Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 6 - 8Grade 4n/a3.664425
A 2015 Whitney Award Nominee!

A powerful story of loss, second chances, and first love, reminiscent of Sarah Dessen and John Green.

When Oakley Nelson loses her older brother, Lucas, to cancer, she thinks she’ll never recover. Between her parents’ arguing and the battle she’s fighting with depression, she feels nothing inside but a hollow emptiness. When Mom suggests they spend a few months in California with Aunt Jo, Oakley isn’t sure a change of scenery will alter anything, but she’s willing to give it a try.

In California, Oakley discovers a sort of safety and freedom in Aunt Jo’s beach house. Once they’re settled, Mom hands her a notebook full of letters addressed to her—from Lucas. As Oakley reads one each day, she realizes how much he loved her, and each letter challenges her to be better and to continue to enjoy her life. He wants her to move on.

If only it were that easy.

But then a surfer named Carson comes into her life, and Oakley is blindsided. He makes her feel again. As she lets him in, she is surprised by how much she cares for him, and that’s when things get complicated. How can she fall in love and be happy when Lucas never got the chance to do those very same things?

With her brother’s dying words as guidance, Oakley knows she must learn to listen and trust again. But will she have to leave the past behind to find happiness in the future?

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Hardcover, 280 pages
Published on May 5, 2015 by Sky Pony Press
ISBN-10: 1632204177
ISBN-13: 9781632204172
2 Book Reviews
  • KKover 6 years
    This was a fantastic book! It is one of my favorite books.
    • hatdun
      hatdunalmost 7 years44 stars
      Oakley Nelson suffers with the loss of her older brother Lucas. Love, Lucas by Chantele Sedgwick was a great brook. All though towards the end I feel it was rushed and it wasn't like the previous text. I wish it was like it before all calm in mellow but it felt like she had a deadline and needed to finish the book quickly. All though I would recommend this book because it's a great relaxer and doesn't have lots of turning points that will pop up in your face. The time is now on days, in a coastal town in California. The protagonist is Oakly herself, and the antagonist is her depression and grief from the death. One major conflict is when she moves from her previous home to California with her mother and her Aunt Jo. Another is when she meets Carson Nye. Her new best friend. Oakley pushes people away and the death hunts her. Thinking she is leaving in spring she doesn't want to make friendships or relationships at all, does she leave in spring? She reads daily letters from Lucas before he died which he had wrote for her well he was battling cancer in the hospital. A turning point happens when her father flies out to California and gives her and news but she knew it was coming. I prefer towards the end that turning point a lot better compared to the news because I feel him flying out was so cliche. One that struck me hard was when something very serious and she's involved happens to somebody does she run away from it or remember “You can't run away from your problems, Oakley” written in a previous letter from Lucas? Find out in Love, Lucas by Chantele Sedgwick.