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Determined to save her younger sister from their drunken and abusive stepfather, eight-year-old Carrie makes preparations for them to escape their violent home, but before they can leave, a random act of brutality forever changes all of their lives....

Title : Me And Emma
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ISBN : 9780778300847
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Number of Pages : 299 Pages
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Me And Emma Reviews

  • Lisa
    2018-11-30 20:04

    What can I say what an absorbing read this was I loved tis book Me & Emma by Elizabeth Flock was a well written novel that dealt with a delicate subject of child abuse & was delicately handled. The story was told by Caroline's POV which I found interesting for a child to tell the story & the maturity she showed.Caroline & Emma were sisters, living a horrid life with their mother Libby Parker & her husband Richard who was a wife beater they coped with their life as best as they could but one day Caroline 8 & Emma 6 decided to get a job at Mr Whites store to get away for a while. Their mother Libby who was struggling with her own problems gave them permission Mr White liked the girls so much that he looked out for them.Then one day both girls decided to run away as they were finding it hard to cope, until one of the neighbours recognised them & sent them back home, as their struggle got worse Caroline decided to write to her Aunt Lillibit (AKA Elizabeth that's what Emma called her) so eventually after so many letters she came to see Libby who was completely shocked to see her, telling Libby a few home truths Lillibitt leaves.What happens from here on is 2 children who are so afraid of Richard their stepfather they decide to kill him.DO THEY GO THROUGH WITH THEIR PLAN OR DO THEY HAVE SECOND THOUGHTS!!!This is a harrowing read as its subject is disturbing & chilling what happens in the end shook me no end. 5 BIG FAT STARS.

  • Marika Gillis
    2018-12-10 02:07

    This book was heartbreaking. I read it in the car as Nathan and I were driving back to Colorado Springs from Boise and many times, Nathan would look over to find me sniffling as tears streamed down my face.Caroline and Emma Parker are sisters suffering after the tragic, unexpected death of their biological father. Living in a home with an angry, abusive stepfather and an emotionally absent mother, Caroline and her sister decide to run away from home to escape and, when they are found, their lives take a tragic and disastrous turn for the worse. Caroline attempts to protect herself and her younger sister by escaping into the world of her imagination, but she cannot protect herself when her own survival instinct bursts forward with tragic results.This book was reminiscent of The Glass Castle in that it was about the abuse of children. For me, however, Me & Emma is more emotional than The Glass Castle because it is told from the point of view of an 8-year-old and not with the removed objectivity of a grown-up. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

  • Amanda
    2018-12-08 22:10

    SPOILER ALERT. DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW HOW THE BOOK ENDS!!!I'll be honest, the twist at the end really got me. I was guessing at all kinds of things. I was thinking that the mom did it and that we would find out that she killed her first husband too. But when it came out that Emma was imaginary it really took me by surprise. I flipped back through several of the scenes in the book and re-read them to find all the clues hidden along the way. Well done on the twist.The problem is that the twist had nothing to do with the rest of the story. If you go back to high school literature and think about plot with the inciting incident, building story until the climax that answers the dramatic question. In this case the dramatic question was "how will they resolve the situation with Richard." In the end the question is solved when Richard dies, but that has nothing to do with the fact that Emma is imaginary. The twist ending is totally gratuitous. The story works with or without Emma. Without Emma (or with Emma being real) it is a story about abuse. With Emma, it is a story with a crazy, Hollywood-esque ending.An example of a well-done twist is in the movie Sixth Sense. The Bruce Willis character is trying to make peace with himself on two levels: first, because he could not help the patient who shot him, he needs to help the new little boy who sees dead people. Second, he needs to heal his marriage. Both story lines are wrapped completely around the fact that he is dead himself.Also, the tone of the book was too serious and realistic to end with a literary device. To use the Sixth Sense as an example again, throughout the movie it feels like a story, not real life. The book Emma and Me reads almost like a memoir. The voice of this eight-year-old girl and her descriptions of everything from her abuse to her school humiliations are very real. It reminded me a lot of Glass Castle, which is in fact a memoir. And the topic of abuse is a pretty serious thing to base your story around. We had to wade through a lot of miserable stuff just to get to this crazy twist. I thought the book was going to be about the affects of abuse or overcoming abuse or something. But it turned out the book was really about nothing. The only thing the abuse accomplished is that I really hated Richard by the end. But, you know what, I hated Richard within the first ten pages. This book could have been a short story instead of a novel. In fact, there were several times when I would stop and think, where is this book going? Nowhere! It just wallowed in muck. If I have to wade through that much misery, I want there to be something at the end that makes it worthwhile. She didn’t have to be in an abusive family to have an imaginary sister. She was schizo before Richard even showed up! The twist could have come out some other way.So that’s why I only gave it two stars. I really didn’t enjoy reading it because there was too much mucky abuse stuff that turned out to be all for nothing (although, kudos to the author for not unnecessarily detailing the sexual abuse! She earned points for that for sure). It’s like there are two different stories, the abuse story, that had no redeeming point at the end, and the schizo story that didn’t have anything to do with the rest of the book. But the twist did get me big time at the end. Overall, it’s not a book I would recommend.

