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Out of Reach

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  1,724 ratings  ·  275 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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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)
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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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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

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  ·  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.
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.
Vicky (Books, Biscuits, and Tea)
Out of Reach has been sitting on my bookshelf for over two years now so, during a recent visit to my parents’ house, I decided it was time I finally picked it up. I’ve heard countless of great things about it when it first came out in the US, so I was a little surprised – and disappointed – when it didn’t turn out to be as good as I expected.

I liked the idea behind the story and the fact that Arcos (presumably) wants readers to get an insight into how drugs affect the lives of ordinary, everyday
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  ·  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 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.
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
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
Krissy Ronan
Good YA novel about the impact of addiction. I want to give it 3.5 stars but am willing to round up to 4.
Victoria Waddle
Rachel’s brother Micah is a meth addict. She’d like to think he is getting better—after his stint in rehab, especially.

But Micah never wanted to go to rehab, and he is back to using as soon as he gets home. Rachel’s parents had been unaware of his drug problems until Micah was totally out of control. And after rehab, they have no idea that he has relapsed. Should Rachel tell them what’s been going on?

Rachel thinks that telling on Micah would be disloyal. She decides that things will get better.
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
Rachel B
I debated for awhile between two and three stars. I finally settled on three because while this read wasn't stellar, I also couldn't find anything necessarily WRONG with it, you know? Aside from some painful use of tired cliches ("But I can't have a crush on him! He's my brother's best friend!"), it was okay. I really didn't feel any connection to our main character, Rachel, or her relationship with her missing addict brother, Michah. Tyler seemed interesting, but nothing spectacular. Maybe if I ...more
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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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