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 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.

The Other Side of Lost Details

TitleThe Other Side of Lost
Author
ReleaseAug 7th, 2018
PublisherHarperTeen
ISBN-139780062424266
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Fiction

The Other Side of Lost Review

  • Ariel
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    January 1, 1970
    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. :)
  • Ari
    January 1, 1970
    “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: ReadingAfterMidnight.com --------20 Jan 2018Dear Jessi Kirby,I hope that in my final copy I will find a Josh&Mari epilogue! Otherwise know that you are a very mean cruel author :p Though this book was pure perfection and I probably loved it the most - or so I feel at the time, even without a most needed one-more-chapter 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.
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  • Jen Ryland
    January 1, 1970
    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.)The Other Side of Lost 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 Wild 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.)The Other Side of Lost 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 Wild 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 Wild (which does raise some adult-level issues). But if you don't fall into either of these categories, definitely read Wild. Or see the movie. I also had some huge believability issues in the part of The Other Side of Lost that I read. (view spoiler)[ Her cousin DIED training for this extremely challenging hike and, in the part I read, she was just able to waltz in and take her place??? I don't know if that makes sense. Also the idea of a young teenage girl doing this long hike completely alone with no working phone (?!)- as a mom, that gave me a lot of worry. I'll admit to being a bit of a helicopter mom, but that she went off and did the same thing that just killed her cousin would have freaked me out 1,000,000%. Okay, I just went and read someone else's spoiler that said that there's a romance and noooooooooo... imo this needed to be a book about personal growth. (hide spoiler)].Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds!Thanks to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review!
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    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**
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  • Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••
    January 1, 1970
    RATING: 3.75/5e-ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewMari 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 confesses she’s been living a lie, 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. With Bri’s boots and trail dia RATING: 3.75/5e-ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewMari 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 confesses she’s been living a lie, 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. 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.I found this to be surprisingly relatable. Our main character, Mari, struggles with maintaining a perfect image on social media. Even if her life is falling apart and she's grieving her cousin, Bri, 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. Overall, enjoyable and I definitely recommend it!
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  • ALEXA
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • nick
    January 1, 1970
    Well friends, I think this book just about broke me. Jessi Kirby never fails to deliver on emotive stories about grief, growing up and love. The Other Side of Lost was another wonderful and heartwrenching story from her that absolutely moved me.At the center of The Other Side of Lost is Mari, an Instagram-famous young woman who seems to have a perfect life. In reality, however, Mari's social media presence is well-curated and a complete facade. Underneath it all, she is deeply grieving the death Well friends, I think this book just about broke me. Jessi Kirby never fails to deliver on emotive stories about grief, growing up and love. The Other Side of Lost was another wonderful and heartwrenching story from her that absolutely moved me.At the center of The Other Side of Lost is Mari, an Instagram-famous young woman who seems to have a perfect life. In reality, however, Mari's social media presence is well-curated and a complete facade. Underneath it all, she is deeply grieving the death of her cousin, Bri, especially with the way they left things off. On their shared birthday, in a moment of absolute sorrow, she uploads a video revealing to the Internet just how broken she is, only to have the video go viral and inciting hate comments. The same day, she receives a package from her aunt with Bri's boots and travel diary with her plans to hike the John Muir trail that she died training for. On a whim, Mari decides to complete Bri's hike.My heart broke for Mari. Kirby made her every emotion pop off the pages. Her grief, her guilt, and her strength truly came to life in The Other Side of Lost. She was a young woman who had really lost herself because of her social media popularity and in this book, we begin to see her change into someone truly inspirational. As she faced obstacle after obstacle on the hike, Mari slowly matured and learned to love and forgive herself again. It was not easy for her, but I was proud of her and everything that she achieved. I will admit that you have to set reality aside for a little bit with The Other Side of Lost - it seems very unlikely that Mari could just complete the hike with very little hiking experience or training given that Bri died training hard for it - but that did not take away from my enjoyment of the book. I thought that despite this loophole, the lessons in the book will touch every reader.I loved how much of Bri and her relationship with Mari we got to experience in The Other Side of Lost. She was an outgoing, adventurous and lovely young woman who made a mark on every person she encountered. I loved how Jessi Kirby showed the impact that Bri had on Mari and Bri's personality through her care packages to herself along the trail and the diary entries. Along the trail, Mari also befriends a wonderful group of teens who become important pillars to her. I love how they balanced out the sadness of the book with their humor. She also finds a sweet love interest in the form of Josh. The romance was not a huge part of the book, but what was there was enough to have me smiling like a dork. I also was absolutely fascinated by the John Muir trail along the Sierra Nevada - Jessi Kirby makes you feel like you were right along with Mari on this journey.The Other Side of Lost made me feel all the emotions and I'm so happy I decided to read the book. I think this is one of those stories that will appeal to YA and adult readers alike.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book through Goodreads First Reads.I don't have much to say about this one. I thought the author did a good job with the writing and describing the hiking scenes. Overall, it was a nice story even though I felt it was a bit predictable.
