Saturday, October 28, 2017

Blog Tour + Review + #Giveaway: Carry Me Home by Jessica Therrien @JessicaTherrien @XpressoTours

Carry Me Home
Jessica Therrien
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: September 26th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Thriller, Young Adult

“A riveting page-turner… Jessica Therrien broke my heart into a million pieces — and then put it back together again. This book will haunt and uplift readers long after they turn the last page.”
-KAT ROSS, best-selling author of The Midnight Sea

CARRY ME HOME is a fictional novel inspired by the true story of a teenage girl’s involvement in several Mexican gangs in San Jose and Los Angeles. The members of her crew call her, Guera, Spanish for “white girl” and it doesn’t take long for her to get lost in their world of guns and drugs.

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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.

My Review:

After her husband becomes violent a mother takes her two teenage daughters and leave in the middle of the night. The mother, Rachel and the two girls, Ruth and Lucy head out to San Jose to stay with Rachel’s parents.  

Lucy hangs with her friend Ro who lives in the same trailer park as her grandparents. Ro has gotten into a lot of different things since Lucy was there last. Ro introduces Lucy to some new friends and they all accept Lucy into their gang. They introduce Lucy to a whole new world of drugs and alcohol among other things. When things start to go south Lucy’s mom takes them away and they get their own apartment.

But things don’t get any better unfortunately for Lucy things seem to spiral way out of control. She ends up with more friends that take her even further down the road of using drugs with a whole lot more trouble.

Carry Me Home is one of those books once you pick it up you don’t want to lay it down. I think I kind of connected with all three of them but especially Ruth and her smile. When she smiled at people they just seem to think that she meant go away leave me alone but that was not what it meant; no her smile meant I am shy and don’t talk much but would you be my friend anyway. All three just needed and wanted someone to care about them. They all had a close relationship in ways but they all needed something more.

Carry Me Home has left me with so many different emotions. I feel sad, mad, upset and happy I think all at once. Is that possible? Carry Me Home makes you stop and really think about a lot of different stuff. These days there is probably not many people that has not experienced what Rachel, Ruth or Lucy has. Now a days most families have experienced drugs through a family member if not themselves personally. Carry Me Home is an eye opening experience that will stay with me for a long time to come.

Would I recommend Carry Me Home? Yes I would. Why? Well because it is an eye opening experience that could hopefully help save someone’s life. Besides it is a great story. 

Author Bio:
Jessica Therrien is the author of the young adult series Children of the Gods. Book one in the series, Oppression, became a Barnes & Noble best-seller shortly after its release. Her trilogy has been translated and sold through major publishers around the world, such as Editions AdA (Canada), EditionsMilan (France), and SharpPoint Press (China).

Aside from her Children of the Gods series, Jessica is the author of a kid’s picture book called, The Loneliest Whale. Her award-winning stories can also be found in a published anthology of flash fiction.

Jessica currently lives in Irvine with her husband and two young sons. She is working on an a YA suspense thriller series and a middle grade fantasy series.