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The Middle of Somewhere

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If you loved  Wild, you can't miss this.

A troubled, young widow hikes from Yosemite Valley deep into the wilderness on the John Muir Trail to elude her shameful past in this emotionally gripping story from the author of House Broken.

With her thirtieth birthday looming, Liz Kroft is heading for the hills—literally. Her emotional baggage weighs her down more than her backpa
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by NAL
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Liz is burdened down with guilt and her feelings need straightened out. She decides to hike the John Muir trail and hopefully sort out her past with her widowhood and her recent relationship with another man named Dante.

Then two weeks before her start date, Dante announced he was joining her.
"You've never been backpacking, and now you want to go two hundred and twenty miles?"
"I would miss you."

Dante was that guy who couldn't live without internet service and a clean bed. He whined about everythi
3.5 stars

You're gonna need hiking boots for this trip! A potent mix of self reflection, adventure, and mild suspense, Sonja Yoerg effortlessly transports the reader to the varying elevations of the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Even if you aren’t someone that enjoys camping (that’s totally me) or trekking through the forest, there’s still something sort of alluring about this trip. I thought Liz was gutsy for planning an eighteen day hike alone. What better way to face your dem
Some people are givers. Some people are takers. But the lines drawn between the two can often be blurred. And the resulting pain is like a thorn left in a shirt pocket. A little too close to the heart.

Sonja Yoerg presents her main character, Liz Kroft, as a very complicated soul where the waters run deep. Liz is approaching her 30th birthday and vows to hike the John Muir Trail. This trip has been handcarved by Liz herself. A personal encounter with Nature and an embrace of beauty and desired so
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Christine by: Sonja Yoerg
Many thanks to New American Library of Penguin Random House and Ms. Sonja Yoerg for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an unbiased review.

WOW! This is a most impressive follow-up to Ms. Yoerg’s debut novel, House Broken. I really enjoyed House Broken, but I love The Middle of Somewhere even more. This is the story of Liz Kroft, a very bright 29-year-old engineer with a difficult past that has left her wondering whether she is capable of engaging in a normal happy relationship. Don’t let this o
Sep 12, 2015 rated it liked it

This book turned out a lot different than I expected. However I liked the surprising direction that it went in. The description for the book is rather vague so I suppose anything could have happened and it did. I wasn't the biggest fan of the main character, but it didn't take away from the story for me.

I liked the setting, I thought it was beautifully done and I really felt like I was in the middle of the wilderness while reading this book. Which is pretty impressive since I am a big homebody
Judy D Collins
A special thank you to Penguin and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Talented Sonja Yoerg returns following her smashing debut House Broken with impressive and complex, THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE --an exploration of intense emotions on the road to rediscovery, forgiveness, and love.

A gripping tale of facing the past. An unknown wilderness, mixed with temptations, fears, doubts, betrayal, anger, and evil (life), its obstacles, and complexities; storms, winds, hills, valle
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literary, netgalley
This was my first book by Sonja Yoerg but will definitely not be my last.
The Middle of Somewhere is a great piece of literary fiction and should appeal to any fans of women's fiction.
Told from the third person point of view, it follows 29-year-old Liz on an 18-day backpacking journey on the John Muir trail in the Western part of the US. Liz is seeking solitude and a chance to clear her mind, but then her boy-friend Dante decides to tag along. Liz is very independent, an experienced hiker, and sh
♡ Kim ♡
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoy books about personal journey - how we grow, learn, and love through life events/challenges. There were a few parts that felt forced or a little much and others where I wanted just a little more, but overall, this book held my interest to the end. I could sympathize with both main characters throughout and ultimately gained a deeper respect for both in the end.

Thanks netgalley for the arc!
Holly Robinson
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a tense, well-crafted novel that delivers an unexpected emotional punch.

