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The Lost Girl

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  3,358 ratings  ·  620 reviews
Eva's life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination—an echo. She was made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her "other," if she ever died. Eva spends every day studying that girl from far away, learning what Amarra does, what she eats, what it's like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car cras...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
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Wendy Darling
Author Sangu Mandanna's guest post for The Midnight Garden talks about her unlikely inspiration for her new novel, which releases in the U.S. today!

"Can we be certain of anyone's soul, human or otherwise?"

Fiction is often most meaningful when it explores questions we find too disturbing to ask in the everyday world. Through one girl's struggle to claim her own identity, The Lost Girl addresses some fascinating ethical questions, all the while presenting a measured, powerful essay on the value o...more
Lauren DeStefano
There comes a moment in each of our lives when we must accept death as a foregone conclusion. Grief is a shadowy road that nobody wants to tread; it's a journey we'd all rather not take, and for that reason, I say that there are really no villains in this story. There are nightmarish measures, and there's cruelty, and things that would disturb Mary Shelley's ghost, sure. But beyond that, it's all about the measures parents would take to hang on to their child, what it means to die, what it means...more
Holy crap!! I need a moment to wipe the stupid grin off my face and take a deep breath so I can give this amazing book the proper review it truly deserves. *breathes into brown paper bag while heart rate settles* Ok, with that (hopefully) out of the way, I have to hand it to Sangu Mandanna, she played all her cards right, The Lost Girl is an evocative dystopian that deftly tackles so many complicated themes - identity, loss, grief - through so many rich and complex characters that I’m still lost...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Jun 12, 2013 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like reading 'what would I do in the same position?' scenarios.
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Rated YA-MA Group Read for May

What if your entire life's purpose was to be used as a replacement for someone else? What if the world didn't see you as a person, but as an object? What if you knew that your feelings and desires were real, but just about everyone else discounted them? This is what life is like for Eva, created to be an "echo" for someone else's family. For she is not really Eva to the outside world, but instead a copy of Amarra.
"You're an angel among mortals. You are hope."

Every day, Eva wakes up. Eva learn...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Eva is an echo, a person weaved into existence to serve as some parents’ backup plan, in case something happens to their beloved daughter. Although reserved for the rich, the practice is not uncommon and Weavers make new echoes all the time. Eva has no life of her own; she must experience everything her Other, Amarra, does, so when Amarra gets a tattoo, Eva has to get one exactly like it even though she hates it, and when Amarra goes swimming in the middle of the winter, Eva has no choice but to...more
If I were ever to write a book, this is the book I would want to see my name on. The Lost Girl was not a novel I originally went into expecting to love, but surely enough, it has made its place in my heart and even now, days after putting it down, it hasn't left. Yet, more than that, I don't want it to. With her debut, Sangu Mandanna has created a piece of fiction that transcends all boundaries and explores, not only an unique futuristic society, but also the bonds of friendship, the ties of fam...more
Dec 18, 2012 Miriam rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who value emotion over reason
Shelves: science-fiction, ya
Mandanna does a good job portraying her characters' feelings and relationships, especially Eva's fear and resentment at her untenable situation. The unsympathetic characters also have dimensions beyond merely being mean to the protagonist. She even has a romance that develops gradually out of two individuals (gasp!) knowing one another over time! And her writing is fine. I wish she had written a different book.

If, like me, you pick this up out of topical interest, you are going to be disappointe...more
If only tears could talk, they would tell you how much I loved this story..

They would tell you that pages can radiate emotions, that words can create feelings, that beauty can hurt.
If tears could talk.. they would tell you how they dropped on this book drowning smiles in emotions, drowning sadness and turning it into in happiness, making me heart melt slowly and leaving me with a sweet taste of hope.
"You're an angel among mortals. Echos are asked to sacrifice everything to make another family,
Hershey  (Curiouser and curiouser)
Utterly beautiful

The Lost Girl.

Yes, she's lost.

Lost in a cruel world where she has to fight for survival.

She's broken too.

She so badly wants to be a human.

