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Out of Reach

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  1,498 ratings  ·  255 reviews
How do you find someone who doesn’t want to be found? A girl searches for her missing addict brother while confronting her own secrets in this darkly lyrical novel.

Rachel has always idolized her older brother Micah. He struggles with addiction, but she tells herself that he’s in control. And she almost believes it. Until the night that Micah doesn’t
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Simon Pulse
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I would first like to point out the cover of this book. Cool right? It has nothing to do with the book, from what I can gather at least. At no point is a girl lying on the street in clothes like that (the book is set in summer and the girl on the cover is wearing fall/winter clothes), but you know what? The cover is one of the reasons I picked up the book. I know shameful but it's the truth. What can I say? I really liked the outfit the girl was wearing.

Rachel has an older brother that is a meth
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WARNING: This review may contain, foul language, spoilers, general rantiness, and an over use of angry gifs.

I really wanted to like this book. Truly, I did. But it pissed me off and I can’t say that I will be recommending it to anyone. In fact, I have already told several people to steer clear. Let’s do the basics first. Out Of Reach is the story of Rachel’s journey to find her wayward brother. She enlists the help of his bestie
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Rachel's brother Micah is a meth addict. He's disappeared, and she carries the weight of knowing of his addiction and the guilt of not telling her parents before it was too late. She's received a message from him, telling her he's not too far away. That he might be in trouble. Rachel waits a couple weeks -- scared and worried about what the message meant -- before she contacts Micah's friend Tyler and asks him to join her in looking for him.

Arcos's book is an exploration of what addiction does t

I know Rachel’s story. I’ve lived bits of it: how you’ve got your anger and your hurt and this inability to comprehend why things so good at first go to shit so fast. Except things don’t actually happen fast, as she so clearly explains. Rather it’s choices that pile up on top of another and it’s knowing things then ignoring some of it when more convenient, when easier. What’s most accurate is her wanting out of things and wanting to wash her hands of the situation; then that feeling of reli
With each new height, I closed my eyes and pictured myself flying away, like I used to as a kid. I wished I could go back, be a kid again, when everything was simple and the bad guys existed only in movies. Where there were no ex-boyfriends, no drugs. Where Micah and I were innocent and pure.

This was a deep, meaningful read that I am really glad I came across. It deals with the issue of how drugs can ruin the life of a person so easily and how easily that can negatively effect those around them.
The actual story of this book is interspersed with the narrator's memories and recollections about her brother & the drug that has claimed him. The actual search for him was okay, but left completely unresolved. The flashbacks just read like drug-awareness brochures & AA anecdotes that have been poorly rewritten in the style of the narrator's voice. So while the book probably would've been alright, the bulk of it is inauthentic and disengaging. Most of the time I just hoped that everyone ...more
Jul 23, 2013 Ellis marked it as not-anymore
Because getting yourself date-raped is a thing now. I've had it with these rape apologists.

Jenn got herself date-raped at some guy's house last year when she was plastered.

It is NEVER the girl's fault when she was raped. Seriously, the fact that she was drunk only testifies how horrible the guy who did it truly is and not that she was completely "asking for it". Ugh.
Carrie Arcos’ Out of Reach is an incredible story of understanding, clemency, and finding romance along the way. It gives detailed accounts of how substance abuse can have dangerous lasting effects not just on the user, but also the people around them. When Rachel’s brother Micah goes missing, she feels she’s responsible for his disappearance. Micah, who she idolizes, has been besieged with addiction but Rachel is convinced that his life is unaffected by it. Rachel and Micah’s best friend, Tyler ...more
There are books meant to get your heart racing with action, your stomach turning from the gore, and your heart thumping from the romance.

Out of Reach was not any of those books. Carrie Arcos wrote a beautiful, tragic, emotionally and gut-wrenching story that was all too real.

Sarah's older brother is a drug addict and she sets off on a journey with his best friend to find him and bring him home.

