The Loop by Shandy Lawson

 

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Ben and Maggie have met, fallen in love, and died together countless times. Over the course of two pivotal days—both the best and worst of their lives—they struggle again and again to resist the pull of fate and the force of time itself. With each failure, they return to the beginning of their end, a wild road trip that brings them to the scene of their own murders and into the hands of the man destined to kill them.

As time circles back on itself, events become more deeply ingrained, more inescapable for the two kids trapped inside the loop. The closer they come to breaking out, the tighter fate’s clutches seem to grip them. They devise a desperate plan to break free and survive the days ahead, but what if Ben and Maggie’s only shot at not dying is surviving apart? Goodreads

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        Ben wakes up likes it’s every other day. Say hi to mom and go to the Quarter. It’s when Ben actually gets there that something feels… off. It feels the same, like he’s done it more than once. Pretty soon Ben learns he has. Multiple times. And has died during these multiple times. Soon he meets Maggie (again) and they both run away, trying to fight what off Fate and live the life they want. 

         I bought The Loop on a whim one day in the bookstore. I couldn’t find a good book and I was only going with what other Goodreads members were saying. I looked down and saw The Loop. It’s pretty short so I basically said what the hell. And I am so happy that I did. The Loop promises action and it gives. Come chapter three the action already started and I was so immersed in the story I found it hard to put down.

        I found myself rooting for Ben and Maggie. I felt their emotions. I swear, anytime one of them felt pain I felt it too. Ben was an excellent narrator. Shandy Lawson did an excellent job of writing this book close to 200 pages only. I know a lot of authors who would’ve dragged it out. He also made Maggie and Ben’s relationship feel genuine. You knew they loved each other just by the way they acted. They didn’t need to stare longingly into each others eyes, Maggie didn’t have to break down and scream her undying (haha) love for him. Speaking of Maggie. She was awesome! She was extremely tough even knowing she could die any second. I liked her the minute she appeared. The reader knows she loves Ben just by the way she acts. I also love the fact that Shandy Lawson didn’t focus on the love. It was there but Maggie and Ben were into fighting so they could have the life they wanted. AND THAT ENDING?!?!? I’m sorry but that last line mad me SCREAM. I want to know more! Please, tell me there is a sequel! That sentence killed me. But I am calm. Totally calm.    The Loop is an excellent read for any time of the day. But do not start it at night or you will not find any form of sleep. The Loop is one of those books where you find yourself screaming at the characters as if they could hear you. My heart broke more times than I could keep track. I’m so happy that I picked this book up. It was fast paced and well worth it. Go buy it right now!

5/5 

~Lauren

PS- So, I have decided to move. Blogger was also giving me way more problems than I needed. So don’t mind the sudden change. I’m hoping to somehow upload or transfer past reviews. Thank you for anyone who has followed me to this blog. It truly means a lot to me. 

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