Hello, readers! It's hard to believe that it's March of 2018 already! For this month's book review, I read CARRY ME HOME by an author friend of mine Jessica Therrien. You may remember reading a previous review about Jessica's amazing series, Children of the Gods. If you haven't read that review (or the series), I highly recommend checking out this link.

This time, I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review of a very different book in a very different genre than Jessica's previous writing. But before I jump too deep into my review, here's a summary of the book.

Summary (Potentially Triggering Language Possible):

Lucy and Ruth are country girls from a broken home. When they move to the city with their mother, leaving behind their family ranch and dead-beat father, Lucy unravels.

They run to their grandparents’ place, a trailer park mobile home in the barrio of San Jose. Lucy’s barrio friends have changed since her last visit. They’ve joined a gang called VC. They teach her to fight, to shank, to beat a person unconscious and play with guns. When things get too heavy, and lives are at stake, the three girls head for LA seeking a better life.

But trouble always follows Lucy. She befriends the wrong people, members of another gang, and every bad choice she makes drags the family into her dangerous world.

Told from three points of view, the story follows Lucy down the rabbit hole, along with her mother and sister as they sacrifice dreams and happiness, friendships and futures. Love is waiting for all of them in LA, but pursuing a life without Lucy could mean losing her forever.

Ultimately it’s their bond with each other that holds them together, in a true test of love, loss and survival.


First of all, as I mentioned above, this book is entirely different than Jessica's previous works. I started reading CARRY ME HOME without reading the synopsis (I like to be surprised), and so perhaps because of that, this book hit me HARD.

Jessica's Children of the Gods series--while tense at times--doesn't delve into the kind of issues that CARRY ME HOME does. Before I go any further into the review, I will take the time to put a trigger warning out there for discussions of rape, self-harm, intense violence, and dysfunctional family issues. Please do not read any further if any of those subjects are triggering to you--and I would not recommend that you read this book for the same reason. 

This book is labeled Young Adult, but I wonder if a New Adult label might be more appropriate for the content. There are scenes of intense violence, self-harm, and rape that may be unfit for younger readers to experience. If a young adult-aged reader does pick up this book, I would recommend to parents to discuss the issues disclosed within it. 

I am an adult reviewer, and my writing often deals with adult themes, so I appreciate the book and the author for tackling some of these highly difficult subjects. The book, as mentioned above, is told from three different points of view--sisters Lucy and Ruth, and their mother. I found the mother's point of view difficult to read at times, as well as Lucy's. Much of the violence and drama surrounds Lucy's decisions and then affects her family, especially her sister, Ruth. However, this 3-person perspective gave great insight to how each character saw and processed the events in their lives in very different ways.    

Within the book, I enjoyed Ruth's character the most. While she is pulled into Lucy's downward spiral, she also never gives up on her sister and is the main reason for the story's (bitter)sweet ending.

This book is not for the faint-of-heart (and, if I understand correctly, is based in part in truth, which makes it even harder to read). I would recommend readers take the book in pieces--read and digest what you can and come back to read more when you're ready. In addition to reading this book, I also read another, lighter book at the same time to help balance them out. 

I gave the book five stars on Goodreads because Jessica is an excellent writer and was unafraid to deal with some intense and heart-breaking subjects. As a writer who also deals with love, loss, and survival, myself, I know how difficult it can be to finish writing an undertaking of this magnitude, as well as to read it. 

As always, I look forward to Jessica's future books, but you can find CARRY ME HOME on Amazon today and purchase it here

Until next time, readers!



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