Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Contemporary, Adventure and young adult
Release Date: October 16, 2012
Pages: 240 (Hard Cover)
Rachel has always idolized her older brother Micah. He struggles with addiction, but she tells herself that he’s in control. And she almost believes it. Until the night that Micah doesn’t come home.
Rachel’s terrified—and she can’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.
With nothing more to go on than hope and a slim lead, Rachel and Micah’s best friend, Tyler, begin the search. Along the way, Rachel will be forced to confront her own dark secrets, her growing attraction to Tyler…and the possibility that Micah may never come home.
Usually, when it comes to books with such a serious topic, they hit me at my core and stick with me for a very long time. There is just so much pull and emotion with these kinds of books that they are my weak spot. Out Of Reach does not fall in that category for me. Even though I love the cover and the synopsis of this story really pulled me, that was about it. I don’t like any of the characters enough to care and I was pretty apathetic towards the ending.
Carrie Arcos tries to make a lot of the scenes in her debut novel try to seem like they are intense but like other authors, doesn’t quite do it. I don’t like any of the characters because they’re stiff and boring. Nothing they do pulls much emotion out of me. Also, this book is about a sister and her love for her brother who is addicted to meth. There isn’t much information on the actual drug, how the brother reacted, or anything like that. I feel like Carrie Arcos only picked up a pamphlet and wrote little things about the drug in her book instead of actually researching and adding things that the general public wouldn’t know.
Another thing that I don’t like about this book is that there are far too many flashback and memories. I understand that she enjoys reliving her time spend with her brother, but it seems that on every single page, Rachel is having a flashback. In other words, there seems to be little information about Micah before he left but a shit load when they were kids or younger.
What I do like about Out of Reach is that the chapters are short and it’s easy to finish a few chapters in only a matter of minutes. Like I said before, I really like the cover, it shows that some people truly are out of reach and in the middle of nowhere. I wouldn’t recommend this book since I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have liked to. But if I were, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoy books about sibling relationships and how far someone will go to find the one person they love and truly care about.