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Be Not Far from Me

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  5,048 ratings  ·  1,194 reviews
The world is not tame.

Ashley knows this truth deep in her bones, more at home with trees overhead than a roof. So when she goes hiking in the Smokies with her friends for a night of partying, the falling dark and creaking trees are second nature to her. But people are not tame either. And when Ashley catches her boyfriend with another girl, drunken rage sends her running i
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Emily May
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
"The world is not tame"

Oh, I love opening a new Mindy McGinnis book! She is one of those authors that I can always rely on to try something new, never write the same book twice, and be just the right amount of evil. I have not loved all of her books - which is to be expected from an author who is constantly trying out different genres and themes - but I always get excited to see what she's writing next.

Also, I don't usually quote the author's description, but this just seemed to sum it all u
Miranda Reads
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing

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Because I was born with teeth and fingernails, and both of those were made for hanging on.
Ashley has always known how to survive - it was a necessity for the long winters with very little food - but that will be put to the test in a way even she could never imagine.
The world is not tame.
Ashley and a few friends were camping in the woods. It was first
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was a hard read at times but I REALLY enjoyed it. Mindy McGinnis has a way of writing books about topics that I didn't think I would be interested in and making them new favorites of mine. This definitely won't be for everyone (especially if you do not like gore and descriptions of intense pain!), but it was very much for me.

TW: gore, hunting (for survival), death, cheating
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Ashley, you are a pretty white girl lost in the woods. PEOPLE WILL BE LOOKING FOR YOU. THEY’LL BE SHOWING YOU ON TV NON-STOP. Light the f-ing fire, and make it smoky (even I know how to do that, and I never camp). The helicopters will be there in minutes. There is no need to roam the woods for weeks and eat crap.

But seriously, what didn't work for me most of all was the characterization. This is a survival in the wilderness book, but there was not much of the actual survival stuff described, exc
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
The only person that can make me read a survival book is Mindy McGinnis. There was lots of cursing (which I like), self-dismemberment (which I don't), and insanely beautiful chapter artwork. ...more
Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 13, 2019 marked it as to-read
You’re not gonna believe this! I got an email this weekend titled: “Good Samaritan” and attached this book’s ePub file! HOLY SH... I mean holy shiitake pie🎊😂😂😂 read my previous entry below and by the way I may still accept any kind of goodness! My birthday is 21 days away! Mark your calendars on April Fools’ Day! ( I wish I was kidding but that’s the day I was born and I’m still pissed at my parents!!!)

Previous entry( before I got the email and my wish came true):

NEED. THIS. I don't want to sel
The world is not tame.

People forget that. The glossy brochures for state parks show nature at its most photogenic, like a senior picture with all the pores airbrushed away. They never feature a coyote muzzle-deep in the belly of a still-living deer, or a chipmunk punctured by an eagle's talons, squirming as it perishes in midair.

If you're quiet in the woods long enough, you'll hear something die. Then it's quiet again. There's no outrage about injustice, or even mourning. One animal's death is
DNF 43% - will not be included in my 2020 reading challenge.

I just can't spend another moment surviving in the wilderness with our MC, Ashley. It's been 4 days and I've got 11 more to go that I just can't muster the interest to trudge through.

I'll be honest, if the world goes to shit or if I'm in any situation that requires any sort of skill from me to survive, well, suffice it to say I'm a goner. I will be curled up in the fetal position waiting for death to take me. So I really can not relat
Lala BooksandLala
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Book 2 of 30 for my 30 day reading challenge!

Basically this girl gets lost in the woods and has to survive and find her way back, but also ends up injured and has some gnarly experiences out in the elements. I thought the length of this was perfect at just over 200 pages, but I was kind of waiting for it to have that signature weird Mindy McGinnis quality that I've come to expect! This was as advertised, a mix between Hatchet and Wild- with the focus being perseverance and strength. I came to ap
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that is hard to stomach. This one is not for the squeamish but it’s so dang good. If you’re a fan of super realistic survival stories, this is Hatchet meets Castaway meets Into Thin Air. Every time I read a survival story I like to think I could do it all too until I reach a part of surviving where I’m like nope...hard pass.

