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Carry Me Home

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  129 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Lucy and Ruth are country girls from a broken home. When they move to the city with their mother, leaving behind their family ranch and dead-beat father, Lucy unravels.

They run to their grandparents’ place, a trailer park mobile home in the barrio of San Jose. Lucy’s barrio friends have changed since her last visit. They’ve joined a gang called VC. They teach her to fight,
Paperback, 356 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Acorn Publishing
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Manon the Malicious
I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Thank fuck it's over


Dear publishers, we need to have a talk about trigger warnings. You cannot publish a book as YA and not warn that there are rape scenes, self harm, all kinds of drugs, lots of cringe-worthy violence. Had I been warned, I probably wouldn’t have picked up this book.

This book told the story of Lucy, Ruth and their mom. Those three characters had each a point of view. However, Lucy was still the main charact
Kat Ross
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC, and this is one of the best books I've read in ages. Carry Me Home is a beautifully crafted story of one family’s journey into darkness, and ultimate redemption. It’s also a riveting page-turner; I devoured it one sitting. The stories of Jess and Allie weave together in a rich tapestry about the ties that bind us, the self-destructiveness of adolescence, and the resilience of the human spirit to transcend our own worst mistakes. Jessica Therrien brok ...more
Aug 29, 2017 marked it as to-read
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Meegz Reads
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
*3 Stars*

ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review.

The story line of this one is an interesting idea, however I found that I didn’t connect with, or particularly like, any of the characters. I wouldn’t say not to read this, because these kinds of things do happen (unfortunately) in real life, but I just found myself disliking everyone.

Lucy just made so many bad choices and I wanted to smack her in the head, Ruth was fine, albeit a bit shy, she was probably the best character, and
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Acorn Publishing. All opinions are my own.

Carry Me Home is a beautifully written novel that follows a family of three women, each trying to escape their own reality in different ways. I found myself able to identify with all three women at different times throughout the novel. These three characters became so real to me throughout reading that I felt as if I could touch them. Jessica Therrien breathes life into these women with her artfully craft
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Inspired by true events, Carry Me Home is the heartwrenching tale that follows three women, Lucy, her sister Ruth, and their mother. The book is written in chapters told by each of their points of view. Lucy is a rebellious 15 year old in which once she gets a taste of freedom, bites off more than she can chew. It's easy to get caught up in the drama and situations that are going on with other kids your own age, especially at that age and with so much freedom. Ruth has social anxiety and has a h ...more
Christa Yelich-Koth
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Carry Me Home is a heart-filled story between three women and the challenges of being a family. Each of the three characters have completely different perspectives on what is happening in their lives and even if you only relate to one of them, Therrien's depth will open up a new understanding for each character's life and choices. Let yourself be swept into their world, broaden your horizons, and be prepared to tear up through their struggles and their hopes. ...more
Alexandra WhimsyPages
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
San José, gangs, guns, fighting… In the beginning I was slightly hesitant to start reading, as I already was expecting to dislike it. BUT! HOW WRONG WAS I?! It was an absolutely amazing book and I haven’t been able to stop talking about it since I picked it up!!

Jessica Therrien created the most gripping, realistically unrealistic story that makes your jaw drop in awe! The events that took place within this quite short novel were very INTENSE, definitely not for the light-hearted.

The story be
Sue Wallace
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Carry me home by Jessica Therrien.
Lucy and Ruth are country girls from a broken home. When they move to the city with their mother, leaving behind their family ranch and dead-beat father, Lucy unravels.They run to their grandparents’ place, a trailer park mobile home in the barrio of San Jose. Lucy’s barrio friends have changed since her last visit. They’ve joined a gang called VC. They teach her to fight, to shank, to beat a person unconscious and play with guns. When things get too heavy, and
Heather Fitt
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Having read a couple of other reviews, I think I'm going to be in the minority here. When I read the synopsis of the book, I as really eager to read it, I thought it was going to be quite dark and gritty. I didn't find it dark or gritty, in fact, a couple of chapters in I re-read the synopsis to make sure I was reading the right book.

I felt the writing was too simplistic and there wasn't enough character development in my opinion. I'm not sure if this was supposed to be a Young Adult book or not
Jess Koster
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I was in high school...or middle school, I forget which one, I came across a book by Omar Tyree called Flyy Girl. It was a favorite of mine growing up and to this day I still pull off the shelf or pull up on my reader, this book, ' Carry Me Home', Reminded me a lot of this book.

Carry Me Home is a book that gives you a glimpse into the gritty world of what can happen when you don't keep a close eye on your children. It is so easy to become lost when you are a teenager, especially when your
This was an intense story. I must admit I couldn't stand Lucy's character. It pissed me off that she would constantly place herself into gangs and live a dangerous lifestyle. I mean, I know teens can be rebellious and that in real life many fall into the wrong crowd after growing up in a bad neighborhood or having gone through terrible situations. But in Lucy's case, I felt like she was just a spoiled, attention-seeking brat that constantly put her sister and mother through hell. Then again, the ...more
Allison Rogge
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This amazing book is based on many of my life experiences and memories and how they impacted my family, transformed by my sister into an amazing fictional book that will break your heart and put it back together. It's soul piercing and emotional but the suspense will have you on your toes the whole time. This book will change the way you see life and remind you that even at your lowest there is hope to overcome your deepest darkest demons. All you need is love. ...more
Jessica Therrien
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Thanks so much to everyone who has added CARRY ME HOME to their GoodReads list! I hope you like the book :)
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book’s style was just so matter of fact. Every person spoke in the same voice, and their actions and emotions were generally simply stated. The ending was personally disappointing to me, although it wasn’t necessarily fully expected. I guess it portrayed the difficulty of life, but there was just so much detail and conclusion missing.
Barb VanderWel
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this & I can't wait for more.
I will be also leaving a review on Goodreads @ Amazon.
And letting everyone know about it.
So i gave it a 5 Stars.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
When you can read an entire book in one single sitting, that says a lot. I really enjoyed Carry Me Home. I've been on this YA kick after taking a step back for awhile. I just felt like I was reading the same story over and over again. But I've come back to the genre and Carry Me Home has reminded me why I still, to this day, love YA.

