For Carrie Destin, a military brat growing up around the world, home is never where you left it. When she learns the injuries she sustained in a car accident will prove fatal before she reaches adulthood, she faces her abbreviated life with a brash attitude and a biting, sometimes morbid sense of humor, racing to experience life before it ends.
WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, Fall 2015 -- Best Book in Fiction
“I’m still marveling at what an impressive and enjoyable book this is, and I’m looking forward to reading anything by Grindstaff that I can get my hands on. ...most highly recommended.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews
Facing her own mortality, Carrie accelerates her life and sets aggressive goals: college, connecting with her Japanese roots, and the all-consuming desire to find her soul mate. A kid from nowhere, she travels the world with her Marine father and Japanese mother.
She races to graduate high school at age fifteen. College is her marker of adulthood, when she can smoke in public and order dessert before dinner. She tosses out her adolescent wedding scrapbook for a funeral plan. A teenage crush on Paul, a family friend and a widower seventeen years her senior, develops into a fantasy that takes on a life of its own.
As she outlives the original prognosis into her early twenties, her life goals evolve—always short-term. The longing for love stays constant, yet she walls herself off from others. Relationships end in betrayal, abandonment and violence. When love reveals itself, she pulls away, fearing that an early meeting with Death is on the horizon.
Carrie’s frantic desire to experience life before it ends spirals out of control, leading to a physical and emotional collapse. Her grandmother’s wisdom points her toward acceptance, but first she must break through her walls before she can give the gift of ‘til-death-do-us-part.
“The ending was not what I expected, and I put the book down still in tears. This is a beautiful book and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Any book that has me laughing out loud one minute and in tears the next (on public transportation no less!) is a must read.” ~ Tamra Reynolds
[Literary, Coming-of-Age, Women’s, Southern Fiction]
Evolved Publishing presents the unique voice and soul of a girl facing extraordinary circumstances, this one struggling with the almost unthinkable at such a young age—her own mortality. [DRM-Free]
Books by Robb Grindstaff:
- Carry Me Away
- Hannah’s Voice
- Turning Trixie (Coming Late 2018)
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|Product dimensions:||6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.61(d)|
About the Author
I've had a dozen short stories published in several print anthologies and e-zines, and several articles on the craft of writing fiction. My first novel, "Hannah's Voice," debuted in January 2013, and "Carry Me Away" launched in September 2013. My third novel, "Turning Trixie," is in the works for 2015.
I also edit fiction and non-fiction books for authors from around the world. It helps that I'm fluent in five languages: U.S. English, U.K. English, Canadian English, and Australian English, plus my native language, Texan.
EDITOR: Lane Diamond has over 120 published books to his editing credit, including many multiple award-winners, across many genres and styles.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Carry Me Away is a coming of age story written by Robb Grindstaff. Carrie lives with her Marine father, Japanese mother, and older brother Sammy until life slams her in the face. Carrie had a long-standing Friday night sleepover tradition with her best friend CinDee, and, since her parents were out, Sammy would be driving her the short distance. It was raining heavily, however, and Sammy was both a new driver and a bit stoned, and his car ended up in a ditch. Sammy didn't survive the accident, and Carrie was severely injured. Her doctors offered her little hope for more than a couple of years. So, Carrie dropped her marriage scrapbook and started a funeral scrapbook instead. Then she set about doing everything she could while she was still alive. Robb Grindstaff's coming of age novel Carry Me Away is an awesome read. Carrie is a marvelous character who's filled with an incredible, self-effacing bravado in the face of death. I was instantly caught up in the story and loved every minute I spent reading it. Grindstaff has a gift for transporting his readers right into the action, imparting just enough information to keep them on their toes. The plot of Carry Me Away could easily have given way to a sodden and overly sentimental book, but at no time did it happen here. Instead, as Carrie rushes through (and aces) her schooling in record time, the reader gets to travel along with her and her military family all over the world. I'm still marveling at what an impressive and enjoyable book this is, and I'm looking forward to reading anything by Grindstaff that I can get my hands on. Carry Me Away is most highly recommended.
This is a story about how to not just live life, but to love it. And as cheesy as that sounds, it still works. Carrie's life was taken from her before she even had the chance to begin living it.... "I had been just a regular seventh grade, twelve-year-old kid on my way to spend the night at my best friend's. On my thirteenth birthday, less than a month later, I didn't recognize or even much remember that little girl. When Death approached, my life didn't flash before my eyes. It evaporated." .... and when she woke up, completing that stolen life with the little time she had left was her only goal. She rushed to hit those major mile markers: finishing college, falling in love, and returning back to visit her grandmother in Japan. Her life became consumed by those goals, yet as she hit each one, she never got any closer to feeling alive again. "Living under a Death sentence gave life meaning. I knew when it would end, or at least a general idea. I made a list of goals and set out to reach them. When the horizon moved a little farther out, I set new goals." So she kept on like that, refusing to die yet still never learning how to live. With everything she did, she was still consumed with the knowledge that her death was coming for her soon. And that was all she defined herself by. But then she made it another week. Then a month, then a year, and it kept on going until her death sentence finally lifted. Since she was twelve years old, all she had been trying to do was make it to the finish line. And for all those years, that was all she was able to see. When you've been told your entire life that you're going to die, what are you supposed to do when you finally realize that you don't know how to live? I love this book. I thought that I loved Grindstaff's first novel, Hannah's Voice, but I REALLY love Carry Me Away. Neither of his books are anything like what I typically read, yet they blow me away each and every time. Grindstaff's ability to capture the minds of his characters when they're young girls still remains unparalleled, and what I once thought was a one-time gift actually turns out to be a slightly concerning affinity for unlocking the minds of the world's most disturbed creatures. I should know. I used to be one. In all honesty, though, there's nothing else out there quite like what Grindstaff is able to deliver here. These coming of age stories after a great personal tragedy are pitched all of the time, but they have always seemed to fall flat for me. Not once did I think that here. And if Grindstaff can get me, a girl who usually only reads books packed to the brim with action and comedy, to actually want to read a story this deep not once but twice, then that should tell you more than anything else that this book is really something special. Taylor
Got half way through and had to stop. Not the story so much, but the constant, every other word being the "F" word or worse. Come on, I'm no prude, but this was just toooooo disgusting.
I had the privilege of receiving an advance reader copy of this book, and after the wonderful Hannah's Voice, my expectations were pretty high. I was not disappointed. Robb Grindstaff's tale of young Carrie Destin, a girl who lives like every day might be her last thanks to a horrible car accident that badly damaged her internal organs, is by both turns engrossing and tragic as well as incredibly authentic. Though she is injured at twelve, Carrie manages to finish high school by age fifteen so she can have a chance to go to college before she dies. She replaces her dream wedding scrapbook with one for planning a funeral. She wonders if a boy will ever kiss her. I got the sense that Grindstaff not only intimately knew all the settings in which this book takes place (Carrie, a military brat, lives everywhere from North Carolina to Texas to Korea to Italy to Turk), but his understanding of the thoughts and struggles of teenage girls was nothing short of marvelous. Carrie in particular is special because she's imbued with the soul of a girl forced to grow into an adult far too early, and he manages to accomplish these feats without being the least bit maudlin. Robb Grindstaff's second book, much like his first, is a grand achievement of literary talent and it should easily cement him on many people's "can't wait to see what he releases next" lists.