I'll Be There

I'll Be There

by Holly Goldberg Sloan
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I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Emily Bell believes in destiny. To her, being forced to sing a solo in the church choir--despite her average voice--is fate: because it's while she's singing that she first sees Sam. At first sight, they are connected.

Sam Border wishes he could escape, but there's nowhere for him to run. He and his little brother, Riddle, have spent their entire lives constantly uprooted by their unstable father. That is, until Sam sees Emily. That's when everything changes.

As Sam and Riddle are welcomed into the Bells' lives, they witness the warmth and protection of a family for the first time. But when tragedy strikes, they're left fighting for survival in the desolate wilderness, and wondering if they'll ever find a place where they can belong. Beautifully written and emotionally profound, I'll Be There is a gripping story that explores the complexities of teenage passions, friendships, and loyalties.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316122795
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 05/17/2011
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 815,892
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Holly Goldberg Sloan was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and spent her childhood living in California; the Netherlands; Istanbul; Washington, DC; and Oregon. She has written and directed a number of successful family feature films. The mother of two sons, Holly lives with her husband in Santa Monica, California. I'll Be There is her debut novel.

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I'll Be There 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Readingjunky More than 1 year ago
Sam has spent most of his life looking out for his younger brother Riddle. Raised by a father more interested in taking advantage of people and getting whatever he wants illegally, meant that Sam and Riddle were shuffled from one place to the next. Their contact with people living normal lives was severely limited. Using the excuse that he homeschooled his children allowed their father to keep them isolated. But it was more than mere isolation since the two boys were not only forced to stay indoors during the day to avoid being reported for truancy, but were also left on their own to scavenge for food in restaurant dumpsters. Sam developed a strong sense of responsibility for Riddle and suffered abuse at the hands of his father as he tried to protect his young brother. Riddle withdrew, and instead of talking, communicated through mechanically technical drawings made on the pages of old telephone books. Neither boy realized their lives could be better. Sam's path crossed with Emily's because of his love of music. He slipped into the back pew of her family's church on the Sunday she was to sing a solo. Being in the choir was fine with Emily, but singing a solo terrified her. Her voice wasn't exactly remarkable, and after her debut, she rushed from the church into a back alley. Sam was drawn to follow her. Something about her vulnerability made him offer comfort as she vomited behind the church. What follows is a story filled with remarkable connections. Beautifully told by first time novelist Holly Goldberg Sloan, I'LL BE THERE is a fantastic story. Readers will immediately bond with Sam, Riddle, and Emily as their story unfolds. Intense emotions, heartbreaking twists and turns, and the perfect amount of tension-breaking humor combine to make this one of the best books I've had the pleasure to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read A LOT.. seriously, finishing multiple books daily... but with all those books, really, this is the best book I've read since the Hunger Games! Beautifuly written... ohmigosh.. I get excited just thinking about it...!!!! MUST READ!
KB4EVA More than 1 year ago
I was up at all hours reading this!! I just could not stop!! The themes are great and it's a perfect love story! I LOVE THIS BOOK!
K12 More than 1 year ago
the best book i read this entire summer!!! super tender and romantic and sweet!!! it's amazing, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. all the characters are real feeling and the story is touching!!!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT
Paper_Frontiers More than 1 year ago
I'll Be There is a modern day fairy tale. The book is a great read, and I recommend it for those who wouldn't mind a calm, easy-going story. Well, you may get a little surprise at the end of the book, but you'll have to read to find out. Personally I could imagine this doing really well as a movie, maybe even better than a book, but it's still a great read nonetheless.
daya_sss More than 1 year ago
A love story like I haven't read in a long while.Pure genius!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book over my cousin's shoulder until she let me borrow it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One if the books l read by this author is AMAZING. It was clever, interesting, and it sucks you into its page. I ve not read this book, but l'm sure it's just as good.
supportourtroopsNH More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading this book. It is really good. It takes some good unexpected turns. There are also heart wrenching parts where you will feel the power of brotherhood.
A_Readers_Record More than 1 year ago
