Be Not Far From Me
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 ...more
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But it was so dull. It’s hard to believe that a story about survival, getting lost into the woods and facing obstacles could be so uneventful. And predictable.
It’s also very unoriginal. Ashley literally gets lost into the woods because she runs away from a scene she witnessed between her boyfriend and another girl. I understand how cheating can ...more
This follows Ashley who after partying pretty hard in the woods and stumbling across her boyfriend cheating on her, takes off ...more
mcginnis having brought The Female of the Species into the world means this tiny synopsis is all i need to know i need this.
However, it also has to be said that this book has some really bizarre scenes. Part of the reason that I could not put this down was because I ...more
Be Not Far From Me is a Young Adult contemporary survival story. This is my fifth book by this author. I have previously read: The Female of the Species, A Madness So Discreet, This Darkness Mine, and Heroine.
The author is known for writing unique stories. And this one is no exception.
This book is divided into three parts. And the chapters are divided by days. The narrator is Ashley (1st person POV). It is the beginning of summer vacation. She will be a high school senior the ...more
This was good. Its certainly entertaining. The writing is simple to get through, the characters straight forward, the plot moved well.
However, nothing about it felt special to me. The characters felt like people I've already read about. The plot something I've seen done before.
I didnt dislike it, but I didnt love it either.
I kept feeling like McGinnis was going only half way with the more gruesome aspects on the novel. It felt as ...more
for trouble is near
and there is no one to help
Okay wow. Mindy McGinnis is an insta-buy author for me and so I was beyond ecstatic when a librarian who remembered this gave me an ARC so I could read her latest book early. I am absolutely not surprised one bit by how gripping Be Not Far From Me was. I read the entire thing in a swift few hours (not difficult since it's less than 300 pages, but it's really the story that had me flipping pages at lightning speed). Is it ...more
I should probably let this sit for longer before reviewing but I don't have time for that so let's get in this. I absolutely loved Heroine and The Female of the Species by this author but besides those, her books are a hit or miss for me. This one was kind of in the middle.
"'Be not far from me,'" I say. "'For trouble is near and there is no one to help.'"This book follows a girl named Ashley who ends up lost in the ...more
Ashley is the main character in this story, and she’s got a hard and sharp edge to her. She’s a little rough, a little tumble, and she grew up with her father after her mom abandoned the family. They make due in a trailer, with very little money. It’s a small town in Tennessee and ...more
When Ashley and her friends decide to spend the night camping in the vast wilderness outside their small town, she has no idea what’s in store for her. After a horrible fight with her boyfriend, she runs away from the group, falling and seriously injuring her foot. She soon realizes that her friends thought she went home. They won't be looking for her. Ordinarily, she’d be fine—she’s a survivor. But she’s far from the path markings and her foot is getting worse and worse by the hour. ...more
There were a few things that didn't sit right with me. I will say that this was objectively a good survival story (with some gruesome scenes -- definitely a trigger warning for bodily horror and mutilation), but I felt it lacked some... substance? Maybe. IDK. Review to come.
This would have been a five-star book for me, but for a few major problems. The story is so unrealistic to the point of distraction. I have issues with some of the plot points and the ending is wrapped up too quickly and neatly. Otherwise, it's a thrilling read of survivalist fiction that pulls from some of humanity's deepest fears.
It's disgusting and I love it.
TW: Death, body part dismemberment, obscenity, graphic depictions of some grisly stuff
5 'completely stunned and gasping for air' stars!
FRTC upon its official release.
This was my 2nd Mindy McGinnis book that I flew through rather quickly than I imagined I would and surely, it ...more
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.