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  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    January 1, 1970
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 2.5*I was so, so certain that I was going to love this book. Survival components, feels, finding oneself, I love all those things! But at the end of the day, some of those aspects just fell short and I didn't quite love this as much as I'd hoped. The Things I Liked: I love a good survival story! And it was one, no question. Mari is out on the John Muir Trail (which I spent lots of time You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 2.5*I was so, so certain that I was going to love this book. Survival components, feels, finding oneself, I love all those things! But at the end of the day, some of those aspects just fell short and I didn't quite love this as much as I'd hoped. The Things I Liked: I love a good survival story! And it was one, no question. Mari is out on the John Muir Trail (which I spent lots of time looking up stuff about, the author did a good job of setting that scene for sure!) and it's not an easy hike. For some time, she's super alone, and that has to be harrowing for anyone, let alone someone without the experience under her belt. I liked it even more when it added extra characters to the mix, because the more people surviving, the more fun it is, for some reason. Character growth was definitely on point. Mari wanted to take this journey for a lot of reasons, but growth was definitely top of the list. And grow she did! She had to face a lot of things about herself that she didn't like or didn't want to admit, and she definitely did that. It was nice to see her go through such a personal learning experience. The Things I Didn't: It was just so unbelievable to me. My Kindle notes look like "but NO, no one would ever DO that!" and then a bunch of emojis and exclamation points because I was getting stabby. Look, I know some people are risk takers, certainly more than others. But I simply did not buy that this girl, who was only a literal day before completely obsessed with her internet presence, decides to just bag the whole thing, delete everything, and take off on a long hiking trek. When she has never hiked further than the mailbox. I get the cousin's death jarring something inside of her, but that had happened before all of this, so it hardly felt like the impetus for such a drastic change? Or, if it was, it probably should have been a little more clearly defined as such- it felt so, so sudden. Not only was it wholly unbelievable, it was dangerous! Okay now I definitely sound like someone's parent, but wow, this was a terrible choice. While I loved that the journey empowered her, I don't know that risking her life to "find herself" is really the best plan ever? Especially when her cousin died training for this actual hike. Which I guess brings me back around to the unbelievability piece. Even though there was danger addressed, the stakes didn't feel that high, and a lot of the scary stuff was easily resolved. And again, without experience and training, a lot of it was just summed up to... Mari getting lucky, honestly. Which felt far too easy.  Her food issues weren't addressed. It seemed like Mari had a bit of an unhealthy relationship with food, and some body image issues, and I felt like these were kind of glossed over. It was like somehow now that she was off social media these problems vanished, and sorry, that isn't how that works. Lie of omission trope was in full effect. Gosh, I am not a fan of this. Like she was hiding stuff from her fellow hikers. Lots of stuff, lots of times, and look, we all know that's going to end badly. Everyone will get their feelings hurt, lots of awkwardness when the truth comes out, you know the drill. Maybe it's just a pet peeve of mine, but it is, and this is my review, so there you have it. Bottom Line: While I loved the character growth and hiking/survival aspects of the story, the plot as a whole didn't feel believable enough for me to fully invest. 
