Saturday, September 17, 2011

Review: "You Are My Only" by Beth Kephart

From Goodreads:  Emmy Rane is married at nineteen , a mother by twenty. Trapped in a life with a husband she no longer loves, Baby is her only joy. Then one sunny day in September, Emmy takes a few fateful steps away from her baby and returns to find her missing. All that is left behind is a yellow sock. Fourteen years later, Sophie, a homeschooled, reclusive teenage girl is forced to move frequently and abruptly from place to place, perpetually running from what her mother calls the “No Good.” One afternoon, Sophie breaks the rules, ventures out, and meets Joey and his two aunts. It is this loving family that opens Sophie’s eyes, giving her the courage to look into her past. What she discovers changes her world forever…
The riveting stories of Emmy and Sophie—alternating narratives of loss, imprisonment, and freedom regained—escalate with breathless suspense toward an unforgettable climax.
My Thoughts:  This book had a really interesting premise but it completely fell short of my expectations. It was a quick read but seemed like it should have been longer. I did enjoy the characters and I found the character of Sophie to be engaging and I was definitely sympathetic to her plight. I also really liked Joey and his aunts and the relationship they had with each other and Sophie. I think the main issue I had with this book is that the end was so rushed. I felt connected to the characters and then in the last 20 pages there was a mad dash to the end of the story. I also was really hoping that a reunion would be included but unfortunately there wasn't. I also didn't love the 'Emmy' parts. I felt like Emmy was made a little too crazy and it was, at times, difficult to understand what was going on with her. I also felt like at times, especially during the 'Emmy' parts, this book seemed a little bit heavy to be classified as young adult. Overall, this book was okay but I think it could have been a lot better. 2 1/2 stars.

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