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Posted October 2, 2011
Haunting and emotional
In the few seconds it took for Emmy to get a blanket, her baby was taken. Young and in a bad marriage, Baby was the only thing good in Emmy's life. Fourteen ears later, the baby that was taken from Emmy is living with the woman she believes is her mother. When her desire to know who she is and why she has to always stay away from The No Good becomes too strong, she decides to find out where she really belongs.
This book was heartbreaking and emotional. The story is told by Emmy in the days and weeks after Baby is taken, and then fast forwards fourteen years later, in alternating chapters, when Sophie (Baby) starts to figure out that there is more to her story than her "mother" is telling her. Beth Kephart writes about Emmy's panic with such force that your heart stays in your throat and you feel her unraveling with every minute that passes. Sophie's story is just as emotional. Her life is carefully constructed and her days filled with learning, but as she starts asking herself more and more questions, that insular world starts to open up. She meets a boy next door who is living with his two aunts and their friendship gives her the strength to discover who she is. The author very skillfully pulls you into Sophie's isolated existence and boxes you in right along with her.
I felt every word of this book. It was full of heartbreak and desperation. Emmy's determination to find Baby was so real that it took my breath away. The best part about this book was that I wasn't sure if the ending was really happy or not. Both voices were written so beautifully that I could not really tell you what I wanted for Sophie, in the end. That greyness within a situation that seems black and white kept me awake long after I finished the book. You are really missing out if you don't take the opportunity to read this. I gave it 5 stars.
I received this book as a galley from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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Posted June 26, 2012
Looking through the window to a life that goes on without you - a world you're not allowed to inhabit.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The trees green, the snow falls, a dog barks, close enough to touch but out of reach
I read the stories of Sophie and Emmy, one beautiful word at a time, savoring the words and images evoked by the poetry Beth Kephart brings to us. Eager to turn the page but yet reluctant to let it go, I read on into the night knowing I needed sleep. How can I turn out the light when Emmy and Sophie yearn for what they can't have? How can I leave them when they are trapped and alone?
I am close to the end - forty pages to go and I'm weeping. Why? The beauty of the story, the fate of Emmy and Sophie, but most of all I just don't want this story to end. I want to stay with Emmy and see a reunion too long in the making. Beth Kephart has created characters so real I feel their pain at being torn apart from one another. Feel the love that Emmy has for Baby, the love that Miss Cloris and Miss Helen feel for one another and the fear of being pulled apart.
I reluctantly finish the most beautiful book I've read in a very long time, but I joyfully pass it on to the next person on the list.
I beseech you to read You Are My Only, and promise you characters and a story that will live with you for a long time to come.
To Beth - thank you.
Posted November 12, 2011
Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!
Beth Kephart has again written a remarkable book. We have read about abducted children in the news and this is the story of one and her rescue. Teens will enjoy, as will adults, the vivid images and characters.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 11, 2011
Here's the scoop: This will be the most extraordinary and probably one of the most memorable books you'll read for a long time. I suggest going right away to buy your hard copy, first edition because you'll want it in your personal library. I predict it will be one of the Top Best Books of 2011. It is so masterfully written that you could simply close your eyes and point on any given page, and you'll land at a beautiful turn of phrase or description. This is a book of the heart and soul. This is a book that only an author of the highest quality could write. The characters we learn to love: Emmy Rane, the delicate, damaged young mother whose baby is stolen; Sophie, the baby and teenager whom we come to know and love; Joey, her next door friend and companion-of-the-larger-world; Autumn, Emmy's precious person who helped; the awe-inspiring Aunts; and the man who made a difference... All of these people are believable; they come alive in the hands of Beth Kephart. I know them. I cried with and for them, and I laughed in joy and sorrow with them. The structure of this novel is one I have come to favor in every instance: the back and forth of individuals and their story lines. In "You Are My Only" we see the story from the perspectives of Emmy and Sophie. This kept the book running at such a pace that I held back to savour every page. I was so sad when the book ended. You know the feeling...didn't want it to end. But, it ended just perfectly, as I knew it would have to. The final line was poignant and rang with truth. This is a novel that can't be shared more than I have without giving too much away. This is a story that will so touch your heart and mind that you may want to reread it right after you finish it. I loved the book and recommend it to all of my friends and readers. It is a novel that will leave you somber, however, and I must tell you that; it's not one that you can expect to do other than make you think and hope. 5+ stars for this very beautiful book by a genius of a writer. Deborah/TheBookishDameWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.