You Are My Only by Beth Kephart

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Reason for Reading:
  • This book is getting a lot of buzz in the book blogging community.

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Summary from 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. . . .

My Review:

I’ll be honest, it took me a good 30 minutes or so of reading to really start getting into this story.  The alternating narratives, the thought process of Emmy, the strange events (and you cannot help but know they are connected), took every minute of that time and really got my mind working.

Once I got everything straight, I began to see just where the beauty of this book lay.  While I understood the outcome early on, this is more the story of getting to that point.  That journey is so beautifully written that I could not help but feel as if I was not only acquainted with Emmy and Sophie – but that I was intimately involved with them – like they were sisters.  I felt their pain, I felt their fear, and it was, quite frankly, more than a little scary.

I understand why this book is getting the buzz it’s getting in the book blogging community.  It’s a subtle, straight-to-the-heart, story that has left me thinking about it days afterward.

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