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The Lost Girl

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,781 ratings  ·  357 reviews
When you’re an identical twin, your story always starts with someone else. For Iris, that means her story starts with Lark. Iris has always been the grounded, capable, and rational one; Lark has been inventive, dreamy, and brilliant—and from their first moments in the world together, they’ve never left each other’s side. Everyone around them realized early on what the two ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by Walden Pond Press
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Rachel Reads Ravenously
3 stars

Picked this book up because the premise sounded interesting. I liked the depiction of what it was like to be a twin and I think many twin children and adults will identify with these characters. I also liked the artwork. There was just too much exposition for me and not enough action, 200 pages in and there still didn't seem to be much of a plot.
But overall I liked it and I can totally see myself recommending it to middle graders and/or their parents when I am at work.

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Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Powerful story about sisterhood, twinhood, girlhood. I highly recommend this to all readers, regardless of age or gender, because of what it has to say about growing up, finding yourself, and being independent vs. knowing when you need help.
Heidi Heilig
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brandy Painter
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

I knew The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu was going to hold a special place in my heart just a couple chapters in. About half way through I had a feeling it would be the book of 2019 that I would try to shove into the hands of any and all who expressed slightest interest in a book recommendation. By the time I was finished with it, I knew it would be a book that would stay with me always. Then comes this part. The part where I want to tell the wo
I was so bored throughout more than three-quarters of this book. I'm a fan of character based world building. If the author gives me someone to care about, I'm all there. Iris and Lark however, just seemed to wallow in the enjoyment of their own perceived victim-hood. I had no patience for it. When the final twisty climax arrived, which could be seen from a mile away, the solution was easily arrived at, giving no sense of accomplishment.

There were some good girl-power conversations, but echo so
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was WONDERFUL. Beautifully written and emotional and I could relate with Iris so MUCH for taking care and worrying about her sister to the point of forgetting about her own health <3
and then there are the groups that surround the girls - and Camp Awesome is SO AWESOME
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
A DRC was provided by Edelweiss for a fair and honest review.

Lark and Iris, how I wanted to like you more! Despite this reader being wary of books about twins, your author is a good writer with the best of intentions for you. She wants to write a book about girls being diminished by the patriarchy, an insensitive school culture, poor though well-meaning parenting, and their own self-doubt. She also wants to throw in a good dose of not-so-nice magic borrowed from everyone from Grimm to Stephen Ki
2.5 stars

Anne Ursu writes well and her stories are imaginative; however, after reading The Lost Girl, I learned that we may have different views on certain topics and that difference hindered me from enjoying the book as much as I would have liked. Otherwise, I will say that this was an overall interesting book that I recommend for middle school readers who enjoy realistic fiction and a touch of magic/mystery. A forewarning to sensitive readers that the ending is kind of creepy, although the cre
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
This really wasn't my thing. I know it was supposed to be touching and affirming, but I couldn't get into all of the strangeness. First of all, I had a hard time keeping the two twins separate in my mind. The twin that was supposed to have one characteristic kept showing the other characteristic. That could have been part of the point, but it didn't seem to be. Second of all, it hurt me whenever the parents and the school people kept insisting that they had made the best decision for the girls' ...more
Colby Sharp
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Captivating. Distinguished.
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars I think. The writing is objectively good, but the story itself made me so angry and is riddled with problems.

I read this aloud to my 9 yr old and had to pause repeatedly to add: 'They're making a bad choice... they should trust their parents... call the police... don't lie... her parents' decision is the right one... if a friend is missing and you know they are somewhere they shouldn't be or that is unsafe, SPEAK UP! TELL SOMEONE! Certainly DO NOT tell your parents you are somewhere yo
Katie Fitzgerald
Feb 05, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
I requested an ARC of this book based on how much I enjoyed the author's previous novel, Breadcrumbs. Unfortunately, after reading the author's note about the patriarchy and "subversive female friendships" and then seeing reviews here on Goodreads associating the book with #MeToo and the Resistance, I have decided not to read it after all. I make it a point to avoid children's books with political agendas, and this book seems to have a strong one. I'm disappointed, but my reading list is long an ...more
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, how I love this wondrous book!
Greg Andree
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review by 11yo Novalee : )

Did you know that a character in The Lost Girl is named after me? She only shows up for a chapter, but she is kick-butt! (I refuse to swear here). Novalee, a member of the Camp Awesome, that Iris’s mom makes Iris join. And with me in it, Camp Awesome is not ironic at all. It really lives up to its name now!!! I was like, YASSSS Queen : )

The novel, The Lost Girl, by Anne Ursu, was an outstanding book about two twins sisters, named Iris and Lark, who do absolutely everyth
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, rated-5-star, faves
”we’re the girls who defeat the monsters.”

ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS :D lark and iris maguire are identical twin sisters in 5th grade. they go on an adventure involving crows, thieves, and a mysterious antique shop that opened in the neighborhood the sisters grew up in. iris and lark are so sweet and their love for each other transcends everything else. middle grades are hit or miss with me, but none of the story struck me as “childish.” plus, who doesn’t love a good mind numbing tale. also!!!
So a lot of this book was five stars all the way, but the ending didn't quite work for me! (I knew this book included magic, but I think I needed more magic along the way. It just felt like a LOT all at once. Also I sort of expected something to be up more specifically with Lark, with the wolf in the closet and all.

