I have a love-hate relationship with social media. For me to drives people here to read my reviews. I struggle with being too wrapped up in getting a good book picture for Bookstagram and at the same time not caring at all. So I identified with Mari at the beginning of the story. As a teenager, she has gotten in way over her head leading an "internet" life including fake friends and a phony boyfriend all in the name of sponsors and likes.
When her cousin dies, it finally hits her that she has to make some changes. Mari decides to unplug and hike the John Muir Trail; she uses the pack and research that her cousin prepared before her death. There is a journal page for every day on the trail filled with art and encouragement. Her cousin was writing to her future self, but it all ends up applying to Mari as she takes on this adventure with virtually no prep at all. She finds herself discovering a new world, in which small moments can be enjoyed. This is the story of Mari remembering what it is to make real-life friends and live life without that tiny glowing ever-present screen.
I think this would be a fantastic choice for a teen/parent book club as it brings up a ton of good discussion ready material. This is the first book by Jessi Kirby that I've read and it won't be the last.
Please note that I received a free advance E ARC of this book from Edelweiss without a review requirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that, I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby
August 7, 2018