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The Lost Girl

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  303 ratings  ·  97 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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Heidi Heilig
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Colby Sharp
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Captivating. Distinguished.
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
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
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 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.
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!
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Smash the patriarchy indeed.
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
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.
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
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Iris and Lark may be identical twins but that doesn’t make them exactly the same. Lark’s dreamy, creativity perfectly balances the rational, grounded nature of Iris. The two just work better together, which is why they feel like their world is ending when their principal and parents decide the two girls should be in separate fifth grade classes. Who will reign in Iris when her temper gets the better of her and who will help Lark find her voice? Add in a strange antique store and owner, some awes ...more
Vanessa (splitreads)
Things I liked about this book: The sisters. The idea that identical twins might be too codependent, which the twins don't agree with - overall it leads to an interesting storyline. The relationships and interactions the sisters had with their parents and with peers/teachers at school - very believable, especially the lingo and activities of today's elementary-aged children. The way girls in general (not just the sisters) pull together to defeat a bad man.

Things I had issues with: The magic. Or
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sisterhood and magic in Minneapolis. How have I never read anything by Anne Ursu before now?
Lorie Barber
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I write this fully realizing that book perfection is in the eye of the reader. So what. Don’t at me. This book is perfection. It is honorable. It is spectacular in its prose, its characters, its story, and ITS MESSAGES.
THE LOST GIRL has found me. It has helped make me whole again. It has given me a deeper perspective in who I am and what I can do with my voice, with my friends, FOR my friends. EVERY CHILD needs these kinds of messages.
THE LOST GIRL is distinguished. It needs to be in the hands
Monica Edinger
My New York Times' review here.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Edelweiss for an advanced copy. So... much.... whining. This book would have benefited from a different timeline. Finally, something of consequence was revealed when the eBook showed I was 50% through, and then something else finally at 80%. Then in the second half, a couple of chapters were thrown in with a different narrator. The reveal for that was good, but by then I just wanted to be done. My mother was an identical twin, and I usually love twin stories. There was so much self-dou ...more
Stephanie Lucianovic
I rec'd an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book.

THIS BOOK. This is a book for the #MeToo. It's a book for the #Resistance. It's a book for sisterhood, both of blood and water. It's a book for NOW. There are so many things I've underlined that I want to quote but won't. You will discover them yourself. Hurry, February.

The thing that gets me most about Anne Ursu's writing is how much like puff pastry dough it is: delicious, addicting, skillfully crafted, but most of all, it's about the insanely del
Cassie Thomas
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So many layers. So much meaning. Now that I have read it and it’s entirety, I want to go back through and reread to pick up on all the little cues I missed.
Hansel and Gretel meets Nightbooks
Zoe Cannon
I don't know if I was meant to read these characters as autistic, although I wouldn't be surprised, given how The Real Boy was a pretty obvious autism metaphor. Regardless, they were telegraphing autism to me even from the first couple of pages, and unless I hear otherwise I'm going to assume it was intentional.

I loved this book more than I loved Breadcrumbs. Both dealt with similar themes - an imaginative kid forced to reckon with a world that does not love imagination - but I think this book d
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
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Identical twins Iris and Lark are always together. So, when they get their fifth-grade classroom assignment, they are sure that there has been some mistake: for the first time ever, they will be in different classes at school. Lark, always the more shy and quiet of the two, retreats into herself in the face of bullies and a teacher who wants her to be more assertive. And Iris, who has always made it her mission to defend her sister, is unmoored and feels out of control without Lark to anchor her ...more
Laura Gardner
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A bit of mystery, a bit of magic and a ton of heart. That's how I'll describe this lovely, yet creepy #mglit novel about twins Iris and Lark. The identical twins rely on each other and think they can't survive apart. When they are placed in separate classrooms for fifth grade for the first time ever, it's a tragedy of epic proportions. Lark, who is quiet and nervous, needs Iris to speak for her. Iris, who can get hotheaded and tightly wound, needs Lark to help calm her fury. Meanwhile, strange t ...more
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
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magical-fantasy
Longtime readers of this author expect certain things: lyrical prose, wry humour, deft characterization and a story in which the protagonist's' internal life is at least as interesting as the adventure in which they find themselves. "The Lost Girl" delivers all of these, in spades.

While exploring questions of identity, perception and self-perception, friendship, and growing up female in a society torn between tradition and modernity, "The Lost Girl" tells a tale of magic, brazen theft, antiquiti
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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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