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Me & Emma

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In many ways, Carrie Parker is like any other eight-year-old--playing make-believe, dreading school, dreaming of faraway places. But even her imaginative mind can't shut out the realities of her impoverished North Carolina home or help her protect her younger sister, Emma.

By turns achingly naïve and utterly pragmatic, Carrie has been shaped by the loss of her beloved dadd

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Hardcover, 298 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Mira (first published January 1st 2005)
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Cl B No, a prequel gives extended backstory to another novel that was a standalone (and is written after the other book was published). This was the first…moreNo, a prequel gives extended backstory to another novel that was a standalone (and is written after the other book was published). This was the first written/published in the series, WHTMS comes next, and will make little sense if you don't read this one first.

So do read this one first, but this was published before the other one, so it isn't a prequel.(less)
Katy M I did not, because I suspected as much from fairly early on in the book. As for the box, until you asked the question, it did not occur to me to think…moreI did not, because I suspected as much from fairly early on in the book. As for the box, until you asked the question, it did not occur to me to think that it had any special significance. It could be that since she opened it, and without really even looking inside it, she was scared, that it was symbolizing that she was scared to know what had happened in her own life.(less)

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Lisa
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
What can I say what an absorbing read this was I loved tis book Me & Emma by Elizabeth Flock was a well written novel that dealt with a delicate subject of child abuse & was delicately handled. The story was told by Caroline's POV which I found interesting for a child to tell the story & the maturity she showed.


Caroline & Emma were sisters, living a horrid life with their mother Libby Parker & her husband Richard who was a wife beater they coped with their life as best as the
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Marika Gillis
Jul 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Andrea, Shera
Recommended to Marika by: Danica
Shelves: fiction
This book was heartbreaking. I read it in the car as Nathan and I were driving back to Colorado Springs from Boise and many times, Nathan would look over to find me sniffling as tears streamed down my face.

Caroline and Emma Parker are sisters suffering after the tragic, unexpected death of their biological father. Living in a home with an angry, abusive stepfather and an emotionally absent mother, Caroline and her sister decide to run away from home to escape and, when they are found, their live
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Amanda
Jan 18, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Carol Brill
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the tradition of Ellen Foster, and Bastard Out of Carolina, the 8 year old narrator's guileless voice grabbed me from page 1 and never let go--hence the rating of 5. I know this one is going to haunt me.
A tragic, heartbreaking read--there are parts I found sickening and hard to keep reading. But, I couldn't bear to not know what happened to Carrie and Emma.
Lauren
Jan 28, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really torn between giving this book and awful review, and giving it a great one. So I compromised and put it smack in the middle of the star continuum.

This book was very difficult to read. The tales of abuse chronicled in Me & Emma prompted me to close the book and take a "break" from it many times.

Though I thought I knew what the ending would be, and dreaded it for most of the book, I was thrown for a loop. Although the character I thought was going to die did not, I strangely didn't
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Anne
Jan 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I could not put this down. Extremely well-written and engaging, although emotionally manipulative.

Some scenes are unbearably heartrending. There is a surprise finish that will make you want to immediately re-read the book. Heartily recommended, but not for the faint of heart..
Carrie
Mar 06, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is told from the point of view of an abused and all but abandoned 8 year old girl named Caroline (Carrie) who is in a desperate family situation.

Emma, the tough-as-nails younger sister, and Richard, the wicked stepfather, join with Carrie's mother, herself a victim of spousal abuse, and together the family moves to a new town, away from their haunting roots, only to set up in an area where the main attraction for the older folks is playing a banjo in the back of a general store and p
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Ellie
Me & Emma by Elizabeth Flock is a story of terrible childhood abuse and neglect. 8 year old Carrie and her younger sister Emma are abused by their stepfather and their mother (also abused by him) does nothing to help them. Carrie's father was murdered several years earlier and no one has recovered from his death.

