Monday 8 September 2014

My review of If You Find Me

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
Release Date: March 26, 2014 
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If You Find MeCarey is keeping a terrible secret. If she tells, it could destroy her future. If she doesn't, will she ever be free?

For almost as long as she can remember, Carey has lived in the heart of the woods with her drug-addicted mother and six-year-old sister, Jenessa.

Their mother routinely disappears for weeks at a time, leaving the girls to cope alone. Survival is Carey's only priority - until strangers arrive and everything changes...

A hard-hitting tale of how quickly and abruptly your life can completely change within a moment. If You Find Me also explores the deep connection between siblings and how keeping a secret as a burden upon your shoulders is not always the best thing to do.

I was so, so touched by the premise of the book and the journey that our two sisters take in finding out about the "real" world and trying to adapt everything they know from their previous life in the woods to fit this world. They have to change their way of thinking, their way of acting, speaking, everything that entails in living your life. The overwhelming feelings of sad emotions would take hold of me every so often as I realised that these girls' childhoods had been robbed from them. They've had to endure things that no children should ever have to endure and that made me see both Carey, the older teenager, and Jenessa, her younger sister, as two very strong girls who would one day fully be able to move their lives in a positive direction.

I'm positive that most will love Carey and Jenessa, and grow to love them even more when they tag along for the journey that the two girls will have to take to fit into society and overcome the memories of the woods. 

If You Find Me is a powerful book that will definitely stay with me for a long time because of not only its characters and plot, but also the strong messages that it shares about family, learning to trust others, and always moving forward in your life. This is a book that I would highly recommend if you're looking for something hard-hitting which deals with slightly more mature themes that you wouldn't expect could be handled so well in a YA book. 

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