16 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Me & Emma by Elizabeth Flock

I’m giving this three stars because I made the mistake of reading a few reviews on Amazon for this book to see if it was something I’d enjoy. I do that sometimes. I probably shouldn’t have because someone included a spoiler and didn’t warn us first. I hate that almost as much as those people that spend 2/3 of their review rehashing the plot. We can read that ourselves. Thanks. Now what did YOU think? Anyway, so I knew the ending going in and I think I spent too much time looking towards that ending.

It would be less than 3 stars. Not because of the story. The storyline and plot itself was actually really really well done. My problem is that the dialogue that came out of Carrie’s mouth was no eight-year-old. I found it weird that the author chose to give her a more grown up voice even though she was so young. It didn’t flow well because I kept getting distracted by the writing.

I never get the surprise endings, so I think if I hadn’t have read the spoiler review, I would have been surprised at the end, but not enough that it would’ve been a five star book for me. I will say that the way it all ended up left me angered. I wanted more for them, not more of the same – it was kinda sad.

In many ways, Carrie Parker is like any other eight-year-old—playing make-believe, dreading school, dreaming of faraway places.

But even her imagination can’t shut out the realities of her impoverished North Carolina home or help her protect her younger sister, Emma.

As the big sister, Carrie is determined to do anything to keep Emma safe from a life of neglect and abuse at the hands of their drunken stepfather, Richard—abuse their momma can’t seem to see, let alone stop.

But after the sisters’ plan to run away from home unravels, their world takes a shocking turn—and one shattering moment ultimately reveals a truth that leaves everyone reeling.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Book count for 2010: 40
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