Her feelings are almost palpable. It's coming at strong waves toward me. It's exhilarating. My heart stutters here and then. I paused the book and closed my eyes and for a minute, feeling grateful that I'm not in a dreadful situation like her. Feeling grateful that all these characters are a work of pure fiction. No matter how much we w...more
Eva was created as a replacement for Amarra. Her whole life has not been her own. Everyday is based on Amarra's life, eating what she ate, learning how she talks, dresses, what she did that day, even studying maps of her house to know where her bedroom is located. Understandably, Amarra does not like Eva. Amarra has to make journals everyday sharing everything about her life with the girl that might one day take her place. The girl who one day might hug her mom, laugh with her friends, and kiss...more
Just wow!
5 stars really doesn't feel enough for this one


Death is beautiful when seen to be a law, and not an accident. It is as common as life.
- Henry David Thoreau

Spoilers and me have a hate relationship so
*** spoiler alert***

It's really difficult for me to write a review for this book. Since English is not my first language and I really want to do this book justice, I feel very limited to put my thoughts into words. So although I will try to explain how absolutely amazing this...more
Beautifully written. Captivatingly fascinating. Breathtakingly mind-blowing. Mandanna has created a masterpiece that's indescribable.


The premise of this book is just a bit similar to Beta by Rachel Cohn. But whereas Beta dragged, The Lost Girl was filled with thought-provoking anecdotes and experiences that Mandanna meticulously planned to relate to the overall story. And whereas Beta had a stoic ambience, The Lost Girl overwhelmed readers with powerful emotions of all kind.

First of al...more
Really interesting concept, but I'm not sure this story uses it effectively. Plotholes galore really hurt this book, so I'm on the edge between two and three stars. This kept my attention, but in the end, there's too much that's just plain ridiculous for me to really like it.

I couldn't figure out who, exactly, is in charge in this world. Echoes are... legal? Illegal? The horror people seem to feel toward them makes me think that they'd be illegal, but then wouldn't the Loom be shut down? So, we'...more
4.5 stars

The Lost Girl weaves an intricate tale of a society where echoes are created. Echoes are never given the chance to live their own lives but are created so they can replace the life of their others when they have died. It’s so that the family doesn’t have to experience any loss of any sort, they may never have the exact family member back but a similar replica who whilst being born has learnt everything about their other; their friends, what they’re currently learning in school but also...more
I’m going 4.5 for a beautifully written novel. After much thought I swung the stars down only because the beginning of the book was a little slow and the intensity never got very high.

Eva is an “echo”. A copy of a girl named Amara. Eva’s life is spent learning everything Amara does in the event she dies she can step in and replace her. In this world she is considered less than human mostly because of the media not having all the facts in the case of the echo’s. She is raised as a baby with lovi...more
Bailey (IB Book Blogging)
THE LOST GIRL is one epically emotional read that left my head spinning long after the final words. There were so many surprises and twists that had me turning the pages as fast as I could! Mandanna has a magical way with words that got me so deeply woven in the world that I didn't want to be let out.

Eva is one bright star who shines no matter the situation. Like her artistic abilities to make something beautiful out of the most unlikely thing, she makes the best of her situation no matter how d...more
The Lost Girl consumed not only my time, but my thoughts as well, even days after I was done reading it.

In a very rare occasion, a though provoking novel appears in market, makes us cry and ache in pain, and then we say “Damn, why goodreads has five star rating? Wish I could give it 100 stars.”

The Lost Girl is exactly that kind of book with an extraordinary plot, emotionally touching scene, powerful metaphysical questions and forbidden love that will slowly cracks you heart. Cloning is a very co...more
Steph Su
Mar 06, 2013 Steph Su rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Steph Su by: Keertana
I felt the writing was actually quite good--smooth and compulsively readable--but the story lacked in worldbuilding and characterization. While Eva's world--and our knowledge of her world--remained confined to her small cottage in England, I was okay with it. I felt compelled to read and learn more about this fascinating, head-strong girl whose life is not her own.

Unfortunately, when the story began to attempt to add in "outside" elements to Eva's life--the new Bangalore setting, that creepy evi...more
curious little beastie
This review is also available over at my blog.


I like a good action-packed dystopian, but I can't deny that I prefer the dystopians that are more character-driven. The Lost Girl was just that.

The dystopian-ness of this book was never really . . . hardcore, you could say. I've talked about the term "hardcore dystopians" before in my What's Left of Me review. What I mean by hardcore is basically a dystopian that takes place in a whole nother world different from ours, and t...more
I have read many books but only some have managed to find a place in my heart. This is one such book.
I had a hard time writing a review for this book. I kept writing then deleting it because nothing seems right. Nothing seems good enough.
I am going to try. Sorry if it sucks!

"He told me how ordinary people, who can't bear the idea of losing somebody they love, ask the weavers to make a living, breathing copy, an 'echo'. And one day, if the peson dies, the echo will replace them....."

