Saturday, December 16, 2017

If You Find Me Review

If You Find Me
By: Emily Murdoch

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.

I began reading this book in between reading the House of Night series, and thought this would be a good break from the Young Adult fantasy genre that I seem to be obsessed with as of late. I prejudged the book by it's dark cover and anticipated reading some sort of crime or mystery novel; what I ended up reading was so much better than I had predicted. 

I was instantly drawn in by the description of the dirty, backwoods setting the author created. She described a place that not many people would willingly live in, a place without any of the most basic  modern comforts (which we now think of as necessities) such as electricity and running water. Somewhere that no one who had once lived within modern society would ever dream of raising their children. Yet, there you are, reading about this shabby place and the two young girls who call it home. The idea of it is heartbreaking, but the story, while sad is not one of complete despair.

The characters were portrayed as normal, friendly people and there really isn't any character that I could say I didn't feel anything for. The main character, Carey, is a strong fifteen year old girl who has already suffered through more than most people go through in an entire life time and yet she's still positive and still trying to improve the lives of herself and her sister, who she cares for like a mother would. She never got to experience a normal childhood and is so loving and protective of her younger sister that you can't help but to admire her spirit.

The story, while starting off quite dark, very quickly took on a tone of enlightenment and prosperity and the journey that the reader gets to watch the characters go on is so heartening and inspiring to read. The author really displays how resilient children can be, even when faced with an absent drug addicted mother and a father they never knew who is trying to help assimilate them into a new kind of life. 

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Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

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