The Other Side of Lost ARC Review

The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby
5 Stars

The thing that initially interested me in The Other Side of Lost was the hiking aspect. I don't know how many of you know this, but I go up to the mountain to clear my head. I hike one trail more often than any other and I find a boulder and climb up high. I sit there. The silence of nature and the fresh air makes me calm, alive, happy even. So whenever I see a book that includes an adventure similar to those I enjoy, I want to read it immediately. The Other Side of Lost is a novel following Mari, a social media star who is just turning 18. Years ago her cousin, who shares the same birthday, and her planned a trip for the day they turned 18. Something amazing for them to experience together. Her cousin is no longer around and in a crisis of self, Mari decides to do it. Alone.

When I started the book I couldn't stand Mari. The way she saw the world irritated me. Especially when she complained about it. I couldn't help but roll my eyes and think that she chose this so she should stop bitching. However, as the story went on I began to understand her and even root for her. I wanted her to find what I find in nature and for her to grow and heal her heart. I've decided not to talk about any side characters in this review because the story is about Mari and her journey regardless of who shows up. Just know that I cherish everyone along the trail.

I've never done more than a day hike, but to me Jessi seems to write true to the experience. I felt scared when the storms were coming or when things got tough. I worried for her. I cheered her on after a long day. I most definitely felt for her when she pushed through sore muscles because I sleep for an entire day after one of my little hikes. I could feel the environment as if I were there myself and that takes talent so I applaud her. Maybe one day I'll make it to at least of part of the John Muir trail.

One thing I will say before I let you go is that despite this book having a perfect ending. If you're anything like me you'll want more. I want to know what life is like after. What does she do next? I have so many questions and I am hoping beyond hope that we do get more of this touching story. Until then, The Other Side of Lost releases on August 7, 2018 and is available for preorder now. Don't forget to follow Jessi Kirby for any updates you may need. Does this sound like your cup of tea? Where do you go when you need to get away? Tell me in the comments. Happy reading!


  1. Oooh! I'm a sucker for books about hiking! Great review!

    Erica | Erica Robyn Reads

    1. Same! I need more YA hiking books! Thank you for stopping by!

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