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  • alice (arctic books)
    January 1, 1970
    see this review and others at arctic books!I believe this is my first Jessi Kirby novel, and it was sweet, short, and emotional. This novel follows Mari as she attempts to hike the daunting 211 miles of the John Muir trail. Along the way, she deals with the death of her cousin Bri and meets new friends during her trip.Mari is an internet star, and she posts about how her life isn’t as picturesque as it seems. As a result, she receives a lot of negative attention and decides to hike the John Muir see this review and others at arctic books!I believe this is my first Jessi Kirby novel, and it was sweet, short, and emotional. This novel follows Mari as she attempts to hike the daunting 211 miles of the John Muir trail. Along the way, she deals with the death of her cousin Bri and meets new friends during her trip.Mari is an internet star, and she posts about how her life isn’t as picturesque as it seems. As a result, she receives a lot of negative attention and decides to hike the John Muir trail in Bri’s shoes (literally). I’m not a huge fan of social media-related stories, I’ve realized, but I’m glad that social media was only a very small portion of the novel – something that just pushed the plot. The rest of the novel is quite the opposite – we go along with Mari during her hike, so we get a lot of nature and gorgeous imagery.Mari is dealing with the grief after her cousin Bri died, and it was nice to see Mari be able to eventually talk about Bri’s death with her friends. There was also a cute romance between her and Josh, and it’s definitely not the focal point of this novel, which I liked. Kirby does a great job of maintaining the theme of staying true to yourself but also pushing yourself to do something scary and new. My only reservation was that I felt like at some points, this novel lagged.Overall, I enjoyed this novel! This is a really great summer read, dealing with themes of grief, death, hiking, social media, and romance. If you’re looking for a cute, emotional read, be sure to pick this one up!Thank you to Harper for providing an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    Jessi Kirby is no stranger to writing heartfelt stories that touch on grief and strength in the face of it, and she does it again so expertly in The Other Side of Lost. Grief, loneliness, the cost of false facades and things you can’t undo are combined with the beauty of nature, the importance of friendship and the strength and resilience that can be found within. The Other Side of Lost made me want to grab a pair of hiking boots and hit a trail. Mari has constructed an identity online, carefull Jessi Kirby is no stranger to writing heartfelt stories that touch on grief and strength in the face of it, and she does it again so expertly in The Other Side of Lost. Grief, loneliness, the cost of false facades and things you can’t undo are combined with the beauty of nature, the importance of friendship and the strength and resilience that can be found within. The Other Side of Lost made me want to grab a pair of hiking boots and hit a trail. Mari has constructed an identity online, carefully editing and filtering for optimum followers and likes. But online celebrity cost her a relationship with her cousin, and on her eighteenth birthday, evaluating where’s she come from and all that she has lost, she decides to throw everything away. After posting a video online outing herself and her false identity, she takes up her cousin’s plans to hike the John Muir Trail. Over 200 miles will push Mari to her limits, but it just might give her the chance to start over.I’ve read a few books where characters decide to take up a big hike or venture into the unknown. The physical test never fails to offset emotional and mental endurance. I loved how in The Other Side of Lost it doesn’t come easy for Mari. She dislikes hiking, is totally unprepared and basically has no idea what she’s doing. It doesn’t come easy but she perseveres anyway. I enjoyed her journey and connected with her grief and her feelings of inadequacy.Friendship plays a strong part in this book. Reflecting on the close connection she lost with her cousin, Mari mourns the friendship that her online identity cost her. Yet through her journey and Bri’s journals and letters, Mari begins to rediscover that connection. Mari also falls in with a group of hikers, quickly forging lively banter and later deeper friendships. There is also a hint of romance within the story - stolen kisses and shared connection between the stars. It doesn’t take over the plot, though, as the story belongs to Mari and her self-discovery.Through moments of reflection, gorgeous scenery, and endurance, The Other Side of Lost is a delightful story of self-discover and starting over, of enjoying and fully immersing yourself in life. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    The Other Side of Lost is a standalone Young Adult novel.The narrator is 18 year old Mari. When the book begins we see Mari and her cousin when they were 13. They were best friends. However in the next chapter Mari is 18 and something has happened to her cousin.Mari is an instagram sensation. But she feels like that life is a lie. When they were kids Mari and her cousin Bri had said that they were going to do a very extensive hike. But will Mari do it alone?This book has an interesting and origi The Other Side of Lost is a standalone Young Adult novel.The narrator is 18 year old Mari. When the book begins we see Mari and her cousin when they were 13. They were best friends. However in the next chapter Mari is 18 and something has happened to her cousin.Mari is an instagram sensation. But she feels like that life is a lie. When they were kids Mari and her cousin Bri had said that they were going to do a very extensive hike. But will Mari do it alone?This book has an interesting and original premise. It is about self-discovery and friendship and so much more. However, I did find it completely unrealistic that anyone without any hiking experience would even consider what Mari was considering. It was so reckless and dangerous.There were definitely some things that I liked about this book. But the romance was very under-developed. Also I wanted more at the end. The book just ended and it would have been nice to have had some things resolved.Thanks to edelweiss and HarperTeen for allowing me to read this book.
