March 27, 2013

My Thoughts: If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

4 soft oatmeal cookies.

Cover Love:
I think this is a good eye-catching cover.  There is definitely something haunting about the model's eyes!

Why I Wanted to Read This:
Really the synopsis is what caught my interest.  Here it is from GoodReads:
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.
Romance?: No.

My Thoughts: 

This was just fascinating.  Careyis such a contradiction.  In some ways she was very worldly, but in others, truly like the five year old she was when her mother abducted her.  I got the feeling that if her mother hadn't ever had Jenessa Carey would probably have died long ago.  She was a strong person but I felt it that keeping her sister alive was what gave her the strength.

She had been exposed to so much because of her mom's actions, but yet, since she was hidden away she also had no clue about being a teenage girl in "regular" society.  And as I read I wanted to shake Carey.  She was so smart and so strong, but she still truly believed all the lies her mother told her for years about her father.

Carey is a very easy character to love.  You want her to succeed, you want her to accept her father and his family, you want her to feel safe and love and full!  I think the author did a great job of envisioning what life would be like for two girls who had been alone in the woods in a camper that was barely shelter.  And what they would be feeling if they were suddenly thrust into society.

To Sum Up:  A very engrossing read with a main character you root for all the way!

Book requested and received from St. Martin's Griffin via NetGalley.

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