Date Published: March 26, 2013
Published By: St Martins Griffin
Edition Read: ebook
Dates Read: 1/9/18-1/11/18
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
My Thoughts: TRIGGER WARNING: sexual assault, child neglect and abuse.
I enjoyed this way more than I was thinking I would. I feel like the heavy topics were handled very well. I was so invested in the characters and I just wanted the best for Carey and Nessa. This has been on my TBR for five years and I’m so happy I finally got to it. I do think that how quickly Janessa adjusted was a little unrealistic, while Carey’s adjustment was a little more along the realistic side. Other than that this book was incredible. I highly recommend it as long as you can read books featuring the things that I mentioned in my trigger warning!