Monday, March 10, 2014

From the Shelf: If You Find Me

Title: If You Find Me
Author: Emily Murdoch
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic-Fiction
Date read: March 7-10, 2014
Dawn Rates:  (5/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

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: (also in goodreads)

This was one of those books that would rip your heart and leave it out to die. This was the most complicated, tear-jerking roller coaster ride of emotions I've read in a far for 2014. It starts with the curiosity on why Nessa and Carey would be living in the woods when they would eventually be found by Carey's father. This story did buildup till the end and for a rare moment, it made me teary-eyed so many times. The dialogues were so emotional that I even felt a pang of sadness. This is a novel about embracing one's past however dark, deranged or painful it may be so that one could welcome the hope for the future. 

Till the next read...

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