The Distance Between Lost and Found
Author: Kathryn Holmes
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: February 17, 2015
Source: egalley received from publisher via Edelweiss
Rating: 3 Stars
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***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my open and honest opinion.***
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Ever since the night of the incident with Luke Willis, the preacher’s son, sophomore Hallelujah Calhoun has been silent. When the rumors swirled around school, she was silent. When her parents grounded her, she was silent. When her friends abandoned her … silent.
Now, six months later, on a youth group retreat in the Smoky Mountains, Hallie still can’t find a voice to answer the taunting. Shame and embarrassment haunt her, while Luke keeps coming up with new ways to humiliate her. Not even meeting Rachel, an outgoing newcomer who isn’t aware of her past, can pull Hallie out of her shell. Being on the defensive for so long has left her raw, and she doesn’t know who to trust.On a group hike, the incessant bullying pushes Hallie to her limit. When Hallie, Rachel, and Hallie’s former friend Jonah get separated from the rest of the group, the situation quickly turns dire. Stranded in the wilderness, the three have no choice but to band together.
With past betrayals and harrowing obstacles in their way, Hallie fears they’ll never reach safety. Could speaking up about the night that changed everything close the distance between being lost and found? Or has she traveled too far to come back?
Fact about me: I love survival shows. Not reality TV, like Survivor. I’m talking shows like “I Should’ve Died.” Real stories, real people. It always amazes and inspires me to hear about the incredible things people go through to survive. So when I read the synopsis for this one, I knew I had to read it.
I liked this book. The survival aspect was definitely my favorite part. I loved how the three teens banded together in order to survive six days in the wilderness. They experience crazy thunderstorms, freezing temperatures, even bears. But they stick together and help each other out the whole time. I liked watching them figure out how to survive. None of them really knew what they were doing. I mean, Jonah was a boy scout, but other than that, they really had no survival skills. It wasn’t easy and I found that refreshing. I hate when authors make things too easy for their characters. It was one bad thing after another after another. These kids couldn’t catch a break.
Something I found really interesting about this book was the religious aspect. The teens are on a retreat with their youth group so naturally God comes up a lot in this book. Not many books include religion or God anymore and I think the author tied that aspect in really well. Don’t worry, she’s not shoving religion down your throat. The characters’ faith is challenged during this whole ordeal. Whose wouldn’t be? But the questions that came up regarding faith and religion were really interesting and well-done.
The characters however, didn’t really make a big impact on me. There wasn’t really anything inherently wrong with them, I just didn’t really connect with them. I liked them, but won’t remember them. Does that make sense?
That’s actually how I feel about this whole book. I liked it. There isn’t anything I can really point at that I didn’t like. But I probably will forget about this book after reading the next two. But I did enjoy it while reading. The survival aspect was really interesting and kept me hooked the whole time reading. The characters, while not leaving a big impact, went through some great development. And the religious aspect was a refreshing change of pace. If you like survival stories, I think you’ll probably enjoy this one.
Have you read this one yet? What did you think? Any other survival stories I should try out?