Published by HarperCollins on February 17, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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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?
Survival and heartbreak at it’s best.
Survival stories aren’t always my favorite. After a while all the books with characters lost in a forest sort of blurred together, so I was a bit wary of picking up The Distance Between Lost and Found, but the incident that was mentioned in the synopsis intrigued me, I’ll admit. And we all know how fond I am of tough-issue books. So I picked it up.
And loved it.
This is going to be a short review because I’m not quite sure how to do this book justice. It’s a survival book, but this one stands among all the others and I can’t quite put my finger on why. It’s a compelling story about finding your way home and finding yourself along the way and that, I suppose, is what made it so different, but I feel like it was more than that. Holmes writes this novel intricately and beautifully in a way that sounds plausible and as heartbreaking as it should’ve been.
Immediately in the first page you can feel Hallie’s hurt and her anger and her regret. It’s there and as a reader, it’s so prominently there that you feel it too. I read this entire book with my heart aching for our main character and what she’s been through.
The way that Holmes writes the actual plot of the story seemed well written too. There were several times I actually worried for the characters, afraid they’d end up dead and you guys have no idea how on edge I was while reading this. (I also got a craving for fish.) The book is extremely well paced and I wasn’t bored at all throughout the entire read. If they weren’t getting injured or struggling to survive, our characters would start to reveal bits and pieces of themselves, and in such a hopeless setting, it broke my heart.
A story about finding your voice and finding your way back home (literally and figuratively), the pure emotion Kathryn Holmes weaves into her writing is reason enough to read it, but with harrowing escapes, near death experiences, and a gritty atmosphere, The Distance Between Lost and Found is an absolute must read (so the distance between you and the bookstore should be zero to none. I’m sorry I couldn’t help it.) It’s really a gorgeous book that I’d recommend almost instantly to…well really, anyone and everyone!