  • MaryCarrasco
    2018-12-10 19:19

    Carrie and Emma are sisters, ages eight and six, who have suffered a great deal of tragedy and loss in their young lives. Their father was brutally murdered and their mother retreated into her bedroom until meeting their step-father who was a horrible man. In fact both parents were horrible which made this a very sad read but even so, it was a good story. Four stars.

  • Carol Brill
    2018-11-15 22:06

    In the tradition of Ellen Foster, and Bastard Out of Carolina, the 8 year old narrator's guileless voice grabbed me from page 1 and never let go--hence the rating of 5. I know this one is going to haunt me. A tragic, heartbreaking read--there are parts I found sickening and hard to keep reading. But, I couldn't bear to not know what happened to Carrie and Emma.

  • Lauren
    2018-11-18 19:18

    I was really torn between giving this book and awful review, and giving it a great one. So I compromised and put it smack in the middle of the star continuum.This book was very difficult to read. The tales of abuse chronicled in Me & Emma prompted me to close the book and take a "break" from it many times.Though I thought I knew what the ending would be, and dreaded it for most of the book, I was thrown for a loop. Although the character I thought was going to die did not, I strangely didn't feel relieved. I'll admit it, I cried during this part. It's a very deep, sad look into the coping mechanisms children resort to when forced to experience death, trauma, and physical and mental abuse. It was the type of ending I had to read twice (and yes, i cried just as much the second time). However, the ending leaves a lot of questions and a lot of concerns for the characters' well being, as it ends somewhat abruptly (the only thing in this book that ends abruptly - it tends to draw out *too* much at many other points).In my opinion, Me & Emma is worth reading, but make sure to follow it with a book by David Sedaris, because you will need a pick me up.

  • Ellie
    2018-11-24 18:56

    Me & Emma by Elizabeth Flock is a story of terrible childhood abuse and neglect. 8 year old Carrie and her younger sister Emma are abused by their stepfather and their mother (also abused by him) does nothing to help them. Carrie's father was murdered several years earlier and no one has recovered from his death. The abuse in this book is brutal and at times made it hard to read but Carrie is a compelling character and her life in a small town in North Carolina town draws you in and keeps you reading. I grew to care greatly about her and Emma.The book was a good though not great read with enough suspense to carry you through the painful details of Carrie's life. More than this I can not tell without risking spoilers.

  • Anne
    2018-11-24 23:55

    I could not put this down. Extremely well-written and engaging, although emotionally manipulative. Some scenes are unbearably heartrending. There is a surprise finish that will make you want to immediately re-read the book. Heartily recommended, but not for the faint of heart..

  • Carrie
    2018-11-18 21:07

    This story is told from the point of view of an abused and all but abandoned 8 year old girl named Caroline (Carrie) who is in a desperate family situation. Emma, the tough-as-nails younger sister, and Richard, the wicked stepfather, join with Carrie's mother, herself a victim of spousal abuse, and together the family moves to a new town, away from their haunting roots, only to set up in an area where the main attraction for the older folks is playing a banjo in the back of a general store and perfecting their shotgun technique on tin cans. Carrie is in an awful situation at home, constantly bearing witness to the physical and mental cruelties of Richard. She misses her father, who was brutally murdered when she was just a small child, and she finds it difficult to do well in school, make more than one true friend, stay out of trouble at home. Emma is her only salvation, her only guts and defense in a cruel and heartless existence. I can't say much more for fear of ruining the story. Suffice to say you will be mesmerized by the poignancy of this story, your heart will absolutely break for their suffering, and you will be torn between rooting for a happy ending and just wishing the pain would stop at whatever the cost. There were chapters that left me shaking in sobs, I was so in pieces over the graphic abuse. And reading it from a child's perspective is what made it all the more heart wrenching. You won't close this book with a smile on your face, rather, with a heavy heart. It is tremendously hard-hitting and will stir your soul.

  • Alexis
    2018-11-28 01:09

    This was a "2005 Highlights" recommended book from the Independent Bookseller List (I have liked several from this list including The History of Love, Banishing Verona, Any Bitter Thing, and A Complicated Kindness)... I would give it 2 1/2 stars. Several things bothered me. It seemed like a slightly cliched version of a "typical" poverty-stricken little girl getting abused by her stepfather while uttering adorable southern phrases. The only problem is that I feel like I've read a dozen books like this with 2 major differences 1) they were better written (ie Book of Ruth, Bastard out of Carolina) 2) the author was actually southern so knew how to cleverly and consistently use southern lingo. With that said, this one DID have a twist at the end, which saved the book for me.

  • Martha
    2018-12-10 02:17

    This book is very well-written, though it's terribly sad. As a therapist, I had the end figured out in the first 20 pages, so in that regard, I felt like it was predictable. Having worked so long with abused children, there was nothing surprising about Carrie/Emma killing Richard or the fact that Emma is real to Carrie, even after the murder.

