By turns achingly naive and utterly pragmatic, Carrie has been shaped by the loss of her beloved daddy and by a drunken stepfather and her emotionally absent mother. Charting an astonishing course of survival for herself and Emma, she hopes to transform their lives into one more closely resembling the storybooks she treasures.
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.
Narrated with the simplicity and unabashed honesty of a child's perspective, Me & Emma is a vivid portrayal of heartbreaking loss of innocence, an indomitable spirit, and incredible courage, a story that will resonate with readers long after they've heard the final sentence.
©2004 Elizabeth Flock; (P)2006 Audible, Inc.
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
"Tremendously touching." (Kirkus Review)
"Captivating. Haunting. You'll hit the last page and want to go back to the beginning. Elizabeth Flock is one to watch." (bookreporter.com)
This book is brilliantly written and read but to me it was scarier than the most gruesome works in the "horror" genre. Just a warning, if you are sensitive to emotional issues from childhood, reading this book may be difficult. It was certainly not an escape to a "nice read". It was hard for me. The story is compelling, as others have said, and the ending is hopeful but I had to pace myself and read it only when in a good place with my head. It just seems like the tip of the iceberg in terms of what goes on in families that make poor choices and then have children, and opens one's eyes to the plight of so many abused and under-resourced young people in this country.
The main character in this story, Carrie, is also the narrator and tells the story in her voice and tells about her life and of her sister Emma. After Carrie's father dies suddenly, her mother remarries and life takes a turn for the worse for the family, as her mother is extremely depressed and her new stepfather is extremely abusive, at one time chaining her out back like a dog and feeding her dog food. Carrie's narration pulls you in and really tugs at your heart, so much so that I found it difficult to stop listening to this book. It was very well written with well developed characters and interesting plot and conclusion. Overall, it will leave the listener feeling somewhat sad because of the nature of the material, so if you are looking for an uplifting book this one isn't it. Still, it's an excellent read and well worth the time.
After having only finished listening to this book three days ago, I've started to listen to it again.
The author did an astounding job at capturing the emotions of an abused child. I was completely enchanted with the main character from the very beginning. In part because of the wonderful narration. This however, is not a feel good book. It is gripping, enlightening, and poignant, but it is also dark, and sometimes painful to listen to due to the subject matter.
I was always looking forward to listening to this and probably should give it 5 stars, but it wasn't as amazing as The Help and that is worth 5 stars.
I really enjoyed this book. The author captured the true essence of what trauma is all about. The narrator captured the sense of the child in that type of situation. The ending was truly unpredicted. I had a hard time putting the book down. It put me there in that very place! A disturbing but true to life story.
Quite interesting, but good, ending. The story goes on around each of us every day. So many kids living like this but hard to see since they are taught to deny what is going on.
Of the many stories I've enjoyed from Audible, this one has really stuck with me. It's a great story, though not easy to hear at times due to the subject matter. But you should really check out the truly astounding narration; it is a child reading in the first person as Carrie. When I first heard the young voice, I couldn't believe she could carry me through the entire book. Wow, I found it to be a great listening experience. Highly recommended.
I fell in love with Carrie & Emma very early in the book. The ending was shocking, but I'm glad I hadn't read the other reviews or I would have been trying to figure out the "twist". There was a stark realism to what they endured that made be believe I was getting a real glimpse into the lives of abused children. I was rooting for them and found the ending a mix of satisfying & disturbing.
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