From the author of Pay It Forward comes the powerful story of two sisters who just lost their mother - and are walking as fast as they can toward the only family they have left. If 16-year-old Carly and 11-year-old Jen can find Teddy, Carly knows he’ll save them from foster care...if he can forgive them for their mother’s vicious lies about him. But when the starving girls get caught stealing food on a Native American reservation, their journey gets put on hold. And after Jen makes a heartbreaking confession, Carly wonders if they’ll ever escape the pain of the past. Set against the backdrop of the American Southwest, Walk Me Home and its resilient heroines will inspire listeners and renew their faith in recovery and redemption.
©2013 Catherine Ryan Hyde (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
There were many aspects of this book that I found so enjoyable! Catherine Ryan Hyde's engaging writing meshed so well with narrator Cristina Panfilio voice and performance that I could not wait to listen to this book at every chance I got.
Panfilio's presentation of this book was so wonderful that I searched for other audiobooks narrated by her, something I've NEVER done. Her performance also prompted me to write this review, something else I've never done. Excellent pairing of book and narrator!
The story itself is the wonderful, character-driven tale of Carly and her journey in becoming a well-adjusted young lady after the sudden death of her mother. Outstanding book. Outstanding audiobook.
Okay, maybe I listen to too many murder/thriller stories, but I found the ending weak and drifting and went back to listen to the ending twice more just to make sure I didn't miss something. The storyline held my interest, but many parts were unbelievable and vague.
Audible has been a friend, a companion, and even a connection with my daughter as the process of physical recovery continues.
After listening to Take Me With You by this author, perhaps my expectations were a little too high. This was a really good listening experience but I found way too much repetition in this book. Not too mention that I found nothing at all compelling about the flashback sequences that occurred prior to the sisters taking it on the run.
I found Jen extremely likable; as for Carly, it took me most of the book to get Carly. For much of the book I found that her single minded pursuit of her terribly unrealistic goal unable to get behind. The irony of her believing that she was protecting her sister by taking them back to her deceased mother's ex-boyfriend showed her level of single mindedness along with a high level of immaturity. The author's American Indian tribal creation was a nice twist to this YA novel and all of the characters from the tribe were likable without becoming caricatures instead of characters. Carly's great travel adventure leading to the book's climax was an excellent addition to the narrative.
I'm hoping that since this book was a 2013 release and Take Me With You was 2014 it indicates an upward curve in the quality of her work. This was a very nice audio; a solid 3.9 to 4.1 and I can recommend it with a few reservations but it's not Take Me With You.
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