Monday, April 8, 2013

Book Review: If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

If You Find MeIf You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
Publication Date: March 26th 2013
Genre: YA realistic fiction

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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.

Wow. This book was so amazing. The best book I've read so far in 2013, that's for sure. I don't even know where to start, because everything about this book is just perfect.

14-year-old Carrie and her 6-year-old sister, Jenessa, live in a small camper hidden deep in a forest. Their mother tells them that they live there because she is trying to protect them from their father. She comes and goes, leaving them alone for weeks, so Carrie and Jenesa have to take care of themselves.
The story begins when one day, out-of-the-blue, their father shows up at the camper and takes them to his house, into a world of hot meals, electricity, clothes and school.
Can Carrie trust her father? Is he really the bad guy, like their mother says? Why did she hide them in the forest? Will they keep her when they found out the terrible thing she did in order to save her sister?

The book follows Carrie's struggles to become a normal girl again and to get over her past.
Carrie was such a great character. I wish I could meet her in real life!
Everything about her was very realistic, and since she was exactly my age, she very easy to relate to. It was really heartwarming to see how she cared for Jenessa - she would literally do ANYTHING to keep her safe and happy. She always thought about her sister first.
During the book, Carrie has to choose whether to believe the stories her mother told her since she was a baby that her father is dangerous, or to accept the fact that her father loves her and is trying to help her. It must be really hard to find out that everything you've ever known isn't true! I think Carrie has handled the whole change really well. She never freaked out and was overall very thankful toward her father and his family.
I also really liked reading about her first days ever of school. For the first time in her life, she had to deal with the popular kids and with boys, and when I say boys I mean Ryan - the love interest. I just loved Ryan. I can't tell you much about him because it will spoil the book, so I'll only say that he is my current bookish crush!! :D

At the last 10% of the book, Carrie has finally told about the horrible things that happened to her and Jenessa in the woods. Apparently, over the past 9 years these two girls suffered badly from hunger, loneliness and sexual abuse. It was really terrible to read about it. I think I will never be able to forget it... It really made me cry.

This book is so beautiful, and so unique and different in comparison to other YA books. I recommend it to people who are looking for an unforgettable, moving story about two brave, extraordinary girls.



  1. Great Review, this actually looks like an AWESOME book.

  2. I'm glad you enjoyed this one so much! Carrie sounds like a fantastic character and like she has a really compelling voice! I'm glad that she was really easy to relate to, and getting to see her grow into a better person and learn to be normal again sounds so beautiful :)

    Books that make you cry are always fantastic! I'll have to check this one out, I love the books that handle tough subjects :)

    1. I love tearjerkers too! It's always very interesting to read about people getting over a hard time.
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  3. I keep hearing amazing things about this book, but I've been really weary of all the hype. Obviously I've been weary for no apparent reason because this sounds like a book I would totally love! Love your review and passion for it.

    -Octavia of Read. Sleep. Repeat.

    1. Thank you so much!! You really should read it too. It's great!!

  4. Glad to hear that it stands out from other ya books and that the main characters are extraordinary gals. I will have to check this one out some more.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

    1. It's a beautiful book! If your into realistic tearjerkers, than you'll love it.

  5. I've heard so many good things about this one! The best you've read so far this year makes it one I must check out for myself. Great review! :)

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