I had a lot of covers I was considering for this week’s Charming Covers, but in the end I settled on this one. Firstly, I wanted to feature a contemporary this time. But also, even among the five extremely unique covers I had chosen, it still managed to stick out. It looked like something that deserved to be featured!
I love the cover of The Distance Between Lost and Found. Not only is the title eye-catching, so is the cover! It makes me want to live in Ohio, or somewhere surrounded by trees. Let me tell you, the use of setting and lighting on this one could not be any better. The color scheme, too, makes it stick out- blue and green and black, with a dark tinge. To me I feel as if I’m looking at a real life, living forest and not an edited picture of one.
The synopsis is beautiful and seems to fit with the front of this novel. A girl struggling to recover from a mysterious event? This sounds a lot like Faking Normal, a book I had reviewed. The main problem I had with that one was I wasn’t attached enough to the characters enough to appreciate how it turned out, so I hope this book does things differently. And the lost in the wild aspect — that just adds action and suspense that I know will make this book even richer. I love survival stories, so mixed with a great cover and the contemporary genre it should equal one amazing story!
And look at all the symbolism on the cover! I guess a cover is different to everyone, it’s just how you interpret it, but this is what I see on The Distance Between Lost and Found. I see a girl, completely alone in the middle of a huge forest, walking towards the light. Could the light be finding herself? If it is, how much longer does she have to walk? Also, her hood is up. That could either represent that she’s not letting her guard down or that, well, she’s cold — in which instance I’m over-examining it! No matter how you interpret it, though, you can’t argue this cover is amazing!
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?