Worlds Apart by Luke Loaghan

Worlds Apart by Luke Loaghan
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Author: Luke Loaghan
Publisher: CreateSpace
Copyright Date: 2011
Foundational Characters: David Orpheus
Standard Rating: Y+
Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars
Available Formats: Paperback, Kindle
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1461169658
ISBN-13: 978-1461169659
Book Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
Page Count: 398
Genre: Fiction
Sub-Genre: Youth Fiction, Young Adult, High School, Coming of Age
Tags: Fiction, Youth Fiction, Young Adult, High School, Coming of Age



Luke Loaghan’s first novel, Worlds Apart was published in May of 2010. Although he majored in English Literature (a long time ago), Luke had given up on writing for the past 16 years. He spent ten years in corporate America, and has been an entreprenuer for eight years.

When Luke Loaghan attended his twenty year high school reunion, he realized that many people were still obssessed with high school, even two decades after graduating. “Some people never get over high school.”

Boiling over with ideas, Luke started writing again. It was a long process with multiple rewrites and many plot changes. Two years later, Worlds Apart was completed.

But what is Worlds Apart about? “Its really about regret and indecisions about high school. For some people, the decisions they make or don’t make in their senior year stays with them for their entire life. The characters and the supernatural ending summarizes how friendships and how people go their separate ways after high school.”

Luke’s favorite Greek myth is the story of Orpheus and Eurydice (included) but readers will find another greek myth retold as a substory.

Summary of Worlds Apart

Stanton High School is an ultracompetitve New York City high school in Brooklyn. There are nine students deaths every year. Surviving senior year has never been so stressful. Its the 1980’s and crime, gangs, and violence, have taken over New York City.

The story follows David from the first day of his senior year in high school, all the way to graduation. Doubts, a lack of direction, and regret are weighing heavily on his mind.

David is an insecure musical prodigy confused about college, life, and career choices. He can’t trust his teachers, or his classmates. The only thing he knows for sure is that he is interested in Delancey, the girl of his dreams. But she is out of his league. David sings and plays guitar, but must give the performance of his life in order to win back the girl of his dreams. An unforeseen supernatural plot twist leads the reader to a suspenseful ending.

Worlds Apart is a modern day retelling of the classic Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. (From the author’s website)

The Revelation

A talented guitar player, a competitive high school in an extremely dangerous New York City neighborhood, and a wild senior year create a very compelling novel. Stanton is the high school equivalent of an Ivy League university. It is very difficult to get into, and very difficult to graduate from once accepted. Stanton is the kind of high school that prepares students to be the best of the best at whatever profession they choose, whether it is business, medicine, law, engineering, or literature. The level of stress many students experience literally pushes their sanity to the brink of failure, and a number of them, during their senior year, commit suicide because they simply cannot handle the pressure anymore. The level of competition is so fierce that other students are relieved to see a classmate carted off to Belleview Mental Hospital. With one more student gone, the students ranked below the latest mental patient move up into better positions. The same occurs when students knock themselves off or become victims of the drugs and gang violence that happen on the streets surrounding Stanton.

A major theme Worlds Apart covers is the simple fact that you cannot change the past. Early in the story, David says, “I wished I was built faster and stronger, that my body had produced more testosterone. I wished that I had developed hand-eye coordination like a short stop or a point guard. If that had happened, I could’ve been a great athlete. But I can’t waste anymore time looking back at what could’ve been. No more looking back, only looking forward.”

Every high school student struggles to find their place in the world. Luke Loaghan points out the fact that most high school graduates never find their place in life. Many of them never escape their high school glory days, as if they are the best days of their lives, never to be replaced by anything better.

Overall, Loaghan’s story is successful, compelling, and worthwhile. Unfortunately, it is also obviously self-published. My educational training has engrained in me the simple fact that perfect language does a much better job at communicating the author’s desired message. If readers are tripped up by poor grammar, punctuation mistakes, poor sentence structure, and a host of other issues, the effect your writing can have on the reader is diminished significantly. I have said it before and I’ll say it again: Authors, before self-publishing anything — poetry or prose — have a professional or freelance editor help you work the kinks out of your writing. Yes, it may cost you a few hundred extra dollars, but the end product is always better, cleaner, polished, and refined. Though Worlds Apart is a really good story, an editor would have been able to work wonders on Loaghan’s prose.


Some content may be inappropriate for younger readers.

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