I read almost every genre & I enjoy venturing into unfamiliar territory. As a library volunteer, I'm constantly bringing home novels. Being a substitute teacher, I read lots of YA & children's books.
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.