Author: Emily Murdoch
Publication Date: May 2nd 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Sociology, Realistic Fiction, Family
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Summary: THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU CAN'T LEAVE BEHIND ...How is this a debut? Stunning, poignant, beautiful; If You Find Me is a striking novel that explores the themes of child neglect and unquenchable bravery, hope and determination. The way this book was written: words weaving across the page with raw but beautiful assurance which captured the heart and soul of the characters perfectly, made me want to stay in Casey's world for much longer than until the end of the book.
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 the girls are found by their father, a stranger, and taken to re-enter the "normal" life of school, clothes and boys.
Now, Carey must come to terms with the truth of why their mother spirited them away 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.
“Emily Murdoch has written a painful, hopeful…. book that charts the best and worst of humanity, especially family, with characters who worm their way into your heart… She validates the courage and ingenuity of young people the world over for whom survival is instinctive; protection of siblings is nonnegotiable; and love both a right and a gift bestowed upon those fortunate enough to find it.” – Booklist (Starred Review) -goodreads
“I answer her with my silence, understanding the full power of it for the first time. Words are weapons. Weapons are powerful. So are unsaid words. So are unused weapons.” - if you find me by emily murdoch
“We make attachments to what's familiar. We find the beauty, even in the lack. That's human. We make the best of what we're given.” - if you find me by emily murdoch
“My life's a tangle of past and present, like two separate puzzles with their pieces tumbled together. Nothing fits.” - if you find me by emily murdoch.★★★★★