If you found the link to this review from my recommendations page, you may already know that I found this novel completely at random. For those of you who found this page from somewhere else, here is the story: I was bored one night and wanted to get out of the house for a bit so I went to my favourite place - the local bookstore, naturally. When I got there, I stumbled around for a while, trying to find a book. Having read most, if not all, of the top sellers right now, I moved through the shelves until this book cover caught my eye. Just from a quick glance at the cover, I realized pretty quickly that it was like something I’ve never read before so intrigued I bought it. At home, I started at my bookshelf that contains all my ‘To Read This Summer’ books, but ultimately decided that I just wanted to try reading this one instead. As per usual, I sat down, turned on my light, and dived right into the book.
From the end of the fifth page, I was hooked. Never having actually read a book like this, with maybe the exception of ‘Room' by Emma Donoghue, which even that is quite different, I was hooked. The girl I was reading about, two years younger than me, was going through things I couldn't even begin to imagine, never mind want to imagine. She had lived most of her life, hidden away from society in an abonadoned and beat up camper, with no one to talk to besides her younger sister, who refused to talk to anyone but her, and her mother, a heavy drug addict, who all but left them to die more times than once. However, the hell the main character, Carey, and her younger sister, Janessa, have been living doesn't last forever as a man, who is a stranger to everything but Carey's most distant memories of the past and a social worker show up to their isolated 'home', telling them that their mother is gone and never returning and that they, the two children who don't know a life outside of their camper, are being brought to the surface of the real world. Believe it or not, you learn all of this in less than the first ten pages.
Now I’m not going to go into any more detail of the actual plot than that, but I will say one thing. From the first chapter of the book, I was certain that I had the end figured out. I thought I was being pretty clever, all Sherlock like, and had discovered the mystery that most of the characer’s themselves were trying to figure out, but that changed pretty quickly. After ideas were being dispelled constantly, I gave up on trying to guess and just allowed myself to be completely drawn in and before I knew it, heavy twists were being flung at me, out of nowhere and I just couldn’t put the book down. As I said on the recommendation page, I even got in trouble from some of my best friends for sneaking this book along with me, to a sleepover, but I’m sorry, I couldn’t help it. This book, just had been that captured by it’s mysteries.
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