Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Review: If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 256
Received: Received an e-copy from the publisher through NetGalley

Release Date: March 26, 2013
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Goodreads Synopsis:

There are some things you can’t leave behind…

A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go… a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.

My Review:

Wow, what an emotional read this book was, I did not believe that I would be going into a story that really has some dark moments to it. This is by far a book that will stick with me for years to come. A story about a girl who has lived in the woods and really been taking care of herself and her sister for years, all of a sudden these girls are taken from the one place they have known as home and brought into a completely new place with new people and they have to learn how to get around this new society.

This story follows Carey as she is taken out of her woodland home and brought into the city where she meets new people and has to keep her life a secret. Throughout the book, there is a dark undertone of something that has happened to Carey and her younger sister Jenessa. I really loved how Murdoch was able to show these two girls learn to socialize and be around many people. It's great to see how Carey will do anything for Jenessa, these two are extremely close and it is an amazing bond to read about.

I think Murdoch does a great job showing how hard it is for these girls but also for the family that these two girls join. It is hard to all of a sudden have two older girls who need help adjusting to society, but despite the hardships, the family is very patient and honestly amazing with these girls.

I found everything about this book so beautiful and heartbreaking, Emily Murdoch has definitely delivered an amazing story that is hard to forget. Readers get a glimpse of Carey's life in the woods with her mother among everything that is happening now as she navigates her new life. It is a great distinction and you can really see why Carey tries to hide so much of herself. This is one book that has a special place not only on my bookshelf but in my heart as well. 

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