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Alone in the Woods

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  136 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Two former best friends must work together to stay alive after getting lost in a remote national forest.

Jocelyn and Alex have always been best friends...until they aren't. Jocelyn's not sure what happened, but she hopes the annual joint-family vacation in the isolated north woods will be the perfect spot to rekindle their friendship.

But Alex still isn't herself when they g
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 6th 2020 by Sourcebooks Young Readers
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10/06/2020: HAPPY PUB DAY! What better way to pass the time in quarantine than reading about getting lost in majestic forests from the comfort of your own home?

One of the things that defines best friendship, what makes it different than all other friendships... It's that you know all their vulnerabilities, the things that they secretly worry or wonder about, the soft spots that are the most tender when bruised.

⭐️⭐️⭐️✨3.5 stars!

The last time I read a middle-grade survival story was probab
Ms. B
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
What happens when two former best friends, Jocelyn (aka Joss and Jallard) and Alex (aka Lexie), find themselves lost in the northwoods of Wisconsin after a tubing mishap? Can they get along enough to use their wits and find a way out?
For those looking for a survival story with a girl instead of a boy as the main character, this is the book.
Mar 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
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I'm on a survival/lost in woods kick this year, so I just had to read this story of two friends coming to terms with their break up while lost in the woods. This is a great story, and I enjoyed the flashbacks to events that caused the break-up, but I was left a little unsatisfied by the ending.

Strangely, I liked both Joselyn and Alex when the POV switched to them, but when they were talking about each other, I found them extremely annoying. So when the story was focused o
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
One of my favorite aspects of this book was the switching perspectives throughout the read. The reader gets to read about Jocelyn’s present-day perspective, which gives us a good idea of the type of person she is. Then, periodically, the author switches to Alex’s perspective of events that lead up to their close friendship growing apart. Both perspectives give readers the chance to learn about the two girls, their thoughts, and feelings.

While getting to know each protagonist, the author provoked
Amber Webb
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rebecca Behrens always keeps me on the edge of my seat while reading. Once I start one of her novels, I don't want to put it down and am sad when the end happens. Alone in the Woods was no different. I had to know what was going to happen next in this action-packed middle grade novel about survival, adventure, friendships, "cool kids", change and just making it through.
Joss and Alex have been best friends for forever, but when middle school hits, they both have different ideas about school, fri
Sierra Dertinger
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Behrens crafted such an intense friendship and survival story that left me in pain, agony, and the desire to reach out and help Jocelyn and Alex.

Jocelyn and Alex were the best of friends, but that was before Alex befriended the sixth grade’s most popular girl, Laura. So everything was a little “off” between Joss and Alex on their traditional summer vacation trip with their families. And, it was quite awkward. It got even worse when they were floating downstream with their families and soon they
Jan 02, 2021 rated it liked it
It's good but I don't like alex ...more
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting take on the classic story of surviving with what you know, out int he woods. It is not two friends that get separated from their family but two former friends.

As the story progresses, we learn why they are no longer friends, and what happened, all while they try to survive in the woods with little in the way of supplies.

The author said she has been in these wood, so she knows of where she speaks.

A good adventure story, so good that I took a longer than usual lunch break to
Jenn of The Bookish Society
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this survival story with a slice of MG friendship drama. The two girls acted exactly as I would imagine they would when they find themselves trapped alone in the North Woods. As middle graders do they are growing apart and navigating those feelings along with being trapped in the middle of nowhere is messy. I think I'd hand this to kids who enjoy Hatchet and the like. ...more
Terry Johnson
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
review to come!
lise hoyer
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2020
So good! Alex's and Jocelyn's bug bites make me shudder, though. I actually found myself feeling bad for Joss because her friend practically ditched her for someone who seemed fake. ...more
Angela McManaman
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: family-reading
From SRSC, age 7: The book is about two eighth graders who are childhood best friends. One of them does not get good enough grades and has to go to Spanish camp. There, the girl meets another eighth grader and eventually they become best friends. The eighth grader and her other friend go up north every summer. This summer was different! They get lost in the woods. This book is very interesting. I guess I would recommend it to other kids. I liked the parts in the woods.

From ALM, age 42: A thought
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed The Disaster Days that has the dubious distinction of being the first book I finished at the start of pandemic lockdown. This one does not disappoint, friendship story combined with a river float trip gone wrong. I want a lupine lover sweatshirt! My only beef is with the cover art - the girls were lost in the woods dressed in swim attire, not jeans and T-shirts.
Ms. Yingling
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
ARC graciously provided by the author.

Jocelyn always looks forward to the vacation in a cabin that she and her friend Alex's family take every year. From doughnuts at the lumberjack themed diner to the ritual jumping in the lake, the girls have a settled routine from which they never waiver. This year, however, Alex is angry at Jocelyn, who is not sure how to make things right. Jocelyn still doesn't care about fashion or boys, but Alex made friends with the popular Laura at a summer camp, and is
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lost in the Words by Rebecca Behrens is a middle grade novel about survival and friendship.