So I really don't know how to rate this! I was so into this but then it left me feeling disappointed. (Tracy, do read this, though!)
Cheryl is busier irl atm.
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-enjoy-again
Of course you know already that I love Ursu's stories. So well-crafted that even when the first 2/3 or so is more about the beautiful writing and the interesting world-building than it is about the characters or themes, I know to push on... and then I say Oh! Oh! the hidden truths, oh! the allegories exposed, oh! so *that's* what that is all about....

I particularly love the crows, in both their literal and symbolic roles. And the cat. And the mystery of just who the narrator is. And the other c
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

THE LOST GIRL begins on a strong note, highlighting the differences between identical twins Lark and Iris and their reaction learning they’d be in separate classrooms for the first time.

The story gets progressively worse, told from differed third person points of view, mostly Iris and an omniscient narrator. If the story had focused solely on the twin’s relationship, their need to stay close while becoming more independent, Anne Ursu could have told an interesting story with broad appe
Jordan Henrichs
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Ursu's books have always been inspired by fairy tales. The Lost Girl's inspiration isn't quite as direct as Breadcrumbs ("The Snow Queen") or The Real Boy ("Pinocchio") but there are pieces of "Hansel and Gretel," "The Glass Coffin," "The Seven Ravens," and "Jorinde and Joringel" here. I found myself getting bored of Iris's angst and wanting to get answers to what felt so mysterious about the plot, and when I finally got there, I was a bit underwhelmed. Like, the fairy tale elements of this were ...more
Sam (she_who_reads_)
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful, powerful book this is!! The writing is so magical and lyrical, while still being completely accessible to young readers- I was hooked from page one! I adored the messages woven into this story, and the depiction of love between sisters, family, and friends was wonderful. There is some fantastic feminist moments in this one, it is so empowering and moving, I absolutely cannot wait to get this into the hands of the younger women in my life! Fight that patriarchy girls!
Tj Shay
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In every Anne Ursu book there is a paragraph, sometimes many, that you have to stop and reread because you have to experience the way words are used perfectly to encapsulate the world of emotion. The Lost Girl has several. The story of twins who are identical but not the same, struggling through the world and becoming the people they were meant to be.
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book. I read it in one day. And now I want to give this book to every girl child and every woman I know. I want you to read it. It's magical, but not *just* magical. ...more
May 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: jfic, jfic-fantasy
Way too much exposition in this book. I kept waiting for something—anything to happen. The message about girls was admittedly over the top but I still liked that aspect. That pushes this to a 3.
4.5 stars for now. We'll see how I feel tomorrow. ...more
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Smash the patriarchy indeed.
A.R. Thompson
I recently wrote a rather critical review for Anne Ursu's The Lost Boy.

This review will not follow the nature of its predecessor.

Iris and Lark Maguire are identical twins. Identical, but not the same; Iris is capable, sensible, and fiercely protective of her inventive, dreamy, and sensitive sister Lark. Ever since their preemie birth, they've always been together-- Iris and Lark, Lark and Iris. Everyone knows almost as well as Lark and Iris do that things always turn out better when they're toge
Jessica Lawson
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, Anne Ursu, you've done it again. On an emotional level, The Lost Girl expertly captures the pain of separation and the fear/joy/bravery/hope involved in forging new bonds. Making friends, facing bullies, feeling different than peers, wondering where/if you'll ever fit in, being taken seriously as a young person~ all are addressed in a way that really made me feel as though I were in Iris's shoes (and Lark's as well). As for the technical side of the writing, there is so much to admire here-- ...more
Benjamin Kissell
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While an arc isn't always the same as the final-product (the lack of interior art, for ex), nothing could change how simply perfect The Lost Girl was from page one forward.

Few authors have ever truly mastered the lyrical voice of the narrator the way Anne Ursu has; at once the classical wink-and-a-nod narrator you'd find in a Grimm's tale and simultaneously refreshingly original, new and modern. Anne Ursu is that supreme figure singing Homer's epics with Annie Lennox's voice.

Whether she's casual
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to receive an ARC of Anne Ursu's upcoming novel, THE LOST GIRL, the story of two sisters trying to survive growing up in a world that is far too quick to judge and underestimate them. Lark and Iris are unlike any characters I've read before. The twin girls leap to life on the page, each different in their own way. Ursu's lyrical prose weaves a dreamlike narrative rich in emotion as the sisters endure an unexpected separation, during which time each of them must discover what trul ...more
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
The author of The Real Boy and Breadcrumbs returns with a new marvelous read for middle graders. Lark and Iris are twins. It’s the thing that everyone notices about them. They are very different underneath their physical similarities. Iris is rational, protective and always willing to argue. Lark is dreamy, creative and sensitive. When the two girls are separated for the first time into different classrooms at school, Lark retreats into herself. She has several humiliating experiences that Iris ...more
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Anne Ursu is the author of several fantasies for young readers, including THE REAL BOY, which was longlisted for the National Book Award, and BREADCRUMBS, which was named as one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly, Amazon, and School Library Journal. She is also the recipient of a McKnight Fellowship. She teaches at the Hamline University's Masters of Fine Arts in Writing for Childr ...more

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