Title: If You Find Me [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Emily Murdoch
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: March 26, 2013
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One Line: A very emotionally compelling book to read, but also quick and very well-written.
About the Book: 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
When you read something like If You Find Me, you kind of know what to expect. You can expect to all kinds of emotions running through you as you read. You can expect some pretty memorable characters with a lot of growth and development, especially with the main character. You can also expect a lot of predictable scenarios, but in a good way, which Emily executed very well.
Carey is such a great character. I liked her from the very beginning until the very end. She’s strong, protective, smart, and just plain amazing. Not a lot of people could’ve dealt with what she had to deal with and come out the way she did. On top of that, her love for her sister is amazing and so touching, I really felt for this pair. They definitely had their share of hard times, living in the woods, starving a lot of the time, freezing at other times, with a careless parental figure who stole them away from a safe home. Through all that though, Carey made sure to keep herself and her sister as educated as possible and managed to keep their spirits up and never lose hope that things would get better for them one day. It did kind of feel unrealistic that Carey isn’t as damaged as her history would lead me to believe, but it didn’t deter me from the story as a whole and I still liked the way Emily wrote her character.
I think Emily touched on some very important and pivotal moments when telling this story and she did it with a decent amount of detail, which kept me interested and entertained. Yes, you kind of figure out where the story is going and how the girls lived their lives, what the big secret is, but the most important part of it all is getting to that moment and that was done well. It’s heart-breaking at times, happy and endearing at others. There wasn’t one part about this story that I didn’t like, even the tough, gritty parts, and that’s saying something.