Sunday, December 9, 2012

[Review] Spotlight: Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos [Giveaway]

Out of Reach
Carrie Arcos
YA Contemporary
Format: Hardcover
Source: Received for review
Rating: 4 of 5

Published: October 16th 2012 (Simon Pulse)
How do you find someone who doesn’t want to be found? A girl searches for her missing addict brother while confronting her own secrets in this darkly lyrical novel.

Rachel has always idolized her older brother Micah. He struggles with addiction, but she tells herself that he’s in control. And she almost believes it. Until the night that Micah doesn’t come home.

Rachel’s terrified—and she can’t help but feel responsible. She should have listened when Micah tried to confide in her. And she only feels more guilt when she receives an anonymous note telling her that Micah is nearby and in danger.

With nothing more to go on than hope and a slim lead, Rachel and Micah’s best friend, Tyler, begin the search. Along the way, Rachel will be forced to confront her own dark secrets, her growing attraction to Tyler…and the possibility that Micah may never come home.

Don't you just love the cover of this book? It's so simple and clean. Though I don't usually read contemp, I had to once I saw this cover.

Out of Reach tells the story of Rachael Stevens and her older brother, Micah. Micah is an addicted to meth. Carrie Acros paints the tale through the view of Rachael as she is trying to cope with his addiction. One day Micah, and she goes after him.

The writing in Out of Reach is simple and easy to understand. I quite liked it. It is also written in past tense, which is my favorite tense to read.

Rachael is a fairly likeable girl. She is smart and relatable. She has her fair share of boy trouble, as well. When she asked Tyler, Micah's friend, to go with her to find Micah, I knew from there what was going to happen. ;) The romance was never too fast, but paced accordingly.

I loved all the additional insights into Rachael's character through the use of flashbacks. It really put depth into her personality.

Religious material makes me feel uncomfortable, so when Out of Reach began to focus more on the spiritual side of things, it was surprising. There was nothing too bothersome though, just little things. I ignored them and, in the end, thoroughly enjoyed the book. Do not let this little tidbit sway you to not buy the book. I found that it was not overbearing. but just something that helped Rachael cope.

Overall, I loved Out of Reach! I even recommended it to people as I was reading it. They would see the cover and wonder what wondrous book I was reading now! How could I not rec them such a great story?

Final Rating:
4 of 5


About the Author:

Carrie Arcos lives in Los Angeles with her family. She writes young adult literature and is an adjunct professor. You can find more about her at

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