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    Initial thoughts: I really don’t know how to feel about this book. On one hand it was such a fast read and unputdownable. But on the other, it was very unrealistic. Full review:The Other Side Of Lost was a quick and engaging read! I’ve read every Jessi Kirby book and I have really enjoyed all of them! This one included, however it wasn’t my favorite. One one hand this book was unputdownable, I was engaged in the story and with the characters. I felt so bad for Mari and what she was going through Initial thoughts: I really don’t know how to feel about this book. On one hand it was such a fast read and unputdownable. But on the other, it was very unrealistic. Full review:The Other Side Of Lost was a quick and engaging read! I’ve read every Jessi Kirby book and I have really enjoyed all of them! This one included, however it wasn’t my favorite. One one hand this book was unputdownable, I was engaged in the story and with the characters. I felt so bad for Mari and what she was going through. I really enjoyed the other characters as well, they each added a little extra to the story. My issue with this story was that to me, it felt a little unrealistic. Here’s where I’m going to get spoilery so beware................Ok so Mari goes on this 200+ mile hike that her cousin died training for? Really? You want me to believe that someone who has no training can just go on that type of hike at the drop of the hat? Especially after knowing that her cousin who had been doing this sort of adventurous activity all her life had actively train for it and that she died training for this type of hike? I find that highly unrealistic. But that is just my opinion.Like I said, I enjoyed the actual story and the characters, I just found that one (huge) aspect completely unbelievable which is why I gave it a 3 star rating.
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    Mari had spent so many years curating her life, that she forgot to actually live it. Following her cousin's death, she felt adrift, lost, and she hoped following in Bri's footsteps would lead her back to herself.• Pro: My emotions! My emotions! There were so many tears during this book. I cried for Bri and the things she would never do. I cried for Mari and the years she wasted, but there were also plenty of happy tears shed. Every one of Mari's successes filled me with joy, and I loved seeing h Mari had spent so many years curating her life, that she forgot to actually live it. Following her cousin's death, she felt adrift, lost, and she hoped following in Bri's footsteps would lead her back to herself.• Pro: My emotions! My emotions! There were so many tears during this book. I cried for Bri and the things she would never do. I cried for Mari and the years she wasted, but there were also plenty of happy tears shed. Every one of Mari's successes filled me with joy, and I loved seeing her point of view change. • Pro: This is my third book featuring some serious, hardcore hiking, and I was once again captivated by the trials, tribulations, and accomplishments of those who do this sort of thing. I know you are going to think, "How can Mari just walk onto that trail?" BUT, Kirby did not make it sound easy, by any means, and she gave her plenty of assistance. Regardless, I was still really inspired by the whole trip. • Pro: The Sierras sound absolutely breathtaking. Kirby took us on a physical and visual tour of the John Muir trail, and it was such a special treat getting to "see" it. • Pro: Mari was so lucky to meet Josh and all his friends. Not only did they help her novice self navigate the trail, but they gave her something she had needed more than she realized - genuine human interaction. The friendship they shared was really special. • Pro: One of the items Mari found in Bri's pack was her journal. I loved getting to peek at the daily entries, because they were positive, inspiring, and also adorably illustrated. I thought it was a fantastic way for Bri to encourage Mari, and a brilliant way for us to get to know Bri as well. • Pro: The ending was really beautiful and appropriate. I was left with some tears, but I was smiling through those tears. Overall: A beautiful and touching story of one woman's physical, mental, and emotional journey of self discovery. I was all in from the very beginning and loved every second of it. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Dalene
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book as a review copy from the publisher."I still don't know what the other side of lost looks like. And right now, it doesn't seem like I'll ever find out."I have come to realize over the years that Jessi Kirby can do no wrong. Every single one of her books are amazing. "The Other Side of Lost" is not your typical YA novel. Mari Turner is the type of girl that people look up to. But everyone only knows her because of her popularity on social media. When her 18th birthday comes a I received this book as a review copy from the publisher."I still don't know what the other side of lost looks like. And right now, it doesn't seem like I'll ever find out."I have come to realize over the years that Jessi Kirby can do no wrong. Every single one of her books are amazing. "The Other Side of Lost" is not your typical YA novel. Mari Turner is the type of girl that people look up to. But everyone only knows her because of her popularity on social media. When her 18th birthday comes around, Mari can no longer continue with the life that she has been living. Her cousin that she was once very close to passed away a while ago. But her aunt mails Mari her cousins, Bri, hiking gear. The plan was for them to take a hiking trip on their 18th birthday. Mari decides to take the trip alone in order to escape the life she no longer wants. On her journey Mari meets some amazing people, especially Josh, Beau, Colin, Jack, and Vanessa. The hiking journey these young people are on is not easy, but together they will discover who they truly are on incredible adventure.To say the least I loved this novel. Jessi Kirby has a way with creating amazing stories and characters that the reader can relate to. "The Other Side of Lost" was an amazing book that now makes me want to take this journey for myself, but of course with some training first. I can't wait to read another Kirby book!
