I'm Not Missing: A Novel
From award-winning poet Carrie Fountain comes I'm Not Missing, a debut novel set in Las Cruces, New Mexico, about a half-Latina girl stepping outside of the shadow of her best friend.
“I savored and cherished this funny, tender, poetic novel about yearning, love, loss, ambition, and the big questions of life.” —Margo Rabb, author of Kissing in America and Cures for Hear...more
This was a compelling story about Miranda’s search for her best friend and in doing so finding herself... A heartwarming and heartbreaking story full of friendship, family, and love....We really had a comprehensive look at love in this book, familial love, platonic love, romantic love, and first love... A beautiful romance wrapped up in a mystery with the perfect drizzling of family on top!
Miranda and Sid are BFFs a friendship built on the fact that they both have ...more
"I'm not missing. I'm gone."
This was the note Syd left for her father, but it was a crushing blow to Miranda, who was already dealing with prior desertions. Syd was her guide, her best friend, and supporter, and now Miranda was left to navigate the world without her.
This was such a beautiful story of love: platonic love between best friends, familial love, and first love.
The friendship between Syd and Miranda was built ...more
For me to enjoy a story with friendship as a central theme, I have to buy into the plausibility of the friendship. Aside from both girls having been abandoned by their mothers, I saw no affinity between Miranda and Syd. Miranda’s narration told of camaraderie, but it was never shown. All I could feel was that Miranda was lucky to be rid of Sydney after Syd ran away.
The positive aspects of the story were race, especially when Miranda, who resembled her Mexican mother, was ...more
The relationship between Miranda and her father was so beautiful, it was truly the driving force of this wonderful book. I loved every minute and recommend it to everyone!
WOWEEEE. i read this in less than 24 hours and finished it while both laughing and crying. gorgeous, layered, hilarious, and touching. as much as i adored the love story (and i really, really did) the true love story was miranda and her dad. i have never read a better depiction of a parent/child relationship. (her dad...is my dream man???) this is an absolute knocko ...more
One of the novel's highest points is the believable and smooth dialogue between characters and the overall tone of Miranda as the narrative voice. I find that one of the potholes that adult authors tend to encounter wh ...more
However, I definitely wasn't surprised to learn that her first two publications are books of poetry. It's clear that Fountain has a way with words. The way that the writing flows is beautiful. It's a bit slow paced, but I liked that. This book is set in the desert area of the US, so for me the tempo of the writing matched the slo ...more
I'm Not Missing is a novel about a girl named Miranda whose best friend abruptly cuts off contact and skips town in the middle of their senior year of high school. It’s a story all about change and how to adapt to it.
The story was just beautifully written. Carrie Fountain is not afraid to talk about serious topics. It grips you from the start and it’s so captivating.
Miranda, the main character was completely relatable, I understood every decision she was making and where she was comin ...more
Her mother left her with nothing, so Miranda took refuge in Syd, another young woman who is also missing her mother. This is the basis of their friendship. After being in each other's lives for almost as long as they can remember, Syd suddenly disappeared. Miranda was left alone to try to figure out where Syd went. As her search for Syd went on Miranda found much more than she ever expected, including a relationship with her ...more
this book is full of wonderful coming-of-age realness, complex family relationships, difficult life decisions, grief, loss, challenging, but deep friendships. it packed a great punch, and had me experiencing all the feels. the story is so multi-faceted that it keeps you hooked and engaged, throughout.
the real kicker, for me, which i think will be different fo ...more
“ I want to climb inside your body and sleep.”
Best friends Syd and Miranda share a particular, specific bond: their mothers are wholly absent from their lives, by choice. The two senior high school students "adopted" each other early on and have what seems to be an unshakeable friendship -- that is, up ...more
I'm Not Missing is a YA novel about a girl named Miranda whose best friend abruptly cuts off contact and skips town in the middle of their senior year of high school. It's a story about adjusting to changes, especially ones that occur within the context of our most important relationships--from best friends and prom dates to parents and family.
I found the novel's premise refreshing, mostly because I think platonic relationships - what they ...more
cw: underage drinking, consensual sex, sexual assault
disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for review consideration. All of the opinions presented below are my own.
I’m Not Missing is a beautiful contemporary YA romance that also tackles a handful of serious topics. From the beginning, I found it to be a compelling read and worked my way through it pretty quickly. I started it while I was on vacat ...more
A former fellow at the James A. Michener Center for Writers at the University of Tex ...more