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The Lonely Ones

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  382 ratings  ·  106 reviews
When your only friend is your own endless imagination, how do you escape your mind and connect to the world around you?
With parents too busy to pay her attention, an older brother and sister who would rather spend their time with friends, and peers who oscillate between picking on her and simply ignoring her, it's no wonder that Fain spends most of her time in a world of
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by Philomel Books
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Es Summer
May 08, 2016 rated it liked it

"We run through the woods,
more magical than fireflies or fairies.
"We love you, Fain," they croon.
"You are beautiful. You are a queen."
Their eyes so adoring. I can't help but believe them."


This novel is bittersweet.
It is sad, yet it has an undertone of hope throughout the story.
You know the light at the end of the tunnel is somewhere.

Novels written in verse are not my favorite type of books to read.
They are often difficult to really get into and to know the characters.
With little words the au
Nov 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Edit: My review has been violated big time. Read the comments for more information.

This book was a quick read. Legit read this in 20-25 minutes.

It wasn't that much of a great poetry, but it was okay.

“Then she stretches her legs
toward the ceiling,
aiming for the sky
My sister doesn't know
that I've already been there”
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Beware spoilers ahead!

I received this E-ARC via Penguin Young Reader’s Group and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I am also participating in the Blog Tour for this book.

I heard about this book from an email from Nichole at YAReads BlogTours. Nichole emailed asking whether or not I would be interested in participating in a blog tour for The Lonely Ones. At first I was skeptical as I have been hearing about all these blogger scandals. I checked out
Julia (ten_thousand_books)
Kelsey, you've done it again!

Another book written by you that I absolutely love! <3
Yes it was a quick read but it reached into my heart and latched on.
I can relate to some parts in this book.
I loved watching the family heal. It's amazing and beautiful.

"For so long it was just the three of us. Fain, Dana, Tyler. Skinned knees, missing teeth, open roads. Passing through the sunlit days in blissful unawareness. When my legs couldn't keep up, they waited with expectant smiles. When night fell an
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful and very touching read.

I mentioned in my review of Where Silence Gathers that Sutton has a beautiful writing style that adds to the atmosphere of her stories. In this book she uses verse to tell the story, making this book one long and beautiful poem.

I myself have loved poetry since discovering the poetry section of my local library back when I was about ten or eleven, so once I had the time to sit down with this book I got lost in the beauty of the writing and the heartache
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Probably one of the loveliest and most beautifully written books I've ever read!
It's written in verse and it reads like a poem. This composition really enables you to feel the story more deeply.
It's about figuring your way in this crowded, sometimes cruel world we live in.
It's about finding your true self and what's dearest to you.
It's about loneliness mainly and the ever changing nature of life!
Quick beautiful read. :)
Amber Hart
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The Lonely Ones follows Fain, a girl who knows what it means to be lonely, invisible, left behind. That is, until a group of monsters befriends her. With them, she's a queen. At night she embarks on adventures through the desert, the jungle, the sea with her new friends. During the day, Fain attempts to keep up with the family that seems to be falling apart around her--the one she wants desperately to be a part of again.

I loved, loved, LOVED this book. Read it in one sitting. Great
Laura  Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)
A beautifully written short read about an extremely lonely girl named Fain. This is such a nostalgic tale as we bear witness to this girl's heartbreaking loneliness and her fantastic imagination. People of all ages will enjoy this free verse read.

Amanda May Thai
5 stars.
What’s the difference between being alone and being lonely?

There’s an assumption that novels written in free verse are cheap, simply because the words on the page don’t stretch from edge to edge, because there’s more white than black on each leaf of paper. There’s an assumption that a book with few words or small words or simple words, is not a book worth reading.
All are proven wrong by The Lonely Ones.

Kelsey Sutton’s latest masterpiece is one of little words and many emotions. At 240 p
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Suze Lavender
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Fain is lonely. Her parents are too preoccupied with their own misery to pay her any attention, her siblings have their own lives and Fain doesn't have any good friends at school. At night she has a lot of friends though. When she's supposed to sleep she spends her time outside with monsters and other fairytale creatures. Fain finds solace in her writing. She has a vivid imagination which always pulls her through no matter what happens. When she's being betrayed by someone she likes very much sh
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I just love it. When I first opened it and I saw how it was written in rhyme I was just like, "Oh geez. Welp I have another hour here so i might as well read it." One hour later and I had already read through it. When I read through it for the second time everything just brought on a whole new meaning. Since I wasn't reading it to get through it it made me think about things a lot more. ...more
Gabrielle Carolina
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
A verse novel with a tenderly beating heart, you'll read it in one sitting and cheer for the main character when you've finished! ...more
Nov 12, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Free verse. Avoid at all costs.
Moxie marsh
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Lonely ones is a book of poetry, about a young girl named Fain. Fain has 2 older siblings, a brother and a sister, who pay her no atention. Fain finds herself consumed by her lonelyness, longer for someone to be with, a friend to value her like a queen is valued by the people she rules over. Which is exactly what Fain gets, each night, kindly 'monsters' bring her to a world of her design, make her their queen, praise her as though they are fish out of water and she is cool pond below them. W ...more
Renia Mckenzie
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My 1st free verse novel and i was throughly impressed.
Kelly Gunderman
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

Middle grade novels are special pieces of literature. If written correctly, these books can inspire a love of reading in older children and teenagers that will last a lifetime. These kinds of books are hard to come by, but every now and again you find a true gem that you feel the need to introduce others to and share your love for.