I read an advance copy of The Middle of Somewhere, and found it to be a unique novel in the way it straddles the genres of contemporary fiction and psychological thrillers. The main character, Liz, is in conflict over secrets she harbors and is suffering remorse over her past actions. She is also in peril due to the challenges of surviving in the wilderness, and from encountering some unexpected baddies on the trail
Kate Moretti
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Middle of Somewhere is part self-discovery, part suspense, part love story. Liz Croft is relying on the JMT for some self-atonement, trying to work out her guilt over a act she's kept secret. Her boyfriend Dante decides to tag along, despite being an inexperienced hiker, and you can tell Liz is less than entralled. I couldn't figure out how this book would play out: Dante making mistakes, Liz being annoyed? Not in the very least. I loved this book! The layers to Liz and Dante are peeled back so ...more
Ellen Frankel
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I could NOT put this book down! Started it Saturday evening and finished it Sunday mid-day. This is NOT your standard "woman goes to the wilderness to sort out her life" story. This book reads like a mystery, and an amazingly compelling one at that. The character development is phenomenal, and the slow-building tension will keep you on the edge of your seat. Plus, you learn everything you need to know about backpacking! One thing I learned is that I will NEVER backpack alone! This is a super fun ...more
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
There have been so many books lately about long hiking trips as a method of working through personal issues. This one doesn’t achieve the depth and introspection of those. The mystery/adventure plot seems out of place with the rest of the novel, yet there isn’t much plot without it. Overall, this suffers from lack of cohesive direction and purpose.
Liz Kroft and her boyfriend Dante take off to hike the John Muir Trail in California. Liz has been keeping secrets from Dante and isn’t sure how to ap
Arlena Dean
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Middle of Somewhere
Author: Sonja Yoerg
Publisher: NAL
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"The Middle of Somewhere" by Sonja Yoerg

What I liked about this novel.....

I enjoyed this novel was a personal story of Liz Kroft who was a 29 year old engineer, a widow and one who had a rather hard past. Now she wondered would she be capable of ever having a 'happy life.' This author really presents the reader with a interesting story as Liz takes a 18 day backpacking journey on the 'John M
B.A. Wilson
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved House Broken, so I’ve been excited about the release of The Middle of Somewhere. This novel definitely delivers, and even though it’s a different type of story from House Broken, both pack an emotional punch. That’s honestly what I like in a book. I want it to make me feel everything, until I’m overwhelmed, stressed out, and completely absorbed.

I was invested in this story from start to end. Both the plot and internal dramas are intense, which will have you on the edge of your seat (and
Shannon Hollinger
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This story was so much more than an adventure - it was a journey. A spiritual, physical and emotional journey in which the reader learns as much about themselves over the course of the pages as they discover about the characters. As an avid hiker myself, I could completely relate to how the main character was using the hike to clear her head, clarify her thoughts, and let the physical pain and exertion override her mental turmoil. This story peels pack the rind, exposing the reader to the raw pu ...more
Samantha Bailey
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Receiving an ARC of Sonja Yoerg's book, THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE, was such a joy. She uses beautifully crafted descriptions, heart-pounding suspense, and a setting both gorgeous and frightening while skillfully revealing the intricacies of the plot and characters. This novel is a journey of love, redemption, self-exploration, and forgiveness, and it is as stunning as Yoerg's debut, House Broken, which is also a must read.
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this one. The suspense with the hike was nice.
Susan Becraft
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC copy of The Middle of Somewhere and was immediately drawn in by the beautiful, yet disturbing cover. The figure of a young woman standing on rocks, surrounded by pink and white clouds, made me wonder where she was and why she was alone.

The young woman's name was Liz. In her mind, her life had been a series of well-intentioned decisions, all of which she thought were wrong. She was determined to hike the challenging John Muir Trail by herself, with the hope that she could set he
Laurie Carlson
I read this authors debut novel, House Broken, and enjoyed it so much I really wanted to try this this author’s next book, The Middle of Somewhere, even though I was concerned the subject was about hiking. I don’t know a lot about hiking, and all I really remembered about hiking is from doing it when I was very young during the summer camp I used to attend (one of my favorite memories is eating the granola mix this character, Liz, talks about in this book! My blend had M&M's in it!) Having that ...more
Marin Thomas
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Middle of Somewhere by Sonja Yoerg is nothing short of intense. As someone who’s only been on a few hikes during her lifetime, Yoerg does an incredible job of pulling the reader into the setting of this story. Her vivid descriptions put me on the John Muir trail right along with Liz and Dante. I loved how the rugged landscape and challenging hike parallel the internal battle waging inside Liz. I especially appreciated Liz’s character—strong and stubborn but at the same time frail and despera ...more
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE by Sonja Yoerg is about a young woman, Liz, who hikes the John Muir Trail, dragging a lot of personal baggage with her...but this isn't just a self-discovery hiking book. Part adventure, part thriller, part love story, this story had me flipping pages and holding my breath and hoping Liz would find everything she set out to discover on the trail. A quick, tension-filled read, Yoerg's vivid descriptions keep you right there on the trail with the characters.
NetGalley ARC.