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    After Mari’s cousin Bri dies she receives Bri’s hiking gear in the mail on their 18th birthday and has an epiphany that she needs to hike the John Muir Trail in Bri’s place. A fellow nature lover and hiker myself, I expected a beautiful novel detailed with nature and self-discovery. Instead I read about a whiny character stupidly deciding to hike a 210-mile trail with zero athletic or hiking experience/knowledge while making new BFFs and an instant love boyfriend.I disliked Mari from the first c After Mari’s cousin Bri dies she receives Bri’s hiking gear in the mail on their 18th birthday and has an epiphany that she needs to hike the John Muir Trail in Bri’s place. A fellow nature lover and hiker myself, I expected a beautiful novel detailed with nature and self-discovery. Instead I read about a whiny character stupidly deciding to hike a 210-mile trail with zero athletic or hiking experience/knowledge while making new BFFs and an instant love boyfriend.I disliked Mari from the first chapter. She has multiple social media platforms where she posts her daily activities and perfect life for her thousands of followers to like, comment, and give her attention. Besides being skinny, pretty, being coddled with attention 24/7, and receiving free clothes and items from sponsors, Mari is still unhappy. She misses her cousin Bri who died a few months prior. They used to be close when they were younger, but one day Mari decided to ditch her cousin and become a social media star. She ignored her cousin for years and currently spends her time sulking and whining about missing Bri. I had zero sympathy for this character since it was her decision to not be a part of her family and chase attention and fame.So then we get to the next point where Mari’s aunt mails her Bri’s hiking bag and boots. Mari leaves in the middle of the night and drives hours to Yosemite where she decides to attempt to hike a portion of the trail in Bri’s memory. Sounds nice, right? She leaves her mom and never checks in during her 30+ days on the trail besides sending 2 (if I can remember correctly) texts saying she’s hiking. Can you imagine how worried and angry her mother is over Mari’s careless actions? Her phone also dies on the first day and somehow the next morning it has magically rejuvenated itself in the middle of the woods since she takes selfies and pictures of the mountains and lakes and trees for the next week.What I wanted was for Mari to redeem herself on a solo hike with just her thoughts and a few interactions with fellow hikers. Instead she meets a group of eighteen year olds and they take her in for the majority of the hike where upon arrival two guys note how hot she is and one falls madly in love with her after a few exchange of words. Mari and Josh end up sharing a sleeping bag because of Mari’s zero hiking/athletic experience/abilities (which I will detail in a moment) and then making out. She hangs with this group for a bit until they find out who she really is (a fallen social media star who misses her cousin) so Mari runs away from them and ends up getting lost and then meets back up with them for emotional support/attention.This novel would have been believable if Mari had athletic experience and hiking knowledge. She somehow carries a heavy pack, adjusts to hiking boots, and makes it across the John Muir Trail despite zero experience or knowledge. I was honestly expecting her to fall off a cliff or be attacked by a mountain lion and have to be saved by Josh because of how blinded she went into this impetuous decision. He does end up “saving” her when she slips when crossing a raging river. During the hike she moans about missing Bri and describes her surroundings (which was the only incentive to reading this story), but she never improves as a person. She only wants to be better so her new friends don’t think she’s fake, including Josh.Thanks Edelweiss for the ARC.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    This book. OH THIS BOOK. I feel like Jessi Kirby is such a phemonenal writer of YA contemporary, but her books don't seem to garner as much buzz as some other popular YA authors, like Morgan Matson or Katie Cotugno. So instead, I feel like I need to climb up on top of a soapbox and yell for all the world to hear: IF YOU HAVEN'T READ A JESSI KIRBY BOOK, WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!?!?This book. OH THIS BOOK. I had started 9 Days & 9 Nights because its publication date was earlier, but This book. OH THIS BOOK. I feel like Jessi Kirby is such a phemonenal writer of YA contemporary, but her books don't seem to garner as much buzz as some other popular YA authors, like Morgan Matson or Katie Cotugno. So instead, I feel like I need to climb up on top of a soapbox and yell for all the world to hear: IF YOU HAVEN'T READ A JESSI KIRBY BOOK, WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!?!?This book. OH THIS BOOK. I had started 9 Days & 9 Nights because its publication date was earlier, but something about this book was calling to me, so I thought I'd just read the first couple of pages and see what it was like. Two pages in, I WAS HOOKED. Mari is an Instagram sensation and the book opens with her composing photos and posts for her account. I loved seeing the way her mind approached her online persona, and the way she as a person was disconnected with how she appeared to her fans online. Then she posts a confessional video about how everything she posts online is a lie, and that she isn't the happy, carefree individual that she pretends to be online. In the virtual aftermath of her video going viral, she makes