  • Simcsa
    2018-11-18 02:18

    Let me state it: Me & Emma is about child abuse. Maybe it's not exactly ponies and rainbows, but that's not my main problem. I can't really complain about the topic, because I did know what it was going to be about, still I can't stand this book and I admit the topic could be partly blaimed. However, I did like Elizabeth Scott's Living Dead Girl, didn't I? So that's not like I couldn't stand any book dealing with child abuse, I just loathe this one.I didn't like to read about Carrie and Emma, about what they had to put up with, for me it was a horrific experience and I skimmed almost whole second half, I just read the end, which was really surprising. I can tell you I would love the twist if I wasn't bored of my mind till I got there. I was sometimes slightly disgusted or scared yet mostly only bored. And it's never a good thing when you have to push yourself through a book..

  • Suzanne
    2018-12-13 19:14

    Excellent with an unexpected twist at the end. I couldn't put it down.

  • Shaun
    2018-12-05 01:09

    Okay, I read this at the (quite determined) request of my wifey. At the onset, I thought it had something of a Mark Twain feel, perhaps due to the fact that the protagonists were kids, and the story seemed to be heading in the direction of adventures, such as their desire to play a prank on one of their schoolmates. It just seemed Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn-esque. So that was my first impression – Twain-esque story.The second thing that stood out to me was the use of descriptions, which were, initially, pretty clever I thought, and evocative. It wasn’t just “black hair”, and it wasn’t the cliché “black as a moonless night”, it was “hair that’s the color of the center of your eye.” I liked these descriptions at first, but then they got to be a bit much, and it seemed like altogether it was too much for an eight-year-old to come up with. So I began to grow exhausted with the descriptions that were at first beautiful, but I think they grew fewer and farer between, so that was good. To remain as spoiler-free as I can, the bulk of the rest of the story dealt with characters that were, to put it simply, not very likeable. For myself, I don’t like reading stories like this. I don’t like characters that are just pure evil, they come across more as just annoying. You know whenever that character appears in a scene, you’ll hate it, so I find myself growing more disconnected with the story. I just want to hit the skip button and move on to the next scene. It sort of sucks the hope and joy out of you. I guess that’s the point, but it really makes the book un-enjoyable to read, to me. Except for the (hopeful) promise that the bad character will get what’s coming to them, it just feels like these stories aren’t enjoyable. Imagine it kind of like watching Schindler’s List, but Schindler doesn’t do anything good, so there’s real no positive feeling you leave with.So I think where the story loses me some is that I don’t feel the ending really rewarded the agony of the journey, if that makes sense. That’s why I find Schindler’s List, an overall depressing movie, to be a great movie – because at the end, you get to see the result of his goodness. With this book, you don’t really get that positive feeling when you end the story. Instead, there’s a plot twist that really didn’t do much for me. Similar plot twists have appeared in multiple movies (I won’t say which because that’d reveal the spoiler), but the plot twist didn’t make me think OMG! It just disappointed me. I wondered if that’s what the author would pull, she did, and so it was just like… meh. Personally, I think the story would’ve been better with a different, more satisfying ending. Of course I haven’t read the next book, so my view is somewhat limited, but judging just from this book… I don’t know… I’m kinda disappointed.So, I could rate it anywhere from two to four stars. It certainly wasn’t terrible, so one star is out. Anyone who gives it one star is just being a douche. Five stars, I can understand for some readers, but I’m not one of them. So that leaves two to four stars. There’s three things that stand out to me when I think of this book, and that is, the descriptions, which early on made my view of the book go up, as I realized it was pretty well-written, then there were the characters. Although the parents were wholly dislikeable, that’s sort of the point, and they WERE dislikeable. Even though I didn’t like that, since that’s what the author was trying to convey, she did a good job – she succeeded on that point. So that’s a point in the book’s favor. Last is… what’s last? I don’t know. Anyway, I guess I can only sum it up by saying that even though the book wasn’t really my cup of tea, I can still see why some people would love this cup of tea. To give it a lower rating just because it didn’t wow me wouldn’t really be fair. It is a well-written book, so it deserves a high star rating even if it won’t be among my favorites. So… I’m going with four stars. Well-written, characters are well done, descriptions are well done, but the story itself isn’t really for me, and the plot twist at the end was something of a disappointment to me. But it was well-written, and well-written books deserve a decent star rating.

