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Gone Wild

2.73  ·  Rating details ·  84 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
Bullied in foster care and then by his adoptive mother's boyfriend, Seth decides to head out on his own. Brooke thinks she might be pregnant, and instead of facing her controlling mother, she runs. The strangers meet in a wilderness park on Vancouver Island, where basic survival is a challenge. As they work together to find food, water, and shelter, they find the strength ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published September 1st 2016 by Lorimer (first published September 8th 2015)
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Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was ok

This is a hard book to rate, on the one hand I think that it had a positive message and that a lot of teens can relate to the situations that the main characters are in. On the other hand I feel that a couple moments took a turn for the dramatic that ended up taking me out of the moment due to the strained believability.

I didn't really care for Seth, I felt that he was too immature for my liking. I think that if the author had made him younger he would have been able to stay more of a sympathet
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebooks
Gone Wild!!! First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.
This is another book where I'm not really sure about the raiting. Is it a two star raiting. A three star raiting. Two and a half star. I don't know. I really don't.
Summary: Bullied in foster care and then by his adoptive mother's boyfriend, Seth decides to head out on his own. Brooke thinks she might be pregnant, and instead of facing her controlling mother, she runs. The strangers meet in a wilderness park on Vancouver Is
Joshua Gabriel (조수아)
*Thank you James Lorimer & Company for sending me an ARC of this book (via Netgalley) in exchange for an honest review.*

This piece of literature is actually more like a short story than a novel. It's less than 200 pages long, so it's logically a quick read. I am normally fond of fast-paced stories because they are usually hard to put down. However, in the case of this "novel," the latter description cannot be applied. Because of its length, many aspects of the plot were left unexplored, and
May 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
I received an eARC from the publisher through Netgalley in an exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I feel quite weird for giving a book one star, but I didn't enjoy it at all. Sorry Jodi, but I can't help it.

The main characters are Seth and Brooke, both are written from third person. I prefer first person, but I can roll with third person if the characters actually have characters. And I feel like Seth and Brooke are written quite flat, while reading I didn't acknowledged their
Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
This book follows Seth, who is bullied by some adoptive families, and Brooke, who is struggling with a pregnancy scare. They both run away from home and this story follows as their different journeys lead them to meet in the wild.
I absolutely loved reading about the scenery in this book. It was my favorite part, I believe.
Other than that, I am sad to say that this book was not for me. It left a lot to be desired and I couldn't form an
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016-reads
*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley from the publisher.*

I didn't love this, it was an insanely fast read--like, I read it in about five hours, but nothing really happened. The characters were in the same place emotionally and mentally at the end, and there wasn't any growth at all. The premise was a great one, but it read like a short story.
Lauren (My Expanding Bookshelf)
Gone Wild is a nice enough read for its size. It's also a very quick read. But I feel there could have been so much more to the story.

Gone Wild is set in what I can only describe as a nature reserve. An odd location for teen runaways if you ask me, but I don't know Vancouver Island. I'm not too sure how it relates to Seth and Brooke, but at least Brooke has hiking experience.

I'm not sure how I feel about Seth. He's pretty unrelatable (to me anyway) and quite immature. I can sort of understand hi
Katja (Life and Other Disasters)
**I was provided with an eArc by the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

This book is extremely difficult to review in my opinion. I read it together with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and we honestly finished this within a couple of hours, it was so short! Definitely watch out for her review in the next couple of days!

Both main characters are relatable in terms of their lives being tough and you feeling bad for them almost immediately. However, that does not excuse fo
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for sending me this book to read and review.

Gone Wild is a Young Adult (YA) contemporary set for publication on the 1st of September 2016. The storyline encompasses the story of two teenagers each struggling with family dynamics and relationships, trying to escape their troubles.

I really enjoyed the inclusion of wilderness and survival in this novel. It was interesting seeing the juxtaposition of having almost nothing at all to not being happy with what y
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Maia Robinson
1,5~2 stars

two teens run away from home and eventually meet in the forest and they talk for a while and then they go back to their previous lives.

i was so attracted to the synopsis! i picked up this book on netgalley because both the description and the cover were great and i was truly let down when i noticed this book wasn't for me. it felt rushed and the plot/characters lacked depth. there is almost no backstory, no development, no further information on both characters and their lives. i als
Keep Calm Novel On
Jan 18, 2016 rated it liked it
NetGalley provided a copy of the ePub in exchange for an honest review.

Seth is living in a dysfunctional environment. Brooke is struggling with her relationship with her mother. They both independently decide to escape and runaway. They meet on their journey in the wilderness where survival skills are essential and an unlikely friendship follows.

Gone Wild by Jodi Lundgren will appeal to a young adult reader as their hopes and fears are relatable. It is simply written and a reluctant reader will
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Gone Wild is a book about teenagers who feel lost or unappreciated, so they run away and find each other, then they find the solutions to their problems.