The abuse in this book is brutal and at times made it hard to read but Carrie is a compelling character and her life in a small town in North Carolina town draws you in and keeps yo
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Alexis
Aug 05, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love southern lit.
This was a "2005 Highlights" recommended book from the Independent Bookseller List (I have liked several from this list including The History of Love, Banishing Verona, Any Bitter Thing, and A Complicated Kindness)...
I would give it 2 1/2 stars. Several things bothered me. It seemed like a slightly cliched version of a "typical" poverty-stricken little girl getting abused by her stepfather while uttering adorable southern phrases. The only problem is that I feel like I've read a dozen books lik
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Martha
Mar 07, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Simcsa
Dec 27, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Let me state it: Me & Emma is about child abuse. Maybe it's not exactly ponies and rainbows, but that's not my main problem. I can't really complain about the topic, because I did know what it was going to be about, still I can't stand this book and I admit the topic could be partly blaimed. However, I did like Elizabeth Scott's Living Dead Girl, didn't I? So that's not like I couldn't stand any book dealing with child abuse, I just loathe this one.

I didn't like to read about Carrie and Emma
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Suzanne
Nov 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent with an unexpected twist at the end. I couldn't put it down.
Shaun
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I read this at the (quite determined) request of my wifey. At the onset, I thought it had something of a Mark Twain feel, perhaps due to the fact that the protagonists were kids, and the story seemed to be heading in the direction of adventures, such as their desire to play a prank on one of their schoolmates. It just seemed Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn-esque. So that was my first impression – Twain-esque story.

The second thing that stood out to me was the use of descriptions, which were, initiall
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Mandy Jo
Sep 11, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This week’s headline? Sisters suffer abuse

Why this book? Recommended by friend

Which book format? Hand-me-down

Primary reading environment? Boring weekday evenings

Any preconceived notions? Target Book Club

Identify most with? Emma for appearance

Three-word quote? “Planning ahead works”

Goes well with? Kibbles n Bits

They say you cain’t judge a book by its cover. I say you cain’t help doin’ just that.

The girl on this cover, she’s supposed to be Emma, and I’ll be darned if she don’t look exactly like I
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Tara
Aug 18, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lost
I found this book to one that I struggled to rate. I ended up with 3 stars, but I would say I would give it 3 and 1/2 stars if I could.
There is something likable about Carrie and there is something heartbreaking about Emma. They seem so alike and yet they are so different. Carrie is sweet and liked and Emma is stronger and has seen harder times than her sister even though she is 2 years younger.
At the root of the story is abuse. Her mother is abused, Carrie and Emma are abused, and yet there i
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Courtney
Feb 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very sad and heartbreaking, but was a fast read because you wanted to know what happened. Immediately you will feel connected to the two little girls, Carrie and Emma. It was hard not to like these little girls because of their circumstances that were just downright immoral an degrading.

It was particularly interesting to me reading it with a younger sister close in age like Emma and Carrie were. At times I related with both girls, but felt more inline with Emma, the younger sister
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Barbara
Aug 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Barbara by: Debby
Shelves: psychology
Elizabeth Flock has chosen to represent her book with the voice of 8 year old Carrie. This child is the big sister/ protector of 6 year old, Emma. Their existence is far from ideal. Their beloved father died, leaving their mother unable to cope either physically or mentally. After she enters into a "marriage of convenience", the family slides into a morass of abuse, hunger, neglect and physical and emotional deprivation.
Flock has expertly addressed the many issues in this novel from the perspect
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Alicia
Nov 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens
Recommended to Alicia by: my mom
For eight-year-old Carrie Parker, life is divided into before and after. Before her beloved father's death, her family lived a relatively happy life in the small town of Toast, North Carolina. Now she and her sister, Emma, endure daily verbal and physical abuse at the hands of their stepfather, Richard, and the emotional absence of their mother. "A big sister has to look out for a baby sister," says Carrie, and she does her best to protect herself and Emma from Richard's fists.

ME & EMMA is n
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pink (not just another shade of red)
It is both scary and comforting how far the human mind will go to protect itself.