Jocelyn and Alex have been friends since they were young children, but during the summer before this novel starts they had a breakup in their friendship. This is a realistic and sad reality that is often overshadowed in fiction in favor of romantic breakups, so I enjoyed that representation. Jocelyn pointed out all the little ways that Alex had changed over the summer after being away at camp and not seein
Kate Waggoner
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-read

Thank you to @sourcebookskids for sharing an advance copy of Alone in the Woods by @rebeccabehrensbooks with the #kidlitexchange network. This MG novel will go on sale in October 2020. All opinions are my own.

Jocelyn & Alex have been best friends forever, but it's clear that things have changed. Since her return from summer camp and her new found friendship with Laura, Alex's relationship with Jocelyn has been strained. Jocelyn hopes they will reconnect during their annual joint f
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love middle-grade adventure books and this one is full of tension and heart.

The core of the story is about two friends who are growing apart and struggling to figure out who they are to each other anymore. Completely relatable, especially at that age. I think we all went through this as tweens/teens.

Add in getting lost in the woods and the stakes go through the roof.

The author’s descriptions were fantastic. I felt like I was right there with the girls, struggling through the overgrown woods,
Rebecca Morrell
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I was a kid, I loved survival tales like Hatchet and My Side of the Mountain, but female readers like me never really saw themselves in the story. That's what I liked about Rebecca Behrens' Alone in the Woods.

She presents the story told between the voices of Alex and Joss. Behrens does this so realistically, that the characters become true to the reader. I can really see readers feeling the emotions presented here. As a middle school teacher of ten years, I can say just how true to life th
Jessica Harrison
Oct 14, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Jocelyn and Alex are about to enter eighth grade when their adventure takes place. As such, the book is full of all the middle-school emotions and drama that you’d expect. Alex went away to summer camp and came back a different person. Jocelyn didn’t change at all. Where they used to be inseparable, now, the former friends are incompatible.

While the friendship dynamic is compelling, it’s not what draws readers in. Instead, it’s the setting and the journey the two take in the wilderness.
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Soon-to-be 8th graders Joss and Alex have been best friends for as long as they can remember. Their families share a cabin "up north" near the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest of Wisconsin every summer. When Alex goes away to a Spanish camp and becomes friends with a classmate named Lauren, neither she nor Joss knows how to handle the shift it creates in their friendship. Joss is sure that time together at the cabin is just what she and Alex need to rekindle their waning friendship but Alex i ...more
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alone in the Woods is a survival story but it is more of a story about friendship and how friendships change as we grow older. The survival aspects were very realistic and seemed completely plausible for young girls lost in the woods. The friendship was the heart of the story. Anyone who has ever had a friend that you felt was outgrowing you can relate to the turmoil that Jocelyn feels as Alex pushes her away. Luckily we also get Alex's perspective and see how difficult it is to be the friend wh ...more
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
The time POVs in this middle grade story were a little hard to follow. I think it was little much for me to read at ten. I did like the characters and knowing what happened but it was confusing to me. This girl oriented survival story was really good though. I loved the authors other book and this one was even better. I just had to get help with parts of it.
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alone in the Woods was pretty suspenseful for a middle grade book. It definitely made me want to find out "what happens" in the end. There was a brief section that felt repetitive or slow, I can' decide which. Anyway, I think this will appeal to my 5th grade students. ...more
Lea  M
Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it
It didn't especially charm me, but it wasn't bad. I think my niece would still enjoy it. ...more
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Skimmed through the book.
There really wasn't much that wanted me to keep on reading. Way too predictable. Not my cup of tea.
Dec 10, 2020 added it
2020- I tried to get past it, but Alex was an extremely unlikable character so I wasn't all that interested in her sections. ...more
PottWab Regional Library
Dec 30, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020-new
Em Jay
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
There's only one thing worse than 'breaking up' with your best friend: Getting stranded in the woods with her.

ALONE IN THE WOODS does exactly what it says on the box; it follows the tumultuous relationship of two girls, Jocelyn and Alex, as they find themselves alone in (you guessed it) the woods. It's a survival tale, but it's also a timelessly relatable exploration of how growing up can fracture even the strongest of friendships. Jocelyn is happy to follow childhood traditions and wear her pa
Robert Ghazaryan
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This marvelous book is about two girls named Joclene and Alex. They use to be friends. Until Jocelyn’s interests got between her and Alex’s friendship. Those interests seemed dorky to Alex and their friendship was ruined… Alex is popular by having a friend named Laura and she prefered popularity to dorkiness. Meanwhile, Joclene is a nice girl who isn’t as popular as Alex but she still sticks to her beliefs. However, one day Alex had a choice. Be Dorky with Jocelyn or be popular with Laura. She b ...more
The story of friendship between Jocelyn (Joss) and Alex (Lexie) and how everything changes over a 2 week separation. Told mostly from Joss’s pov it also jumps back to Alex sharing what happened during those 2 weeks and the rest of the summer before 8th grade.

It was a quick read for me and for the most part I enjoyed myself. Towards the end of their time lost in the woods I’ll admit that it kinda dragged on a little. Joss is somewhat of a nature nerd so the info dumping of animal/nature character
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