Favorite Friday – The Other Side of Lost


Jessi Kirby

YA Adventure

Girl Online meets Wild in this emotionally charged story of girl who takes to the wilderness to rediscover herself and escape the superficial persona she created on social media.

Mari Turner’s life is perfect. That is, at least to her thousands of followers who have helped her become an internet starlet. But when she breaks down and posts a video confessing she’s been living a lie—that she isn’t the happy, in-love, inspirational online personality she’s been trying so hard to portray—it goes viral and she receives major backlash. To get away from it all, she makes an impulsive decision: to hike the entire John Muir trail. Mari and her late cousin, Bri, were supposed to do it together, to celebrate their shared eighteenth birthday. But that was before Mari got so wrapped up in her online world that she shut anyone out who questioned its worth—like Bri.

With Bri’s boots and trail diary, a heart full of regret, and a group of strangers that she meets along the way, Mari tries to navigate the difficult terrain of the hike. But the true challenge lies within, as she searches for the way back to the girl she fears may be too lost to find: herself.

My Thoughts:

I loved this one! I recommend this to a lot of the students that come into the library and those that take me up on it, love it as much as I do. Jessi Kirby has a way of conveying the emotions of the characters and you really care about Mari, those she meets and her journey. We start out with Mari’s world imploding and the guilt and devastation of her cousins death. It was a joy to read as Mari hiked her way through it and finds herself to ultimately come out on top. I loved reading about the hiking aspects of the novel as well. Made me want to lace up some hiking boots (I’d have to go and buy them first) and hit some trails.

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