a spontaneous decision to fulfill a life goal that she had planned to do with her cousin, a plan that had fallen apart both because of her estranged relationship with her cousin, and the fact that her cousin died in a tragic accident. The life goal includes hiking the John Muir trail, an impressive 211 miles across all kinds of terrain. All of this happens in the first few chapters of the book and what unfolds from there is a story of self-discovery and truth that is unlike any other book that I have read. I'm already craving a re-read of the story, and can scarcely wait to get my hands on a physical copy so that I can go back and Post-it flag some of the pages ... and I'm not one to annotate books at all. There's just something about this book that spoke to me on such a deep level -- there was a reason that this book was calling to me, and I'm so glad that I picked it up when I did.To repeat my earlier statement, IF YOU HAVEN'T READ A JESSI KIRBY BOOK, WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!?!?! Start with this one, or start with one of her earlier books, but please please please give her a chance. Note: An egalley was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Thamy
    January 1, 1970
    I confess I was looking forward to a story with more to do with social networks, but that is just a background for this one. This one focus on self discovery and nature, a little more to do with road trip storiesI'd give it 3.5, but rounded it up because it did make me feel good.Mari has been a digital influencer with a big number of followers to her Instagram account, but at what cost had it all come? She's faking a relationship with another popular Instagram user, who won't even care to give h I confess I was looking forward to a story with more to do with social networks, but that is just a background for this one. This one focus on self discovery and nature, a little more to do with road trip storiesI'd give it 3.5, but rounded it up because it did make me feel good.Mari has been a digital influencer with a big number of followers to her Instagram account, but at what cost had it all come? She's faking a relationship with another popular Instagram user, who won't even care to give her abirthday present, and she lost the friendship with her cousin, now forever gone. When her aunt sends her the things her cousin had prepared for a big hike, Mari decides it's time to abandon her old self and goes on an adventure.It started very exciting, focusing on the pressures of being an internet celebrity and how that fake life has been overwhelming for Mari. But soon that part is over and she's in the middle of nowhere without internet of phone reception. So... it was disappointing.To be honest from there until she finally joins a group, I thought it was very dull, and too much navel-gazing once the novelty of starting a hike was over. Even after that, there was still some parts dragging, that made me feel like skipping a couple of paragraphs. The problem is that it felt like a road-trip book, and I'm not into that trope.That said, I still had my fun wondering how a hike would be, considering I'd never do anything close to what Mari did. There's also some romance for those who like it—I'm included—, but not a lot. It's really just there and doesn't make a difference. It's still cute, I liked Josh a lot. I loved the whole group, actually.This was a good book about starting again. I would have loved to have seen a little more of Mari's family and to be honest I prefered it if the social medias had anythign to really do with the plot. Even so, on the self discovery aspect, it did the job very well and even gave me a tiny need to go out there and have an adventure of my own.You will also enjoy the illustrations done by Annica Lydenberg, a nice combo with Mari's journey.Honest review based on an ARC provided by Edelweiss. Many thanks to the publisher for this opportunity.
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  • Pam (YA Escape)
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this book. The plot, the setting, the group of people Mari ends up hiking with. But the ending felt rushed and incomplete to me and the romance was underdeveloped, although it wasn't supposed to be a big part of the story, so that's probably why.
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  • Asimina
    January 1, 1970
    ✖4 stars✖such an inspiring and emotional young adult novel, it spoke through my heart and it was so relatable in many ways.
  • Kara
    January 1, 1970
    The one thing I hate the most is when I am reading a book on my Kindle, I'm at 93% which means there are still some pages left, but the book decides to end there and I am absolutely not ready for it. That's what happened with The Other Side of Lost and I was just expecting more of a resolution. Up until the ending, I was enjoying what I was reading, but for some reason wasn't all that emotional about it which isn't usually me. So it was a good book but not a great one. I was hoping the ending wo The one thing I hate the most is when I am reading a book on my Kindle, I'm at 93% which means there are still some pages left, but the book decides to end there and I am absolutely not ready for it. That's what happened with The Other Side of Lost and I was just expecting more of a resolution. Up until the ending, I was enjoying what I was reading, but for some reason wasn't all that emotional about it which isn't usually me. So it was a good book but not a great one. I was hoping the ending would pull it all together because I was waiting throughout the book for Mari to contact her mother, to decide what she was going to do about