The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby

The Other Side of Lost

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 per...

Details The Other Side of Lost

TitleThe Other Side of Lost
Release DateAug 7th, 2018
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Realistic Fiction

Reviews The Other Side of Lost

  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    Great summer read! Quite thought provoking in multiple ways, especially if you’re dealing with grief. And a fantastic group of friends that I would love to meet in real life. :)
  • Ari
    “The Other Side of Lost” is a beautiful and emotional story about finding yourself, about challenges, regrets and second chances, about friendship and nature and survival and a lot more. And yes, there is a bit of sweet love squeezed in there as well, to make your heart skip a beat. I have no idea how to properly put into words all the things I loved about this story, but you should know this:It’s delightful to be able to resonate with a st...
  • Stacee
    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 monotono...
  • Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••
    RATING: 3.75/5e-ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewMari 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 confesses she’s been living a lie, 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 supp...
    4.5 stars! I’ve never imagined myself going on a hike, but after reading this book (even with all of stressful things that happen), I’m feeling inspired to go on even a little one of my own. Also, this was just so well-written and it made me very emotional at certain points!
  • nick
    Well friends, I think this book just about broke me. Jessi Kirby never fails to deliver on emotive stories about grief, growing up and love. The Other Side of Lost was another wonderful and heartwrenching story from her that absolutely moved me.At the center of The Other Side of Lost is Mari, an Instagram-famous young woman who seems to have a perfect life. In reality, however, Mari's social media presence is well-curated and a complete facade. U...
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 2.5*I was so, so certain that I was going to love this book. Survival components, feels, finding oneself, I love all those things! But at the end of the day, some of those aspects just fell short and I didn't quite love this as much as I'd hoped.The Things I Liked: I love a good survival story! And it was one, no question. Mari is out...
  • Erin
    I received this book through Goodreads First Reads.I don't have much to say about this one. I thought the author did a good job with the writing and describing the hiking scenes. Overall, it was a nice story even though I felt it was a bit predictable.
  • alice (arctic books)
    see this review and others at arctic books!I believe this is my first Jessi Kirby novel, and it was sweet, short, and emotional. This novel follows Mari as she attempts to hike the daunting 211 miles of the John Muir trail. Along the way, she deals with the death of her cousin Bri and meets new friends during her trip.Mari is an internet star, and she posts about how her life isn’t as picturesque as it seems. As a result, she receives a lot of ...
  • Madison
    Jessi Kirby is no stranger to writing heartfelt stories that touch on grief and strength in the face of it, and she does it again so expertly in The Other Side of Lost. Grief, loneliness, the cost of false facades and things you can’t undo are combined with the beauty of nature, the importance of friendship and the strength and resilience that can be found within. The Other Side of Lost made me want to grab a pair of hiking boots and hit a trai...
  • Jennifer
    The Other Side of Lost is a standalone Young Adult novel.The narrator is 18 year old Mari. When the book begins we see Mari and her cousin when they were 13. They were best friends. However in the next chapter Mari is 18 and something has happened to her cousin.Mari is an instagram sensation. But she feels like that life is a lie. When they were kids Mari and her cousin Bri had said that they were going to do a very extensive hike. But will Mari ...
  • Christy
    Initial thoughts: I really don’t know how to feel about this book. On one hand it was such a fast read and unputdownable. But on the other, it was very unrealistic. Full review:The Other Side Of Lost was a quick and engaging read! I’ve read every Jessi Kirby book and I have really enjoyed all of them! This one included, however it wasn’t my favorite. One one hand this book was unputdownable, I was engaged in the story and with the character...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Mari had spent so many years curating her life, that she forgot to actually live it. Following her cousin's death, she felt adrift, lost, and she hoped following in Bri's footsteps would lead her back to herself.• Pro: My emotions! My emotions! There were so many tears during this book. I cried for Bri and the things she would never do. I cried for Mari and the years she wasted, but there were also plenty of happy tears shed. Every one of Mari'...
  • Ania
    This was my kind of a book. If I were to place an order, that is exactly what I would get delivered. I don't think it will sweep everyone off their feet, I can totally see how it may seem a bit pretentious and kind of naive. But it touches on many topics I often ponder - connecting to nature and finding yourself outside of the daily routine and loosing touch with people. So I am going to give it 4.5*, rounding up to 5* as it will be one of my fav...
  • Kara