  • Mandy Jo
    2018-12-06 21:00

    This week’s headline? Sisters suffer abuseWhy this book? Recommended by friendWhich book format? Hand-me-downPrimary reading environment? Boring weekday eveningsAny preconceived notions? Target Book ClubIdentify most with? Emma for appearanceThree-word quote? “Planning ahead works”Goes well with? Kibbles n BitsThey say you cain’t judge a book by its cover. I say you cain’t help doin’ just that.The girl on this cover, she’s supposed to be Emma, and I’ll be darned if she don’t look exactly like I did as a chile.I must be vain or something, because that’s what finally got me to read this book.My friend had told me it was good, and let me have her copy.This is the same friend who gave me a book I liked, The Pursuit of Happiness (I think I’ve talked about that book before), so I figured I could trust her taste.I started the book not long after she give it to me, but I couldn’t get much farther than a few paragraphs into the reading before I done up and quit.That little girl on the cover though.It was the eyebrow that finally did it, that so-blond-it’s-almost-see-through left eyebrow.So I read it, and honestly, I don’t see that there was any need for this story to be written.The fact that Emma is being sexually abused is pretty obvious, and the whole story you’re squirmin’ and tryin’ not to think about that.The back of the book talks about a “shocking revelation,” and I kept thinkin’ that was going to have something to do with what Emma’s stepdaddy was doing to her behind that closed door.In a way, it did, but with more of a twisty ending, sort of like that movie from a while back, the one with all the violence.This story reminded me of a pig I seen over at my neighbor’s farm, wallowing around in filth of its own creation and not caring one bit what anyone thought about that.I didn’t cry when that pig got butchered.Other cultural accompaniments: F**** C*** (1999); The Pursuit of Happiness by Mervyn Jones.Grade: DI leave you with this: Some things are just too hard to take.

  • Tara
    2018-11-29 22:17

    I found this book to one that I struggled to rate. I ended up with 3 stars, but I would say I would give it 3 and 1/2 stars if I could. There is something likable about Carrie and there is something heartbreaking about Emma. They seem so alike and yet they are so different. Carrie is sweet and liked and Emma is stronger and has seen harder times than her sister even though she is 2 years younger. At the root of the story is abuse. Her mother is abused, Carrie and Emma are abused, and yet there is something off... What is wrong with this family? There was a part of me that wanted to reach into the pages and save them and another part of me that wanted to shake some sense into her mother and the other neighbors who stood by and continued to return her to her family and into the mouth of the wolf. (view spoiler)[I was surprised at the ending, but it did make sense. I always thought there was something off in the way her mother treated Emma. What I did not like about the ending was that I could not tell if her mother knew about the sexual abuse or if the sexual abuse ever was revealed. The end was hopeful, but I had a hard time being hopeful just because she realized that Emma was not real. It did not seem like they address the repercussions of the abuse from Richard... only the fact that she saw her father killed. In the end, the ending felt rushed and unfinished. (hide spoiler)]One of the biggest reasons I decided on 3 stars, instead of 4, was that the pacing seemed off to me. At times, I was really drawn in and wanted to know what would happen next and at other times I found myself growing bored and wanting to skim through the text. There were parts to the story that I found did not add anything and other parts that could have provided more information I would have loved seemed to be skimmed over and not really delved into. So it was a good book, but not a favorite.

  • Courtney
    2018-12-10 03:12

    This book was very sad and heartbreaking, but was a fast read because you wanted to know what happened. Immediately you will feel connected to the two little girls, Carrie and Emma. It was hard not to like these little girls because of their circumstances that were just downright immoral an degrading. It was particularly interesting to me reading it with a younger sister close in age like Emma and Carrie were. At times I related with both girls, but felt more inline with Emma, the younger sister--something I didn't quite understand until the very end of the book. I highly recommend this to anyone. Although the message is a little hard to bring into your own life like other books might be, it still stays with you after you've finished it. And the ending is something I never would have guessed, but of course looking back on it you realize what was happening. Nonetheless, it was a shocker.

  • Barbara
    2018-12-01 20:04

    Elizabeth Flock has chosen to represent her book with the voice of 8 year old Carrie. This child is the big sister/ protector of 6 year old, Emma. Their existence is far from ideal. Their beloved father died, leaving their mother unable to cope either physically or mentally. After she enters into a "marriage of convenience", the family slides into a morass of abuse, hunger, neglect and physical and emotional deprivation.Flock has expertly addressed the many issues in this novel from the perspective of these children. At times I found this format was somewhat annoying. However, as the tension built toward the conclusion, it became quite clear that this was an effective manner of approaching the multitude of difficulties for this family.

