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The Lost Boys Symphony
Title : The Lost Boys Symphony
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ISBN : 9780316323994
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 341

A STARTLINGLY ORIGINAL, GENRE-BENDING LITERARY DEBUT IN WHICH A LOVESICK COLLEGE STUDENT IS ABDUCTED BY OTHER VERSIONS OF HIMSELF FROM THE FUTURE.After Henry's girlfriend Val leaves him and transfers to another school, his grief begins to manifest itself in bizarre and horrifying ways. Cause and effect, once so reliable, no longer appear to be related in any recognizable mA STARTLINGLY ORIGINAL, GENRE-BENDING LITERARY DEBUT IN WHICH A LOVESICK COLLEGE STUDENT IS ABDUCTED BY OTHER VERSIONS OF HIMSELF FROM THE FUTURE.After Henry's girlfriend Val leaves him and transfers to another school, his grief begins to manifest itself in bizarre and horrifying ways. Cause and effect, once so reliable, no longer appear to be related in any recognizable manner. Either he's hallucinating, or the strength of his heartbreak over Val has unhinged reality itself.After weeks of sleepless nights and sick delusions, Henry decides to run away. If he can only find Val, he thinks, everything will make sense again. So he leaves his mother's home in the suburbs and marches toward the city and the woman who he thinks will save him. Once on the George Washington Bridge, however, a powerful hallucination knocks him out cold. When he awakens, he finds himself kidnapped by two strangers--one old, one middle-aged--who claim to be future versions of Henry himself. Val is the love of your life, they tell him. We've lost her, but you don't have to.In the meantime, Henry's best friend Gabe is on the verge of breakdown of his own. Convinced he is somehow to blame for Henry's deterioration and eventual disappearance, Gabe is consumed by a potent mix of guilt and sadness. When he is approached by an enigmatic stranger claiming to be an older version of his lost friend, Gabe begins to fear for his own sanity. With no one else to turn to, he reaches out to the only person who can possibly help him make sense of it all: Val.


The Lost Boys Symphony Reviews

  • karen

    All he had was his memory of remembering. And memory could betray himis is a really fun little book. it's also the kind of book that is hard to review without ruining. not that there's a big twist or anything, but it's a very complicated, intricate plot, and unless you're addressing someone who has read it themselves, you kind of sound like a lunatic when discussing plot-points because you have to do too much backstory explanation for anything you say to make sense. if you are a fan of jonathan [...]

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2016/03/31/bI knew before starting The Lost Boys Symphony that it would not an easy book to review, and now that I have read it, I find I am no closer to figuring out how to put my thoughts into words. What I do know is that when it comes to the prevalent theme of time traveling in sci-fi, few books these days can still make me see the subject in a different light—but this one did. Making a home for itself in that narrow niche between the literar [...]

  • Kristin ❋extols death with luminescent brilliance❋

    A-Z and PopSugar Challenge with Karly and JessA book published this year - The Lost Boys Symphonyf = Ferguson, Mark Andrew2.5-3 starsHenry, Gabe, and Val are very close. Henry and Gabe have been best friends since they were toddlers and Henry and Val have been high school sweethearts for years. After a few years at junior college, Val decides that she needs to discover herself and runs off to NYU, leaving Henry and Gabe behind. Within a year, Henry has spiraled into his first psychotic break. Bu [...]

  • Tara

    This book doesn't come out until March of 2015 but I just HAD to review it (I've actually been waiting for a while but HAH! I'm the first 5 star review) This book rocked my socks! I really could NOT put it down. Think THE TIME TRAVELERS WIFE- meets ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND- with a little dash of MEMENTOed? Don't be! Just come to this book with an open mind and your devoted attention- you won't be sorry! Disclaimer: Read an advanced copy because Mark is a client- but no bs here- I LO [...]

  • Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*

    DNF at page 134.It's been five days since I last picked this up, and I have zero desire to do so. I think the entire plot revolves around Val, and that just feels pointless to me since I don't care about the characters or the story.

