Wild by Alex MalloryWild by Alex Mallory


byAlex Mallory

Hardcover | July 8, 2014

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Cade, a teen raised alone in the wilderness, is thrust into civilization in this modern retelling of Tarzan.

No one knows the forest better than Cade, who has spent his entire life there, foraging, hunting, and surviving. Raised to believe no one else is left in the world, he is shocked when he encounters Dara, a modern girl on a camping trip in his woods. And when an accident forces him back into society with her, he begins to question his entire life. Together, Cade and Dara attempt to handle their newfound celebrity as the media closes in. But the truth of Cade's past might be too much for either of them.

Alex Mallory's action-packed and romantic tale is told from both Cade's and Dara's point of view and is perfect for fans of contemporary and dystopian YA as well as classic survival stories such as Hatchet, Lord of the Flies, and Tarzan.

Alex Mallory was born and raised in the Midwest. A big fan of reading, history, camping, and competitive M&M sorting, Alex once crossed a dilapidated train trestle in the middle of the night, two hundred feet above the Wabash River, in a futile attempt to prove her love to someone who had no idea she existed. (1) She lived to tell abou...
Title:WildFormat:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.37 inPublished:July 8, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062218743

ISBN - 13:9780062218742


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice retelling Dara and her boyfriend Josh slip out on the spring break trip their parents think they’re going on to go camping instead. Soon after setting up their camp, Dara feels like there’s someone out there and she’s determined to find him. Cade’s lived in the forest for as long as he can remember. He hunts, he gathers, he survives, all on his own. The only people he sees are the rangers who sometimes get close to his hidden camp. Until he sees Dara and their mutual fascination proves dangerous. Cade gets taken back to Dara’s hometown where he struggles to understand everything, and everyone else struggles to understand who he is and where he came from. Dara wants to show him everything and help him adjust but all Cade wants to do is go home. This is a bit of a Tarzan retelling. It was a pretty quick read that I really enjoyed. For the most part the plot moved along at a nice pace, there were only a few times it felt like it was dragging a bit. The writing style was really well suited for the story and it alternated between a light-hearted read and a heartbreaking, helpless feeling. Cade was a really interesting character. His confidence in the woods, his abilities, his fascination with Dara and Josh, and then when he’s brought back to civilization, his confusion, homesickness, just feeling lost and overwhelmed. He was simple but complicated at the same time, so smart about some thing and so utterly naïve about others. Definitely a memorable character. Dara, I didn’t find to be quite as memorable as Cade, but in a lot of ways she was more relatable. I loved her best when she was talking about photography and her love for it. Her passion for it really came through in the writing.. The plot was a little predictable but I expected that with a retelling. It was still a good read with lots of amusing moments, tender moments, some scary moments, and some heartbreaking moments. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2014-01-30

Editorial Reviews

WILD delivers a fresh take on a classic story, with authentic characters who come alive on the page and an exhilarating romance.