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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Losing Logan by Sherry D. Ficklin is a young adult tale of loss, love and teenage life. The plot centers on American teenager Zoe, who is detached from the general sobbing collective of her high school friends when they mourn the loss of the popular and perfect Logan. Zoe and Logan were once childhood friends, but cliques and social changes in the high school world had driven them apart before his untimely death. Feeling like she doesn’t belong at Logan’s viewing, Zoe leaves, only to discover Logan is in the building. He’s walking, talking and asking for her help. Fearing that he’s pulled an ultimate prank, Zoe is soon horrified to discover that the Logan she can see is a ghost, and she is the only one able to help him figure out what’s supposed to happen after he dies.
Sherry D. Ficklin delivers a pitch-perfect voice of contemporary youth, with colourful language and slick humour that undercuts the tragic circumstances of the story, making Losing Logan a bittersweet read sure to make audiences laugh and cry at the same time. Losing Logan contains all the teenage drama you would expect from today’s most successful YA love stories, but it also contains intrigue, suspense and a deeply personal development in Zoe’s character as she reforms the complex friendship with the boy who left her behind when high school began. Overall, I found it to be a well-written and truly compelling piece with a true teenage voice and a fascinating plot. A deservedly five-star read.