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Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos Book Review

Out of ReachHow do you find someone who doesn’t want to be found? A girl searches for her missing addict brother while confronting her own secrets in this darkly lyrical novel.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 bu
t 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.

I had very conflicting emotions regarding Out of Reach. It held my interest and it was a very quick read. I also did really like the characters. I think the problem that I had with it is that there was so little that actually took place over the course of the story.

Out of Reach is about a girl, Rachel, who goes to find her older brother. Micah (her brother) has run away from home and has also become addicted to meth. Rachel takes one of Micah’s good friends, Tyler, with her to try to find him. 

The way Out of Reach dealt with the topic of drugs was handled really well. It basically showed the pain it caused the rest of the family. I thought Rachel and Tyler were both likable, and I enjoyed the flashbacks of different moments between Rachel and Micah when they were younger. They were really sweet and I understood how important they were to each other. Rachel was also a character who carried a lot of guilt and problems from different things that end up being revealed throughout the story. I only wish that I had gotten to know her better as a character. You basically got glances of her life. Tyler was sweet, but he also had his own burdens. There were a few things both characters did that I didn’t really agree with and I kind of wanted to be able to see into Rachel’s head a little more.

The plot was my biggest problem with Out of Reach. It takes place over a day and it’s all about Rachel and Tyler exploring Oceanside and trying to find Micah. I think Out of Reach focused more on Rachel accepting her brother’s fate and getting rid of her own burdens, than anything else. The ending was a bittersweet one and I loved several very memorable quotes throughout the entire book as a whole.

Overall, I’d give Out of Reach 3 out of 5 flowers. It was a good book with some great themes. However, I wanted to understand more of what happened to the different characters and the plot to play out somewhat differently. It was a good read.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds interesting enough. I really like the story idea behind this...a self-discovery type of novel. Plus, the characters sound great too and I am very curious about the romance. I am still going to keep an open mind about this, despite your concerns, and pick it up soon!

    Fantastic review, Montana! :)

    ~ Maida


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