Release Date: February 17, 2015
Rating: 2 out of 5
The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes is a contemporary survival story, and while I knew that going into it, I wasn’t expecting to be disappointed by the entire story as a whole. It wasn’t knowing the plot going into the book that ruined it for me. Honestly, it was the dismal characters that dropped it a few stars.
As readers, we go into the story seeing that the main character, Hallelujah, is religious and attends a youth group every year. However, something happened in her past that has caused her to become an outcast, even by her best friends. Hallelujah is self-loathing in the beginning, and not confident at all.
It’s that time of the year again though, and Hallelujah is going on the youth group trip, this time hiking in the mountains with the group. This is where Hallelujah and two other youth group friends get lost in the mountains. Clearly, this is where the plot kicks off, but throughout the entire story I couldn’t get past the fact that Hallelujah, Rachel, and Jonah got lost in the forest for nearly a week because they were being stupid teenagers. They thought they were smart enough to navigate through the mountains by themselves? Hello? What? The three of them literally just made a stupid, reckless teenage decision that was not well thought-out. I face-palm every time I think about it.
Hallelujah’s relationship with Rachel and Jonah are not interesting, and I was honestly bored with them too. Rachel is a newbie at the youth group trip, so she doesn’t know anything about Hallelujah’s past–clean slate. Jonah on the other hand, was really close friends with Hallelujah prior to “the incident”. At this point in the story, the reader does not know what necessarily happened, either. But we do know that Jonah shunned Hallelujah after “the incident”, even though he was a “close friend”.
Obviously, this survival story turns into a confession trip as well since the three of them are stuck together for so long. We learn about Hallelujah’s dark past and Jonah’s true feelings for Hallelujah. If you couldn’t tell, Jonah becomes the love interest, and I honestly eye-rolled. Some love interest! If a relationship is truly good, you wouldn’t leave someone hanging like that after some incident surrounded by vague rumors. And that “incident”? It was so hyped and exaggerated throughout the entire story, yet when Hallelujah confessed as to what it was, I was like, “Really? That was waaay too anti-climactic”.
As the story closes, we do get some nice character development from Hallelujah, as she does become a stronger person after what she endured in the mountains. She’s more confident and confronts her enemies. However, the main issue that bugs me even after a few days of sitting on it is STILL how stupid the teenagers were. The Distance Between Lost and Found certainly had that exciting survival story plot going on, but there were too many things wrong with it that makes me not recommend this book.