This follows Ashley who after partying pretty hard in the woods and stumbling across her boyfriend cheating on her, takes off ru
“If you’re quiet in the woods long enough, you’ll hear something die.”
― Mindy McGinnis, Be Not Far from Me

Wow. The reviews for this one are sort of all over the place. I am in the "I liked it" category.

To be honest, I did not think I would. Survivalist stories are not usually my cup of t ea. But this one I was curious about. It really sounded good.

And it was.

Yes, as others have said 90 percent of the book has no actual dialogue. Ashley is alone and lost through most of the story . I however did
Frank Phillips
Jun 04, 2020 rated it liked it
This was an above average YA survival novel that I really enjoyed. I did feel like, if it had been an adult novel it would have been average, but for the YA demographic, it was definitely enjoyable. I really liked the protagonist, Ashley, who gets lost and injured in the woods after a night of alcohol and partying, and couldn't help but feel for her, rooting for her to survive and make it home. If I had to give this a single critique I would say it read a bit long in the middle while she was mak ...more
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5✨ | 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙 𝙞𝙨 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙩𝙖𝙢𝙚.

I’ll start off by saying that I was so not ready for this book. Damn what a freakin’ wild ride.

What’s this book about?
Ashley Hawkins considers the forest her home. When she goes partying with her friends in a secluded place near the forest and spots her boyfriend cheating on her, she runs in a drunken rage into the forest (after she punches him. go girl!). Normally, you’d want to go the exact opposite way. But no. She goes running headfirst into the forest, hurts he
Trina (Between Chapters)
Read this in one night! If you love survival stories, this is a must read!

Audio rating: 5 stars, I love Brittany Pressley's work.

tw: cheating, gore, hunting (for survival), drugs & alcohol, abandonment.
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Apr 19, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
A girl lost in the woods? Interesting...... Creepy? We'll see.

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Angela Staudt
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“The world is not tame.”

Be Not Far From Me is a story of survival. Our main character Ashley, who is a badass, goes camping with her friends and witnesses something quite upsetting and takes off into the woods. Ashley knows the woods like the back of her hand, but when she gets severely hurt and can’t find her way back to the group things start to get crazy.

“No, I’m not freezing and I’m not starving, and I know both of these things are true because I’m in pain. When you can’t feel anything is wh
Melanie  Brinkman
Nature will not nurture you.

Ashley's always been more at home in the outdoors than any place with a roof over it. So when she goes hiking in the Smokies with her friends for a night of partying, the descending dark and random animal noises are no big deal. But when those closest to her give in to their primal instincts, she tears off in a drunken rage, only to be stopped by a nasty fall into a ravine. Morning brings the realization that she's lost, horribly injured, and only got herself to rely
This was not a book to listen to while eating or drinking something delicious. Just saying.

Be Not Far From Me was a pretty good audiobook to listen to. I just wish I knew what I was walking into when I was making my breakfast this morning. Long story short, it had some disgusting scenes.. that made me want to throw up and not look at my food. That feeling passed rather quickly and then I was hungry again. Then a disgusting scene would sneak in and attack me and my stomach.

So, yeah I'm letting yo
hillary ☾ ⋆*・゚:⋆
4.5 stars

Holy shit. I’m speechless.
Trust Mindy McGinnis to write such a graphic and haunting book on an injured girl lost in the woods. I was glued to the pages from the moment I started chapter 1 and I don’t think that’s a small feat given the nature of this book.