As the older sister, Carrie felt it her duty to look after her baby sister, Emma. But Emma has always been the braver one. She's not afraid of bugs nor spiders nor school bullies and most of the time, Emma ends up to be the one protecting Carrie. Emma was the one who saw their Daddy died, the one Momma didn't like, the one who pushed her out of the room to save her from their brutal stepfather, Richard, and the one
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Bethany Turner
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Bethany by: Trish Bachman
Narrated by the unreliable eight-year-old Carrie, Me & Emma is a truly heartbreaking story of sisters who are shaped by tragic events. This is not an easy book to read because of the content, but Flock does an excellent job drawing the reader in and pulling at your heartstrings. Me & Emma is a worthwhile read for anyone who works with children who have experienced trauma.
Kristin
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a fast read and for most of the book, unlike any I'd read in a while. In it, 8 year-old Caroline tries to protect her 6 year-old sister, Emma, and herself from abuse at the hands of their mother and stepfather. The family is clearly very poor and the stepfather brings home what little money there is, which is what drives their mother to remain with him, having lost the girls' father to murder when their home was robbed. Carrie clearly doesn't like her stepfather, who seems to treat ...more
Indra
Jan 29, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviews on the jacket compared this book to "Bastard out of Carolina" and "Ellen Foster", but both of those were far superior books in my opinion (and I'm probably biased, because both of those are among my favorite books of all time). "Me and Emma" was a page-turner that I blew through pretty quickly because I wanted to see what would happen, where "Bastard" and "Ellen" are more character-driven books where a reader can just revel in the beauty of the language alone, regardless of plot developm ...more
Ginger
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
The story is told in the voice of 8 year old Caroline (Carrie). Carrie tells us about her and her sister Emma, their hardships and their abuse at the hands of their stepfather. The author does a wonderful job in not being too graphic especially since this is told through Carrie's eyes. My heart was broken in quite a few places while reading this. I rooted for Carrie and Emma all the way. The ending is what had me dropping my jaw and sitting frozen in place. I had to go back a few pages and re-re ...more
Erin
Mar 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sue
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok this book is heartbreaking. I need to read some happier books. Once you start you won't stop but it was disturbing especially because I am a mother of three girls. I wanted to go into the story and make things right for Emma and Caroline. If you tolerated Room by Emma Donahue you will be able to read this.
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From cover to cover I loved this book! It has an amazing ending that will stop you in your tracks. I HIGHLY recommend this novel and it is in my top books of ALL TIME!!!!
Glenda
Our narrator is eight year old Carrie, who lives with her six-year-old sister, Emma, her mother, and her stepfather, Richard, in a small North Carolina town. Carrie fondly remembers her Daddy, a carpet salesman who was killed in a robbery. Richard is his opposite: an often-unemployed alcoholic who abuses Carrie and Emma as well as their momma. But they are dependent on him as he moves them across the state when he finds a sawmill job. In spite of many hardships, Carrie perseveres, making friends ...more
Mi vida en hojas de papel
3,5

Una novela corta, sencilla, ágil, pero con una trama bien construida y cargada de sentimientos. Una lectura que no dejará indiferente a nadie, con dos protagonistas que nos van a relatar la historia desde la más pura inocencia, mientras nos hacen partícipes del miedo y la inseguridad que viven día a día.
Reseña completa aquí: http://mividaenhojadepapel.blogspot.c...
Jessica
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Former print journalist Elizabeth Flock reported for TIME and PEOPLE magazines before becoming an on-air correspondent for CBS News. Her acclaimed debut novel, BUT INSIDE I'M SCREAMING, chronically the psychological struggles of a young television reporter in New York, was released in 2003. Her second novel, ME & EMMA, became a New York Times bestseller and was an Indiebound (formerly Booksen ...more
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“I throw my arms around her without even thinking first, the way I used to with Daddy when he came home from a trip. "Thank you," I say into her waist. Her clothes smell so good. I feel her hand resting on my head, and for that second I feel like nothing could ever go wrong. Not when there's Miss Mary to hug.” 3 likes
“Says Momma: “I got handed lemons, too, y’know but I learned how to make lemonade with them… No one ever told me I had to add sugar but that’s life for you. It ain’t sweet.” 2 likes
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