Eva is an e...more
Usually, I read reviews of a book before reading it myself, but that wasn't the case with The Lost Girl. Maybe that's why I loved it so much, maybe it was just because the book is that great. Either way, though, this book isn't one you want to miss.

Eva is a character you can't help but like. She might sometimes act rashly, but her heart is in the right place, and her mind is level. She has so much vulnerability, yet loves to act tougher than she is. The fact that she tries her best to put on a...more
The Lost Girl, by Sangu Mandanna, is a poignant study of the meaning of “humanity” and the origins of life. I’ve read all the reviews, all 108 of them, and I’m surprised not to find very much narrative on the facet of the story that struck me the hardest, Eva’s inability to choose her own destiny. She was basically raised as a slave, forced to learn about and memorize the experiences of someone else’s life, not being able to have her own experiences.
This is not a new element in human history,...more
A breathtaking, illuminating but never didactic, emotionally accessible (to both young adults and adults alike) tale of life, love, and what makes us human. The Lost Girl is an ambitious, unexpectedly deep, and mentally stimulating debut novel, and one with a beating heart. In this skilfully plotted and intense sci-fi thriller (with subtle romantic elements) Sangu Mandanna offers us a striking and disquieting look at a strange world of the future. A world of Weavers, echos, and hunters, filled w...more
Where do you draw the line of loving someone? If you lose a loved one, would you go to any extent to get them back? How do you make yourself let someone go?

I pondered over these questions while reading this book. I'm sure you too would have at some point.

Where do I even start with my review? Before reading this book, I was expecting a dystopian world where a girl who is nothing but an echo of another person searches for her true identity and fights against her creators to have a life of her own...more
From the moment I received this through the post, I knew this would be a books for me. Through the inspiration of Frankenstein, I was curious to see how the classic could influence or combine the nature of novel in to this YA. All I can say is... Forget Frankenstein, try The Lost Girl.

But first I'd like to say Thank you to Jessica over at Booked Up for doing a Read-along with her. As she would say: "We *fangirled* together" . You can see her review here.

Warning some minor spoilers.

Mandanna has...more
Jetzt da ich das Buch gelesen habe, muss ich sagen das ich das Buchcover nicht ganz verstehe. Man hätte da auf jeden Fall mehr machen können, als nur ein lilia Farbfleck in der Mitte der zwei Mädchen. Also im Ernst - wer hat sich da keine Mühe gegeben? Bestimmt würden viel mehr dieses Buch kaufen, wenn es ein ansprechendes Cover hätte. Also gut, mag ja Geschmackssache sein, aber den Titel hat man auch schon oft gehört.

Um mal von dem Cover zum Inhalt zu gehen. Es geht um Amarra, sie ist ein Echo...more

Eva is an Echo, created by the Weavers to replace Amarra, a human girl, in the event she should die. Eva has never been able to make her own choices or decisions - she must eat what Amarra eats, dress how she does and learn what she does so she is ready to be her if needed. Eva dreams of being free, but her best friend, Sean, and guardians warn her that should she break any of the Weavers rules she will be sentenced to death. Eva struggles to fight for her own identity increase when the...more
Julianna Helms

Quick reaction: I have literally one minute to type this, so: this book was so good I can't even-

I used to think that Cricket Bell was exactly the type of boy and love I want in my life. Not anymore. Sean beats him. Gosh he and Eva are so amazing: Eva's passionately a dreamer and rebelliously strong, sort of like me, while Sean is quietly ferocious and intellectually witty. They are freaking perfect together.

**ACTUAL, FULL REVIEW** Original is here on my blog.

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Jenna Does Books
This review is also found at Making the Grade.

THE LOST GIRL is simply one of THE BEST books I have read this year. Completely original and unforgiving in its portrayal of “self” and “identity” and “having a soul”, as well as seriously intense with regard to both emotion and story, few books can compare to this sensational debut. Home run, Sangu. Home. Run.

The story begins with the introduction of Amarra (whom I initially deemed Amarra 2.0) – she is a “stand in”/clone, created to replace the ori...more
Eva was created for a single purpose: she's a backup copy, an "echo" of another girl. If Eva's "other" dies, she will step in, seamlessly replacing the girl and living out the rest of her life in her other, Amarra's, shoes. Her whole life is spent learning to be just like her other: eating the same foods, doing the same lessons, watching the same movies, learning all about the other's family and friends, etc. The rules she lives by are rigid--she can't so much as read a book her other hasn't rea...more
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