  • Alicia
    2018-12-01 00:11

    For eight-year-old Carrie Parker, life is divided into before and after. Before her beloved father's death, her family lived a relatively happy life in the small town of Toast, North Carolina. Now she and her sister, Emma, endure daily verbal and physical abuse at the hands of their stepfather, Richard, and the emotional absence of their mother. "A big sister has to look out for a baby sister," says Carrie, and she does her best to protect herself and Emma from Richard's fists.ME & EMMA is narrated by Carrie, who lays out the details of her life with a child's intuitiveness and touching simplicity. Central to the story is her relationship with Emma, the one constant in a hardscrabble existence. In many ways, Carrie and Emma are opposites. Carrie has a dark complexion and Emma is fair, "like someone got bored painting her and just left her blank for someone else to fill in." Carrie is older by two years, but it's often the fearless Emma who leads the way. Emma is more of a realist, while Carrie, whose most cherished possession is a book of stamps from around the world, dreams of far away places. In particular, Bermuda, where she believes it's "too pretty for anything to be wrong, and I bet they even have a law that would keep people like Richard out altogether."As the story unfolds, Carrie devises ways to escape the reality of her home life, from an aborted runaway attempt that has dire consequences to hiding behind the living room couch. "Behind-the-couch," she says, "is like another room for me and Emma. It's our fort. Anyway, we usually head there when we've counted ten squeaks from the foot pedal of the metal trash can in the kitchen. The bottles clank so loud I think my head'll split in two."The narrative alternates scenes from the past --- dominated by Carrie's memories of her father --- with events in the present, making the difference between the two all the more heartbreaking. Throughout, Elizabeth Flock's imagery and phrasing is pitch-perfect with lines such as this one: "I can barely remember Momma the way she used to be, before Richard broke her into pieces."Flock's deceptively simple prose belies not only a seriousness in subject matter but also clever subtleties in the plot. Carrie relays information that she doesn't always understand, but to the reader these are important points to look out for in the story. They eventually shed light on devastating family secrets in both the past and the present.ME & EMMA is not purely escapist reading. The injustices suffered by Carrie and Emma --- and their helplessness --- are stark reminders of the cruelty inflicted on children every day by the adults entrusted to care for them. And yet it's this same austerity that drives the narrative. Suffice it to say, you won't soon forget Carrie Parker and her little sister, Emma.

  • pink (not just another shade of red)
    2018-11-16 22:59

    It is both scary and comforting how far the human mind will go to protect itself.As the older sister, Carrie felt it her duty to look after her baby sister, Emma. But Emma has always been the braver one. She's not afraid of bugs nor spiders nor school bullies and most of the time, Emma ends up to be the one protecting Carrie. Emma was the one who saw their Daddy died, the one Momma didn't like, the one who pushed her out of the room to save her from their brutal stepfather, Richard, and the one she can always talk to and seek for comfort.Me and Emma is one of the most heartbreaking books I've ever read. But of course, I did not cry while reading it. No.In Me and Emma, Flock captured the delicate remains of the shattered innocence of an eight year girl. But there is more to this book than heartaches. It is also also very well-written and thought-provoking. The story is told in Carrie's point of view, in a heartrendingly honest and naive tone telling such violence, neglect, and pain no child should ever be allowed to suffer. Flock also managed to make her characters so brave and broken...so human, so easy to love, so much easier to hate. I bought Me and Emma from a book sale, brought it home, and read it in one sitting. The book is very hard to put down. From the first few chapters I already suspected what the twist in the end would be but the story is so cleverly written and emotionally manipulative that I changed my mind toward the middle. When the end came, of course, the fact that I had my suspicions did not soften the blow. I was still left reeling. Immediately, I re-read the whole book to see what clues were there that I missed. The second reading gave me the goosebumps still.In the end, Carrie will not give up Emma that easily. Emma was the one who saw her through her Dad's death, her Momma's neglect, and Richard's abuse. It was Emma who encouraged her to stand up, to endure, to fight back. When there was no one else, there was her little sister, the one she must survive and keep on living for. In a sense, Emma was her best friend, too.

  • Bethany Turner
    2018-11-23 21:16

    Narrated by the unreliable eight-year-old Carrie, Me & Emma is a truly heartbreaking story of sisters who are shaped by tragic events. This is not an easy book to read because of the content, but Flock does an excellent job drawing the reader in and pulling at your heartstrings. Me & Emma is a worthwhile read for anyone who works with children who have experienced trauma.

  • Kristin
    2018-11-14 21:08

    This book was a fast read and for most of the book, unlike any I'd read in a while. In it, 8 year-old Caroline tries to protect her 6 year-old sister, Emma, and herself from abuse at the hands of their mother and stepfather. The family is clearly very poor and the stepfather brings home what little money there is, which is what drives their mother to remain with him, having lost the girls' father to murder when their home was robbed. Carrie clearly doesn't like her stepfather, who seems to treat Emma the worst, nor does their mom, but mom takes her husband's side most of the time and never comes to the defense of her daughter. Emma seems to have the best idea, often remaining silent or disappearing when times get the worst.The back of the book indicates a big event that changes everything, so I kept reading in anticipation, but it's very late in the book when it occurs, and the last chapter makes readers question the whole rest of the book. It was this last chapter that reminded me of a book I read a little while ago, though to say which one would spoil the ending. This chapter does add a huge degree of realism to the story.Overall, a good book. Not perfect, as I felt that these two girls were truly alone in the world and even people who seem to be able to help them just choose to turn a blind eye, which is sad and hopefully not realistic.

