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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Lost Boys is a work of fiction in the adventure, social issues, and interpersonal drama subgenres, and it serves as the second novel of the American Nomads book series. It is intended for young adult and adult readers and was penned by author N.L. McLaughlin. The work does contain some darker content with references to drugs, suicide, alcoholism, abuse, and violence, as our teen protagonists continue their nomadic life hopping trains and living a life beyond the norm. All seems to be going well for the newbies and old hands of the group until a video online opens a gateway for a dark figure from Finn’s past to track him and the whole group down.
Author N.L. McLaughlin offers readers a totally original series with a fascinating perspective but also manages to balance the zesty adventurous spirit of life on the rails and the darker realities of what this kind of life really means for those brave enough to try to live it. I adored the developments between Cash and River most of all, for the narration there was handled with emotional depth and well-thought-out dialogue moments, and I was thrilled to see Beth coming into her own as a strong leading character. The drama between Daniel and Finn was a superb plot driver that really homed in on some of the more sensitive subject matter of the novel in a realistic and heart-breaking way, which also led to a truly staggering conclusion. Overall, I would highly recommend Lost Boys to all YA/NA drama fans looking for something like nothing they’ve ever read before.