Carry Me Home is extra special in that you get 3 POVs, but one is of the mother! We never get the parent's perspective in a YA and it was a fabulous touch as I am a
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
*Trigger warning for rape, drug abuse, and gang violence.*


Filled with suspense and lots of action, Carry Me Home is the tale of two sisters torn apart by ones choice to hang out with the wrong crowd. Mostly this book is about Lucy. Lucy who gets caught up with gangs and spirals downward into situations that could have ended in her death more then once.

Told in both a small town and a larger city the dynamics of both places add to flavor of this novels brand of fear. What was really cool f
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In "Carry Me Home," Jessica Therrien writes of a family torn apart by addiction and gang violence. She contrasts the lives of three women disappointed by men for different reasons. Tension mounts in this fast-paced novel until the mother and one of her daughters must live with the consequences of a deadly confrontation between the men they love.

Like all really good books, Therrien's novel is a window into an unknown world. Read carefully, though, it's also a haunting critique of modern society'
Lacey Impellizeri
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous, Jessica Therrien took every opportunity available to create a riveting and suspenseful novel and boy, did she deliver. Based on a true story, her fast paced, righteous, coming of age novel keeps you engrossed from page one, I couldn't put it down. The characters each have a unique depth for their different perspectives on the same situation. It's frustrating watching characters whom you've fallen in love with making decisions for their darkest hours, and terrifying learning about the h ...more
Janet Jackson
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down. I was immediately drawn in to the story of these three women as they navigate through the hardest choices they will ever have to make. It is a testament to the power of unconditional love and hope in the face of adversity. ...more
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Carry Me Home is a dark contemporary where it follows a girl's deep dive into the crazy world of drugs and gangs.

This is not my usual read. I think originally I thought this book would be more of a mystery... and it was not. It was a dark, sad novel but very compelling as well.

I am letting people know before I start this review that this book has triggers for rape, abuse, drugs, and gang violence.

There are three perspectives (Ruth, Lucy and their mom), and it switches between each chapter.

Cathy(The Crazy Bookworm)
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
2017 has been an epic year for books and specifically the Young Adult genre. Some ground-breaking books have been hitting the shelves that shatter the Young Adult stereotype and will pave the way for future YA authors to come. Carry Me Home is a tragic, touching, painful and moving tale about a family fleeing their broken home to create a better life. It is about a mother wanting more for her 2 teenage daughters but we all know, things aren't always as easy as they seem.

Carry Me Home is told fr
Adam Ross
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An eye-opening and beautiful tale about hitting rock bottom and the ascent toward happiness.

We meet a family in turmoil. Mom and Dad aren't happy and have strayed so far from their early relationship that they hardly recognize each other. Their teen daughters fight and are as opposite in their interests as they come. When Mom decides to move out, leaving Dad behind, she takes the girls with her to San Jose to live with her parents.

Here we see Lucy, a fifteen-year-old, start to associate with a
Victoria Perkins
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Carry Me Home definitely was not what I was expecting. After the first couple of chapters I figured that it would just be another book that shifted between perspectives but only really developed one, but I was wrong. Although Lucy's story is really the focus of the book, their mother's story was the heart. He reckless and selfish decisions made her unlikable but they drove the entire plot and were what made her so relatable. She had trouble deciding when it was ok to be selfish and when she need ...more
Kendra - Kendra Loves Books
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I absolutely loved this book! The writing was amazing and the story was phenomenal. How could you not love Lucy, Ruth and their mom. I was rooting for Lucy the whole time, to get her shit together. Lucy went through some hard hard times and she went to the low of all lows with drugs, but she seemed to pull it together. I think having her almost die and then having her sister there helped her through it. Even though Lucy and Ruth weren't supe
Melissa Rothman
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book through netgalley for an honest review, this was an amazing book I loved it from the start! lately I have been craving a book that is new and unique. carry me home is exactly that! I especially liked that you got to hear from the point of view from the mom and sister not just one person. this gave me a chance to understand were the mom was coming from and what she was going through in order to start their lives over again. reading about and understanding how easy it is for a ...more
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
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Stephanie Faris
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Carry Me Home is a full journey, following three women as they endure years of hardships. We meet Lucy, Ruth, and their mom as they're escaping the clutches of an abusive man--Lucy's and Ruth's father. They move into their grandmother's trailer in San Jose, but Lucy goes through some heavy-duty struggles that once again put them on the run. The heart-wrenching journey of these three souls is only more powerful because of the love they have for each other. By the end, you'll be rooting for them w ...more
Big Book Theory
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is well written and well plotted. I felt completely immersed in the world of Lucy. I have never read a gang related story before and the author did not shy away from telling the story as it is, and I think that is what I loved the most - the truth of the matter - how sometimes circumstances make us do things we never would have done otherwise. I really enjoyed reading this book. Thank you to the author for sending me an ARC.
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Jessica Therrien is the author of the young adult series Children of the Gods. Book one in the series, Oppression, became a Barnes & Noble best-seller shortly after its release. Her trilogy has been translated and sold through major publishers around the world, such as Editions AdA (Canada), EditionsMilan (France), and SharpPoint Press (China).

Aside from her Children of the Gods series, Jessica is

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