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Review: You Are My Only by Beth Kephart

27 Oct

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You Are My Only was breathtakingly beautiful, and very emotional. I wasn’t ready for it to end– I want to know what’s next for these characters.

Synopsis via 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 gives Sophie 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.

The story follows Sophie in the present day, as she starts to chafe against the boundaries of her life, which seems stranger and stranger by the page. Within those confines she’s a bright, curious, and overall NORMAL 14 year old (even if she moves frequently with no warning, she’s home-schooled on an odd assortment of subjects, and is forbidden to have contact with anyone else).

I absolutely loved spending time with her, even as my heart was breaking for all she discovered.

Emmy’s story is set 14 years earlier, when her Baby disappears. I found my time with Emmy even more beautiful and heartbreaking, even while Emmy never came off the paper for me. I mourned her situation, and the truly beautiful writing brought that sorrow home. I never quite related to her as a person, but her situation was compelling.

I don’t normally rave about the writing in a book. I’m more likely to complain that it distracts me from the story, even (or maybe particularly) when the writing is beautiful. In this case, the story is simple enough that the words themselves are not a distraction, but simply build layer upon layer of emotion.

Thank you to Egmont USA and NetGalley for giving me electronic access to You Are My Only for review.

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Posted by on October 27, 2011 in books, reviews

 

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5 responses to “Review: You Are My Only by Beth Kephart

  1. Florinda

    October 27, 2011 at 7:55 am

    I posted my review of this novel today too, and I agree with everything you said–I didn’t want this to end, either!

     
  2. Beth Kephart

    October 27, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Laura, Florinda just sent me this way. I am deeply appreciative of this. I am still living with those characters, and sometimes I think I see Sophie passing by.

    I run for her.

    With gratitude,

    Beth

     
  3. Stephanie @ Read in a Single Sitting

    October 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Wow, this sounds riveting. What a wonderful review, and a fabulous sounding book. Thanks for pointing it out!

     
  4. sagustocox

    October 28, 2011 at 6:58 am

    I’m looking forward to this

     

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