Tuesday, January 15, 2019

THE ONE YOU FIGHT FOR by Roni Loren: Review and Giveaway

Series: The Ones Who Got Away #3
By Roni Loren
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: January 1, 2019
384 Pages 

How hard would you fight for the one you love?

Taryn Landry was there that awful night fourteen years ago when Long Acre changed from the name of a town to the title of a national tragedy. Everyone knows she lost her younger sister. No one knows it was her fault. Since then, psychology professor Taryn has dedicated her life’s work to preventing something like that from ever happening again. Falling in love was never part of the plan…

 Shaw Miller has spent more than a decade dealing with the fallout of his brother’s horrific actions. After losing everything—his chance at Olympic gold, his family, almost his sanity—he’s changed his name, his look, and he’s finally starting a new life. As long as he keeps a low profile and his identity secret, everything will be okay, right? 

When the world and everyone you know defines you by one catastrophic tragedy…
How do you find your happy ending?


I have loved every book in this series. It's surprising to write this because I was extremely hesitant to start this series when my book club selected it because of the subject matter. This is something that has directly affected my life, so it's with caution that I even consider reading books about school shootings. I went in with the idea that if the story upset me for any (many) reason(s), I would stop reading it. I gave myself the freedom to make that decision. But I didn't need to. And what I've found is a story that I've connected with, characters that I care about, and an opportunity for a bit of healing. 

THE ONE YOU FIGHT FOR is by far the most heart-wrenching book of the series. Readers learn of the traumas experienced by the siblings in the aftermath of the school shooting. There are so many victims - those affected directly and indirectly and the author presents this with compassion. And she effectively expresses that this is something that never goes away. 

This Quote
"Move on. Was that a thing people really did after something ripped your entire world in two? Move forward, maybe, but moving on seemed like a ridiculous expectation."
I wrote this in my review of THE ONE YOU CAN'T FORGET: (Roni Loren) gets it.

What I like about THE ONE YOU FIGHT FOR:
  • The author creates thoughtful characters. Taryn is definitely a favorite. She thinks critically and rationally, without judgment and with empathy.  
  • I love the friendships and companionship expressed between the characters. 
  • Shaw is a character I couldn't help but fall for.

More Favorite Quotes
"I can just…be myself for better or worse. That feels like a special kind of freedom.”

"Wanting to have your own happiness isn’t a betrayal. That isn’t selfish. You deserve that. Wouldn’t Nia want that for you?

I've highlighted a bunch of favorite quotes, but these really stick with me.

THE ONE YOU FIGHT FOR may be my favorite of the series, but I'm not going to be too quick to give it that title because I've loved all of them for different reasons. And I'm thrilled there is another book coming in the series because I don't want it to end!

Disclaimer: I received this e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any way other than the e-ARC provided. I've purchased a finished copy of this title for my personal library. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

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