The Other Side of Lost

The Other Side of Lost

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 livin...

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Title:The Other Side of Lost
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The Other Side of Lost Reviews

  • Ari

    “The Other Side of Lost” is a beautiful and emotional story about finding yourself, about challenges, regrets and second chances, about friendship and nature and survival and a lot more. And yes, there is a bit of sweet love squeezed in there as well, to make your heart skip a beat.

    I have no idea how to properly put into words all the things I loved about this story, but you should know this:

    It’s delightful to be able to resonate with a story as I did, to have something in common with it – and

    “The Other Side of Lost” is a beautiful and emotional story about finding yourself, about challenges, regrets and second chances, about friendship and nature and survival and a lot more. And yes, there is a bit of sweet love squeezed in there as well, to make your heart skip a beat.

    I have no idea how to properly put into words all the things I loved about this story, but you should know this:

    It’s delightful to be able to resonate with a story as I did, to have something in common with it – and what I think is that we all need to be accepted – as we are, and some people might need just as much acceptance online as in the real life and vice versa. I think that we need to constantly exceed our own limits; and that every once in a while it is healthy for the mind (and the body) to do something crazy (preferably not dangerous, nor this reckless), something out of character, something meaningful, something for ourselves only, something to be proud of.

    It’s also fulfilling to understand the character arc, to see it evolve slowly from someone pretty much unlikable to someone deeply lovable. And this is what this story delivered to me. At the beginning I didn’t like the main character – Mari (judging by her name, I hoped to end up loving her) seemed too shallow, so selfish, and she was even naïve when she decided to hike the entire John Muir trail (because let’s be honest, she had no experience and had no idea what she was getting herself into) and even more so when she considered doing it all alone, even when she found people (great people!) to tag along with.

    It’s true that I have a soft spot for Jessi‘s prose – all her stories are emotional carousels, very well written and with deep messages, and I usually enjoy them to pieces. But what makes this story special to me is the combination between:

    a) the fact that it shows a different face of the life behind the social media frenzy;

    b) it also follows a character trying to find her way back to the real world, having to give up all that she’s worked for in the virtual one – in order to find the happiness she couldn’t stand faking anymore;

    c) it involves what seems like a stunning national park (from the pictures I’ve seen around it is absolutely breathtaking) and backpacking, hiking, wilderness, unexpected friendship and (yes) a bit of love;

    d) like most of Jessi Kirby’s stories, it tackles grieve in the same intimate and heartbreaking way we are used to.

    What more do you need? For me it was perfect!

    The truth is that I still need to have it on my shelf in physical format (to re-read it and hug it every now and then), so August can’t come fast enough! Read the full review at:

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    20 Jan 2018

    Dear Jessi Kirby,

    I hope that in my final copy I will find a Josh&Mari epilogue!

    Otherwise know that you are a very

    cruel author :p

    Though this book was

    and I probably loved it the most - or so I feel at the time, even without a most needed

    with them all.

    Such a beautiful story!

    Love,

    Ari

    PS: social media fakeness and everything that comes with it, heartbreaking drama, the beauty of nature and a great group of friends. Not to mention a cute romance and a character who goes through such a tremendous change throughout the story... love, love, loved it!

    PPS: this time around I WILL find a way to get your autograph on my book. Even if I have to cross the ocean and the mountains to do so.

  • Marin

    If you have a love/hate relationship with social media, if you love hiking, being outside, stories about finding yourself, AND you want to ugly cry at 1am on a weeknight, this book is for you. What a surprise - I really enjoyed it and did not feel like YA at all. Maybe a bit in the fluffy, "you can do it!" bits but overall felt it was an intelligent and moving read on grief and loss.

  • Stacee

    I’m definitely a fan of Jessi Kirby and her words, so I’m always in for a new book and I don’t care what it’s about.

    I loved Mari so much. It was easy to relate to her obsession with social media and how she struggled with what she was showing. Her inner monologue is uncertain and insecure and felt so authentic. There are a few other characters here, but this is all about Mari.

    Plot wise it was a little slow and maybe a small bit monotonous, but it completely worked. I loved the tiny surprises a

    I’m definitely a fan of Jessi Kirby and her words, so I’m always in for a new book and I don’t care what it’s about.

    I loved Mari so much. It was easy to relate to her obsession with social media and how she struggled with what she was showing. Her inner monologue is uncertain and insecure and felt so authentic. There are a few other characters here, but this is all about Mari.

