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Carry Me Away

4.64  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Carrie Destin, a biracial military brat, learns the injuries she sustained in a car accident will prove fatal before she reaches adulthood. She accelerates her life and sets aggressive goals: college, connecting with her Japanese roots, and the all-consuming desire to find her soul mate. A kid from nowhere, she travels the world with her Marine father and Japanese mother.

ebook, 258 pages
Published September 23rd 2013 by Evolved Publishing (first published September 15th 2013)
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Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An offer to review Robb Grindstaff’s second title had me jumping at the chance, since I loved his first book, Hannah’s Voice. In this story, we meet Carrie, youngest child of a Marine Corps father and Japanese mother, military brat, outspoken, fanciful and finding her way. At twelve, she and her brother are in a car accident: while she is the lone survivor, her medical issues and multiple physical issues isolate her, making much of her life an internal one: not the dreams of dates, dances and we ...more
Rowena Holloway
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This second novel by US writer Robb Grindstaff is a compelling read from the first page to the last thanks to the strength of voice and an original twist on a coming-of-age story.

One month shy of her thirteenth birthday, Carrie is seriously injured in a car accident that kills her brother. Given just a few years before her damaged organs shut down, Carrie decides she wants to experience adulthood. And for her that means going to college, where she can live away from home, fall in love, do what s
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Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had originally planned on starting this review off with something interesting along the lines of "Earlier this year, I had said that Hannah's Voice , Robb Grindstaff's first novel, was the best book I'd read all year, but that's not true anymore. Carry Me Away takes the cake," but that doesn't exactly work now, considering that it's no longer 2013. I can, however, still say that Carry Me Away blew every other book out of the water for me that year.

This is a story about how to not just live li
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It’s been a while since a novel grabbed me and drew me in as immediately as Carry Me Away by Rob Grindstaff. I wasn’t sure I’d like the book, and I had meant to spend an hour reading before bedtime to decide if I was going to read further. I ended up staying up late because I didn’t want to put it down. I am a fan of coming of age stories in general, and this one is a fine example of the genre.

I engaged with protagonist Carrie from the first chapter: she is smart, funny, and curious in her appro
Sabina Bundgaard
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
How do you tell a thirteen year old girl that her time is limited here on Earth? How would you react to the news that you probably only have one year left, maybe two? You might be lucky to extend that into five years, but you will most likely spend the last four as a vegetable.
What would you do? Thirteen years old, and your life has barely started, and because of an accident, it’s already being deemed over.

This is what Carrie is facing after a car accident. Her brother Sammy died in the car; he
Jun 20, 2014 rated it liked it
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3.5 Stars.

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Carry Me Away is told in first person and I loved reading Carrie's inner thoughts; they were snarky and hilarious and even as she suffered, she still held on to that slightly sarcastic wit. There were times reading this where I would get teary eyed, but I wasn't sad for long because, the next sentence, Carrie would do or
David Litwack
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Carrie Destin is the child of a Japanese mother and a U.S. marine father, a military brat who has lived all over the world. As a bright, sassy, vulnerable and cynical teen, she’d be an interesting character even without the tragic event that defined her young life. When her brother dies in a car accident, and she is seriously injured, she suddenly has to overcome both physical and emotional scars that go well beyond the normal struggles of a passionate adolescent.

After many surgeries, she’s told
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Carrie is Real. She is you, she is me, she is the girl down the street. Everything about this story is so full of realness that you forget that you aren't reading about someone you actually know. We meet Carrie as a 9 year old and watch her journey of life through every age she reaches. Racing against time to accomplish a full life's goals with an undetermined deadline due to an accident at the age of 12 that leaves her dying, Carrie really lives. She doesn't have a choice, because that choice w ...more
Allison Dickson
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of receiving an advance reader copy of this book, and after the wonderful Hannah's Voice, my expectations were pretty high. I was not disappointed. Robb Grindstaff's tale of young Carrie Destin, a girl who lives like every day might be her last thanks to a horrible car accident that badly damaged her internal organs, is by both turns engrossing and tragic as well as incredibly authentic. Though she is injured at twelve, Carrie manages to finish high school by age fifteen so s ...more
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
On the whole*, the story is a well written account of Carrie Destin, who barely survives the car accident which kills her stoned brother. Carrie's prognosis is not good--her doctors inform her that she will not live to reach 20. But instead of giving up, Carrie tries to cram as much as possible into the short time she has.

The book is full of humor, philosophy, friendship and betrayal, growing up and coming to terms with our own limitations and possibilities.

I particularly enjoyed Carrie's relat
Rachel Eliason
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I got this book free in exchange for an honest review.

Carry Me Away by Robb Grindstaff is an incredible read. It is a coming of age story that really reaches beyond the genre to bring a powerful and unique story. A traffic accident kills Carrie's brother and leaves with her with such significant medical issues that her coming of age is shrouded with her own mortality. Certain that she will die before reaching adulthood, but with no exact date, Carrie is driven to get into a college and find the
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
How will you cope with life if you knew you stared death in the face? You may end this day, perhaps tomorrow, and you are only a child. This is Carrie’s reality. She grows up in the expectation of dying.

The author delves into Carrie’s mind and emotions with sensitivity and insight; as a reader, I am blown away. This story is well-structured and filled with interesting situations, people and places, which alone would have held my interest and yet there is much more to it. Having set herself goals
Nola Sarina
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received Carry Me Away in exchange for an honest review - and I would give it MORE than five stars if I could! Grindstaff has produced another masterpiece on par with Hannah's Voice!

Carrie's life is all about racing forward, while she herself stands internally still, convinced she'll die before she has a chance to live. She tries to experience every aspect of life, but refuses to let the experiences in on a deeper level, and it's heart-wrenching, vivid, and realistic. I feared with Carrie, I c
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I don't often give five stars to a book but this one is well deserved. I simply could not put it down. The lead character so captivated my attention with her journey of self discovery, I found myself cheering her on and hoping for positive outcomes. This definitely is not a piece of fluff writing, but one that demands introspection and self examination. It really makes you think about your own life choices and if different decisions would have gained different outcomes.

Well done Rob! You really
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I was disappointed in this novel. I thought the premise was very intriguing and I was eager to learn more about this girl. However, Carrie never felt real to me. A lot of time is spent describing her teen inner turmoil, which is realistic, but shallow. It wasn't compelling enough for me to connect with her as a character. Too little time is spent dealing with the emotional core of the story. For example, pages are devoted to analyzing a letter from her crush, but only a paragraph is spent on the ...more
Mrs. Barri Soreil
Wonderful, absorbing, amazing tale!

Sadness, loss, love in a story that feels completely genuine. Also a story of change and pain but most of all, growth!!! I rarely cry over books, but this one hit me square between the eyes. Great ending too!!!!!
Howard Katzoff
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!! What a story.

I don't know where to begin to describe the impact this story had. The only thing I can say isREAD THIS BOOK! I've never read anything like it and encourage you to do so as well.
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Robb Grindstaff's highly anticipated second novel, CARRY ME AWAY, published September 2013, through Evolved Publishing (print and ebook).

His acclaimed debut novel, HANNAH'S VOICE, launched January 2013 to rave reviews.

He has had more than a dozen short stories published in various anthologies and magazines, including the award-winning DESERT RAIN, his only horror story. Several of his articles on
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