If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
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If You Find Me
Series: Stand Alone
Author: Emily Murdoch
Publish Date: March 26, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Source: Publisher through netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion
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
Such a great story! Probably one of the best YA Contemporary I’ve read this year. Emily Murdoch has written a gritty, but powerful book. I can’t imagine living in the same circumstances.
Carey is a strong character. She does what she can in order to keep Janessa safe. Her little sister is all that matters to her. As long as Janessa is okay, Carey is fine. Carey has had to go through some awful situations while living in the woods. I was in tears after seeing what this poor girl had been through. I don’t want to get too much into it because I don’t want to give anything away, but it will break your heart. Janessa is absolutely the sweetest thing ever. She’s timid, and shy. Everyone thinks that she isn’t smart because she refuses to talk, but she’s very intelligent. Janessa is completely in tune to Carey’s emotions. She knows when her sister wants comfort.
It’s amazing how these characters adjusted to a new way of living after being in the woods for their entire life. It’s basically like stepping into a completely different world. The girls don’t know any of the pop culture references, and have trouble with the slang and things people say. The one thing that seems to bring Carey some sense of comfort is her violin and Ryan. Of course there would be boy problems. All teenage girls experience them. She just doesn’t know what Ryan wants out of being friends with her. You have to wonder if he’s going to laugh about her or if his intentions are noble.
I’ve recommended this book so many times since I’ve read it, and I can’t tell y’all enough, this is a MUST read. It’s heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. Sometimes you can change your circumstances, and you don’t owe those who take care of you. They do it because they love you, not because they expect something in return.
Be sure to grab the tissues, you’ll definitely need them. This book is extremely touching.