A missing boy. A road trip into the Alaskan wilderness. A week that will change everything... Into the Wild meets Paper Towns in this romantic and thrilling contemporary adventure!A missing boy. A road trip into the Alaskan wilderness. A week that will change everything... After Gabi's parents' divorce, she moves to Alaska with her dad. At first, it feels like banishment-but there she meets Kai. He welcomes her into his life, sharing his family, his friends, and his warmth. Until suddenly, Kai pulls away for no reason at all. He's quiet, withdrawn. Then one day, he disappears. Kai's twin, Hunter, believes Kai's retracing their missing father's steps in the wilderness north of Anchorage. When they learn there's a blizzard on the way, Gabi's hurt at Kai's coldness swiftly turns to serious concern. He's alone out there. This is the boy who saved her from the dark. She can't lose him to it. So Gabi convinces Hunter to join her on a wild journey north-a trip that will challenge them physically and emotionally, as they try to convince the boy they love to return home.
Gabi Flores and her father gave up sunny Los Angeles for Anchorage, Alaska, to escape the glare of her starlet mother's scandalous affair. When her boyfriend, Kai, takes off unexpectedly in search of his father, Gabi braves the wilderness alongside his twin brother, Hunter, to rescue him. A nod to Into the Wild foreshadows the challenges ahead, including blinding snowstorms, brushes with hypothermia, and terrifying animal encounters. Debut author Sharp uses the great outdoors to turn prissy, high-strung Gabi into a stronger, more self-reliant version of herself, introducing Vicki a rambunctious survivalist with a knack for hunting and the means to procure snowmobiles and a plane when they're needed as a foil. While the romantic dialogue between Gabi and Kai can be sugary sweet, the plot packs plenty of harrowing surprises Gabi initially believes that Kai's father simply abandoned the family when he's actually presumed to be dead, for example to keep readers turning pages. It's a gripping wilderness adventure with sturdy romantic underpinnings. Ages 12 up.