I enjoyed this book. Liz's life is a struggle and her boyfriend tagging along on her solitary hike of the John Muir Trail is a real wrench in her plans. What comes to light along the trail are surprising to both Dante and the reader. Liz isn't the best person but throughout the book you learn why. I think it was a real growth book, Liz developed as a character.
Sheryl Sorrentino
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Middle of Somewhere paints a dazzling, realistic picture of backpacking through Yosemite along the John Muir Trail—a three-week, 220-mile undertaking. Sonja Yoerg reminds us that out in the wilderness, there’s no room for lies or secrets. One's soul is bared. Our human need for one another—both physically and emotionally—is raw, unmasked by the distraction of technological gizmos or the false security afforded by our so-called civilization. One tender and poetic line pretty much sums it up: ...more
Jun 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, fiction, amazon-vine, 2015
I liked this and found it a pretty compelling read, both because of the suspense and because of the relationship plot. However, I think in the end juggling those two elements was something of the novel's undoing. More complete review to come.

Full review:

I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it kept me turning pages, needing to uncover the layers of mystery buried within it. It was suspenseful at times, but it also had some lovely descriptive passages about the setting, and I en
The Lit Bitch
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read Yoerg’s first novel last year which was absolutely WONDERFUL. I was eager to read this one but also hesitant at the same time. This book sounded an awful lot like Wild by Cheryl Strayed but The Middle of Somewhere was a fictional story but in the same vein as Wild (which I haven’t read).

I don’t read a lot of books about ‘finding yourself’ so books like Wild never really grabbed me as a ‘must read’….even with the movie that came out, I just never really got into it so I had reservations
Lis Carey
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, lit-fic
Liz Pemberton and her boyfriend, Dante Espinoza, are heading out to hike the John Muir Trail in its entirety. Dante doesn't have any previous backpacking experience, and is to easily and endlessly social that he's delaying their start. Liz, on the other hand, is a very experienced backpacker, and had originally intended to make this hike alone, for solitude and a chance to think.

At first, we have the impression that Dante is a lightweight and a possible mistake, that Liz drifted into the relatio
Loraine Oliver
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!
Recommended to Loraine by: Net Galley ARC
Shelves: reviewed-books
Net Galley ARC
The Middle of Somewhere is a book that is really different than what I am used to reading, as I think that as I was reading it, not only was I paying attention to what the book was saying, but at night after reading it, I was thinking about my own life and situations I have faced in the past, and when I was through with the book it was really a great ending to a really well written, fast moving novel.

The main character in this novel is Liz, and she is a very well developed characte
Melissa Crytzer Fry
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For starters – knowing that Sonja Yoerg (whom I am honored to call a friend) has hiked the same John Muir Trail as her character, Liz, I am ready to lace up my hiking boots and go along with her on her next trek (though I fear I may be too big a sissy!) That’s how vivid the descriptions of this intimidatingly beautiful California trail are.

In Yoerg’s sophomore novel, she blends together elements of suspense, emotion and the natural world with brushstrokes as smooth as the skies she brings to lif
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone/mystery
Recommended to Darlene by: Sonya Young
Shelves: first-reads
I received a copy of this amazing book from the author Sonja Young via Netgalley. In exchange for an honest opinion. This is Mismousey's very honest opinion of THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE...
As this was the first time reading anything that Ms. Young has written. I found this story to be captivating along with very compelling.
The author - Ms Young has a true way with wo
Jessica Asbell
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
At the beginning of the book, Liz Kroft is not a likable character. Determined to go on a three week hike alone across the John Muir Trail, she does her best to rid herself of her boyfriend at the beginning of the hike. He leaves and she is finally by herself, with an interesting group of other hikers. Determined not to give up so easily, Dante (her boyfriend) waits for her at one of the rest areas along the trail. As their hike progresses, Liz begins to confront pieces of herself that she has i ...more
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