Be Not Far From Me could be my favorite book by Mindy so far. I always love how she explores the most hard-hitting topics and the flawless way she writes about them, but I’m usually let down by the pacing. Sometimes her books tend to
rachel ☾
Sadie meets I Am Still Alive,, but not quite as good as either

◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-read
My second book by McGinnis, my first being This Darkness Mine. She writes across genres, so I knew this one would be different in story type. Even so, Be Not Far From Me shares the same raw, unsettling, and revealing quality that This Darkness Mine had.

Engaging from start to finish, if a bit hard to read in parts.
Ellen Gail
The world is not tame. People forget that.

Have you ever been completely demolished by a book and loved every damn second of it?

Serious question - does Mindy McGinnis know how to write a bad book? Like it's not fair. Which okay, I'm damn good at my job too, but my work isn't literal art made out of words.

Anyway, point being I love McGinnis's writing - bonus points for Be Not Far From Me being a survival story! I FUCKING LOVE survival stuff. She basically couldn't have tailored me a better sto
Susan's Reviews
Mar 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Just... WOW!
Being a bit rusty on my bible, I had to look up Psalm 22 and, I must say, the excerpt is a very apt title for this mesmerizing story about a young teen having to use all of her wilderness skills to survive in an Appalachian forest. And plenty did happen to this incredibly brave, resourceful girl!

For sure I would have been howling "Why have you forsaken me?" on a daily basis in this young woman's place, but Ashley Hawkins put aside her fears and lamentations and went to work to "save
I've always known my body, its strength and purpose, the long muscles of my legs and the lean bulge of my biceps. This is different; this is an intimacy with my skeleton, from the exposed broken tips in my foot to the sharp corner of my jaw digging into the ground as I try to get comfortable. I’m learning the deeper parts of me, maybe even past the ones a doctor can name. Right down into my soft bits and then further, where things you can’t actually touch live.

Be not far from me is o
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
For a survival story that has really high stakes I found this to be pretty boring and repetitive. Ashley and her friends are out drinking and camping in the woods. After she sees her boyfriend cheating on her, she drunkenly runs into the middle of nowhere. Seriously injured and alone, she now has to find her way back to civilization.

I was super invested in this story at the beginning, but as it went on I started to care less and less. It’s a pretty short book, around 230 pages, but it felt like
Jenny Jo Weir
Holy cow! Mindy has done it again! Seriously, this book is deep, and not for the faint of heart. You FEEL Ashley's pain! I was so sad and unbelievably moved by her story as well as the subplot regarding the previous missing person.

This book will leave you feeling so many emotions. Be prepared to have your socks knocked off...or your foot ;) Too soon?




A gruesome tale of survival, filled with misadventure and ruminations about life. I haven't listened to a Mindy McGinnis book, yet, that I didn't enjoy. Her books are so varied and move between genres seamlessly. So far, I've consumed a dystopian duo about water shortage, and a stand-alone about heroin add
Ashley Marie
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
One of the great things about living where I live is that the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) is basically our backyard. As such, when the weather's nice, we like to go hiking and get outside whenever we can. I spent this book wondering what might happen to Doc and I if we ever ended up off-trail. Between his (usually better than mine) sense of direction and the fact that the CVNP is basically smack in the middle of civilization, I think we'd do okay. The Smoky Mountains are a whole 'nother ...more
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it
The idea of this book was good to me but the follow through wasn't my style. I enjoyed the lost in the woods part and found it interesting but I did not really like any of the actual characters. This book is filled with endless teenage sterotypes and annoying tropes. Each character had their own individual teen stereotype and it showed in every single thing they did or said. It was overdone. The way the teens acted and talked was very annoying to me. I also really disliked the main character and ...more
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This one was short but eventful. I mean damnnnn, it was gruesome and dark and I absolutely loved it! Mindy McGinnis is quickly becoming an auto buy author for me!
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Mindy McGinnis is an Edgar Award-winning novelist who writes across multiple genres, including post-apocalyptic, historical, thriller, contemporary, mystery, and fantasy.

While her settings may change, you can always count on Mindy’s books to deliver grit, truth, and an unflinching look at humanity and the world around us.

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