Hello guys and gals and whichever you wish to be called, happy Friday! How’s everyone’s week going? Do you have sun where you are?
Sorry I’ve been a little lacklustre with posts, blog hopping and tags this week. I’m struggling quite a lot with my depression recently and it’s been bloody hard! I will catch up with time but if you want to see a bit more of me then follow my new book twitter, @allthingsbellaa I’ll follow everyone back! (because I’m struggling to find people to follow!)
So, the book I’m reviewing today is ‘The Other Side Of Lost’ by Jessi Kirby. I received this book in a giveaway by Caitlin @ Read and Drink Tea, thank you again love (I’ve thanked her like fifteen times she’s probably sick of these pingbacks😂)
If you want to read my announcement post of this book, check it out here!
“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 the happy, in love, inspirational online personality she’s been trying so hard to portray—it goes viral and she receives a 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 supposed to do it together, to celebrate their shared eighteenth birthday. But that was before Mari got so wrapped up in her online world that she shut anyone out who questioned its worth—like Bri.
With Bri’s boots and trail diary, a heart full of regret, and a group of strangers that she meets along the way, Mari tries to navigate the difficult terrain of the hike. But the true challenge lies within, as she searches for the way back from to the girl she fears may be too lost to find: herself.”
What I liked
I liked quite a few different things about this book. Going into it I was apprehensive, that this book wasn’t for me and that it wasn’t something I would buy in the book shop. However, I did enjoy it for a couple reasons.
The message was front and centre…
The message of this book overall is about finding yourself. Yeah I know, I know those words tend to induce some kind of gagging noise but it was done well. I always don’t want to like books like this because of the cliché factor, but I always end up feeling really full inside because of it. As much as I didn’t want to I enjoyed the premise of this book, the message left me feeling inspired and whole.
It was an easy read…
Sometimes, that can be a bit of a backhanded compliment. However, in this case it’s just a compliment. It was an easy read. It wasn’t something that enthralled me too much, it didn’t change my life (I did go on a walk because of it though so there’s something) but it was a fun, easy read. Sometimes that’s all books need to be. Think holiday read.
What I didn’t like
I wouldn’t say there were things that I didn’t like but there were things that I felt were lacking.
Characters felt a little hollow…
As I said, this book clearly focuses on the message of the book, this is where I think the characters suffer a little bit because of that. The main character wasn’t too likeable, which isn’t the worse, not everyone is likeable. However, the characters felt a little two dimensional because of the heavy focus on the message and on the character Bri, who isn’t present in the book. I felt like I knew Bri more, who doesn’t appear in the book but is talked about heavily, than the main character Mari. I would have liked to known more context about Bri and Mari’s background as I think that would have fleshed out Mari’s character a lot more.
The Instagram theme gets dropped pretty quickly…
One thing that I was really intrigued about with this book was the theme of Instagram culture. I was disappointed however, when this theme gets dropped pretty quickly, not a spoiler, just a warning. I would have liked this theme to carry through in some way as it added something new to an already overdone story of ‘finding yourself’.
My overall thoughts on this book are that it was a fun, easy read. It was nothing too groundbreaking but I enjoyed it for what it was. A humbling, inspiring story of finding yourself.
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That’s that! Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Let me know, did you agree with my thoughts or not? Let me know in the comments!
Thank you for reading!
love, bella x