Be Not Far from Me (英語) ハードカバー – 2020/3/3
“Your heart may still be pounding after you’ve finished this book.” -- New York Times Book Review
“Each word has been specifically chosen, each character superbly and humanly sculpted, the plot line masterfully completed. McGinnis plays with the readers and they are at her mercy.” -- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (starred review)
“This is an astoundingly dark but beautifully written tragedy.”
-- School Library Journal (starred review)
“McGinnis can surely tell a story.” -- USA Today
Praise for This Darkness Mine: “Rich imagery and a ruthless protagonist propel the novel forward to its shocking, ominous conclusion.” -- ALA Booklist
"McGinnis' visceral and emotional tale features a strong, stubborn, and alarmingly capable protagonist with unwavering respect for the natural world... Impossible to put down." -- Kirkus Reviews
"This is absolute catnip for fans of survival stories... an absolute firecracker of a narrator, wickedly funny, deeply knowledgeable about the woods, and insightful about the wilderness of teenage interactions... Readers not quite ready for Strayed’s Wild may want to start their journey here." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“McGinnis gracefully avoids the pitfalls of creating a teenage vigilante, instead maintaining a sense of piercing realism.” -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for A Madness So Discreet: “McGinnis excels at rich character development; every person readers meet makes a dramatic impact on the story and on Grace.” -- School Library Journal
Mindy McGinnis is the author of Not a Drop to Drink and its companion, In a Handful of Dust, as well as This Darkness Mine, The Female of the Species, Given to the Sea, Heroine, and the Edgar Award–winning novel A Madness So Discreet. A graduate of Otterbein University with a BA in English literature and religion, Mindy lives in Ohio. You can visit her online at www.mindymcginnis.com.
- 出版社 : Katherine Tegen Books (2020/3/3)
- 発売日 : 2020/3/3
- 言語 : 英語
- ハードカバー : 240ページ
- ISBN-10 : 0062561626
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062561626
- 対象読者年齢 : 13歳歳以上
- 寸法 : 13.97 x 2.16 x 20.96 cm
I love hiking and the study of nature particularly pertaining to the U.S., but there is a big difference between state forests and state parks where you run into nothing but other hikers and being out in the elements with only your wits, yourself and in Ashley’s case some survivals skills.
It really does teach me how vast nature is but also how strong and determined a young woman can be if she sets her mind to it.
I found Ashley a very realistic and relatable character along with her friends. I loved her humour and found myself laughing out loud quite a bit while reading this YA Fiction novel.
I so rarely read an entire book in one day, I hope that indicates to you how good it is! This is my first time reading a Mindy McGinnis novel (which is shocking since it’s her 9th novel). But definitely not my last time. I’ll be recommending this novel to anyone who will listen to me to read it.
― Mindy McGinnis, Be Not Far from Me
Wow. The reviews for this one are sort of all over the place. I am in the "I liked it" category.
To be honest, I did not think I would. Survivalist stories are not usually my cup of t ea. But this one I was curious about. It really sounded good.
And it was.
Yes, as others have said 90 percent of the book has no actual dialogue. Ashley is alone and lost through most of the story . I however did not mind that so much.
Ashley herself I liked. She is kickass and tough and she takes no crap. I would not last a day in those circumstances. I respected her greatly.
She was also such a lost child in so many ways. Her thought process was so fascinating. In some ways she is old beyond her years. In other ways she is so innocent. She was fascinating to read about.
A word of warning..this is not for the faint of heart. I happen to be one of those faint of heart people who took a chance on this one and though I liked it..there is so much gore that I had to skim sections.
Also..as a person who hates animal violence in any book..I had to steel myself. YES,there is some. And that includes one scene involving a Possum that just about broke my heart. So PROCEED WITH CAUTION in regards to animal brutality.
I mean..it has to be there. I knew it would be., It is a survival book. Still, it almost lost me a few times. I doubt I could read it again.
But it is just so well written. I most likely would have given it a five without that Possum scene.
Ash is funny and also touching. Her wit was great. And I found her ruminations on the Meth lab hilarious.
I found the bond between her and her dad beautiful and touching.
Davey? So powerful. No spoilers on that one. I just can't.
If there was one other complaint, it is about the end. SPOILERS:
I wanted more of a confrontation between her and Duke. I really did. I mean..he WAS the reason she got lost..I'd have liked to see them actually communicate..see why he did what he did, if he ever really loved Ash etc. I realize this book is not romance but his character plays a huge role and I really wanted to know what he was thinking.
To sum up..a unique and powerful realistic YA book that I would not be surprised to see up for some GR Noms. Highly Recommended.
Be Not Far From Me is a story of survival. Our main character Ashley, who is a badass, goes camping with her friends and witnesses something quite upsetting and takes off into the woods. Ashley knows the woods like the back of her hand, but when she gets severely hurt and can’t find her way back to the group things start to get crazy.
“No, I’m not freezing and I’m not starving, and I know both of these things are true because I’m in pain. When you can’t feel anything is when you need to worry.”
This is a short novel, but full of suspense and the gritty truth about being lost in the woods. Ashley’s perseverance was amazing, because I would have given up a couple days in trying to find my way out. Ashley is such a relatable character who is stubborn and won’t let anyone tell her what to do. During this gripping book, we follow Ashley trying to survive in the woods. McGinnis is such an amazing writer that with the descriptive writing and suspense, I felt as though I was there with Ashley. Not to mention we have flashbacks that come to Ashley as she is fighting for her life. I think that is what really connected with me as well.
“Instead it lay down and died quietly of old age, either dappled by the sun or with soft snowflakes thar landed on closing eyes. It died quiet, under the trees. I think that’s how I’d want to go too.”
I have loved the author’s writing since I read her book Heroine. Be Not Far From Me was exceptionally written and I am still reeling from some of the scenes. If you’re looking for a fast-paced survival story than this is for you.