The Lonely Ones is one of those special types of books that will have an effect
Ana (Owl Always Be Reading)


Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: The Lonely Ones by Kelsey Sutton

The Lonely OnesThe Lonely Ones
Author: Kelsey Sutton
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: Philomel Books
Pages: 240
Source: Gifted
Format: Paperback ARC
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: (Not sure LOL)

When your only friend is your own endless imagination, how do you escape your mind and connect to the world around you?
With parents too busy to pay her attention, an older brother and
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-read, ya, netgalley, own
Have you ever felt soul-deep loneliness? Imagine growing up feeling lonely, different, not quite in step with the rest of the world, an unimportant extra in the cast of life. That is how Fain, a young girl, feels as she makes her own friends in her imagination that come to her window at night and take her to a special place where she is noticed. During her waking hours, she has her fantastical stories that she writes to fill her lonely hours, but how can she learn to connect to the rest of the w ...more
Nicole Wang
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
"As we stand under the stars,/ the distant cry of a coyote/ reaches our ears./ We tilt our heads back/ and join in its call. / And I swear/ just for a moment,/ the moon answers."
I haven't read verse in a long, long time. Hell, I haven't read a middle grade book in a long, long time, but when Kelsey Sutton asked me if I wanted to read her new MG, I kind of jumped at the chance. It seemed like an almost nostalgic read, and the idea was simply endearing.

This was a very short read, so
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
The first two word that I wrote about this book were "beautiful" and "captivating", and both of these words describe this book perfectly. I am cultivating a huge crush on books in verse and this one is helping me broaden my horizons in this category of literature. This is also the first middle grade book I have read that is written in verse and I hope it definitely isn't the last. I have a lot of respect for people that can tell amazing, vibrant stories with so few words but Kelsey does a fantas ...more
This was incredibly short but I thought it was really good. I don't want to say powerful because that implies that it hit hard and heavy. It was a subtle, beautiful kind of story. Very soft and short, but it had a lot of meaning behind it. It's probably not for everyone but I connected to it. It's a simple premise : a young girl growing up lost in stories with monsters, being bullied and how she finds her family and learns she's not alone.
It's also written in verse so it's incredibly fast to
Lauren (Shooting Stars Mag) Becker
The Lonely Ones is written in verse and it is beautifully written. You're bound to fall in love with Fain, a young girl who feels she's invisible to those around her and only has her "monsters" that come at night and take her on grand adventures. ...more
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is so beautiful and powerful. review to come.
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, summer-17, library
Have I mentioned how much I love books in verse before?
Ava N
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Lonely Ones is a realistic book. It goes through parents losing their jobs and a struggling girl that is emotional. This book is also kind of hard to understand but later in the book it will make sense.
Brittany Lozada
The book is written in poem form which is the first time I ever read a book in that format but it was a cool way to also read a story. The story explains how many kids are feeling now on days. Parents don't usually give kids their time because of work or they just don't feel like it. She creates this monsters that are her only friends and that teach her a way to survive the loneliness that she is going through.
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Stories that are
so vivid
so real
I could live inside of them

This is how I felt about this book. Alive. Breathing. Completely compelled by this book. Kelsey Sutton has outdone herself. A pure free verse masterpiece. Free verse is usually dispelled as "lazy work" or "simple minded" but this novel is surely not the case.

I was immediately drawn into Fain's world - of isolation and misunderstanding. This is not a story of fantasy, but more of humanity. This was a story of how a family's life c
Jessica Brooks
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pub-2016, earc, verse-novel, mg
4.5 stars*

I don't read many verse novels, but Kelsey's THE LONELY ONES was a special trip into the mind of a young girl who's felt alone for way too long. With her parents struggling in their relationship and her father searching for an elusive job, a tension clouds the entire household, making everyone pull away from each other.

Fain struggles to feel accepted. Not just by her older siblings who suddenly no longer have time for her, but by her peers. She dives into words because they are her es
The Book Beacon
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In my opinion, The Lonely Ones is a #MustRead because of the endearing Fain, a plot that is equal parts lush imagination and harsh reality, and breathtaking storytelling. This is an incredible book written in beautifully crafted prose, and while the genre is Middle Grade, all readers who pick it up will be glad they did.

Early in the book, we meet Fain’s family – and in only 54 words, you get a crystal clear picture of a typical morning in her household:

The Fredericks are a family bound only by b
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Kelsey Sutton is a young adult and middle grade author. She lives in Minnesota, where she received a dual bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing from Bemidji State University. She recently earned a master's degree from Hamline University. Her work has received an Independent Publisher Book Award, an IndieFab Award, and was selected as a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013. When not wr ...more

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“I want to inform them
that I am not silent
because I have nothing to say.

I am silent
because nobody is listening.”
“Stories that are
so vivid
so real
I could live inside of them”
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