this whole Instagram mess, but she never did and there just wasn't much of an ending. She got to the end of her hike and then that was just sort of it.The Other Side of Lost is one of those books that is more about the journey than the resolution, and that would have been fine if I knew going into it, but I didn't. I was with Mari for all of her journey--I always am with these hiking books, and I have read several of them now. My favorite is STILL Wild by Cheryl Strayed and that's just because there was a whole lot of depth there. I'm not saying not to read this book, but just adjust your expectations. The descriptions of the trail and the environment were wonderful, and Jessi Kirby's writing is vivid and flows well, but it just wasn't that memorable. I have several other books by this author sitting around, so I fully intend to give her another chance, but this was just an average read for me, sadly.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    If you read and loved Wild, and you are looking for a version of that for the younger teen age, then this might be what you are looking for. It is not a memoir, but a fictional version of a similar story.A young social media obsessed girl named Mari decides to follow through on a plan she had with her cousin Bri prior to her passing away. She's going to hike the John Muir trail in its entirety. They were going to do it on their shared 18th Birthday. But that was also before Mari got so caught u If you read and loved Wild, and you are looking for a version of that for the younger teen age, then this might be what you are looking for. It is not a memoir, but a fictional version of a similar story.A young social media obsessed girl named Mari decides to follow through on a plan she had with her cousin Bri prior to her passing away. She's going to hike the John Muir trail in its entirety. They were going to do it on their shared 18th Birthday. But that was also before Mari got so caught up trying to have the perfect posts and gaining more followers.Mari goes on a journey of self-discovery and growth. She copes with her grief reflecting on the relationship she had with her cousin. The hiking scenes are beautifully written. There is a little bit of romance that doesn't overtake the story, as the focus is Mari's journey.I decided to look past how unrealistic it would be for Mari to go on a hike with zero experience that her cousin died training to do. It's cool, though. I accepted that it's fiction. My issue was more about the fact that I was probably not the audience for this book. I loved Wild for it's rawness and the emotions it brought out in me. It's so real and beautiful. I just didn't get that here. It would've been (close to) impossible to imitate that in fiction form, let alone in young adult anyway. That's why I wanted to read this. So it just wasn't for me.Still a sweet read for younger young adult audiences.I won this through goodreads in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Nara
    January 1, 1970
    Jessi Kirby is one of those contemporary authors whose books I will pretty much always read. She's released some very strong novels including Things We Know By Heart and Golden, and I'll always read her books with the expectation that I could get a massive hit in the feels.The Other Side of Lost is probably middle of the pack Kirby for me. While there was a pretty solid story, it lacked the emotional pull of some of her other novels, and I felt I didn't quite connect as much to the protagonist M Jessi Kirby is one of those contemporary authors whose books I will pretty much always read. She's released some very strong novels including Things We Know By Heart and Golden, and I'll always read her books with the expectation that I could get a massive hit in the feels.The Other Side of Lost is probably middle of the pack Kirby for me. While there was a pretty solid story, it lacked the emotional pull of some of her other novels, and I felt I didn't quite connect as much to the protagonist Mari. On the other hand, the book did contain the rather interesting message of how people these days are too connected online and should take the time to explore the outdoors. It's been a while since I've seen a book with that message in YA, and although I don't necessarily agree with it myself (the few times I've gone without internet have been a bit hellish to be honest), I can see the value in letting yourself disconnect from social media every once in a while.There was a bit of romance included in the book, and while I did think that the romance wasn't necessarily needed, I also didn't mind that it was included, because I felt that it was minor enough that it didn't take over the main bulk of the story. The focus was definitely still on Mari as a separate person, and her relationship with her cousin Bri.Overall, I felt The Other Side of Lost was an interesting and relatively quick read. It was a bit different from Kirby's other novels I've read, in that there wasn't a huge focus on the romance, but I enjoyed the novel nonetheless.RatingsOverall: 8/10Plot: 4/5Romance: 3.5/5Writing: 4/5Characters: 4/5Cover: 3/5
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  • Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
    January 1, 1970
    While reading this book I was constantly on the lookout for a love interest. I was anxious whether of not he's going to even be in the book since the theme doesn't necessarily scream "I NEED A MAN" and then a certain guy appeared in the background and I groaned out loud. Romance wasn't the main focus of the story and I still think The Other Side of Lost would've been better without any trace of it.
