The Distance Between Lost and Found
Releasing: 17th February, 2015
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?
What I liked: I loved seeing how Hallie grew over the book, from someone who needed others to support her, to someone who was strong and could support herself. She was very closed off in the beginning, but bit by bit we see her open up and become stronger and better because of this. Hallie isn’t the only one who changes either, Rachel and Jonah do as well. These three characters grow a lot over the course of the novel and each of them become dependent upon each other for survival. I really liked the little clips we got of life before this trip at the beginning of each day, it gave teasing glimpses about the Hallie from before the incident and Hallie when everything has gone downhill.
What I didn’t like: I thought this story would have worked better in the first person tense. It would have felt more personal and drawn me in even closer to Hallie, plus reading her full name as many times as I did wore thin on me after Day Two finished.
Overall Review: While some parts weren’t exactly what I was expecting I found that I really enjoyed this book overall. It was well paced with just the right amount of suspense about what Hallie was avoiding about her past, which wasn’t entirely what I was expecting. I empathize entirely with her situation because of how everyone turned against her, and I would have clammed up like she did if someone said things like that about me as well. I love the way it was open-ended as well, it gives me room to wonder about what’s going to happen now that Hallie is ready to change everything by saying her piece. I still can’t believe that Hallie’s parents believed the worst about her just because of Luke and what he says, that really bothered me that they took his side.
Recommend?: A resounding yes! While it has a slow-paced start it was definitely worth the read and I loved it!
My Rating: 4.4/5
Review by Bri