THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE, by Sonja Yoerg made me want to set out on an adventure. It brought to mind the days when I was the same age as the character, Liz, and spent a bunch of my time in California hiking and mountain biking through the Sierras around Tahoe. To give you an idea of how long ago that was, the last time I set foot in the Sierras I was still mountain biking and pregnant with my daughter who is getting close to seventeen years old, not that much younger than the character in the novel. I’ve been so busy raising kids that I don’t mountain bike much anymore, and I don’t know if I ever will, but reading Yoerg’s novel makes motivates me to spend more time outside while my body still works. If you are looking for an adventurous novel to read, I highly recommend this one.
I first started getting excited about THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE when people started posting pictures of themselves on social media using the hash tag #middleofsomewhere in conjunction with the book’s release. I started looking for pictures of myself in the great outdoors and posted them with the hashtag. I got lucky enough that I received an advanced copy of the book.
Some of my #middleofsomewhere pics were of the mountains and hiking, but my favorite one was reading the book on the beach. I’ve seen the ocean before, but I’d never sat down and read a book on the beach, so I can honestly say that THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE was my first beach read. It was also a lot easier than hiking the John Muir Trail. Since reading the book, I’ve been hiking a bit more and trying to get outside. I’ve definitely been reminded about how much I love the outdoors. I may not hike the Sierras again, but now that I’ve been inspired, who knows?
After you read the book you might want to post your own #middleofsomewhere pics. But why wait? Post something now. Whatever you do, read the book. I’m so glad I did.
Here’s a little bit about the book:
In THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE, Liz sets off to hike from Yosemite Valley through the John Muir Trail. She wants to spend her time alone reflecting on the past mistakes that still haunt her. Similar to real life Cheryl Strayed in WILD, Yoerg uses the great outdoors as a journey for our character Liz to hike out of her past and into the future, but unlike Strayed’s memoir, Yoerg’s novel turns out to be more than just a search to find oneself. THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE is a tale of a woman coming to terms with not only her self, but with people in her life who have disappointed her. With an absentee father and an artsy detached mother, Liz has never experienced what she believes is a real family. As soon as Dante decides to tag along on Liz’s trip, the reader gets the sense that he might be the one to show Liz that no relationship can ever be perfect and that everyone makes mistakes, but once things get rolling, we aren’t sure. It takes a tragedy and a major plot twist to force Dante and Liz to sort out whether or not their relationship will survive as their survival on the trail becomes paramount. THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE is an adventure, romance, and mystery all wrapped up in one outdoorsy package.
A must read for your Fall list!