon.
Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing)
Decent first half, boring second half. But I am glad we got a happy ending.
Katie (ReadiculousGirl)
3 1/2 out of 5 stars.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The storytelling style was engaging and made for a quick read. The reason I picked "The Lonesome Young" up was because of the little blurb by Katie McGarry on its back cover. I have a weakness for Katie McGarry's novels, so I thought that I would give it a shot, especially since it was such a good deal at my local library bookstore. I definitely feel like this book had shades of Katie McGarry's "Thunder Road" series, as well as Hatfie
May 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Sarah Anne
I read the ending of the book and immediately assumed there was a sequel… I looked on Goodreads and there aren’t any signs of a sequel. Is that really the ending? What?

Read my review on my blog:
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Angela C
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: forbidden-love
I find myself growing increasingly frustrated with instalove and other clichés in YA romance. It never used to be more than a mild annoyance to me, but lately I seem to be reaching the edge of my tolerance. There are only so many times I can read about someone feeling an immediate, unexplainable connection with some impossibly sexy stranger before I lose my cool.

Unfortunately for The Lonesome Young, it was the book that finally sent me over the edge. It’s got a lot of redeeming qualities, but I’
This is a true Romeo and Juliet retelling - and probably more accurate than not when it comes to real life. It's set in rural Kentucky and the language is spot on. It was believable and even a little sad.

The ending might seem abrupt, but I think it was a good place to stop with the story. It's a great last line that both sets things up for another book and gives us a great conclusion to this one. I liked it.

If this ever gets published on audio, I hope they get someone who is naturally southern
Lisa Lee
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Lonesome Young by Lucy Connors is a fantastic retelling of Romeo and Juliet. The book involves with romance, complications, drama, family, sisterhood, and other amazing things. At first the title didn't't make sense to me since it was a retelling of a classic story. But reading throughout it will make a lot more sense. The story is set in todays time in Kentucky. There are two families the Whitfields and the Rhodales. Basically their love is forbidden due to drama between the families in the ...more
Tiffany McNair
Apr 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: physical-copy
The Lonesome Young is a story of two young lovers caught in a family feud passed down by generations. They try to find a way to end what's been destroying their families for decades.

With a cast of supporting characters, Lucy Connors writes what would make an excellent television show. It's Yellowstone meets Sons of Anarchy and the drama is devine.

A great young adult novel that had me wanting more. More Rhodales. More Whitfields. More teen determination to end a war without shedding more blood
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
So this book had a lot of teen angst stupid back and forth love you hate you scenarios and incredibly stupid violent feuds. It had me enough that I wanted to see how it ended ... guess what?! No ending 😒 it's basically got a "to be continued" at the end. Could not be more frustrated about this book. Thankfully I got it for $2 so 🤷🏻‍♀️eh can't complain about getting it to read. ...more
Tori ReadsALot
This book was a quick easy read. I enjoyed the Romeo and Juliet theme, although it was not the best adaptation of the play that I have read before.

The ending was a little abrupt (although I read this online, so the full book may not have been displayed). I would have liked to know what happened a little more in the future, such as college.

Overall a good contemporary novel that I enjoyed!
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I for one wasn’t a huge fan of the ending but it wasn’t terrible. The complex and real characters make up for it completely. At some points I hated the characters and at others I absolutely adored them but I was consistently drawn into the story! This book played with my emotions as I read on and I loved every second of it.
Oct 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
The plot sounded decent, the writing was not. I didn't care for the characters basically at all, and any time Victoria and Mickey are anywhere near each other, you can almost literally see the author forcing them together. Reading their first conversation felt like reading a bad romance novel. I didn't get much further before giving up. ...more
Jun 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
I hate to dog an author. But dear God this book sucked. The storyline is awful. The characters are so flat and I could not have cared less about what happened to them. The dialogue was mind numbing. Terrible.
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is a Romeo and Juliet in modern times. I don't know if the story doesn't suit the characters or the character ages don't suit the story.

Why authors think that living the final hanging is good. Always waiting for the epilogue to conclude the whole story.
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