Though I'll Be There isn't a book that dips into the paranormal realm, there is definitely a magical aspect of this story. I have never read a book written how Holly Goldberg Sloan decided to write I'll Be There. It wasn't overly descriptive, and if you didn't connect to the story I could see how it could come across as vague and unorganized. Though, for me, I adored the style and connected well with the characters, rather than on a personal I've experienced that matter it was more of a I have to know what happens to them sort of way. The dialog was a bit tricky too, most of the dialog came in the basic paragraph form of telling me what was said rather than running through the entirety of a conversation. The first time I noticed this, I actually reread the paragraph and gave the book a cross look, but I quickly got over it when it became obvious to me that this is how the book was supposed to be written, should have been written, it was part of the magic that was Emily, Sam and Riddle. Sam and Riddle's situation is sad and unfortunate at best. The two boys do what they can to get by but it sure didn't seem like, up to that point, that there was anyone rooting for them to succeed in life and definitely wasn't caring for them how a parent should. Despite their situation, Sam took care of Riddle the best he could and did as their father said to spare either of them the repercussions of angering their severely unstable and just plain crazy father. The dynamic between the brothers is sweet and shows us the true characters of the boys, proving that the apple sometimes does fall far from the tree. Sam's voice is the one we hear until destiny has other plans but when we do hear and see Riddle's it is obvious that Sam and Riddle are two of the most grateful characters I have ever come across. Emily is a character, like Sam and Riddle, who I instantly fell in love with. She did her best to be who everyone wanted her to be but she did have a backbone and with time that showed. With a heart of gold, this story would have never blossomed into the rocky adventure of Sam and Riddle and Emily's first love if it weren't for Emily and her head strong, heart driven beliefs on destiny, love, and helping others. Emily's parents played a big part part in this story, were realistic, and you could tell it was them who shaped their daughter to be such an amazing young woman. There were no disappearing parents for Emily, like we see in a lot of YA fiction, and that small detail alone made this book all that more fulfilling and realistic. I'll Be There is a magical tale of family, hope and love. The writing of this story is brilliant, and while everyone may not get it, I did! If you have a chance to read I'll Be There I encourage you to do so. There is something about a book based on innocence and how the world can eat you alive if it wasn't for the heart and support of others and possibly a bit of fate and destiny, weaving lives together before you have a chance to protest. This emotionally profound book is definitely in need of a second read.
BLRocque More than 1 year ago
I’LL BE THERE was recommended by a friend. I loved this YA Book! It’s a family drama that becomes an adventure. It kept me up late one night and I finished it in a few days. Holly Goldberg Sloan’s story is about two families as different as the Earth and Saturn. The families meet after the two teens connect. The themes of human connection and compassion bind the plot, characters, and choice of settings. I loved the way the author infused these aspects, until the concluding chapter. After such a wonderful read, I hate to admit that the wrap was disappointing for me. How to end a book is a difficult writing challenge for any author. Since the author has some roots in the film industry, maybe she was anticipating the screenplay already. The book is outstanding despite this, and her character named Riddle is reason alone to read this book. Expect a fast pace due to the sparse writing style which may be as much as 80 percent narrative. Kudos to the interior page designer of the edition I read (with old shoes on the cover). It had generous spacing between sentences in addition to the margin white space. Appealing and very easy to read. In the back pages, there is an interview with the author in which you’ll find out why the adventure part of the story was so well done, but restrain yourself from peeking. Savor it once you’ve finished the story. Highly recommended book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book multiple times it is SOOOO GREAT!!!!! please please please make a movie of this book!! I love it so much!
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Wow. The hands on the cover of this book are really badly scaled. Either that girl has babys hands or that guys has hands the size of tires.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I read the summary I was really excited to read this book, but it was ultimately a dud! The point of view is constantly shifting, and sometimes I was given information that wasn't even necessary and was utterly pointless!! I mean who cares if the clenaing lady had a vacume cleaner from the 1970's or that the detective wish he hand't worn tennis shoes that day--ugh! I mean who cares! How is that information helping the story? Answer, it's not! This book was frustrating! It read like cliff notes--but without a point or direction! Save your time on this one, or if you're realllllyyyy desperate for an annoying and disconnected read then save your money and just check it out from your local library.