Mari Turner’s life is perfect. That is, at least, to her thousands of followers who have helped her become an internet starlet. But when she breaks down and posts a video confessing she’s been living a lie — that she isn’t the happy, in love, inspirational online personality she’s been trying so hard to portray — it goes viral and she receives a major backlash.
To get away from it all, she makes an impulsive decision: to hike the entire John Muir Trail. Mari and her late cousin Bri were supposed to do it together, to celebrate their shared eighteenth birthday. But that was before Mari got so wrapped up in her online world that she shut anyone out who questioned its worth — like Bri.
This book is suitable for young adults over 14 years old.
Girl Online meets Wild in this emotionally charged story of girl who takes to the wilderness to rediscover herself and escape the superficial persona she created on social media. With Bri’s boots and trail diary, a heart full of regret, and a group of strangers that she meets along the way, Mari tries to navigate the difficult terrain of the hike. But the true challenge lies within, as she searches for the way back from to the girl she fears may be too lost to find: herself.
Jessi Kirby is the author of six novels for young adults, including The Secret History of Us, Things We Know By Heart, and Moonglass, which was nominated for the ABA New Voices award. Her novels have received starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers weekly, and have been published in more than twenty countries. Jessi grew up in Mammoth Lakes, California and earned a degree in English from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She currently lives in Central California with her husband and two kids.
Annica Lydenberg of Dirty Bandits is an art director, lettering artist, illustrator and mural painter working with agencies and brands to create more authentic products, campaigns and spaces. Work done by Dirty Bandits is fueled by Annica’s deep appreciation for type, her interest in story telling and dedication to brands and individuals working for social good. Projects include working with companies on campaigns, branding, books, lettering projects and murals.