Reviewed by Tori DeJean
Lost Along the Way by Erin Duffy is a women’s fiction novel that follows the memories—and mistakes—of three best friends. Jane, Cara, and Meg have been best friends since childhood. They grew up in Montauk, New York, where they experienced the beach together as young girls. They were joined at the hip until adulthood took its toll and the trio grew apart.
As they begin their lives, they seem to spend less and less time together. Time and distance wedges itself into their friendship and before they know it, they hardly speak to another at all. When Jane and Cara’s marriages start falling apart, they begin to look for comfort in their old friends. The girls realize it has been years since any of them have seen or spoken to each other. They reunite, only to find that Meg has managed to accumulate some secrets of her own. The girls hope to reconnect, but nothing is the way they left it. Will their friendship stand the test of time even after all the rocky roads it has encountered?
Even though Lost Along the Way is a women’s fiction novel, I would recommend it to all teenage and adult readers. It is packed with life lessons, and there is an adventure around every page.
Tori DeJean was a senior in the Gifted program at Hahnville High. She enjoys running, swimming, and reading. She plans to attend LSU in the fall and major in biology.
Editor’s note: Book reviews are published throughout the summer and fall in agreement with Hahnville High School gifted English teacher Deborah Unger in conjunction with the Brown Foundation Service Learning Program and Unger’s “Adolescents Advocate Literacy” Brown Service Learning Grant.