    The one thing I hate the most is when I am reading a book on my Kindle, I'm at 93% which means there are still some pages left, but the book decides to end there and I am absolutely not ready for it. That's what happened with The Other Side of Lost and I was just expecting more of a resolution. Up until the ending, I was enjoying what I was reading, but for some reason wasn't all that emotional about it which isn't usually me. So it was a good bo...
  • Dalene
    I received this book as a review copy from the publisher."I still don't know what the other side of lost looks like. And right now, it doesn't seem like I'll ever find out."I have come to realize over the years that Jessi Kirby can do no wrong. Every single one of her books are amazing. "The Other Side of Lost" is not your typical YA novel. Mari Turner is the type of girl that people look up to. But everyone only knows her because of her populari...
  • Lindsay
    After Mari’s cousin Bri dies she receives Bri’s hiking gear in the mail on their 18th birthday and has an epiphany that she needs to hike the John Muir Trail in Bri’s place. A fellow nature lover and hiker myself, I expected a beautiful novel detailed with nature and self-discovery. Instead I read about a whiny character stupidly deciding to hike a 210-mile trail with zero athletic or hiking experience/knowledge while making new BFFs and an...
  • Melissa
    This book. OH THIS BOOK. I feel like Jessi Kirby is such a phemonenal writer of YA contemporary, but her books don't seem to garner as much buzz as some other popular YA authors, like Morgan Matson or Katie Cotugno. So instead, I feel like I need to climb up on top of a soapbox and yell for all the world to hear: IF YOU HAVEN'T READ A JESSI KIRBY BOOK, WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!?!?This book. OH THIS BOOK. I had started 9 Days & 9 Nights ...
  • Thamy
    I confess I was looking forward to a story with more to do with social networks, but that is just a background for this one. This one focus on self discovery and nature, a little more to do with road trip storiesI'd give it 3.5, but rounded it up because it did make me feel good.Mari has been a digital influencer with a big number of followers to her Instagram account, but at what cost had it all come? She's faking a relationship with another pop...
  • Pam (YA Escape)
    I liked this book. The plot, the setting, the group of people Mari ends up hiking with. But the ending felt rushed and incomplete to me and the romance was underdeveloped, although it wasn't supposed to be a big part of the story, so that's probably why.
  • Asimina
    ✖4 stars✖such an inspiring and emotional young adult novel, it spoke through my heart and it was so relatable in many ways.
  • Laura
    If you read and loved Wild, and you are looking for a version of that for the younger teen age, then this might be what you are looking for. It is not a memoir, but a fictional version of a similar story.A young social media obsessed girl named Mari decides to follow through on a plan she had with her cousin Bri prior to her passing away. She's going to hike the John Muir trail in its entirety. They were going to do it on their shared 18th Birth...
  • Nara
    Jessi Kirby is one of those contemporary authors whose books I will pretty much always read. She's released some very strong novels including Things We Know By Heart and Golden, and I'll always read her books with the expectation that I could get a massive hit in the feels.The Other Side of Lost is probably middle of the pack Kirby for me. While there was a pretty solid story, it lacked the emotional pull of some of her other novels, and I felt I...
  • Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
    While reading this book I was constantly on the lookout for a love interest. I was anxious whether of not he's going to even be in the book since the theme doesn't necessarily scream "I NEED A MAN" and then a certain guy appeared in the background and I groaned out loud. Romance wasn't the main focus of the story and I still think The Other Side of Lost would've been better without any trace of it.
  • Andrea at Reading Lark
    Review Posted on Reading Lark 8/27/18: Turner has the perfect life - at least online - but the price of perfection comes with a high price. Mari turned to the online community to find solace after her parents divorce. Social media platforms offered her a chance to reinvent herself as anyone she wanted to be. In the online world, she could be happy, healthy, and inspiring even when her actual reality wa...
  • Luke Reynolds
    I unfortunately skimmed the last third or fourth of this book, and I do feel a little guilty about it because the construction of it is really well-done. A girl honoring her dead cousin by going on the John Muir Trail and meeting a group of people a la The Way? That sounds super awesome!The best way I can describe this is the aforementioned movie in a YA contemporary format. There’s the required romance (which was cute but a little cheesy) and ...
  • Andrea
    You know that lecture your mom gave you about how you should go play outside because all this 'technology will rot your brain'? This book felt like a long-ass version of that. The story was sometimes cute, in a way, I guess, but mostly it was just some girl with no perspective whining about non-problems. Like the way she keeps freaking out about her fake social media life - "I was too scared of what they would think of me if they knew the rest" -...
  • Kelly Hager
    I've loved Jessi Kirby since I read her first novel, Moonglass. (Which I read when it first came out, thanks to Sarah Dessen's recommendation.) I've loved every book she's written but this one may be my new favorite.Mari is completely relatable. She's created the life she thinks she wants, but realizes (on her birthday) that it's actually not what she wanted. And she sets off on this quest, doing something she and Bri were supposed to do together...