Thursday, May 16, 2013

If You Find Me

If You Find Me
by Emily Murdoch
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin 
Young Adult 
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 Thoughts:
This book was actually quite disturbing and horrifying in some ways. Carey and Janessa are amazing characters that fight for a better life despite their upbringing. The family dynamics throughout this book were heartbreaking and touching at the same time. the most terrible thing to me is the realization that what happened to these young girls really does happen to some people in this world. It is extremely sad and I will admit I shed a few tears while reading this book. There were a few times where it seemed a little wee bit over the top as in, "could all of this really happen to the same girl?" But yes, it probably very well could happen. Yes, I felt sadness and anger and horror as I read this book, but what I felt most was the love, hope and resilience that the characters felt, despite the ugliness in their life.

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