    Plot wise it was a little slow and maybe a small bit monotonous, but it completely worked. I loved the tiny surprises and successes and I was rooting for Mari from the start. I loved the camaraderie and the growth. My only complaint {if you could call it that} is that I wanted more at the end — even if it was about the journey and really fit for the story. I’m just greedy.

    Overall, it was atmospheric and full of heart and an easy story to settle into with characters I really liked. I can’t wait to see what Jessi put outs next.

    **Huge thanks to Harper Teen for providing the arc free of charge**

  • ALEXA

    4.5 stars! I’ve never imagined myself going on a hike, but after reading this book (even with all of stressful things that happen), I’m feeling inspired to go on even a little one of my own. Also, this was just so well-written and it made me very emotional at certain points!

  • Korrina  (OwlCrate)

    Great summer read! Quite thought provoking in multiple ways, especially if you’re dealing with grief. And a fantastic group of friends that I would love to meet in real life. :)

  • Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••

    RATING: 3.75/5

    RATING: 3.75/5

    I found this to be surprisingly relatable.

    Our main character,

    , struggles with maintaining a perfect image on social media. Even if her life is falling apart and she's grieving her cousin,

    , Mari goes to great extents to appear happy and stable to her followers. Until, eventually, she snaps and the world sees a glimpse of the real her. The sad truth is that most social media influencers (instagramers, youtubers, etc) are not as perfect as we might think, they just pretend to be. This reality was portrayed accurately in the book.

    As for the plot and characters, I liked them. There was some character development towards the end and the romance didn't overshadow the main purpose of the book, thankfully. It ended in a very opened but satisfying way. The only issue I have is that it felt a bit rushed. I think the book could've reached its full potential if it had been longer.

  • Kiera

    This book was okay.

    I really enjoyed the overall story. Especially the beginning of he book, I felt it had very strong start. However I felt the book didn't need the romance. I'm usually a sucker for a bit of romance but I just wasn't really feeling it.

    Otherwise I enjoyed this book. It was a good story but not necessarily something I could see myself read again.

    4 stars.

  • Ariel

    The first half of this book was phenomenal. I was ready to add it to my favourites shelf and preach about it forevermore. I really enjoyed it and recommend it (especially for people who struggle with social media and/or like nature!) but it missed the mark slightly for me by introducing a romance that I didn't think was necessary and by dropping the social media aspect in the latter half of the book, which was what I'd been so enjoying in the first half.

    So I still really enjoyed it, but the seco

    The first half of this book was phenomenal. I was ready to add it to my favourites shelf and preach about it forevermore. I really enjoyed it and recommend it (especially for people who struggle with social media and/or like nature!) but it missed the mark slightly for me by introducing a romance that I didn't think was necessary and by dropping the social media aspect in the latter half of the book, which was what I'd been so enjoying in the first half.

    So I still really enjoyed it, but the second half wavered a bit for me!

  • Jen Ryland

    Stopped reading as I could see that this one was just not going to work for me. (Aside: I am a huge fan of the author, and will absolutely try her next book.)

    is about a teen Instagram star, who, after the sudden death of her cousin, decides to take her cousin's place on a marathon hike on the John Muir trail.

    Okay, my first problem was that this is a LOT like

    by Cheryl Strayed. Like much too similar. I was always comparing the two in my head and this was ending up as a

    Stopped reading as I could see that this one was just not going to work for me. (Aside: I am a huge fan of the author, and will absolutely try her next book.)

    is about a teen Instagram star, who, after the sudden death of her cousin, decides to take her cousin's place on a marathon hike on the John Muir trail.

    Okay, my first problem was that this is a LOT like

    by Cheryl Strayed. Like much too similar. I was always comparing the two in my head and this was ending up as a more superficial and contrived version of the same story. (Yes, Wild was a memoir and this is fiction, which possibly contributed to my feelings. But I also feel that this book could have changed it up just a little and made the story about, I don't know, a white water rafting trip or something.)

    I think The Other Side of Lost could be a great choice for tweens and very young teens who are a) social media obsessed and b) not ready to read

    (which does raise some adult-level issues). But if you don't fall into either of these categories, definitely read

    . Or see the movie.

    I also had some huge believability issues in the part of The Other Side of Lost that I read.

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