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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Lost in Love is Alaina Young’s autobiographical account of her tumultuous marriage and her journey to self-love through faith. At the young age of sixteen, Young thought she knew everything there was to know about love and relationships, hence when she began dating, she knew she had found “the one”. What was supposed to be a blissful and romantic relationship quickly turned as the string of affairs and the emotional abuse began. When she got pregnant at seventeen, she thought the relationship would improve but things got even worse. Somehow she just did not have the guts to leave the man who was causing her all this pain. For years the abuse and the agony continued until she began her journey towards self-respect and the understanding of true love.
Alaina Young’s Lost in Love opened my eyes to the perspective of the victim of an abusive marriage. I think for many outsiders the question is usually why the victim continues to stay, even with all the painful things happening to them. Young opens up about her mindset during the years that she chose to persevere. Lost in Love also offers great lessons for young women and teenagers who do not have a clear understanding of what love is or is supposed to look like. Even when she was aware of her husband’s cheating, she decided to stay as she thought this was what loving someone entailed. She also disregarded the importance of her own well-being. I appreciate Young’s candidness and I believe that her story will help many to avoid similar mistakes.