Sunday, June 30, 2013

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

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.

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Number of Pages: 256
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Amanda, age 17

First of all, the feels in this book are amazing. I cried way more times than I think I've for any other book before. And for books and movies, I'm not really a crying type of girl. It wasn't just sad tears all the time, it was happy, able to relate, pity, sorrow tears too. The story was very emotional in the best ways. You're able to feel Carey's emotions completely. That's really hard to pull off. I have a ton of respect for the author, Emily Murdoch.

A perfect way to describe this book is like it says on the cover: it attached itself to me from the very beginning. The mystery during the whole book makes it a page turner and so entertaining to read. The storyline had a ton of great qualities. It provoked emotion, had a unique situation, and you want the characters to overcome their obstacles so badly. 

Carey is incredibly strong, especially in the way that Murdoch wrote her taking care of her little sister Jenessa. The story definitely isn't for the younger ages and readers should go into it expecting to read some messed up stuff like pedophilia. It made my stomach churn, but that only makes story more powerful.

I don't know enough words to accurately describe how much I loved reading this book. The fact that Murdoch made me love this story, which had barely any romance in it (since we all know I like my romance), makes this story so much more impressive and compelling to me. If you want a truly heart-breaking and breath-taking story, then read this book. But grab some tissues first!

This book is on shelves now! 
Buy Hardcover | $17.99

Happy reading!
Amanda, age 17

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