The Distance Between Lost and Found

The Distance Between Lost and Found

by Kathryn Holmes


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ISBN-13: 9780062317261
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/17/2015
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,127,503
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: HL540L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kathryn Holmes grew up in Maryville, Tennessee, where she was an avid reader and an aspiring writer from an early age. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and piles upon piles of books. A graduate of the New School's MFA in creative writing program, Kathryn works as a freelance dance journalist, among other writing gigs. The Distance Between Lost and Found is her debut novel.

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The Distance Between Lost and Found 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story of survival...also betrayal, pain and loyalty. This story has no soft edges. The writer makes the reader feel the desperation of three teens being lost in the mountains...freezing temperatures, little food, drinking rainwater and trying to find their way back to civilization. Add injury and sickness and as hope fades, each teen opens up to the others about the conflicts ruling their lives at home. The book is extremely well written and I would recommend it to both teens and adults. It's not often you feel like you experienced the same things the characters were going through. Jp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved everything about this book, I have read otherbsurvivsl stories before, but this was more than surviving. It is a coming of age story,a story about finding God, and a story about working together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a page turner. Did not want it to end. Well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Normally, not the kind of book I would read but I have to say I'm glad I did. Truly liked the characters ( most of'll see). Great ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For three teens on their way to discovering who they are.
Chancie More than 1 year ago
Victim blaming, sexist, and misogynistic. Outside of that, there wasn't very much for plot. It feels like a poorly done "rewrite" of Speak. No thank you.
booookworm More than 1 year ago
SUCH A GOOD BOOK!!!! HALLIE IS SUCH AN AMAZING CHARACTER. This book is so well written and read it in one sitting. READ IT! YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!!!!!
KerryOMalleyCerra More than 1 year ago
Hallelujah (Hallie, Hal) has sufferer gravely at the lies of the preacher's son, Luke, and as much as she's suffering, she can't bring herself to tell anyone the truth about what really happened that night. She know she should. She wants to. But she can't. And Luke continues to torture her socially to make sure she stays quiet. But, getting lost with two other campers in the Smokey Mountains while on a youth group trip, Hallie begins to find her inner strength. Rescued or not, she makes peace with herself, with her two companions, and God. This is a most beautiful story filled with much hope. If you like this, I also recommend NATURE GIRL, by Jane Kelly. Both of these are sure to be on my favorites list for a lifetime.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I liked this book more for its survival aspect than its main theme of finding redemption. Out in the Smoky Mountains as part of a youth group retreat, three teens become separated from the rest of their group as they end up having to depend on each other to survive. Hallie has been an outcast for the past 6 months and is part of this threesome, wanting answers from Jonah who used to be her friend. As Hallie, Jonah and Rachel trek through the mountainous terrain, looking for help, their situation becomes desperate but the lines of communication open up and Hallie is learning exactly what turned her life around 6 months ago. The ties within this threesome become stronger as their situation becomes gray. The author paints a beautiful picture of the Smoky Mountains, its lush green landscape and abundant opportunities while the threesome cope with their dire situation. A great novel about survival, confidence and friendship.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hooked by the well plotted and well paced action adventure aspect of this novel. I'm not religious, so I thought the setting and conflict of faith might be off putting, but the way it is addressed is so sweet and honest and important that it won me over. 
brownbookworm More than 1 year ago
This awesome book tells the story of Hallelujah, a high-schooler who is struggling with vicious rumors going around about her. Hallelujah attends a youth group summer camp and gets lost in the woods with two other students. While dealing with the perils of the woods -- injury, hunger, anxiety, wild animals, Hallelujah has to also face other demons -- sadness, her past, internal anger, etc. The MC's struggle is very compelling. The MC is a true teenager -- her worries, her fears, her decision-making process, how she hides things. I really felt connected to her journey and her fears. As a middle school librarian, this book is perfect for a group read and discussion, as well as for the kid you know is going through something and might need a book to help open things up. Highly recommend.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
If I'm being totally honest, I was a little hesitant to read this book just because I'm not one who enjoys a lot of religion in her books. Don't get me wrong, I'm ok when a character has strong beliefs. I just don't like to feel like there's an agenda or like I'm being preached to. It's a fine line for me. Since this book is set during a youth group retreat, I was nervous. But, in the end, I had nothing to worry about. That's not to say there isn't religion in this book. There is. It's a centerpiece of the entire story. And I loved how it was woven into this book.  I've read a couple survivalist stories as of late and while they're not something I want to read A LOT of, I've thoroughly enjoyed those I've read. I'm a big fan of contemporary stories and have enjoyed the addition of "something else" to the storylines. Something more than just relationship and family drama that tend to drive the plot in contemporary books. The Distance Between Lost and Found wasn't simply a survivalist story, however. It was the story of a girl struggling to find her place in the world... at the time she was the most lost. Literally and figuratively. I loved how seamlessly the two paired together. That's what made this book stand out most for me. I found it easy to relate to Hallelujah, despite the obvious differences between us. When the book begins, we know Hallie is keeping a secret. It's one that's affected her life in a number of ways and left her an outcast among her peers. The secret isn't revealed until quite awhile into the book and the bit of mystery surrounding it definitely added to the story. Hallie's character growth throughout this book was wonderful. She started out the book fairly weak and more than a little conflicted, but her time spent lost in the woods served to bring out another side of her. By the end, I found her more confident and physically and mentally stronger. So much more sure of herself. The secondary characters in this book were great, too. The ever-shifting dynamics between Hallie, Jonah and Rachel moved the story forward just as much as the things that happened to them while they were lost. I was unsure of Jonah in the beginning, but it didn't take long for me to be singing his praises and wanting him and Hallie to move past the drama of their pasts and find something together. They were just too perfect together.  I really enjoyed this book. It started off a bit slow for me, but I was invested from the start. Once the action really started and the truth began pouring out, I couldn't put the book down. Literally. I read it in one sitting, unwilling to leave my sofa long enough to even eat lunch. I never had the false sense of security where I believed everything would work out for this trio. I was kept on my toes, desperately needing a resolution. Excellent book. I look forward to more from Kathryn Holmes in the future.  I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kathryn Holmes does a great job of blending the adventure/survival story with contemporary YA issues. First, on the survival front: Holmes does not go easy on her characters. Hallie, Rachel, and Jonah purposely leave their group and figure it would be easy enough to find their way back. Right. The physical challenges they face include a limited amount of food and clean water, poison ivy, and a severely sprained ankle–for starters. Things get worse. Much worse. The increasing tension related to their survival make you care about the characters and their fate, as they in a life or death situation. Next, on the social/emotional front: Being stranded in the Smoky Mountains would have been enough as far as conflicts go, but Holmes adds another layer. These teens are on a religious retreat rife with gossip and back-stabbing, stemming from an incident that happened much earlier. Hallie’s pain is real and raw. She has to dig deep into her physical and emotional reserves not only to survive this situation but also to get through it with renewed faith in herself, God, and those around her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book! Great messages and lessons all mixed in with suspense, drama, and a pinch of sweetness! A must read!