Synopses & Reviews
andlt;bandgt;How do you find someone who doesnand#8217;t want to be found? A girl searches for her missing addict brother while confronting her own secrets in this darkly lyrical novel.andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Rachel has always idolized her older brother Micah. He struggles with addiction, but she tells herself that heand#8217;s in control. And she almost believes it. Until the night that Micah doesnand#8217;t come home.andlt;BRandgt;Racheland#8217;s terrifiedand#8212;and she canand#8217;t help but feel responsible. She should have listened when Micah tried to confide in her. And she only feels more guilt when she receives an anonymous note telling her that Micah is nearby and in danger.andlt;BRandgt;With nothing more to go on than hope and a slim lead, Rachel and Micahand#8217;s best friend, Tyler, begin the search. Along the way, Rachel will be forced to confront her own dark secrets, her growing attraction to Tylerand#8230;and the possibility that Micah may never come home.
"Arcos's debut novel unfolds over the span of a single day, as 16-year-old Rachel searches for her meth-addicted older brother, Micah, who has gone missing. Out of the blue, Rachel receives a vague, anonymous email telling her that Micah is in the Ocean Beach neighborhood of San Diego and 'not doing so good.' Rather than, say, reply to the email to ask for more information, Rachel calls Micah's friend and bandmate Tyler, and the two drive down to try to find him. Several hours, one stolen car, and many conversations later, they're not having much luck. Rachel is a believable, if not especially appealing, combination of naÃƒÂ¯ve and judgmental, qualities that soften only slightly as the book progresses. Arcos works in information about crystal meth (including its history and effects), genetic predisposition to addiction, and other topics, but the brunt of the narrative consists of Rachel's flashbacks and memories. This both aids character development and makes sense, as Rachel can't let go of the brother she knew, but it also greatly hampers the story's momentum. Ages 14 up. Agent: Kerry Sparks, Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Ellen Hopkins fans will find another look at methamphetamine addiction in this quick, realistic debut. "
"Teens affected by drug use may see their own experiences reflected in Racheland#8217;s story. Recommend this to readers of Ellen Hopkinsand#8217; similarly themed novels in verse."
* "Arcos paints a complex, honest, devastating portrait of what it means to watch someone you love turn into a stranger. The result is an empathetic, highly readable tale that captures the messy dynamics of sibling relationships, the pain and powerlessness of addiction from a loved oneand#8217;s perspective, and, in an ending that brilliantly mingles loss and hope, the necessity of letting go."
"A powerful debut."
About the Author
Carrie Arcos is the author of andlt;i andgt;There Will Come a Time andlt;/iandgt;and andlt;i andgt;Out of Reachandlt;/iandgt;, which was a National Book Award Finalist. She lives with her family in Los Angeles, California. Visit her at CarrieArcos.com.