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  • Andrea at Reading Lark
    January 1, 1970
    Review Posted on Reading Lark 8/27/18: https://readinglark.blogspot.com/2018...Mari Turner has the perfect life - at least online - but the price of perfection comes with a high price. Mari turned to the online community to find solace after her parents divorce. Social media platforms offered her a chance to reinvent herself as anyone she wanted to be. In the online world, she could be happy, healthy, and inspiring even when her actual reality was crumbling around her. So many of us hide behind Review Posted on Reading Lark 8/27/18: https://readinglark.blogspot.com/2018...Mari Turner has the perfect life - at least online - but the price of perfection comes with a high price. Mari turned to the online community to find solace after her parents divorce. Social media platforms offered her a chance to reinvent herself as anyone she wanted to be. In the online world, she could be happy, healthy, and inspiring even when her actual reality was crumbling around her. So many of us hide behind computer screens these days rather than truly experiencing all that life has to offer. (Yes, I totally said that as I sit on my laptop and write this review. The irony is not lost on me.)After the death of her cousin, Bri, in a tragic accident, Mari starts to question things, but its not until a box shows up on her eighteenth birthday that Mari truly begins to wonder if she chose the right path. How would things have been different if she had stayed close to Bri and embraced all the awkward beauty of real life? The more Mari thinks about her cousin and the sort of life she led, the more she wants to change who she has been and become someone Bri would be proud to know. Mari makes an impulsive decision to declare to the web her hypocrisy before heading off into the wild unknown.Mari finds herself driving to pick up a hiking permit for the John Muir Trail. She plans to make the hike of a lifetime in honor of Bri and in order to figure out what she truly wants from her life. In many ways, Mari sees her life as symbol for living to the fullest in Bri's stead. Aside from her pack and supply packages at various intervals, Mari is largely unprepared to tackle a hike of this magnitude. She has no significant hiking experience and hasn't trained in any way. As a mother, this lack of preparation coupled with the fact that she rarely communicates with her family during her voyage of self discovery made me nervous and frightened for Mari. I applauded her courage, but cringed at her irresponsible behavior.Thankfully, Mari meets up with a group of friends who is making the same journey and invites her to tag along. My mom radar dinged again at the thought of a teen girl joining a group of teens she doesn't know and all the dangers that could pose, but thankfully, this is a positive turn of events. This group will become the best friends Mari has had in a long time and I adored each of them. By the end, I was thankful that Mari was able to hike with them and still gain perspective.One of my favorite aspects of the novel was Bri's journal. I loved getting to know her through her writing as well as Mari's memories. While Bri's death occurs prior to Mari's trip, I felt like Bri was with Mari every step of the way. She was a symbol for the life Mari could choose to have if she was brave enough to go for it. I also think Bri inspired me a little bit to savor the experiences and moments of my life more.My biggest complaint was the ending. It felt poetic and right, but also lacked the resolution I was craving. I wanted to know more about the characters after that point. I especially hoped for a reunion between Mari and her mom.All in all, this is yet another strong contemporary from Jessi Kirby that will have you craving a hike in the untouched wilds. There is also a little hint of Wild lingering in Mari's story if you're a fan of that memoir. I recommend this one if you're craving a vacation, but can't seem to shake off the dust of suburbia.One Last Gripe: I still can't get over the lack of communication with her mom. I cannot even fathom how worried I would be if my child did this.Favorite Thing About This Book: The dynamics of the "hiking family"First Sentence: We lie on our backs on the trampoline, drawn into the center by each other's weight.Favorite Character: MariLeast Favorite Character: Ian
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  • Kelly Hager
    January 1, 1970
    I've loved Jessi Kirby since I read her first novel, Moonglass. (Which I read when it first came out, thanks to Sarah Dessen's recommendation.) I've loved every book she's written but this one may be my new favorite.Mari is completely relatable. She's created the life she thinks she wants, but realizes (on her birthday) that it's actually not what she wanted. And she sets off on this quest, doing something she and Bri were supposed to do together. It's hard and more than kind of awful but she do I've loved Jessi Kirby since I read her first novel, Moonglass. (Which I read when it first came out, thanks to Sarah Dessen's recommendation.) I've loved every book she's written but this one may be my new favorite.Mari is completely relatable. She's created the life she thinks she wants, but realizes (on her birthday) that it's actually not what she wanted. And she sets off on this quest, doing something she and Bri were supposed to do together. It's hard and more than kind of awful but she does it, one step at a time. I'm drawn to stories about personal growth and especially ones where people do more than they think they can. This has both of those in spades. Mari also makes both seem really possible. (I'm tempted to try this too, but I know I would literally die. It's a 211 mile hike!)Highly recommended.
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  • Sandie, Teen Lit Rocks
    January 1, 1970
    I really, really enjoyed this book and want teen my daughter, who follows a lot of lifestyle Insta stars, to read it as well. It was like "Wild" meets "The Sky Is Everywhere" and deals with grief, loss, love, and the transforming power of the outdoors. I highly recommend it.
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  • Nikki S
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come.
  • Forever Young Adult
    January 1, 1970
    Graded By: RosemaryCover Story: Montell JordanBFF Charm: YaySwoonworthy Scale: 5Talky Talk: School of Sarah DessenBonus Factors: Social Media Detox, Purple Mountain Majesties, Bullet JournalRelationship Status: Hiking BuddiesRead the full book report here.
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