General YA, Tough Stuff:

If You Find Me

5 Jul 2013 by Becca, No Comments »

ifyoufindme

Released: March 26th, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

ISBN: 1250021529

Rating: 5/5

Overview: 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. -GoodReads

Review: Before you read this book you should know that if you haven’t cried at least three times before the ending, then you should go to the hospital and check to see if you even have a heart.

Carey has a dark secret. Her little sister, forever in silence, carries a weight that no six year old should ever carry. The author has such a way with words and with captivating the raw emotions page after page. You can feel the love between the two little girls and the warmth of Carey’s father and stepmother as they bring two lost girls into the real world.

You can practically taste Nessa’s first bites of a “handburger” and hear the anguish of cries in the middle of the “Hundred Acres Woods” as the girls face their worst fears.

I have a small hang-up when it comes to father-daughter relationships. Heck, I cried my eyes out during the father-daughter dance at my own sweet sixteen. This book really touches my heart and maybe Carey’s father is one small reason why I love this book so much.

This is the best book I have read in such a long time and I finished it in a day. I haven’t even checked if there was a sequel so far – but I certainly hope there is.

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