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Me And Emma

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  17,567 Ratings  ·  1,738 Reviews
Determined to save her younger sister from their drunken and abusive stepfather, eight-year-old Carrie makes preparations for them to escape their violent home, but before they can leave, a random act of brutality forever changes all of their lives.
Paperback, 299 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Mira Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Marika Gillis
Jul 07, 2008 Marika Gillis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Andrea, Shera
Recommended to Marika by: Danica
Shelves: fiction
This book was heartbreaking. I read it in the car as Nathan and I were driving back to Colorado Springs from Boise and many times, Nathan would look over to find me sniffling as tears streamed down my face.

Caroline and Emma Parker are sisters suffering after the tragic, unexpected death of their biological father. Living in a home with an angry, abusive stepfather and an emotionally absent mother, Caroline and her sister decide to run away from home to escape and, when they are found, their live
Carol Brill
Jul 02, 2014 Carol Brill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the tradition of Ellen Foster, and Bastard Out of Carolina, the 8 year old narrator's guileless voice grabbed me from page 1 and never let go--hence the rating of 5. I know this one is going to haunt me.
A tragic, heartbreaking read--there are parts I found sickening and hard to keep reading. But, I couldn't bear to not know what happened to Carrie and Emma.
Jan 09, 2015 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 28, 2009 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really torn between giving this book and awful review, and giving it a great one. So I compromised and put it smack in the middle of the star continuum.

This book was very difficult to read. The tales of abuse chronicled in Me & Emma prompted me to close the book and take a "break" from it many times.

Though I thought I knew what the ending would be, and dreaded it for most of the book, I was thrown for a loop. Although the character I thought was going to die did not, I strangely didn't
Jan 31, 2009 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I could not put this down. Extremely well-written and engaging, although emotionally manipulative.

Some scenes are unbearably heartrending. There is a surprise finish that will make you want to immediately re-read the book. Heartily recommended, but not for the faint of heart..
Mar 06, 2009 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is told from the point of view of an abused and all but abandoned 8 year old girl named Caroline (Carrie) who is in a desperate family situation.

Emma, the tough-as-nails younger sister, and Richard, the wicked stepfather, join with Carrie's mother, herself a victim of spousal abuse, and together the family moves to a new town, away from their haunting roots, only to set up in an area where the main attraction for the older folks is playing a banjo in the back of a general store and p
Me & Emma by Elizabeth Flock is a story of terrible childhood abuse and neglect. 8 year old Carrie and her younger sister Emma are abused by their stepfather and their mother (also abused by him) does nothing to help them. Carrie's father was murdered several years earlier and no one has recovered from his death.

The abuse in this book is brutal and at times made it hard to read but Carrie is a compelling character and her life in a small town in North Carolina town draws you in and keeps yo
Aug 07, 2007 Alexis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love southern lit.
This was a "2005 Highlights" recommended book from the Independent Bookseller List (I have liked several from this list including The History of Love, Banishing Verona, Any Bitter Thing, and A Complicated Kindness)...
I would give it 2 1/2 stars. Several things bothered me. It seemed like a slightly cliched version of a "typical" poverty-stricken little girl getting abused by her stepfather while uttering adorable southern phrases. The only problem is that I feel like I've read a dozen books lik
Let me state it: Me & Emma is about child abuse. Maybe it's not exactly ponies and rainbows, but that's not my main problem. I can't really complain about the topic, because I did know what it was going to be about, still I can't stand this book and I admit the topic could be partly blaimed. However, I did like Elizabeth Scott's Living Dead Girl, didn't I? So that's not like I couldn't stand any book dealing with child abuse, I just loathe this one.

I didn't like to read about Carrie and Emma
Mar 07, 2008 Martha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 25, 2008 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent with an unexpected twist at the end. I couldn't put it down.
Mandy Jo
Sep 11, 2011 Mandy Jo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This week’s headline? Sisters suffer abuse

Why this book? Recommended by friend

Which book format? Hand-me-down

Primary reading environment? Boring weekday evenings

Any preconceived notions? Target Book Club

Identify most with? Emma for appearance

Three-word quote? “Planning ahead works”

Goes well with? Kibbles n Bits

They say you cain’t judge a book by its cover. I say you cain’t help doin’ just that.

The girl on this cover, she’s supposed to be Emma, and I’ll be darned if she don’t look exactly like I
Feb 04, 2008 Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very sad and heartbreaking, but was a fast read because you wanted to know what happened. Immediately you will feel connected to the two little girls, Carrie and Emma. It was hard not to like these little girls because of their circumstances that were just downright immoral an degrading.

It was particularly interesting to me reading it with a younger sister close in age like Emma and Carrie were. At times I related with both girls, but felt more inline with Emma, the younger sister
Sep 28, 2013 Barbara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Barbara by: Debby
Shelves: psychology
Elizabeth Flock has chosen to represent her book with the voice of 8 year old Carrie. This child is the big sister/ protector of 6 year old, Emma. Their existence is far from ideal. Their beloved father died, leaving their mother unable to cope either physically or mentally. After she enters into a "marriage of convenience", the family slides into a morass of abuse, hunger, neglect and physical and emotional deprivation.
Flock has expertly addressed the many issues in this novel from the perspect
Jun 10, 2016 Shaun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I read this at the (quite determined) request of my wifey. At the onset, I thought it had something of a Mark Twain feel, perhaps due to the fact that the protagonists were kids, and the story seemed to be heading in the direction of adventures, such as their desire to play a prank on one of their schoolmates. It just seemed Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn-esque. So that was my first impression – Twain-esque story.

The second thing that stood out to me was the use of descriptions, which were, initiall
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
From cover to cover I loved this book! It has an amazing ending that will stop you in your tracks. I HIGHLY recommend this novel and it is in my top books of ALL TIME!!!!
Nov 25, 2008 Alicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens
Recommended to Alicia by: my mom
For eight-year-old Carrie Parker, life is divided into before and after. Before her beloved father's death, her family lived a relatively happy life in the small town of Toast, North Carolina. Now she and her sister, Emma, endure daily verbal and physical abuse at the hands of their stepfather, Richard, and the emotional absence of their mother. "A big sister has to look out for a baby sister," says Carrie, and she does her best to protect herself and Emma from Richard's fists.

ME & EMMA is n
Jan 29, 2009 Indra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviews on the jacket compared this book to "Bastard out of Carolina" and "Ellen Foster", but both of those were far superior books in my opinion (and I'm probably biased, because both of those are among my favorite books of all time). "Me and Emma" was a page-turner that I blew through pretty quickly because I wanted to see what would happen, where "Bastard" and "Ellen" are more character-driven books where a reader can just revel in the beauty of the language alone, regardless of plot developm ...more
May 05, 2013 Kristin rated it really liked it
This book was a fast read and for most of the book, unlike any I'd read in a while. In it, 8 year-old Caroline tries to protect her 6 year-old sister, Emma, and herself from abuse at the hands of their mother and stepfather. The family is clearly very poor and the stepfather brings home what little money there is, which is what drives their mother to remain with him, having lost the girls' father to murder when their home was robbed. Carrie clearly doesn't like her stepfather, who seems to treat ...more
Feb 23, 2015 Ginger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
The story is told in the voice of 8 year old Caroline (Carrie). Carrie tells us about her and her sister Emma, their hardships and their abuse at the hands of their stepfather. The author does a wonderful job in not being too graphic especially since this is told through Carrie's eyes. My heart was broken in quite a few places while reading this. I rooted for Carrie and Emma all the way. The ending is what had me dropping my jaw and sitting frozen in place. I had to go back a few pages and re-re ...more
May 05, 2008 Corbett rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

This is one of those types of books. Where you think you are reading it one way then the end does a little twist and turn that makes you re-think everthing you just read.

I thought it was too predictable too soon. And at the same time, there are places where this device doesn't work very well.

Overall, I'd rather have spent time reading something else. It was almost like a "beach book" that kills time and is an enjoyable read, but it wasn't. I don't enjoy reading about children getting ab
Dec 02, 2009 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Me & Emma by Elizabeth Flock was is oldest book on my to be read list. Sometimes I think I put books on my Goodreads want to read list and I forget them. That is such a shame, this was a good book and it was beautifully written in the dialect of an eight year old girl. From the first few pages, I could tell this book was going to break me. Then I started thinking this book was going to make reconsider my choices on my TBR list. I was reading a different genre when this book made the list. I ...more
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WOW!!! What an incredible book! I'll be thinking and talking about this book for quite a long time. WOW!

Me & Emma is the gripping story of Caroline (8) and Emma (6) growing up in Toast NC. Following some devastating circumstances, their mother remarries and their lives are changed forever. The story is heartbreaking and yet, in the midst of awful circumstances, you get such a sense of a child's inner drive/need to make it work out, to persevere somehow.

This isn't an easy read by any means,
May 29, 2012 Tara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lost
I found this book to one that I struggled to rate. I ended up with 3 stars, but I would say I would give it 3 and 1/2 stars if I could.
There is something likable about Carrie and there is something heartbreaking about Emma. They seem so alike and yet they are so different. Carrie is sweet and liked and Emma is stronger and has seen harder times than her sister even though she is 2 years younger.
At the root of the story is abuse. Her mother is abused, Carrie and Emma are abused, and yet there i
Jul 21, 2009 Stephy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book.
The ending blew my mind. In fact I had to reread the ending 3 times because I was stunned.

The title characters in Me & Emma are very nearly photographic opposites--8-year-old Carrie, the raven-haired narrator, is timid and introverted, while her little sister Emma is a tow-headed powerhouse with no sense of fear. The girls live in a terrible situation: they depend on an unstable mother that has never recovered from her husband's murder, their stepfather beats them
Sonja Randall
Nov 07, 2015 Sonja Randall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Total opposites bond by the special love between sisters. This is a sad story about abuse and survival against all odds. Carrie, the older sister make all her life choices based on her promise to protect her younger sister. This is a must read, but be prepared to be shocked by the evil of humans and how far a person will go to keep her promise. Strong characters and a good story line.
Destry Bardis
I wanted to like this book more than I did. I had read some reviews and saw someone else compare it to Bastard Out Of Carolina. Being a favorite of mine, that made me excited to read this. Not even close to being as well written as BOOC. I have read a lot of books involving child abuse and this seemed like it was recycled from similar books.
That said, the end did surprise me and I did like Caroline and Emma (I really liked Mr. Wilson), so I ended up giving it 3 stars, although I feel that's gene
Jan 06, 2015 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok this book is heartbreaking. I need to read some happier books. Once you start you won't stop but it was disturbing especially because I am a mother of three girls. I wanted to go into the story and make things right for Emma and Caroline. If you tolerated Room by Emma Donahue you will be able to read this.
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Former print journalist Elizabeth Flock reported for TIME and PEOPLE magazines before becoming an on-air correspondent for CBS News. Her acclaimed debut novel, BUT INSIDE I'M SCREAMING, chronically the psychological struggles of a young television reporter in New York, was released in 2003. Her second novel, ME & EMMA, became a New York Times bestseller and was an Indiebound (formerly Booksen ...more
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