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If You Find Me

Murdoch, Emily (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
If You Find Me
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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"--
Authors: Murdoch, Emily
Title: If you find me
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Griffin,, 2013
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 248 pages ;,22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: "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"--
ISBN: 9781250021533
1250021529
9781250021526
Statement of Responsibility: Emily Murdoch
Subject Headings: Tennessee Fiction Family secrets Fiction Abused children Fiction Foundlings Fiction Sisters Fiction
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Topical Term: Family secrets
Abused children
Foundlings
Sisters
LCCN: 2013002656
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Most people take things like food, safety, and indoor plumbing for granted, but for 15-year-old Carey and her little sister Jenessa, they feel like foreign territory. Raised in isolation and eventually abandoned by their abusive, meth-addicted mother, the sisters must learn to navigate normal lif... Read More »


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What an incredible book. "If You Find Me" will remind the reader never to take the "basics" of life (food, clean water, electricity, safety) for granted. This is a beautifully written book.

Aug 02, 2014
  • dolphinwolf rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I found the first half of the book more slow moving. It gets much better last half of the book and that made it worth reading.

"Most people take things like food, safety, and indoor plumbing for granted, but for 15-year-old Carey and her little sister Jenessa, they feel like foreign territory. Raised in isolation and eventually abandoned by their abusive, meth-addicted mother, the sisters must learn to navigate normal life - school, friends, clothes, relationships - when they move in with Carey’s father and his new family. Readers will be immediately drawn in by Carey’s haunting, intimate narration and her painfully moving struggle to confront the crushing secrets she hides in this lyrical, unforgettable, and emotionally powerful debut." June 2013 Teen Scene newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=640668

May 18, 2013
  • PhyllisGT rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I read this overnight. I was hooked from the first page. I appreciate the way drug addiction, mental illness and sex abuse/rape were handled. I thought the book was too short.

May 07, 2013
  • JCLLeslieG rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This contemporary Young Adult novel discusses the difficult topics of sexual abuse, mental illness, and substance abuse through the narrator, Carey. It is an intricate novel that grabs readers from the very beginning and showcases the dark reality of child abuse, and the importance of discussing past traumas.

May 06, 2013
  • snicholson76 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Every so often, there is a teen novel that stands out from the rest. This one grabbed ahold of me from the start and didn't let go until the end. Recommended for older, more mature teens, the story is about a girl who, at the age of 5, was kidnapped by her drug-addicted mother and forced to grow up and survive in a dilapidated camper in the middle of the woods. Now a teenager, Carey (along with her non-biological sister Jennessa) finds herself rescued by her father and a social worker. Unfortunately, adjusting to life in the outside world is much harder than she expected, especially when there are secrets that she and her sister have sworn to keep.

May 03, 2013
  • wonderlands rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I had heard a looooot of hype about this book, mostly good, solid 4 or 5 star ratings from friends and reviewers I generally trust with their opinion. Maybe me feeling just a little disappointed when the final page came about was because I had fed so strongly into the hype (something I try to avoid most of the time) and was expecting something that would knock the breath out of me.

To say the plot of If You Find Me is original would be stretching, but again, that might just be me, since I had this weird year a while back where all I read were survival stories. Either way, while the plot is something seen often, the writing is what makes this book stick out. Heavy dialect narratives usually irritate me, and although I thought at times it was coated on too thick, Carey's way of speaking being carried to the narration and not just the dialogue definitely added to the story instead of taking away from it. Even the repetition of small phrases, mostly "I reckon" used over and over seemed to add to the story, showing how little conversational skill she had.

I think in terms of post-traumatic stress and the general timeline of overcoming and accepting traumatic things happening in your life, If You Find Me is as realistic as it gets in the YA world. I find the way Murdoch dealt with themes of physical and sexual abuse in a non-offensive way, and as someone that is usually triggered to the point of panic attacks by mentions of sexual abuse, I found that this book didn't affect me at all. Which probably goes to show that in comparison to other books I've read, it was sugar coated, although probably still enough to make people squirm.

Carey was a great narrator to read, although I found some plot marks to be a little unnecessary and off putting - like the whole pointing out how beautiful she is, although I'm glad Carey didn't seem to care too much about it. Too many YA female narrators make a big deal of how ugly they are, so seeing somehow who was kind of indifferent (although because of totally weird circumstances) was refreshing.

So, good, but if you've been excited and looking forward for this book, you'll probably be like me and close with a "That's it? There's no more?"

I thought this was a great book and I am not a young adult. Keeping young adult in mind while reading this gave me even more appreciation for the writing. The story was superb! I didn't skim over a word. A page-turner for sure. I read it over the weekend. A wonderful book for youth. This is a story of family, love and survival!!!

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