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The Lovely and the Lost

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,579 ratings  ·  390 reviews
Kira Bennett’s earliest memories are of living alone and wild in the woods. She has no idea how long she was on her own or what she had to do to survive, but she remembers the moment that Cady Bennett and one of her search-and-rescue dogs found her perfectly. Adopted into the Bennett family, Kira still struggles with human interaction years later, but she excels at the fam ...more
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
Cady Bennett found and rescued, Kira, from the forest when she was just a young girl. That's what Cady does. As a Search and Rescue (SAR) professional she has found countless lost peoples.

Upon finding Kira, it was clear that the girl had been on her own for weeks. Dirty, scared and practically feral, Cady took her in and raised her as her own child.

Questions lingered about Kira's mysterious time in the woods.

How could a girl that young survive on her own? Perhaps luckily, Kira seems to have b
I'm a little conflicted about THE LOVELY AND THE LOST.

This book centers on Kira who, as a young girl, was found in the woods after surviving weeks on her own. She's later adopted by one of the people who made up the Search and Rescue team and, now sixteen, Kira helps her foster mother, and her foster brother, train dogs for SAR work. There's a lot of dogs. This made me very happy.

Part of me would never leave the forest. Part of me would always be wild and half-dying in that ravine.

What also made
Kim Friant
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A captivating novel about the child, Kira, who was rescued and adopted by Cady Bennett. When rescued Kira was just a little girl and was living alone and wild in the woods. Once rescued she didn't talk for about a year. Cady Bennett trains search and rescue dogs and has taught Kira, her natural son Jude, and their friend Free to also train them. This story follows a search and rescue operation; the recovery of some memories Kira has suppressed; and the revealing of some secrets Cady has kept hid ...more
Mar 16, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019-publication
this has been moved to summer 2019!
rescue dogs + jennifer lynn barnes = perfection
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
The Lovely and the Lost was a light YA mystery involving trauma recovery, a missing persons case, and search and rescue dogs in action.

Barnes is exceptional at giving her characters depth (especially compared to other YA writers). There’s always a deeper story of trauma affecting the plot, which adds a lot of cool dynamics. Stuff like that can often make a story feel too heavy, but she balances it out with fun characters who are animated and engaging despite their inner demons, and there’s somet
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I love Jennifer Lynn Barnes' writing simple because not only is she an amazing author but she always writes stories that are captivating and unlike most stories in their genre. It doesn't matter what genre, the woman can write it and write it well.

And while this maybe wasn't a favorite of mine, it was well written, engaging and had a story line that stuck out and wasn't the norm, which I absolutely loved. A story that I think both fans of Jennifer's writing and mysteries will really enjoy.

Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I’ve enjoyed all of the books from Jennifer that I’ve read and was fairly excited to get to this one.

I liked Kira well enough. The dogs were legit the best part and they might have been tied with Jude. I feel like we didn’t really get to know anyone in this group of characters and I think it was an effective way to show how Kira still struggled.

Plot wise...I don’t know. The story started out so strong and then at about the halfway part, I found myself getting bored. Everything started to feel

This book has it all: an original concept, kick ass MC, loving families and sibling moments, amazing friends, good mystery, brilliant plot twists and of course, a LOT of dogs who are adorable but also smart and do their jobs wonderfully.

The whole plot revolves around the disappearance of a little girl and the band of teens with their search and rescue dogs, who are joining the search. Of course, they are only there as additional help to the more e
Allison Brennan
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is a fantastic YA thriller that will appeal to anyone of any age. I’m a long, long way out of my YA years, but I enjoyed this story of a girl and her dog and the search for a missing girl in the Colorado wilderness.

It’s no surprise that I enjoyed this book. I loved Barnes’s Naturals series about teenagers with special skills working with the FBI. They reminded me of my early love for Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys back in the 1970s when there were f
Maggie ☘
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my third work by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (I previously read The Naturals and The Fixer series and completely loved both) and as of now I'm highly convinced every YA mystery the author writes is gold.

Both the characters and the plotline were so amazingly done. The characters were so interesting, the psychological aspects of them very well crafted. I could really get into Kira's (the MC) mind and loved and felt for her completely. But it was more than that, being in her mind felt real and fa
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
5 STARS if this is part one of a series
4 STARS if not

Kira, once found in a forest living among the animals, now trains rescue dogs with her adoptive mother Cady and brother Jude. When a call to help find a missing young girl brings them back to Cady’s hometown and her estranged father, Kira realizes how little she knows about her family and herself.

I didn’t jump into THE LOVELY AND THE LOST (great title) or embrace Kira as quickly as Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ other books , but soon I was
2.5 STARS Rounded Up to 3 STARS...because she is one of my Favorite Authors

๏  Highlights ๏

YA Contemporary
Rescue Dogs
Family Drama

๏  My Thoughts ๏ 

I love The Naturals Series and The Fixer Duology by JLB, I love how smart her writing is and how believable they were, despite having crime-solving teens.  I wanted to love this too...I mean, it's written by Jennifer and it has dogs...two things I love.  Sadly, though, I was ultimately disappointed.  I feel like she lost her mojo...and I really
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jennifer Lynn Barnes does not get enough credit for her novels. Each and every one of them has dynamic, interesting characters that you immediately fall in love with and unique, intriguing premises - this book was no exception. It also had dogs.... lots and lots of dogs which meant that it was amazing.
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im going to read everything by JLB idec what it is about
Kate McMurry
Review of audiobook version of gripping, young-adult thriller with amazing dogs!

