"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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Carry Me Home is the story of a young woman finding her way home again. Lucy & Ruth are two teenage country girls from a broken family. With their mother Rachel, they run from their dead-beat father to San Jose, California. It's there that Lucy turns to a group of old friends for comfort but not everything goes as planned and they are forced to move yet again to Glendale after a bad incident with Lucy and her friends. As Lucy struggles with what had happened in San Jose, it's when she meets yet another group of friends that will ultimately lead her down a dark path. With Ruth and Rachel trying to save Lucy before it's too late, it will come down to Lucy to want to save her own life before it's too late. It all leads to a shocking ending with a bittersweet ending for all three woman. This book had me on the first page and I'm still thinking about the book long after reading it, yes it's that great of a read! Just reading the parts that had what Lucy was going through will make you cry for the truth that is in this book. Things like this happen everyday in real-life and it's really sad to see what gangs and drugs can do to a family. This book deserves to be in High School's for the message that this book brings, to maybe just maybe save a person before it's too late. Thank You to Jessica Therrien for writing a story that will break people's hearts until the very ending! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours!
3.75 stars! I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book from NetGalley, and was so excited to read it. Let me start this by saying that this book reminded me of the movies McFarland, USA and Real Women Have Curves mixed with the book The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. And I mean that in a good way, it kind of brought out the best of both worlds. This story follows three points of views from the members of a broken family. It shows how a mother and an older sister have to deal with their dear family member Lucy, and her involvement with gangs and drugs as they are sorting out the lives of their own. I enjoyed the themes covered in this story, and truly felt a connection to many of the characters. I especially related to Ruth and her point of view in the story. However, despite being entertained throughout the book, I felt like there was almost no "point" or "context" as to why this family was important to read about, or why it was this part of their lives that was featured in the book. In my opinion the writing felt a little bit awkward at times, but nothing that really took away from the story. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to a variety of readers for very different reasons. I think everyone who reads it could take something different away from the story.