It’s Grace here, writing from Athens, Georgia. I’ve finished a short run (it was hot) and spent most of the day lazing around and watching Cutthroat Kitchen. While I haven’t exactly done much since camp, I have chipped away at some books and largely enjoyed having no schedule.
I’m going to be featuring this title on a ton of posts in the upcoming days. Every few months, I read a book that just blows me out of the water. One that I champion, and push on everyone. And I love watching it ripple throughout my friends and readers.
In general, this is a book that I could see a lot of people (especially my age) relating to and appreciating. Whether you’re a nature aficionado or glued to your iPhone, or both, it’s relevant and searing in subtle and graceful ways.
The Other Side of Lost is also a stellar read in terms of aesthetic. In the summers and at school, I love the scent of dirt, the aching of your legs after a long day of hiking, the colors of the mountains when you reach the top. Love. There are so many images related to backpacking that linger. Also, hiking is ALL about the little things — both during the planning stages and during the actual day.
So naturally, your girl made a mood board.
Novel: The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby | Goodreads
Release Date: August 7, 2018
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.
Although it’s on the smaller, more abstract side than the mood boards I have normally created for books, I love that it hits on a ton of the points of The Other Side of Lost. I wanted to include Snickers, but they didn’t fit. I like the camaraderie; I love the little friends with their arms linked around each other. I love all the trail bits: trees and rain and roads and boots. They bring me back so easily.
Jessi Kirby’s writing style is simple and clear. It’s not the most purple of prose, and so perhaps it could also be my personal experiences in the woods. Also, my desire to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Still, I found the sensory aspects of this book to be so engaging and rewarding.