  • Jason

    5 StarsThe Lost Boys Symphony, by first time novelist Mark Andrew Ferguson is getting my full marks for it's mind blowing theme. There are a some holes and some misses, and the story could have benefited from more, however it is still quite brilliant. This review cannot tell much about the specifics or the details as there would be too many spoilers. Ferguson has created a book filled with passion, time travel, musical interludes, young college students with their whole future ahead of them, bes [...]

  • Wendy F

    If any of you readers out there saw this book before, you’ll see that it doesn’t actually have the very best reviews. I didn’t get it, honestly. The synopsis sounds so interesting! I thought there was going to be something so profound inside these electronic pages, and I thought that I would be the one to get it.Nope. A big fat Nope.Starting off I was like ‘alright, here goes… this isn’t so bad… best friends… best girlfriend… first chapter hooked me’. I even admit that at fir [...]

  • Alicia

    Have you ever wished you could undo a choice you've made or wondered what could have or would have been? What if you were given that chance? Fresh, clever and deeply emotional, The Lost Boys Symphony explores how even small choices can change our future and the lives of those around us. Henry's story will stick with you.

  • Lauren

    Started out really interesting, but eventually became so convoluted that I couldn't really understand what had happened. The writing had great feeling within it, but the time travel stuff was just too whoa for reading in more than one sitting.

  • Carol Ann

    Liked the whole idea of this story-- but I feel a tighter edit would have moved it along alot quicker. Great for the YA crowd.

  • Stacey

    If you're the kind of person who likes thinking about thinking, this book is for you. The story is complex - the synopsis doesn't even begin to give you an idea of what you're in for. When asked by co-workers what it was about, I was never sure how to answer. Is it about time travel? Mental illness? Or maybe something else entirely that I hadn't figured out yet. The best way I could describe it is as the flip-side, inside-out version of the Frank Capra film, "It's a Wonderful Life." The ripples [...]

  • Kara

    I can't do long winded books. I just can't. This makes no sense. It has no point. It's not for me. Want my copy? Let me know in the comments and you can have it.

  • Jana

    4 starsReview posted at Fantasy Literature.

  • Erica

    Before I say anything else, I should say that Mark Ferguson, the author of this book, is one of my closest friends. To some people, that might make my review mean less, but if anything it meant I was paying even more attention to how I felt as I was reading. I had read parts of it before, but what if I hated it in the end? What if I couldn't forget that it was written by someone I knew and lose myself in the story? To add to my worries, while I've always been intrigued by the story, it's definit [...]

  • Leah

    2.75 starsOverall, I found this book to be well-written and unique, but not a page turner. Now, I don't necessarily need stories to move at a breakneck pace, and I don't mind having to do a little work to get into or understand a story. But a good book will keep my interest--there has to be something to keep me coming back to it. And that was lacking here.I thought it started out well, but soon got bogged down by focusing on the love triangle between Henry, Gabe, and Val. Obviously, their relati [...]

  • Antonio Diaz

    The Lost Boys Symphony es un libro que da la impresión de tratar sobre viajes en el tiempo, las segundas oportunidades y las consecuencias de tomar diferentes decisiones en la misma situación. No es desde luego una novela pionera en este subgénero. Ya Claire North dio su punto de vista en la muy original The First 15 Lives of Harry August (que ya reseñé aquí), y con un toque más clásico pero muy recomendable está Replay, de Ken Grimwood.Pero en realidad todo esto es una tapadera. De lo [...]

  • Fantasy Literature

    Henry, formerly a music student at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, has run away from home in search of his former girlfriend, Val. Henry’s always been different — listening to music no one else can hear, fixating on certain objects, and exhibiting odd behavior — but since their break-up, his mental and physical health has been on a rapid decline. One night, he sets off on foot for Manhattan, convinced that he’ll find her among the thousands of other NYU students, and tha [...]

