Gone Wild: A Teen Fiction Novel by Jodi Lundgren

Generally, I love teen/young adult fiction novels and the plot of Gone Wild was definitely appealing. The story is short, just 176 pages, and took me no more than an hour to read. It flows smoothly, but I never really appreciated the characters enough to really get into the story.

After discovering she might be pregnant, 18-year-old Brooke heads out into the wilderness to avoid her nagging mother and her boyfriend while she thinks things through. Tired of being bullied by his mother, his mother's boyfriend, and just about everyone else he can think of, 16-year-old Seth runs away and hitches a ride to the Pacific coast. Seeking refuge in rocks and the woods, Seth is only able to survive by stealing from those camping in the wildernesss. When Brooke finds Seth trying to steal food, she offers to share her food with him rather than end up with nothing. This marks the beginning of a friendship and adventure both will remember.

So much of this book's plot seemed unnecessary had either teen used their head. Perhaps it's the way I was raised, but at no point would trekking through the forest have been a better option to sitting down and talking things out. That's why I had a hard time with the characters. They didn't relate well to each other. Seth was petulant at times and therefore unlikable. Brooke was better, but at times too nice given the situation.

The setting and details involving camping were realistic, but everything was so rushed that I felt cheated. I never really had time to get to enjoy the setting, characters, or action as it was over before it seems it even began.


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