What Once Was Lost by A.M. Leibowitz

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OnceWasLost copyWhat Once Was Lost by A.M. Leibowitz
Release Date: March 11, 2016
Pages: 74 • Format: eARC
Published By: MLR Press, LLC
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Following a volatile break-up with his partner, Casey has been raising his son, Ryan, mostly on his own. While Ryan is on a camping trip in the Adirondacks, Casey and Brook make another attempt to work through their differences, with disastrous results. But when Ryan and his friend disappear in the mountains, Casey and Brook travel together to find him. The tension leads to an opportunity to listen to each other, reconcile their history, and recover the love they once shared.


This blurb had me written all over it. I love reading stories with kids involved and this had so much potential. Sadly the execution didn’t work for me. I do think the length played a factor in it, as well when it came down to Ryan being the most important thing that mattered both Casey and Brook dropped the ball. Reading the story for me was interesting, it felt like the author wanted us to focus on Casey & Brook’s relationship or lack of one. I feel like the book was split into two sections that was cohesive as a whole. Sure I would have liked to see Casey & Brook work on everything that was wrong, but to me if this book was about your missing kid it’s the only thing that was important. It’s a scene where they just find out about Ryan missing, and as soon as they are on the road talking Brook immediately goes into what was wrong with them together. I’m sorry this isn’t the time or the place for this. It seemed forced at that, them thinking of reconnecting. It didn’t feel genuine and maybe it’s the cynic in me, but why get together now after 2 years apart? I know objectively he could have been trying to get Casey’s mind off Ryan missing but it threw me because it seemed way to insensitive. Especially with all the traits that he had shown previously to this situation. Also I feel like it was not long enough. I think if the thought process was them to be a happy family then we should have seen it, or atleast some growth on the couple. I did like the author’s writing style and the trope was my thing, but it just fell flat.

About A.M. Leibowitz

A. M. Leibowitz is a queer spouse, parent, feminist, and book-lover falling somewhere on the Geek-Nerd Spectrum. Ze keeps warm through the long, cold western New York winters by writing about life, relationships, hope, and happy-for-now endings. In between noveling and editing, ze blogs coffee-fueled, quirky commentary on faith, culture, writing, books, and hir family.

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