  • Indra
    2018-11-30 22:15

    Reviews on the jacket compared this book to "Bastard out of Carolina" and "Ellen Foster", but both of those were far superior books in my opinion (and I'm probably biased, because both of those are among my favorite books of all time). "Me and Emma" was a page-turner that I blew through pretty quickly because I wanted to see what would happen, where "Bastard" and "Ellen" are more character-driven books where a reader can just revel in the beauty of the language alone, regardless of plot development. "Me and Emma" was pretty good; Carrie sounded like a real authentic child, and I enjoyed the kinder-hearted characters she met along the way. I was frustrated by the one-dimensional quality of her mother, who seemed like a cardboard cutout until the book's climax. The ending was totally unexpected, which was great, but it also felt way too sudden...I would have liked to see a little more of Carrie and her mother after the plot twists, since they definitely changed everything. Maybe she left us hanging so she could write a sequel...

  • Ginger
    2018-11-28 22:15

    The story is told in the voice of 8 year old Caroline (Carrie). Carrie tells us about her and her sister Emma, their hardships and their abuse at the hands of their stepfather. The author does a wonderful job in not being too graphic especially since this is told through Carrie's eyes. My heart was broken in quite a few places while reading this. I rooted for Carrie and Emma all the way. The ending is what had me dropping my jaw and sitting frozen in place. I had to go back a few pages and re-read them, thinking I must have misread something. I was all set for this to be rated a 4, but afterwards (when I could regain my wits), it definitely warranted 5 stars. I'll be looking for more books by this author.

  • Erin
    2018-11-22 22:02

    This was definitly a page turner for me. I did not expect the twist at the end and I really just thought this would be another sad story about sisters with an abusive step-father. Looking back through the book I did see some foreshadowing in regards to Emma's real identity and I felt that the author did a great job making it very discreet. I would read this again to get the full picture of the book after knowing the end of the story. Great read!

  • Sue
    2018-11-23 20:06

    Ok this book is heartbreaking. I need to read some happier books. Once you start you won't stop but it was disturbing especially because I am a mother of three girls. I wanted to go into the story and make things right for Emma and Caroline. If you tolerated Room by Emma Donahue you will be able to read this.

  • Lady Delacour
    2018-12-13 23:07

    ♥♥♥♥♥♥

  • Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
    2018-11-20 19:13

    From cover to cover I loved this book! It has an amazing ending that will stop you in your tracks. I HIGHLY recommend this novel and it is in my top books of ALL TIME!!!!

