Title: Finding You
Author: Lydia Albano
Publication Date: September 19th, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Taken from home and family, all they have is each other.
Isla is kidnapped from a train platform in broad daylight, and thrust into a nightmare when she is sold to a sadistic aristocrat. Locked in a dungeon with a dozen other girls, Isla’s only comfort is a locket and the memory of the boy she loves. But as days pass and more girls disappear, she realizes that help is not coming… If they’re going to survive, they’ll have to escape on their own.
Swoon Reads is proud to present Lydia Albano’s debut novel, a powerful story of a teen girl finding strength and hope in even the worst circumstances.
Finally the right key turns in the lock, the handle moves, and the door swings gently open. We all spill out the door, into the darkness, and for a second I forget to worry.
The dense, delicious air of summer nighttime surrounds and fills me.
I’ve never tasted anything so wonderful, or seen anything as beautiful as the sky above me, rich and endless, full of too many stars to count. I’m vaguely aware of the other girls filing out behind me, of Val covering the lantern with something, of Phoebe standing beside me. We’re at the edge of the courtyard, in plain view if anyone happens to look.
But for a reckless moment I hardly care.
I tip my head back and turn around and around, trying to memorize the stars and count the number of crickets that are chirping, and wishing my lungs could take in more air. Did I take this all for granted, lying on my rooftop with Tam, laughing and thinking nothing of the sky except to sometimes search for constellations? He could never see them, no matter how many times I traced them with my fingers.
“How can you tell one from another?” he always asked with a scowl. And when I tried to explain that they were in patterns and some were brighter than others and that they told stories, he’d stare at me and then laugh in a bewildered sort of way and tell me I wasn’t like other girls.
I close my eyes and imagine that I’m stargazing now, with Tam; it’s easier to pretend he’s beside me when I’m not in a dungeon, with the threat of Zachariah Curram looming over me at every breath. The cobblestones are cold now, but I imagine how they were hot from the summer sun all day, just like the roof’s shingles were the last time I saw Tam. Was that only weeks ago?
Lydia Albano is a (self-proclaimed) Bunburyist living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she promotes Oxford commas, spends her money on musical theater, and demands the Myers-Briggs letters of everyone she meets. Her debut novel, Finding You, will be released in September, 2017, with SwoonReads/Macmillan.