  • Jessi

    These are the things that will appeal to people who enjoy this book: gorgeous language, an intricate plot that often leaves you feeling uncertain and unbalanced (be sure to read the chapter titles to help with this!), and a version of time travel that is intricate and unusual.These are the things that will bug the hell out of readers who don't enjoy this book: all the wordy language used to describe music and not so nice people, what the hell is happening in this book anyway?, and everyone who h [...]

  • Lark Benobi

    I enjoyed the way music, or more precisely, arrangements of sound, figured prominently in the story. The way sounds coalesced and affected the main character, who had some characteristics of having a sensory disorder, was wonderfully and imaginatively portrayed. The novel reminded me of Donnie Darko in the way it offered an explanation for mental illness as an aberration brought on by time travel. It also reminded me of Primer, and I eventually reacted in a similar way to this novel as I did to [...]

  • Sandra

    Personally did not enjoy this book and although I did manage to finish it I can honestly say that I'm not quite sure what the story was about and what the author was trying to accomplish. I choose not to give any further review of The Lost Boys Symphony as I'm sure that there are readers that will enjoy it and I simply have nothing positive to say about it and do not wish to influence anyone either way.Thank you to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for providing me with an Advanced Reader [...]

  • Olivia Wingerath

    The Lost Boys Symphony was a hauntingly beautiful story that has created a fresh outlook on mental illness. The time travel concept is fascinating and compelling. I found my perspective changing every few chapters along with the ups and downs of the characters. Ferguson writes the main female character with ease. As a woman, I was impressed with the richness of Val's journey. The Lost Boys Symphony had me afraid, excited, and completely engaged. Great book!

  • Robin

    This.is is a very strange book. Not so strange that you can't get through it, but strange enough that you'll wonder "what the heck did I just read" several times along the way. My advice to you is to just keep reading. Don't try and figure it out as you go along. It might make you crazy.

  • Tom

    Interesting concept. Some parts were confusing was never clear which version of Henry was in focus at a particular time. The way it ended was clever.

  • Stefanie

    This story is pretty original. Sometimes it left my head spinning trying to figure out whose perspective each chapter was from, it just took a few chapters of getting it wrong get it right.

  • Allison

    I started this book about two years ago, and stopped reading for reasons that I can't remember. I finished the book this evening finally, and though the ending was a little abrupt and somewhat unsatisfying, I'm glad I finished it. The ending did not ruin the whole book for me. I really like time-travel stories, and I liked the main character, Henry, in all his different iterations. Val and Gabe were awesome characters, too.

  • Michal

    2.5I don't even know what to saynfusing. pacing was off because of all the time line jumps? I wasn't ever rooting for the characters. Didn't like them much.

  • Kimberlyluisi

    This book was very good and yet I didn't enjoy reading it.

  • Pop Bop

    I'm A Schizophrenic, and So Am IWe start with a traditional triangle - a guy, a girl, and the guy's bestfriend, who is also attracted to the girl. After the girl moves on the guy starts to lose it and the best friend agonizes about whether to do something about his attraction to the girl. We've been doing this one ever since the Greeks decided to put a second actor up on the stage, but there's nothing wrong with that. (Remember, "Star Wars" is just a standard Western, but with droids.)From this [...]

  • Ema

    The Lost Boys Symphony/Mark Ferguson Wow. Having finished this book, I'm honestly unsure how I feel. I'm unsure who I was rooting for, or what I wanted to happen, or what I expected to happen. This book never seemed to have a logical path and in that I was both surprised and not surprised by each event that happened in this book. Firstly, a note of clarification. I've been dying to read this book ever since I read its blurb, but I feel like the blurb was a tad misleading--Val is not lost in the [...]

  • Kelly

    Hoo, boy. I'm conflicted enough about this book to write a somewhat spoiler filled review. To start off on a good note: the author excels at his use of language. He did not, however, succeed in getting me to like the main character (at any of his varying ages). It was a strange feeling to find myself rooting against the protagonist in favor of the more peripheral characters. On some level this is a love story akin to The Time Traveler's Wife. A book that, for the record, made sense (as much as t [...]