Children’s Book Reviews

Children's Book Reviews: Gone Wild

Publish November 13, 2015

British Columbian YA author, Jodi Lundgren, draws on personal backpacking experience for her latest novel, Gone Wild. Driven to the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail on Vancouver Island for very different reasons, strangers Seth and Brooke are thrown together in a test of physical and mental survival. Paired against nature and the elements, only their combined strength and knowledge will allow them to make it out alive. Along the way Seth and Brooke discover in each other answers to larger life questions. In this new edition to Lormier Publishers’ SideStreets series, Lundgren explores on a profound level the ability of the universe to bring into our lives the people we need most to help us go on. Despite a chance meeting, Brooke’s maternal instincts serve to save Seth’s life, while Seth’s experiences as an adopted child help Brooke understand a distinct perspective of an unplanned teenage pregnancy. Set against the backdrop of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, Gone Wild moves with the natural suspense involved in outdoor trekking. Brooke’s preparation for her journey is informed, highlighting realistically the commitment and planning such an expedition requires. Sharply contrasted with Seth’s impulsive decision to live in the woods, it is clear the wilderness is not something to underestimate. Similar in theme to Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, Lundgren brings to a teen audience a quickly paced story about the restorative power of nature, and the capacity for solitude and connection to prove clarity.