Mixed with heartbreaking pieces of back-story and the sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes sweet
If i had to choose my absolute favorite book of 2012, it would be this one. Out of Reach was so perfect and amazing i couldn't help but to just marvel in its amazing-ness after i read the last page. i can't totally pinpoint what about this book that made me love it, maybe because i can kinda relate to the situation that Rachel is going through. maybe i love this book because of Micah, God i loved him. No, i didn't love the Micah that came to be i loved the Micah before. With every glimpse back i ...more
Eh. This was so-so. The protagonist wasn't anything to write home about, she was actually kind of bland, a plain Jane and the fact that she couldn't tell the truth - ever - was just annoying, she couldn't even be honest with herself which brings me to question what the point of this book being written? The storyline is about a meth addict brother and her adventures in San Diego, she brings a male friend along with her and they aren't even cute together because she is so weird...just odd.

Just a b
4.5 stars. An eerily quiet story about a teen's search for her meth-addicted brother. The perfect amount of action weaves beautifully with the main characters' meandering flashbacks and budding romance. The ending rings of truth, heartbreak and hope. A well-deserved nominee for the National Book Award. I read it in one sitting.
This book is so realistic i think it can happen to anyone. It already happened to lots of people.

One of the reasons I like this book so much is that the story kind of go and back between the present and the memory.
It gives the feeling to understanding characters much more because what we remember and how we are affected from the experience define us, in my opinion.

I also can relate to this book, in a way. I don't have anyone in my family who have addiction but I do have some memory that i want t
Ali Inzunza
Out Of Reach
By: Ali Inzunza
English period 3

Carrie Arcos, the author of the National Book Award Finalist novel “Out of Reach”, does an outstanding job creating an emotional stress inside the characters that is easily relatable. This novel is as extremely realistic, dealing with young drug addicts and they affect their abuse has on their loved ones. This story reveals a powerful theme, that teaches a lot about accepting change and remaining strong.

Rachel, the narrator, is hardly one year young
Jan 24, 2013 Lora marked it as skimmed-and-lost-interest
I appreciated the way Arcos handled the subject of drug addiction — that is, giving highly descriptive, informative, and appropriately gruesome details of what happens to drug addicts — physically and otherwise — if they continue on their path. Even I, a person who doesn't enjoy the subject of drug addiction very much, found these details interesting on a certain level. Still, the characters didn't do anything for me emotionally, and after skimming to the back and seeing how it ends, I don't thi ...more
Zemira Warner

3.5 stars

Carrie Arcos,you did a wonderful job with this debut novel.

I'm gonna label this as a road trip book. They did drive around in a car a lot.

*sigh* There is no doubt this book is beautifully written but I'm a little bit angry at the thought how selfish addicts are. First of all they are killing themselves,then they put their families and other loved ones through hell and lets not forget how they spend a lot of money on drugs if not everything. I'm not only talking
I finished this on the plane last night and it was hard not to cry because crying on the plane would be weird so

This. Book. This is a story about substance abuse and how it affects everyone around the addict. If I had to use a word to describe this book, it would be quiet. There is something about the writing that feels...quiet. The story is intense, but not in-your-face intense, get my drift?

I feel Rachel's desperation to find her older brother Micah, her dilemma to keep going or to give up ho
Listen, I LOVE reading more than life itself. This book when I read the blurb (yes, and read the cover) looked great, and I really, really, really (REALLY) tried to like this book.

But I can't. For a number of reasons.

1. The sheer stupidity and selfishness of the main character Rachel. Look, from what she tells me about her brother (I actually sort of have a crush on him...) He seemed like an honestly good brother. Now, you 'idolize' your brother, let him go missing and wait how long to search f
Juliana Mirabal
The book that I read was called Out of Reach. The author is Carrie Arcos. It was published October 2012. I think the theme of this story is don't put yourself down for someone else's wrong doing. Some of the characters are Micah, Tyler, and Rachel.
Rachel always looked up to her brother Micah, but he has a major problem. One night Micah went out and never came back. Rachel feels like it's her fault. One day she gets a letter from someone and it said very bad things. Rachel and Micah's best frien
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While this book offers a great plot and beautifully written narration, it is definitely missing pieces that make it stand out. The premise of the story encouraged a great idea but when I finished reading it, the book could not step up to the plate.

I'm a bit disappointed at how romance should have been a side-genre but it morphed into basically the main idea of the story. It seemed like this book focused more on the romance instead of the nitty-gritty things like finding her brother and learning
Cameron W
I have recently just finished the book, Out of Reach, by Carrie Arcos. It is about Rachel, who has on older brother, Micah. Micah is a methamphetamine addict who has gradually gotten worse. He and Rachel have an odd but special relationship. They have each other’s back even through the worst situations. Rachel was invulnerable to his addiction but the guilt of not telling anyone about it took a toll later on. Her parents eventually find out and send Micah to a drug rehab center, which requires f ...more
Heather Larosa
I love this book! It was a quick read, and I liked that I never wanted to stop reading it, it was really interesting! No plot holes in the story, everything flowed really well, and I liked that it kept switching between the past and the present to show you what her brother was really like before his drug problems. I liked that the story all took place along one day, because it gives more meaning to the frantic search for her brother because of all they do in just that one day, and I loved her gr ...more
Aug 19, 2014 Teenage rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teenagers and Adults
Shelves: 2014, annoyed-me
Addiction. Addiction to a substance requires constant use/abuse to it. You can get addicted to almost anything: coffee, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolate and types of hardcore drugs. What do you do when someone you love becomes addicted to something? Do you let them go? Make them go cold turkey and stop? Or take them to rehab and see if the people there can help? Does your love one even want to be helped? Or are they quite content on living in their addicted lifestyle they made. Either way it is u ...more
I know a lot of people out there liked this book a lot. I was massively disappointed. Now don't go and start hatin' on me but hear me out first. I am not here to judge nor to enforce my opinion. I just want to share my experience while reading this book and justify those two stars which should've been one.(I was in a good mood). So let's get right to it!

Firstly the thing I found most disturbing in this book was the tons and tons of potential practically oozing out of the book that in the end wh

First of all: you can't write a good book if the whole novel occurs in a single day. Just no. Because then you have to make lots of flashbacks and useless flashbacks for me are a big no no.

The worst thing is that if I wouldn't have read "Saving June" this book would have been pretty good, but Saving June has ruined this genre for me, it was too amazing to even try to compare anything else to it.

Rachel's brother, Micah, has fallen into an addiction to meth. After a trip to rehab Micah relapses and disappears. When Rachel receives an email telling her that Micah is in trouble she sets out with his friend Tyler to find him.

This book, which was a National Book Award Finalist, dealt very well with the guilt and loss felt by an addicts family. Rachel carries the burden of not telling her parents the truth about Micah, the guilt over wishing he and his problems would just go away.
I liked the
Aug 13, 2012 Claire rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya, rev
This is just beautifully done. The sibling relationship rings very true, and the end (without saying more) is perfect.

I would definitely recommend this over other books that deal with meth addiction -- it has a much more complex take on addiction than Tweaked or the Ellen Hopkins books.
Daja Mcleod
I personally enjoyed this book. The basic summary is that a sister bears the weight of her missing meth-addict brother and calls on his best friend to help along her journey of finding him.

The only downside to this book was that there were so many other stories the author should have choose to shine light on, for example:
The love story between Tyler (the brother's bestie) & Rachel (the sister) because there was obviously undeniable chemistry
A more developed story about the addict part of Oc
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Carrie Arcos is a National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature for OUT OF REACH. She lives in Los Angeles with her family. THERE WILL COME A TIME will be available May 6, 2014. You can find more about her at
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