Out of Reach

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Out of Reach
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Age Range
14+
Release Date
October 16, 2012
ISBN
1442440538
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How 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 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.

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2 reviews
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3.7
Plot
 
3.0(2)
Characters
 
4.0(2)
Writing Style
 
4.0(2)
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Kind of Like A Road Trip
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Out of Reach is kind of like an extended road trip. As a reader I probably wouldn't have read it if I had known that. The main character Rachel, is searching for her brother who has run away after developing an addiction to meth. Rachel is desperate to find her brother, since they used to be so close and now she feels as if him returning will be the only way to bring her family back together again.

The book goes back and forth between the past and present which slows the reading down a little bit. But otherwise, the book moves along at a steady pace.

Rachel asks Tyler to go with her to find Micah. Tyler was probably my favorite character. I would make assumptions about him, and then find out I was completely wrong. He was a very dynamic character with an amazing personality, and a puppy dog crush.

The only major fault I see in this book was that it wasn't longer. But, in a way, Out of Reach needed to end where it did. I wanted to know more about Rachel and Tyler, but writing anything after the last page just didn't seem right. Maybe a sequel?
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A great book about the effects of addiction.
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3.7
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
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4.0
I've been eagerly anticipating this book for a while now and have to say I’m disappointed. While it did deal with some hard subject matter nothing really happens in the book. I’d have to say that this book is more about Rachel and Micah’s relationship than anything else. We get to read flashback scenes that allow us insight into their relationship which was great to read about but aside from that nothing happens plot wise.

After reading the summary I assumed that Tyler and Rachel’s interactions would lead to something romantic but sadly that wasn't the case. Although there are hints here and there about the attraction between the two again nothing really happens and that was disappointing after reading the summary which insinuated something would.

Don’t let what you read above fool you. I did like the book. It just felt anticlimactic. If you are looking for a book about addiction and how it affects families, I’d say read this book .
Good Points
I loved reading about the relationship between Micah and Rachel.
Although it was tough to read about I liked reading about Rachel's realization of how deep into addiction Micah was in.
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