26 February 2013

{Book Review} If You Find Me

By: Me My Shelf And I | 26 February 2013 at 12:00 AM | | | | | | | | |

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If You Find Me
Author: Emily Murdoch
Pages: 256
Release Date: March 26th
Publisher: St. Martins Griffin
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4.5 Birds

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 the girls are found by their father, a stranger, and taken to re-enter the "normal" life of school, clothes and boys.
Now, Carey must come to terms with the truth of why their mother spirited them away 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.

IF YOU FIND ME is, simply put, one of the most poignant and harrowing tales of grief and overcoming your past I have ever read. There is more strength and determination in Carey than there is in hundreds of other Young Adult protagonists combined. And what makes this story all the more heart wrenching is that, sadly in this world many elements of it are all to real in this world we live in.

IF YOU FIND ME  is told in fifteen-year-old Carey’s voice, one that at first I wasn’t really sure I could handle reading for the entire book. Luckily it only took a few pages for me to fall into a rhythm with the thick southern, poorly educated drawl Carey has, and now that I look back I realize 100% this book would not have had the same impact if it had not been written like this.

It’s very important you are in her shoes, and Murdoch does a fantastic job of making you feel right at home in them. You will be curious with Carey, feel scared with her, experience the horrific things she spends so much time trying to hide and force out of her mind, along with her.

If I had one complaint with IF YOU FIND ME it was the overly typical-teenage-sister Carey gains when her father takes her out of the woods, and to her new home. Everything you think might happen and could go wrong with this new development, did. It was almost sitcom-ish at times, you always new what was going to happen or how one would react. While, I feel her character was necessary to the plot, it just felt like it was stitched in unevenly, if that makes sense.

IF YOU FIND ME is still going on my highly recommended list right away on Riffle and Goodreads, even if there was a tiny blip I didn’t love. The book overall had such an impact on me that it’s easy enough to gloss over the bumps.


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