Thursday, April 17, 2014
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Author Info: Goodreads, Twitter, & Website
Age Group: Young Adult
Buy it Here: Amazon
Our Rating: 5 stars
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.
From the very first chapter I was hooked! Murdoch does an incredible job telling a difficult story that is sure to touch the heart of every reader. I found my heart breaking at several points in the story over what the girls endured because of their mother. Carey's strength made it impossible not to love and admire her. She basically raised her sister, always put her needs before her own, and protected her as much as she could. Every character in the story brought something unique & wonderful to it. Jenessa, with her fierce loyalty to her sister & her love for all things new. Melissa, the girls' new stepmother, with her unconditional love & acceptance. Carey's father, who tirelessly searched for his daughter & accepted Jenessa as his own simply because she was part of Carey. Delaney, the girls' stepsister, who isn't really sure how to accept them. And Ryan, Carey's former best friend (before she was taken) who is trying to be there for her as much as she will let him.
I honestly don't think I could come up with even one negative thing to say about this book. I loved every single thing about this book. The characters were amazing & I loved every one of them (although Delaney frustrated me at times). The storyline was incredible & perfectly written. I read this book in one sitting & would definitely recommend it!