Me and Emma

Me and Emma

by Elizabeth Flock
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Me and Emma by Elizabeth Flock

In many ways, Carrie Parker is like any other eight-year-old—playing make-believe, going to school, dreaming of faraway places. But even in her imagination, she can't pretend away the hardships of her impoverished North Carolina home or protect her younger sister, Emma.

As the big sister, Carrie is determined to do anything to keep Emma safe from a life of neglect and abuse at the hands of their drunken stepfather, Richard—abuse their momma can't seem to see, let alone stop.

But after the sisters' plan to run away from home unravels, Carrie's world takes a shocking turn—and one shattering moment ultimately reveals a truth that leaves everyone reeling.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778313984
Publisher: MIRA
Publication date: 07/31/2012
Edition description: Original
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.46(w) x 8.08(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Flock is a former journalist who reported for Time and People magazines and worked as an on-air correspondent for CBS before becoming a full-time writer. The New York Times bestselling author of But Inside I’m Screaming, Everything Must Go and Me & Emma—a Book Sense Notable Title and Highlight Pick of the Year—lives in New York City. You can contact Elizabeth through her Web site at www.ElizabethFlock.com.

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Me and Emma 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 323 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even though this book was very heartbreaking to read, it was very well written and is one of the best books I have read. It is narrated from an 8 year olds point of view and just captures your heart. The ending was a surprise and makes you think back to parts you had read that may have given you some hint of the outcome. I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an incredible story, that is narrarated by an 8-year old girl. As you read it you really believe that a little girl is telling you this story. This story is absolutely heartbreaking at times, but it is beautifully told. The ending is quite a surprise. An incredible book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book and it is so amazing! I hated, laughed, and learned the life that young girls and boys can have. I thank you Elizabeth Flock for writing such an awesome book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A must read for anyone who enjoys reading and likes those 'cryers'! I picked this book up to look at it because my baby's name is Emma, and when I read the summary, I had to have it! I am glad I have read it and glad that I or neither of my girls will have to ever go through the hardships that Carrie or Emma had to! It makes you realize what you have and be thankful the simple things in life! Go get it, you won't be sorry!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read many, many sad books - both fiction and non-fiction. However, this book has so disturbed me that I cannot finish it. I can't say that the writing is bad, because it is not. Maybe it's the fact that the author makes these characters so real that makes it difficult to read....I don't know. Based on the other reviews, I believe I have the end figured out. But it's just too gut-wrenching to finish......Sorry......
EmberA More than 1 year ago
I was not expecting this book to end the way it did. Wow!! A must read! It will make you sad and angry but the ending is worth it. I get so mad at the mom for not stopping it and showing love to her daughter. But all that set aside it is a good book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Me and Emma is one of the greatest books I've read.(and I've read a lot of books!) If you don't like sad books then this one isn't for you. It broke my heart, but that made me not able to put it down. It really shows the sad truth about some people's home life are and how a friend can always make things better, at least for a while.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first bought 'Inside I'm Screaming' by this author and loved it. I then went to the Library and checked out this book, and now I wished I had bought it so I could loan it to friends. It is a great book. It really makes you angry and mad and sad all at the same time. This is one of the rare books that will really shock you at the end. I had to read the last few pages several times just to believe it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After just finshing the book Smashed by Koren Zailckas and A Million Little Pieces by James Frey, this is such a break. Carrie seems like the average 8 year old, but her sister acts older than her. That i think really brings out the nature of the story. I was rooting for the motehr to become reincarnated, and the stepfather to die a slow painful death.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author did a fantastic job of telling this story as 8-year old Carrie - a lonely and abused child who lives in extreme poverty in a remote southern town. The ending was absolutely wonderful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great story and I read the book in 2 days, it keeps you wanting to know what happens next..It's very sad, but it does happen in life, I just don't understand how a mother wouldn't protect her child, but I guess with all that the mother had been thru, she felt hopeless...I was hoping the grandmother would send child service's to the house and save her grandchild...Anyway, it was a great book because it ends the way I wanted it to...After reading this book, I needed something funny and happy, and read Kirstie Alley's book 'How to Lose Your A_ _ and Regain your Life' which I highly recommend, especially coming off a book like 'Me & Emma'
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was difficult for me to read this book -- not because my childhood was similar because I couldn't relate to it at all. It was so unbelievable yet I do realize this is a pathetic reality of some children's lives. It was a good book -- and of course the ending was tremendous. I definitely recommend it to anyone who can stomach reading about abuse and neglect of children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an educator, I believe this book to be extremely important. Not everybody has the house, two cars in a garage, 2.5 'perfect' children, one dog, two cats, a daddy who actually cares and a soccer mom. Not everybody is so fortunate to have a normal life. What exactly is normalcy anyway? It sure wasn't Carrie's life with all of the pain and the heartache that she endured in such a short period of time. Readers who did not like this book probably like to play their own imagination game. The game of 'stuff like this really doesn't happen because I've never heard about it.' As for the dog collar incident, I'm sure that this has happened to someone somewhere. Ever read 'The Child Called It.' Child abuse runs rampant in the United States. We need to open our eyes and take the problem seriously. This book should have served as an eye-opener to many.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book only because my sisters and niece raved about it. I had to force myself to read one chapter a night until I was about halfway through, and then it went quicker...I so wanted the stepfather to die a slow, painful death. As for the little girl's relatives and the other adult characters, I am sure there are people like that out there, maybe even next door. The only good that can come from this novel is that it may raise people's awareness of what's going on around them enough to prevent or stop such evil. My other complaint is with the language; ie, Caroline's constant use of 'cain't' instead of 'can't'. If that's the way they talk, why don't the other characters pronounce it that way? And, if you're going to talk 'country', why not pronounce all the words the way they would sound? I don't know...that just really got on my last nerve. Another thing that I couldn't understand was this: If Caroline's problems started with the stepfather, what's with the bathroom incident before her father's death? I would not recommend this book for the beach, but if it can stop one child from being abused, it definitely has a purpose.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I randomly picked this book up. I couldn't wait to get home and read this book every night. Read it in 3 days! The first page had me hooked! Wonderfully written. The twist in the end is great. I say hooray for Carrie! What a gifted Author. I will be looking for more books by Elizabeth Flock!
Ruthie123 More than 1 year ago
This story was the best I have read in years! It was so good after I passed it around to my friends, I sent it to my aunt 900 miles away and she loved it just as much!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Flock puts her readers through a roller coaster of emotions. She is able to take real life situations such as child abuse and make it feel like it¿s happening right in front of your eyes. This novel kept my interest from page to page I found it hard to put the book down. The absorbing, heartfelt novel Me and Emma threw me for a loop with its unexpected and twist ending. My thoughts were filled throughout the rest of my night because of the shock and awe I read about on the brilliantly pieced together pages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
couldn't wait to finish this book. it was so boring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A friend and I read this book and neither of us thought it was so great. It was very sad at many points. It's hard to fathom the atrocities this child experienced. The shocker everyone is referring to at the end , I guessed within the first 50 pages. I had also guessed the other part of the ending mid-way through. It was just too predictable for me and maybe that's why I didn't enjoy it. I always read these reviews before I buy a book and don't want someone out there to be disappointed after reading this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finished the book I just purchased 5 days ago and looking foward to getting 'But inside I am screaming' Keeps you on your toes 'till the end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down, great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a TERRIFIC book. You will fall in love with these characters. Very well written.
HogwartsLUVR More than 1 year ago
Great read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago