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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  14,666 ratings  ·  1,538 reviews
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 bea ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Mira (first published January 1st 2005)
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Marika Gillis
Jul 07, 2008 Marika Gillis rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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Carol Brill
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.
Lauren
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
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Amanda
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Alexis
Aug 07, 2007 Alexis rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
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Anne
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..
Simcsa
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
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Martha
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Robin
Excellent with an unexpected twist at the end. I couldn't put it down.
Carrie
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
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Mandy Jo
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
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Courtney
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
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Barbara
Sep 28, 2013 Barbara rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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Alicia
Nov 25, 2008 Alicia rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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Indra
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
Stephy
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
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Kristin
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
Corbett
Gotcha!

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
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Erin
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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!!!!
Ayny
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Debby
Aug 22, 2013 Debby added it
Shelves: 5-star-books
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,
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Tara
May 29, 2012 Tara rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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Dee
this book started off running and never quit. i became enveloped in the days and nights of 8 yr old carrie and 6 yr old emma. so decriptively written...i saw the things they saw, heard what they heard, and felt the joys sorrows and pains they felt. we went on adventures as the sisters try to run away from an abusive "stepdaddy" and an non-existent mother. i felt their hunger as they searched for their next meal, their fear whey they "jus knew" they were in for it and their excitement when someth ...more
Lightblue
Ho letteralmente adorato questo libro, stupendo, mi ha lasciato tantissimo su cui riflettere. Raccontare la trama senza svelare nulla e' complicato, vi dico solo che narra l'infanzia terribile di due sorelline, di come cerchino di sfuggirvi attraverso il sostegno reciproco. Una delle due sorelle parla in prima persona e ho trovato lo stile molto realistico. Ve lo consiglio! Unica perplessita': in Italia e' pubblicato dalla Harlequin Mondadori, che in genere si occupa di un genere totalmente dive ...more
Janine Toomey
Four starts only because I don't want to give a book about a child that is so abused five stars! My hat is off to the author for pulling off the ending so well. Good job Ms. Flock!
Sara
This was a page-turner for sure. It was hard to read because of the details of a terrible childhood, yet the novel was not too graphic, so I was able to read it.
Shawna P.
This little novel was brilliant. I actually love when the narrator is a child, ala Room and this didn't disappoint. The twist at the end was one I did not see coming and I can't wait to read the sequel.
Carlie Wilson
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Cardmaker
In many ways, Carrie Parker is like any other 8 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'
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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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