20. ožu 2014.

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

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Book 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.
         I'm not sure which books are harder to review. Those that you don't know how you feel about or those that crash your world and make you go through roller coaster of emotions. If You Find Me belongs to latter for sure, and for that that reason I have no idea how to review it.

         This is a story about Carey, a girl who has been living in woods with her mother and sister almost all her life. Once their mother took them from civilization they nearly lost all connections with it and rare passers are only human beings that they see. At the other hand nature is their home, they are one with it and they know its secrets and beauties. Nature gives them what they need and in exchange they belong to it. Only parts of worlds development they see through little things their mother brings them when she goes to the city. That way Carey is capable of learning Jenessa basic things - like reading and speaking, even though she is not found of the latter and Carey is the only person Janessa speaks to. Being bond together Carey is determinate to keep her sister close and when  the girls are taken to outside world that shocks them to the core.

         From the story you can see that this book is full of emotions. It's hard not to cry your hart out when you see how much Carey is strong and adult in fact, when she is only fifteen. Life taught her lessons early in life and she never got to be a normal teenager. Especially after she thinks she failed in one things she cares for the most.

         The author created a great characters and their development and transition is something greatly pictured that you never question things and you can easily imagine their feelings. This book is a story about family, struggle and relationships - building and crashing them.

Rating: 5 stars.

Until the next time, 

Broj komentara: 47:

  1. I absolutely loved this read as well. It was pretty emotional and I found it hard to review as well. Sometimes those ones that sneak up on you and really hit you in the heart are those that are hardest to express your feelings about.

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  2. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one, Tanja! I know many readers have really connected with this book but no matter how many glowing reviews I read, I seem to lack any interest in this story. Maybe Murdoch's next novel will capture my interest!

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    1. So sorry to hear that Keertnaa. I hope her next novel will be your fave :)

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  3. Glad you enjoyed it (: I can understand the emotions while reading about family and struggles mainly if it involves abduction. I've been meaning to read this book ever since it was out, One of my friend loved this so much, eventually I would be getting it this book. Wonderful review, Tanja (:

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    1. I hope you'll read it soon. Thanks Ini :)

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  4. I love those emotional, intense reads. They can be hard to talk about because the reason you love them is so hard to explain, but you did a good job!

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  5. I feel your pain, the books that are so emotional they just invade my heart and mind are the hardest to review for sure, I never know what to say! But you did a lovely job of doing this book justice with this beautiful review. So happy to hear you loved this one too. Thank you for sharing this fantastic review, Tanja!

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    1. Thank you for the wonderful words, Lauren :)

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  6. This one sounds intense, but in a good way. I have it on my kindle and can't wait to give it a go.

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  7. I love books which evoke a lot of emotions so I will be reading this one soon! I actually have it on my shelf--just haven't had the time to go and read it yet.

    Gorgeous review! <33

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    1. I cannot wait to see what you think. Thanks Mel ;)

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  8. See! This is the kind of emotional read I can get down with. Still powerful. Still painful. But no one's bff or boy/girlfriend dies of cancer. Great review! I can't wait to read this for myself.

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    1. Exactly!! Thanks and I truly hope you'll enjoy it :)

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  9. Yes, the characters and the development in this book were stunning! I thought it was a very powerful story :)

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  10. I'm so happy you loved this one, Tanja. This was one of my most emotional reads of 2013. Carey's voice is just so real and genuine and true. I remember reading it and just being in awe of her courage, and of course, of the writer's writing. Very powerful indeed.

    Faye @ The Social Potato

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    1. She captured Carey amazingly. Thanks Faye :)

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  11. I meant to read this a while ago but I never got around to it, and now I am kicking myself for that. It sounds so good and very emotional. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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    1. I hope you'll get to it soon. Thanks, Teresa :)

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  12. I've heard such great things about this book Tanja! The hugely emotional reads that blow me away are always the hardest for me to review, nothing I say ever seems like it will do the book justice. I think you did a fabulous job with this review, and I really, really need to make time for this book:)

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Jenny :) I hope you'll read it soon.

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  13. I seriously need to get to this book, Tanja. I have somewhere in my e-reader and it sounds absolutely fabulous. I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed this. I always love it when a book makes me feel.
    Lovely review!

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    1. This one will make you feel. Thanks Nick :)

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  14. I hear ya. I have SUCH a hard time writing reviews for books that I absolutely loved because I have a difficult time finding the write words to do it justice. Negative ones on the other hand... I have to watch that I don't get too carried away. LOL

    I think you nailed it though. I'm definitely buying this book after reading your review. SOLD!

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

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    1. It happens to me too! xD Thank you Carmel! Hopefully you'll read it soon :)

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  15. There are very few reviews I've found easy to write, because it's hard to write a very fangirlish review, a very negative review, a very indifferent review. So yeah, I get your feelings. Anhow, I love that this book screams emotions to your face even when you read the synopsis. I'm so glad that you enjoyed every aspect of this story and I hope that whichever book you'll find yourself reading from this author, you'll absolutely adore as well:) great review, my love!

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    1. I truly hope that Emily's next book will be as amazing as this one. Thanks Siiri :)

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  16. Everywhere I go, I see positive reviews for this one. I mean for the past year, I've heard how many people absolutely loved this novel. I want to read it.. but I am saving it for a day when I need a book like this. When I need a book that makes me feel.

    I am really glad to hear you enjoyed this Tanja!

    Lovely Review,

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

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    1. I cannot wait to see your review once that day comes. Thanks Rashika :)

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  17. I still haven't read my ARC from last year, I keep putting this off because I struggle with the emotional reads. I need to strap on my big girl panties and finally read this especially after seeing five stars.

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    1. I'm here to hold your hand if necessary. Thanks Heidi :)

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  18. I have read so many praising reviews for this book Tanja, so I'm thrilled to see a five star rating from you Tanja! I've been loving emotional reads lately, so I think I will most likely enjoy this book too! Fab review!

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    1. I hope you'll read it soon. Thanks Jasprit :)

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  19. Tanja, I can't even tell you how happy I am knowing that you loved this book because it's my all time fave contemp! I love it so much that it's hard to describe! The feels, the pain, the guilt, everything was so well done in this book, but like you, I loved the sisterly bond between Carey and Janessa. Truly amazing. Wonderful review :)

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    1. I'm so happy to hear that! :) Thanks, Aman :)

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  20. Ah this book sounds great, I have been wanting to read this one for long now. I'm glad you really liked this one :)

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  21. This was an emotional read! I wanted to murder that horrid mother!! Janessa had so much on her plate at such a young age and handled incredibly well. Lovely review, Tanja! :)

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  22. Wow, this surely does sound very emotional and like a personal journey too. Lovely review!

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  23. Extremely emotional reads are usually some of the best. This is on my TBR list, hopefully I'll get to it soon. Glad you enjoyed it =)

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    1. I hope you'll get to it soon. Thanks :)

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