Wednesday, April 29

Book Reviews: Into the Forest

Title: Into the Forest

Author: Jeam Hegland

Pages: 193

Summary: Jean Hegland's prose in Into the Forest is as breathtaking as one of the musty, ancient redwoods that share the woodland with Nell and Eva, two sisters who must learn to live in harmony with the northern California forest when the electricity shuts off, the phones go out, their parents die, and all civilization beyond them seems to grind to a halt. At first, the girls rely on stores of food left in their parents' pantry, but when those supplies begin to dwindle, their only option is to turn to each other and the forest's plants and animals for friendship, courage, and sustenance. Into the Forest, an apocalyptic coming-of-age story, will fill readers (both teens and adults) with a profound sense of the human spirit's strength and beauty.

My Rating: 6/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: The story started off to be good, with an interesting premise and a very good writing story that initially drew me in. And in the words of other reviewers, “and then it got weird…..” I had to force my self to finish it. Things happened that just didn’t make sense or add up to what someone in the situation would, their was a morbid scene, that I have NO IDEA why it was in there, I mean it doesn’t even further the plot, build on the characters or strengthen/weaken relationships between characters, it’s just there. Anyone who has read the book knows of the scene I speak of. Then the ending, which also makes no sense as to why it went the way it did. I get the symbolism behind it, but it seemed like the characters were going backwards in how they hopped to survive, rather then forwards. But I don’t want to ruin it for those who haven’t read the story.
Overall, very interesting premise, very strong beginning, but then it gets weird, to the point it ruined the story for me.

Would I recommend it to read: I’m not sure if I’d recommend the book or not, I’m kind of on the fence for this one, because the first half of the book is pretty good. I’m also on the fence about whether or not I should try the author again, because of my experience with the last part of the novel.

What to read next: The Girls - Good for the powerful sister relationship

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, 2009 Support Your Library Challenge, Dewey's Book Challenge, New Author Challenge

This is one of my options for Dewey's Book Challenge. You can find Dewey's Review Here


  1. I thought it was a great book, but yeah, I know which scene you're talking about, and it really threw me off too. Why was that in there? No reason I could see.

  2. All the blogs and reviews I've read about the book good or bad have all commented on that one part. It's really odd, especially when a large portion of readers, comment on it like that. I wonder what the authors intentions were? What she has to say about it, and about the response for her readers?

  3. I had almost the same reaction as you did to this book when I read it a few years ago. As far as that one scene goes, I found it a bit disarming and confusing. Why put that in the middle of the book, when things were churning along just fine and the plot was interesting enough as it was? I really liked the parts of the book that focused on the girls' survival and the things that they had to do just to get along. For instance, I liked how the girls used the chestnuts (or was it acorns?) for flour to make their bread. I thought that the last part of the book really lacked direction and structure, and it affected the way I related to and enjoyed the book. Although my daughter loved it, and has read it several times, I did not really love it.