The Pacific Crest Trail—or PCT—is a continuous footpath that stretches 2,660 miles from the Mexican border in Southern California to the Canadian border in Northern Washington.
In Hold for Hiker Trash, Vika, a recent college graduate, found comfort in her reputation as a “perfect student,” but her knowledge of art history is hardly applicable in the foreign culture of long distance hiking or in the reconstruction of a 140-year-old house. Vika is immersed in the company of the backpackers as they join to help Dane, the artist, and his mother, the affectionate Grandma Peach, strip the house before they can build again.
Will Vika be able to find common ground with her new hosts and the rugged hikers who visit the house, or will she be left on the outside looking in?
K.A. Hrycik grew up in a small town in Western New York, where she could be found outside in the midst of one adventure or another, like catching frogs with her sister or snowboarding with her friends. The adventures progressed, and, at 18, she got in a plane for the first time … then jumped out. That evolved into a summer in Alaska, another summer on a tall ship in the Pacific, and time abroad.
It’s hiking trails that keep calling her to come back to America though. It could be a two-mile loop in her backyard or crossing the High Sierra in California. Her brother first introduced her to the idea of long-distance backpacking when he thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. The idea turned into reality in 2012, when they hiked 1,600 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail together. In 2014, Hrycik returned to California to start the PCT at the Mexican border at dawn on a cool, May morning. Three and a half months later, in true hiker fashion, she reached the Canadian border dirty, smelly, tired, hungry, and with awe, pride, and phenomenal calves. She was hooked—to put it lightly—and including the PCT, she’s logged over 4,500 miles.
In addition to her travels, Hrycik received a degree in biology and a minor in art history from Vassar College, and enjoys including the intersection of science and art in her writing. She uses Western New York as her home base, where she tutors and teaches swimming. She sometimes even helps her brother renovate his Victorian house, after which Dane’s house in Hold For Hiker Trash is modeled—though she refuses to scrape paint.
She’s not exactly sure where she’ll be next, but she has people for “not exactly sure”, so she’s OK with that.
It's been more than two years since Jon Evans and his family left Pennsylvania, hoping to find a safe place to live, yet Jon remains haunted by the deaths of those he loved. His prowess on a soccer field has guaranteed him a home in a well-protected enclave. But Jon is painfully aware that a missed goal, a careless word, even falling in love, can put his life and the lives of his mother, his sister Miranda, and her husband, Alex, in jeopardy. Can Jon risk doing what is right in a world gone so terribly wrong?
Juneau grew up fearing the outside world. The elders told her that beyond the borders of their land in the Alaskan wilderness, nuclear war had destroyed everything. But when Juneau returns from a hunting trip one day and discovers her people have been abducted, she sets off to find them. And leaving the boundaries for the very first time, she learns the horrifying truth: World War III never happened. Nothing was destroyed. Everything she'd ever been taught was a lie.
As Juneau comes to terms with an unfathomable deception, she is forced to survive in a completely foreign world, using only the skills and abilities she developed in the wild. But while she's struggling to rescue her friends and family, someone else is after her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about her secret past.
Lexington Larrabee has never had to work a day in her life. After all, she's the heiress to the multi-billion-dollar Larrabee Media empire. And heiresses are not supposed to work. But then again, they're not supposed to crash brand-new Mercedes convertibles into convenience stores on Sunset Boulevard either.
Which is why, on Lexi's eighteenth birthday, her ever-absent, tycoon father decides to take a more proactive approach to her wayward life. Every week for the next year, she will have to take on a different low-wage job if she ever wants to receive her beloved trust fund. But if there's anything worse than working as a maid, a dishwasher, and a fast-food restaurant employee, it's dealing with Luke, the arrogant, albeit moderately attractive, college intern her father has assigned to keep tabs on her.
In Jessica Brody's hilarious "comedy of heiress" about family, forgiveness, good intentions, and best of all, second chances, Lexi learns that love can be unconditional, money can be immaterial, and regardless of age, everyone needs a little saving. And although she might have fifty-two reasons to hate her father, she only needs one reason to love him.