Kira Bennett was only 5 years old when she was rescued over 11 years ago by Cady Bennett, one of the foremost search and rescue (SAR) handlers in the country. Kira was found abandoned and seriously injured in the forest near a fictional small town called Chester Falls. Soon after, Cady adopted Kira and spent years helping her overcome a serious case of PTSD. In spite of plenty of therapy and the loving, nurturing car
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
4.5 stars!

I binged this beautiful book last night and WOW! Loved it start to finish! I’m a huge fan of Jennifer Lynn Barnes’s The Naturals series, so I was excited to get my hands on The Lovely and the Lost, her newest YA thriller!
It had everything I love about her books (plot twists, interesting premise, and well-written characters). And the setup was so interesting! The MC, Kira, is a teenager who was found in the woods as a child and taken in by a foster mom. She has the sweetest foster brot
Rashika (is tired)
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I truly feel blessed anytime I finish a book by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Over the past year, she has quickly shot up to one of my favorite authors. Her talent for writing some of the best relationships to grace YA draws me in and I cannot help but finish any book I read by her with my mouth hanging open and desperate for a sequel. If flawed characters, found family, trauma handled well, the best of dogs and a bit of a mystery are your thing, The Lovely and the Lost is the book for you.

Kira does not
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Thriller
*Rating* 3.5


The story follows the Bennett family Cadence (Cady), one of the best search and rescue dog trainers in the country, her son Jude, her adopted daughter Kira, who she found in the woods 11 years ago, and Phoebe (Free) Morrow who has inserted herself into the family dynamics and refuses to be left behind when the family is asked by Cady's father Bales, to help search for a missing girl who disappeared in Sierra Glades National Par
Mar 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
Jennifer Lynn Barnes is one of my favorite writers. She’s talented and her stories keep you on the edge of your seat. But The Lovely and the Lost was an anomaly. The writing differed from her other books to the point where it seemed like she passed along this idea to someone who wrote the book for her. My review to follow has nothing to do with Barnes or her writing skills. It has everything to do with this story and the characters portrayed.

The Naturals series was intriguing and comical. The F
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gripping, intense, and utterly captivating! A little girl lost in the forest brings a family together on a search and rescue mission. For Kira, the search brings back chilling memories before her foster mother Cady found her in the woods as a child -- dirty, feral and unable to speak. Now a teenager nurtured by Cady and her son Jude, Kira works with rescue dogs to search for missing persons.

While the story explores familial relationships and secrets, it's also a glowing tribute to the people an
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

Conceptually, this was an excellent story. The execution, however, really needed some cleanup.

I enjoyed the basic premise of the book immensely, but the pacing was really uneven. The first half of the book drags badly. It’s difficult to engage with and is jammed with way too much “witty banter” that really isn’t all that witty.

Things change in the second half of the book, where something shifts and the story began to captivate me. This is partially because the bulk of the action take
Guys. I couldn't put this one down. I didn't know what to expect going in, I hadn't read the synopsis, but I've loved JLB's books before so I just went for it. And I was hooked! It's not perfect but the story and the characters and the intensity and emotions kept me glued to the pages. I needed to know what happened to Bella and I desperately needed to know what Kira's story was and if she was going to be okay. Add in the Search and Rescue aspect and the K9s and this was definitely a book for me ...more
Erin Arkin
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is the second book I’ve read by her and I have to say, I enjoyed the story and based on both books I will definitely be checking out more!

I wasn’t really sure where this story was going to go based on the summary, but I don’t mind a darker storyline in the books I read and Kira’s story isn’t all rainbows, that’s for sure. There is no question in my mind that Kira is a survivor and I’m convinced that Cady Bennett came into her life at exactly the ri
This was...interesting, but also disappointing. I had really high hopes, but I didn't connect to Kira, though I thought she was an interesting and different type of MC. Her struggles, and pain, and just lack of connection to the world was done really well and I liked it.

But overall it was just meh.

The ending surprised me (view spoiler) and I absolutely loved Jude (who can't? He's contagiously positive and happy 😂😍) and Free was nice, and I love t
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my heart. I fell in love with the characters and the amazing search and rescue dogs ❤️
Sometimes dark, and full of coincidences, but engrossing. Full review to come.
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
i just. I need a fucking minute to settle down and just breathe. this book, guys. THIS FUCKING BOOK. it's so good and I love it so much, I love this family, I love Kira and Free and Jude and Cady and Mac and all the dogs, those good dogs who just love their humans with all their hearts. *sobs* I want a sequel, Jennifer. I deserve one.
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-owned
While there are some real pacing issues in this book that should make me give this more like a 3.5, I basically don't care about them. This was giving me all the JLB YA mystery vibes that I love, this time in a search & rescue story FILLED with amazing doggos doing amazing things. This is about found family, what human dignity means, and that ending though... I really need a sequel. Very much enjoyed this one ...more
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Lovely and the Lost is the first book by Jennifer Lynn Barnes that I have read and it was pure joy. I love her writing style, and her character development is well done. The plot is fast paced, with plenty of twists and turns, secrets and deception all of which makes this book hard to put down.

“Bad things happen to bad little girls, a voice whispers
from the dark place.”

The main character, Kira, has a past that she can't remember, a history that plagues her with horrible flashbacks. Through
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Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been, in turn, a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She's been writing for as long as she can remember, finished her first full book (which she now refers to as a "practice book" and which none ...more

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