Monday, April 29, 2013
If You Find Me, by Emily Murdoch
If You Find Me, Emily Murdoch. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2013. ebook, 198 pps.
Carey and Jenessa are two half-sisters living in a broken down camper in the woods with their mother. Mother is drug-addled and not a very nice woman as things turn out. The kids are used to being poor and eating a lot of beans. Jenessa doesn't talk. Neither child goes to school.
All of these things change when two visitors invade their sanctuary. Carey and Nessa are then re-introduced to a world that was left behind many years ago.
sapphoq reviews says: Parents with quabbles about prostitution, rape, and drug addiction may not wish their teens to read If You Find Me. Also, if a teen is on the sensitive side, she may wish to skip this one. If You Find Me addresses some tough issues in a way that is sure to appeal to the average teenage girl. Carey is the narrator and as such is an excellent choice. Jenessa is a sympathetic younger sister character whose differences are highlighted by her mutism. If You Find Me is an excellent example of Teen Chick Lit. Although it sags a bit towards the end in its' predictability, many teenaged girls will enjoy this fiction book by a first-time author.