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Blurb (from Goodreads):
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?
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
Hallelujah is being bullied. Ever since an event 6 months ago that concerned a boy called Luke, Hallelujah has been friendless and constantly sneered at.
Now finally un-grounded, and on a youth-group trip, Hallelujah remains a victim, and feels that even the new girl Rachel will turn on her once she finds how unpopular she is.
Then, unexpectedly, Hallelujah, Rachel and Jonah are separated from the group whilst on a hike, and find themselves lost in the woods.
What really happened between Hallelujah and Luke? Does she really deserve to be ostracised the way she has been? And will they all make it out of the woods alive?
This was an intriguing mystery story, and I was so desperate to find out what happened between Hallelujah and Luke!
I liked Hallelujah, and I felt so sorry for the bullying she had to put up with. Luke was being so awful to her, and her friends were siding with him, leaving her so alone! I felt so bad for her, and I just hated the bullying. Bullying is awful, but when it comes from people who used to be your friends it is even worse.
The storyline in this was pretty good, I desperately wanted to know what had happened between Hallelujah and Luke, wanted Hallelujah and Rachel to become friends, and a bit further in I wanted them to find help! The mystery over what happened in the past, as well as the question over how long Hallelujah, Rachel, and Jonah were going to be lost, and whether they would even all survive was pretty gripping, and I had to keep reading to find out what happened!
There was a touch of romance, but it wasn’t too much, and fitted in with the story really nicely.
The ending to this was good, and I was pleased with the way things played out. I really hope that Hallelujah’s days of being a victim are over now.
Overall; good YA mystery/survival story,
7.5 out of 10.