Saturday, October 10, 2015
The Distance Between Lost and Found, by Kathryn Holmes
With a plot not-so-full of surprises, the quality of this novel turns upon Holmes's strong writing and strong characters. In the beginning, I found Hallie's whining pretty annoying (and I could easily see why she didn't have any friends anymore!) but that made her blossoming into a strong-willed protagonist that much more compelling. The romance with Jonah never quite reaches its full potential, but you've got a lot of action to plot out here and some things had to give. I also wanted a more cathartic ending, but Holmes got everyone to where they needed to be (physically and emotionally) by the end, so the story did its job. I found it bracing, but realistic and thoughtful. A great combination of emotional growth drama and survival story.