Mrs. Lundgren's writing is stellar, I thoroughly enjoyed her style, as well as the voice she uses. The characters were quite believable, though I can point out small glitches in their behavior that had me confused for a second. However, the plot comes in and saves the day, Mrs. Lundgren proves that a million things don't have to happen for there
Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it
the book was generally okay. the plot was okay, the characters were generally okay. my problem with this book was the fact that it offered no excitement at all. I mean it was on the boring side of okay. i like an author who can describe things well, but sometimes it became too much.
***thanks to netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book***
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
I have a review on my blog, go check it out if your interested.
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, arc-reads, netgalley
To me this read more like a long short story than a full length novel. It's written from the third person perspective. These two factors made it hard for me to get a sense of who the two main characters (Brooke & Seth) really are, so I had a hard time understanding why they decided to run away. There are reason's given in the story, but they didn't seem like motivation for wither character to run away and because I didn't really feel like I knew either Seth or Brooke I couldn't fully underst ...more
Ellen Arrand
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jodi Lundgren’s Gone Wild is an exciting survival adventure – both the magic and the danger of the west coast wilderness are confronted by two teens trying to escape, separately and alone, their problems at home. The delicate transitions between each of the characters, the fluidity between the inner voice and the outer story, the hints of magic realism and the descriptions of the powerful and awe-invoking landscape seem easy at first. But one soon realizes they only seem easy because it is a mas ...more
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank NetGalley, James Lorimer & Company, and Jodi Lundgren for an advanced copy of Gone Wild for an honest review.

Two teenagers running away into the forest on Vancouver Island each for their own reasons find each other. The details of the wilderness trails are beautiful. Being a short story there are only so many pages to fit Sean and Brooke's stories into but I felt the author did a pretty good job of it. I did need to remind myself that this is a YA book when the characte
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley
The book description totally oversold this one, sadly.
Aug 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Isobel Radakovic
This book intrigued me when I first saw it; I loved the font on the cover and I haven't really read a book set in the wild before. For these reasons I decided to give the book a go. However, I was not that impressed. Both Seth and Brooke were some of the most under-developed main characters I've seen in a while. It seemed as though their whole personalities were based around this one thing that led them to "go wild" and happen to meet each other. That in itself was hard to read, no believable ro ...more
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this title in exchange for a fair and honest review. Seth is a 16-year-old boy who is bullied at home by his mom's live in boyfriend. He has lot of hostility to deal with because of his past and current state of affairs and no one at all he feels he can talk to. Brook is an 18-year-old girl who is tired of her mother's nagging about finding a job and thinking about her future. She also suspects she may be pregnant. Independently, the two dec ...more
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it

I scrambled to request the title, and I really looked forward to getting to this book on my TBR list. By the time I was able to open this book on my Kobo (my very Canadian e-reader, haha), I had already stumbled across a few ratings and reviews for this book…and things were not looking good. Even so, I tried to forget about these other impressions, so that my own impression would not b
Aug 22, 2016 rated it liked it
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Actual Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars

*I was provided a copy by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I don’t even know how to review this book. To be honest this was more like a novella than a full length novel and that really affected my reading experience because nothing really happened and I wasn’t able to even connect with the characters. This book was so short that I finished it in around 2 or 3 hours without reading the full 3 hours.

I can see wh
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it
(I received a digital copy of Gone Wild via NetGalley in return for an honest review)

I did enjoy Gone Wild - I liked the characters and, despite the shortness of the book, they did actually have depth. You could understand their feelings and more or less imagine them as real people, even if some parts of them weren't as developed as they would have been with a longer book. I'm also a nature girl so reading about their journey in the 'wild' really appealed to me. If anything, the way they dealt w
I would like to thank Lorimer & NetGalley for an e-ARC of this book to review. Though I received this e-book for free, that has no impact upon the honesty of my review.

Goodreads Teaser: "Bullied in foster care and then by his adoptive mother's boyfriend, Seth decides to head out on his own. Brooke thinks she might be pregnant and, instead of facing her controlling mother, she runs. The strangers meet in a wilderness park on Vancouver Island, where basic survival is a challenge. As they work
Sophie Marsden
Jan 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Cover Rating: I think I can do better photo shopping
Overall Thoughts: What did I just read?!

This had an interesting premise but was ultimately a flop. The characters were hard to connect to and extremely annoying (Seth).

The story follows Brooke, a 18-year-old who believes she might be pregnant. Seth is a younger teen who was bullied in foster care and runs away. While Brooke is smart and brings supplies with her, Seth doesn't bring anything, not even food. They meet and camp together, blah blah
Kendice Helen
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the eARC.

There were things I liked and disliked about this book.

As unlikely as it is, I liked how their stories leant themselves to one another. Brooke's story upset Seth, but it made him come to terms with a potential side of his adoption he wasn't willing to face before then. Similarly, his adoption story was what she needed to hear in order to put her life and relationships into perspective.

I liked that adoption and teen pregnancy were add
Going Wild by Jodi Lungren is a new book from Lorimer. The book is listed as a young adult and teen book. It is an easily readable book that is designed to catch reluctant readers. I feel that the books easy access to the story, two main characters and modern issues will capture interest for many students. The story is told in alternate voices allowing readers to connect with either character. The setting is in the Canadian wilderness with camping and hiking outdoors, which also is a high intere ...more
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
James Lorimer & Company and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

Seth is almost 16 and is profoundly unhappy with his living situation, as his adoptive mother's boyfriend is a bully. His hopes of finding his birth mother are dashed when he receives a letter stating that he cannot inquire about her until he turns 19.

Brooke has an overbearing mother and has a strong desire to explore her options for a career in adventure studies. Suspecti
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