The Other Side of Lost

The Other Side of Lost


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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 a 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 from to the girl she fears may be too lost to find: herself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062424242
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/07/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 290,205
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jessi Kirby is a writer for young adults whose first book, Moonglass, was named an ABA New Voices Pick. She has also written five other novels—In Honor, Golden, Things We Know by Heart, The Secret History of Us, and The Other Side of Lost. Jessi lives in central California with her husband and two kids. You can visit her online at

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The Other Side of Lost 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
I grabbed this one solely because of the author's name on the front. And as it happens, I didn't actually enjoy this as much as her others. So many different factors go into it, but I have to say, this one didn't have the same magic to me as, say, Things we Know by Heart. It was missing something to me. Mari's life has been perfect. Or so she likes people to think so. Under all the likes and follows, she's not really happy. Especially after losing her cousin, Bri. The two used to be as close as sisters, but as they grew older, they grew apart. But one day it all gets to be too much. She makes a video confessing all that she's really going through to all her followers and then deletes all her social media accounts. Then a box from her aunt sends her a birthday present, of all the things that Bri was to take on a trip with her while hiking the John Muir trail. Mari knows the only way to bring her out of the depression she's in now is to make sure she completes the hike in Bri's place. The main reason I didn't like this one as much was the believability. *SPOILER* I just didn't understand how Bri could die while just TRAINING for this hike when this was something she did all the time, while someone who has never set foot on a trail can come in and complete the entire thing with no training and no muscles or anything whatsoever. It just didn't seem plausible. I also didn't care for the main character. Although she grows immensely throughout the book, I don't feel like we ever really know her. I wanted a bit more background of her and Bri. I felt short-changed with just the small passage at the beginning. I know she was supposed to be depicted as shallow, but it seemed as if she was still the same way at the end and didn't learn anything. (Running when something happened and not telling people who she was. It seemed like she learned nothing.) However, I still loved the writing style. Jessi Kirby is still one of my favorite authors. Although this one was not for me, I can still see the appeal that others will have to it. Kirby just has a way with words. I have never in my life liked camping or hiking, but with this book Kirby glamorized it and helped to put me right in the middle of the woods with the characters. Although some things didn't work for me, there were others that did. This one isn't for me, but I will be giving this to my teens who are obsessed with Snapchat. Hopefully this will do for them what it didn't do for me.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
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**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago