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Out of Reach

3.56  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,886 Ratings  ·  295 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 come home.
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ebook, 250 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Simon Pulse (first published 2012)
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Dec 21, 2013 Cara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
The review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

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
I was a bit hesitant going into this book. I was reading some reviews before starting and I definitely lowered my expectations before going in. I have a goal for this year to read more backlist (older releases) titles so this definitely fit that goal but it wasn't all that great.

One major problem that I had that many other reviewers that I saw also had was the one quote about the girl who "got herself" date raped when she was drunk at a party. That really rubbed me the wrong way and that was on
Melannie :)


I want this book so bad.
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
Oct 23, 2012 Isamlq rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.
Harun Harahap
Tadinya sih gue mau kasih bintang empat tetapi enggak jadi karena gue enggak suka sama endingnya.

Oke, gue enggak akan cerita secara gamblang gimana endingnya. Tetapi gue enggak merasa cocok dengan "Let him go" dibandingkan "I'll try to reach u forever."

Gue setuju dengan membiarkan semuanya berjalan dengan sendirinya atau biarkan waktu yang memulihkan. Sampai akhirnya mereka yang meninggalkan kita dengan keputusannya sendiri secara sadar untuk kembali. Tapi...tidak dengan membiarkan mereka begitu
Michelle Arrow
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*3.5 star rating*

This book was actually a 'National Book Award' finalist, and I really do believe that it deserves that specific award. With Carrie Arcos' short but defining tale, Out of Reach gave me an understanding of what it's like to be in the place of someone, a character, with no hope or faith left inside of her when everything slowly begins to fall apart from her angle. It's not everyday when we get to see a
Nov 29, 2012 Tamar rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 25, 2015 Ellis marked it as nah  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 29, 2016 Nalle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Honestamente esperaba otra cosa de este libro; quizá algo mas a fondo o profundo. Esta es una parte de la historia de Rachel, cuyo hermano Micah lleva rato metido en las drogas y cada vez se hunde mas. Acompañamos a Rachel durante 24 horas en la búsqueda de Micah y por medio de recuerdos vemos al Micah "limpio" y somos testigos del deterioro de él y su familia. Rachel solo encuentra pedacitos de su hermano a través de gente que lo conoció en la ciudad a donde va a buscarlo. Como dije, quizá espe ...more
Dec 03, 2013 JeanBookNerd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
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
Dec 03, 2013 bird rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 03, 2013 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-read
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
Martu Barimboim (Booksofcoffee)
No entiendo porque muchos dicen que este final merece una segunda parte o que los decepcionó. Yo creo que fue un final perfecto, uno de esos finales abiertos con los que no necesitas saber mas.

Próximamente haré una reseña mas extensa
Jun 26, 2014 Kandise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
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
Nov 05, 2012 Jody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 29, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Out of Reach is kind of like an extended road trip. As a reader I probably wouldn't have read it if I had known that. The main character Rachel, is searching for her brother who has run away after developing an addiction to meth. Rachel is desperate to find her brother, since they used to be so close and now she feels as if him returning will be the only way to bring her family back together again.

The book goes back and forth between the past and present which slows the reading down a little bit
Ali Inzunza
Dec 03, 2013 Ali Inzunza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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 (Kylo Ren fangirl) 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
Petra Theodosopoulos
I liked this book but though it could've had a better ending.
Nikayla Hurlbert
Out of Reach is a story about Rachel trying to find her brother Micah who is addicted to meth. In the story, Micah's best friend Tyler tags along and they go to San Diego after Rachel receives an email that says Micah is in a general area and that he's in trouble and could possibly be in danger.

WHAT I LIKED: Rachel and Tyler's relationship. I like that it bloomed slowly and the romance/attachment that was between them didn't suffocate the main plot line. I liked that we got to see pre-Meth M
Jan 27, 2016 Zenayda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 27, 2016 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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27 January 2016
Period: 1st
Out of Reach by: Carrie Arcos

How do you find someone that doesn’t want to be found? 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 affect those around them. This book did an amazing job at handling this issue of addiction, and portrayed a very truthful and realistic picture of how easy one try
Out of Reach chronicles the journey of Rachel, a seventeen-year-old girl, who is searching for her older brother Micah, a meth addict. Micah left home a few weeks ago and never came back. Gone without a trace, Rachel has no idea where her brother has disappeared to, until she receives an anonymous email, telling her that Micah is in trouble, possibly life threatening. After receiving the email Rachel is hesitant to search for her brother, but eventually she builds up enough courage to find him, ...more
Allyson Ritter
Sep 13, 2015 Allyson Ritter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was probably one of the best books that I have ever read. It was about a girl that was trying to find her brother after he had ran away because he had been on drugs and alcohol. She drives all over town and out of town looking for him and every time she thinks that he is going to be somewhere, he never is. In the end, she still does not find him but she is hoping that he will come back soon. I enjoyed this book because I actually started reading it when it came out in 2012 at Barnes an ...more
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Carrie Arcos is a National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature for OUT OF REACH; her second novel is THERE WILL COME A TIME. CRAZY MESSY BEAUTIFUL will be available soon. She lives in Los Angeles with her family. For more information, check out her website:
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“The funny thing about a lie is that once it has been said and believed, it lives and becomes. It can't be taken back. It sucks all the air from you until you give up and it takes over and you forget how to breathe on your own. It is like those parasitic relationships, but not like the shark and the little remora that politely cleans the shark's skin and sometimes attaches itself to its underbelly. No, it is more like a tapeworm eating someone from the inside out.” 31 likes
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