If You Find Me

If You Find Me

Book - 2013
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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"--
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781250021526
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Branch Call Number: YA F MUR

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AliceInWonderbread
Sep 04, 2019

I stumbled across this title when searching for books to read with my book club. They have always seemed to enjoy books about children overcoming great odds to get to a better place; stories that take place along those topics. For example, they really enjoyed Where the Crawdad's Sing and The Glass Castle.
I was though a bit hesitant to select a YA for them since other YA I've read with them in the past haven't gone over as well- so I decided to read the novel myself beforehand and I absolutely loved it!

If You Find Me is a novel that focuses on Carey; a 15-year-old who has been living in the forest solely taking care of her younger sister Jenessa. The pair overcame months living alone with just one and other's company before being located by social services and then having to leave the woods to live with Carey's dad whom she hasn't seen in years.
The story focuses around the girls adjusting back to what modern society; along with having to attend school for the first time and simply just having to live like 'normal' teenagers.

The entire story is told solely from Carey's point of view; but her mature personality makes her seem older. There are mature topics and scences that happen in the novel; personally placing it as a novel I would reccomend to reads 13 and up.
After reading the novel I decided to select it for a future book club read after all as I feel/hope my members will enjoy it. I think it has an intreasting take and point of veiw coming from Carey and all around I found it to be an enjoyable read that was hard for me to put down.

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UnusualKirsten
Mar 29, 2018

I read this book much quicker than I anticipated... I couldn't put it down! When I did have to stop, all I could think about was picking it up again. Job? What do you mean work? I want to read!

I did struggle at the beginning with the "backwoods" theme, but once that cleared up I was golden. I would recommend the book to anyone looking for an easy read with more substance than many YA novels!

AnnabelleLee27 Oct 05, 2016

I liked many elements of this book - the narrator's voice & character, the set up, the surprise element that is revealed by the end and overall it was a satisfying read. Some elements I found to be too predictable or easily resolved (step sister's character & their relationship) or just a bit unbelievable (her connection to the boy, his attitude & maturity, the narrator's astounding physical beauty). Still, overall it was an enjoyable book and worthwhile read.

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amelia_9997
Jul 15, 2016

This is a really captivating book, and it shows the values of sisterly love. It's gritty, and painful to read, but shows you this could always happen in real life. And it shows you to embrace someone new even though that someone has been the only thing on you're dad's ever talked about.

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Pandabear813
Jan 13, 2016

Definitely worth the read.

RDPL_Teens Aug 08, 2014

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.

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dolphinwolf
Aug 02, 2014

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.

ChristchurchLib Jun 04, 2013

"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

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PhyllisGT
May 18, 2013

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.

JCLLeslieG May 07, 2013

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.

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AliceInWonderbread
Sep 09, 2019

AliceInWonderbread thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

nrahiman Oct 01, 2013

nrahiman thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 16

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