  • Jessica
    2018-11-24 22:10

    3.5 stars. I liked this one, but I thought it was going to be different. Summary: The first time Richard hit Carrie she saw stars in her eyes. She had done something 'wrong.' Richard takes her notebook away. He kicks her and then she has something to write about. Emma and her late opposites. Richard is as different from their dad as a cow is to a crow. He passed away. Carrie is 8, Emma 6. They go behind the couch when Richard turns in their mama. He drinks a lot. They live in a dumpy house. She remembers getting an orangeade and shopping with her dad and mom. It seems like this book is set in earlier time b/c it talks about having credit and paying things the next time they stop. After playing the balance game, they go over to their friend Forsyth's house. She's rich, and doesn't like Emma that much. Forsyth is sad because Sonny bullied her. They make a plan for the next day to get him back. The plan is to make him go into the boy bathroom and make him fall in the toilet. Emma seems nervous while riding the bus. Emma scratches her nose (signal) and Carrie goes into the boy's bathroom but there are 20 boys in there. Carrie runs out. Emma will beat up anyone who makes fun of Carrie. Later, when asked about her homework, Carrie doesn't remember learning multiplication. Mary Seller started the nickname scary Carrie. Richard got a new job so they are moving. Carrie isn't pleased. While at school, Carrie replies with 'What, Daddy' when her teacher asks her a question. He talks to her after class. People make fun of her. She doesn't remember that she was supposed to dl her social studies homework the night before. The two girls sleep in the attic. Their mom likes Carrie more than Emma. Carrie remembers Richard calling Carrie to his room in a creepy way. Emma tells her to not go in there, but Carrie must do as he says b/c her mom isn't there. Richard makes Emma go into his room, and rapes her, but Carrie doesn't know what happening. Emma doesn't talk after she comes out. When Carrie first met Richard he seemed okay. The girls have a little job at a local store. The owner of the store says all the boys loved their mom. They go to see Miss Mary, and she tells them about a box at Ike's. She's going to take them the next day when she is off from work. We learn that their mom smokes. Tommy asks how Carrie's boyfriend, Charley, is. Charley is disabled (he lost his marbles) and the boys make fun of him, and play tricks on him. He's Carrie's 'boyfriend' b/c she tried to help him one day. Miss Mary, Emma, and Carrie stop at a cafe on the way to see the box. The girls get a hot dog but then Carrie throws up. Miss Mary says they don't have to go see the box today, but just talk to her friend. Carrie's nervous, but when she opens the box she gets an electric shock. Then she runs out, and Emma comes out a few seconds later. It was the scariest thing in the entire world. It's moving day and Carrie isn't happy about it. Emma hasn't talked to her all morning, and Carrie can tell she has a secret with Richard. They go to get some boxes with their mom, and Emma suggests that they run away. She knows they'll get caught, and Richard will kill them. When they get home their mom yells curse words to Richard. Emma walks into the meadow and Carrie follows. They go back to the house, pack a bag, and they are going to leave while their mom and Richard are sleeping. Carrie's wonders what her mom is going to do w/o them, and Emma says 'What is she going to do with us?' The girls sneak out of the house that night very quietly. They walk for awhile, and arrive at the Godsey's house. Their mom hates the wife. They hide under their porch, but then they let the dog out. It finds them, but doesn't rat them out. Carrie realises that Emma really doesn't like peanut butter. She starts eating dog food. Mrs. Godsey comes out and finds them. They lie about they were doing, and run into the woods. Emma says she's never going back home. Emma asks what Carrie is thinking and she says Richard's guns, and that he'll bring them when he goes looking for them. Emma asks why their Momma married him in the first place. Carrie is remembering little things that her dad did, and their bond. After her dad died, her mom stayed in her room for a long time. Eventually, she came or and acted as if nothing happened. He had died from being shot (at a church I think); Emma had seen it happen. Carrie remembers picnic day which involves her skipping school and spending a day with her family. Richard tried to replicate it, but Carrie didn't let him. The girls are hungry. They climb a tree after hearing something. They get down but then George Godsey, the oldest son of the Godsey's comes. He wants to know what they are doing in his woods. Emma says that the men who killed their dad are in there and they're going to find them. He runs away. They walk some more, but then Richard comes. He makes them go back to their house, holding guns behind them. Their mom looks unhappy, and they go straight to the back yard. He beats them, and chains them to something. They sit out the the rest of the night and the next day. Carrie remembers when one day when he dad came home from work. He seemed like a great man! Night 2 outside Carrie tells Emma to think of a plan. She isn't going to. Carrie wants to see Mom, but Emma says that if she let Richard chain them up, she would let him do just about anything, including starving. They argue about the plan not working and they start wrestling. Richard dumps cold water on them; they are freezing. Carrie remembers talking with her dad about the tooth fairy. Richard came from nowhere in particular and he gave presents to their mom. She smiled but her eyes were sad and cold. Emma beat up a girl whom said that their mom was going to get hitched to a beggar-man. Carrie didn't think her mom would remarry, until the girl mentioned it. Mom was starting to keep house again, but she didn't have any training to get other work. She married Richard 2 days later in the same dress she married Carrie's father. Carrie couldn't look at the girl for a week. Richard gives them canned dog food to eat. Carrie doesn't eat much, but Emma licks the pan clean. Carrie wakes up to her mom standing over her. Her eye is black and swollen. She says that she shouldn't fight Richard, and to not be sassy. Carrie falls back asleep, and when her mom comes back she unlocks the chains. The girls decide to go to Miss Mary's but leave a note saying they will be back. Miss Mary and Mr. White are surprised and shocked to see them. They clean them up, and let them sleep in the office. Their mom comes to pick them up, and Mr. White says they can stay, but she says they don't need charity. Carrie wishes she had known this was the last time she was going to see them. The girls say sorry while driving home, and give her all the money she's made ($12.57), and momma will be happy! They leave to the other side of the state. They drive through the night. When they get to the house, the driveway doesn't go right up to it, so they have to walk a ways. The house has a dirt floor, and doesn't seem that nice. The girls find a stream near by. Carrie remembers getting in trouble for spreading poop on the wall in the bathroom at school. Mom was furious, but Dad comforted her. Carrie helps her mom clean the house. She asks about school, but her mom doesn't want to talk about it. Some days are talking-to-Momma days, some days aren't. Gammy (grandma) is taking care of Carrie, and she wants to talk to her mom, but Gammy won't let her. She learned there are not-talking-to-Momma days. Emma and Carrie like their new Nest. It's a hot summer night, and Emma asks about school. She is fine with not going. A woman and girl stop by. Orla Mae is the girl, and they take her to the stream. Orla Mae talks about her life. She says their daddy (step dad) is going to stir sawdust. If he doesn't, a fire could start. Carrie and Emma go back to their house to find food. Their mom is mad that she has to clean up after them, and they can do whatever they want. She yells at them to get out, so they go to Orla Mae's. instead they find a house with a man with his shot gun and his dog. The dog has 3 legs and he has a fake leg. The dog likes the girls which is odd b/c she generally doesn't like strangers. The guy's name is Me. Wilson, and the dog is Brownie. On the way home, Emma asks if mom will like as much as she likes Carrie. Mom is getting frustrated. The school the girls go to is about half the size of their old school. Orla Mae likes a boy. The girls learn Richard has one of the worst jobs of all. Richard works at night, and talks rudely to Carrie and his wife. Mr. Wilson asks if they'd like to go target shooting after school. They say yes. Kids at school make fun of the girls. Emma beats up a boy. While shooting, Carrie is really good and hits the targets, but the gun has a kick. The boy's mom comes over, and Emma gets whipped. Carrie remembers talking to her dad about someone beating her up at school. Carrie asks if her mom likes living where they are. She says it's just a matter of fact, and you can't change the facts. Carrie goes shooting again. Mr. Wilson shows her all of his guns. When Carrie gets him, Richard demands she tell him where she was. She asks for her mom. He beats her. Emma isn't there either. Carrie goes to find her, and finds her near the stream, beaten. She says Richard lost his job. Carrie decides she's going to write a letter to Gammy to come. She can bring Aunt Lillibit. Emma says she won't come. Carrie helps Emma get back to the house; she's really weak. She sees her mom and Richard. He threatens to beat her. Mom doesn't help when Carrie asks for her to help Emma. Her mom just wants peace, and doesn't want to hear what Emma needs or wants. Richard beats Carrie. Carrie writes her letter to her grandma. They are almost late to the bus. Orla Mae asks about Carrie shooting guns. She gives Carrie a piece of cornbread. Carrie daydreams in school, and her teacher questions if she's okay. She also sees her bruises. Carrie can talk to her anytime. Carrie gets a stamp from Me. Wilson's house. Gammy is coming, so they must clean the house. Mom isn't happy about Gammy coming b/c they don't get along. Gammy gives Carrie a haircut, and she's mad that Emma does get one. Emma's hair is nasty. Carrie remembers her dad soothing her after a nightmare. Carrie hears Aunt Lillibit and Gammy gossiping about how bad Richard is to her mom. Carrie asks Lr. Wilson where he goes in the evenings and it to Zebulon's which is where he plays in a band. He takes Carrie with him once. Aunt Lillibit tells Carrie how messy she is. Her aunt and grandma gossip about her dad. They've heard that Richard has dipped his hand in the till. Carrie gets back home, and thinks the sheriff is there to take Richard away, but instead it's a notice of eviction. Aunt L, Gammy, and mom have an argument. Gammy says mom married herself into trouble, and then she and Aunt L leave. Emma asks for them to take them too. Carrie's teacher tries talking to her again. Mr. Wilson thinks folks need to look after one another in town (he hears about them having to move). He teaches her how she can defend herself. Afterward Emma says the next thing to do is shoot Richard. After discussing it, Emma says 'this could be your last bruising.' The house is quiet; mom comes out of her room sometimes, and she hasn't seen Richard. Carrie's teacher is moving b/c she is pregnant. Carrie wishes she could stay in her room like momma. School isn't the same without her teacher. She stays by the stream. Orla Mae asks Carrie to come over, and Carrie tells Emma to go home. Carrie eats a lot while there, and has a good time. When Carrie gets home she sees her mom on the floor with blood coming out of her head. Richard comes in, and a shot is fired. She sees that he is dead. Then she sees her daddy bleeding from the floor at the old house. She yells for Emma and Mr. Wilson. She runs to Orla Mae's house. Carrie wakes up to her mom saying her name and another man talking. Carrie and Emma are climbing a tree and they look at people's houses. Carrie wants to stay up there forever. Carrie wakes again to her mom, and realising it's the sheriff talking to her. The sheriff want her to tell them if she has anything she needs to get off her chest. Her mother is complaining as she remember Mr. Wilson carrying a gun. She remembers Richard drinking a beer, then her running through 2 rooms upstairs looking for something/someone, and she yells Emma's name. She says she was looking for Emma. Then she remembers Richard laughing, Mr. Wilson going into his house, but she knew she couldn't tell on her friend. But she does tell them. The sheriff says he was at a birthday party no where near the house. She sees Mr. Wilson carrying his mandolin. She asks where Emma is. She remembers Richard coming from the kitchen, he grabbed her on the back of her shirt as she tried to run away. She struggles to get away. She asks where Emma is, and he says she's dead, and that he killed her. She tells the sheriff this. She remembers running over rocks, watches Mr. Wilson going inside, going into his shed to get a gun, and Emma saying 'We're going to kill Richard.' She asks her mom where Emma is again. She remembers picking up the gun, killing Richard, and running away. She tells them this. She asks about Emma again, and her mom screams that there is no/ever was Emma. Carrie had made her up after her dad died. A therapist said it was good for Carrie, and her mom thought it would go away eventually but it never did. That is why her mom never liked Emma; b/c she didn't exist. Carrie argues that Emma looked like Daddy, and she was the only one who saw daddy die. But really Carrie had seen him die. Her mom knew she was crazy. Everyone knew about Emma, and questioned her mom about it. Carrie still believes she exists. Carrie got worse, unlike everyone said she would. She asks her daughter what's going to happen now, and if Carrie thought of that before pulling the trigger. Momma leaves. Carrie and her mom are selling everything, and her mom won't let her keep anything. Carrie answers when a man asks about one of her daddy's things. They are going to move in with Gammy and Aunt Lillibit. She says goodbye to Mr. Wilson. While in the car, Carrie writes a letter to Emma.

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    2018-12-01 02:09

    Amazing! The ending blew me away.