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Out of Reach Hardcover – October 16, 2012
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The book isn't just about the addiction, it explores the path in which it takes you. Homelessness, giving sexual favors to purchase drugs, mental problems, and often times death.
I like the way the story's told; Rachel spent the entire book in between searching for her brother while reflecting on life leading up to the day he left. It was a great way for readers to connect to the characters, Micah included. I could establish an idea of the kind of person he was from the details given by Rachel's memories. He seemed really protective of his sister, and wanted desperately to be the older brother she could look up to. In fact, it seems he left more so because he felt like he had let her down with his addiction and was too embarrassed about facing her or his parents. Rachel on the other hand kept her brother's secrets because she didn't want him to hate her. Whether or not she realized, Rachel was also protective of her brother and even of the fact that he had started doing drugs.
The whole journey of finding Micah turned out to be one of Rachel learning to let him go, forgive him, and most of all forgive herself. All along she felt guilty about not doing enough for him, and even blamed herself for the seriousness of his substance abuse. If Tyler hadn't gone along with her I don't think she would've found closure because like Rachel, Tyler also thought he should've done more for Micah.Read more ›
I loved reading about Rachel on her search through San Diego. The atmosphere is so well done; Carrie Arcos's writing made everything come to life. I felt like I was right there along with Rachel and Tyler, going from seedy beaches to seedier houses.
Interspersed between the scenes of searching for Micah, we have flashbacks to how everything started, and the transitions are seamless. The addiction storyline is handled really well. It's not exactly my area of expertise, but it seemed authentic to me, Micah's downward spiral, his time in rehab, his relapse, and the effect all of it had on Rachel and the rest of the family. It was downright scary to read about Micah - a character we grew to love - losing himself like that.
Rachel is a really good main character. She is kind of typical, the good-girl little sister, not the most unique character I've read about, but with this story, it works - I can't explain why, it just does. She really grew on me over time, showing some different sides to her that I hadn't been expecting in the beginning, and by the end, I loved her and didn't want to stop reading about her life.
At first, I was kind of wary of the whole romance storyline; for the first half of the novel, Tyler just seems too perfect. He's a great musician, a great artist, sweet to Rachel, good at dealing with all these people - he just seemed to good to be true. But towards the end, he showed some vulnerability that made him seem a lot more real to me. And I really appreciated how the author left things between Rachel and Tyler.
I'm not sure what to make of the spiritual aspect.Read more ›
I really wanted to like this book. Truly, I did. But it pissed me off and I can't say that I will be recommending it to anyone. In fact, I have already told several people to steer clear. Let's do the basics first. Out Of Reach is the story of Rachel's journey to find her wayward brother. She enlists the help of his bestie, Tyler to assist her and they head out to search in the areas she thinks he might be. A few weeks before, she received an anonymous email stating that her brother was in a lot of trouble and she should come and try to help. Why she thinks she will be able to find her brother by simply looking on street corners in a single day was beyond me, but hey, more power to her misguided hope.
I started off really enjoying this novel. Rachel didn't seem so bad and I was intrigued by Tyler. There was obvious chemistry between the two though Rachel does her best to deny it. Plus, I was hoping she would find her brother, bond with Tyler over the experience, and things would end more or less happily. I know, it was a pipedream, but I try to start every novel from a happy place.....unless I'm reading it because I want to be depressed, but that is a different matter entirely. The further I got into this book, the more irritated I became. The more I read about Rachel, the more my dislike started to creep in. She gives these flashbacks from when they were younger and her and Micah (her brother) were just sssssoooo close. But here is what I don't get, if you were so bonded and lied to your parents for each other and all this other crap, then why did you wait all summer to start searching for him?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was really good. I really liked Tyler. He was a good friend and I hope him and Rachel get together. But I'm kind of upset about the ending. It left me with no answers. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Stefanie M Reyes
I think that this book was written great and had great perspectives about drug abuse and things. BUT with the book ended I thought it was disappointing. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kindle Customer
Loved the story. Put some vision of my daughters and how they cope with their sisters addiction into my sight. My only wish is that she had at least seen her brother. Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by cleveland
OUT OF REACH is a story about substance abuse and it's effect on a family, particularly a brother and a sister, but I believe it's message is much broader. Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by Kimberly Sabatini
Overall, I liked the style of writing. But the end came too quick and without any closure. As a reader I know that she was going for a realistic way to end this story but most... Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by shannon
I really enjoyed this book. It was very well written and the story is unique. It is definitely worth a read!Published on February 18, 2013 by Colleen
Hope...All throughout Out Of Reach by Carrie Arcos, we follow Rachel as she goes on a mission to find her older brother, Micah, who has left home and disappeared. Read morePublished on January 19, 2013 by MaryAnn
Out of Reach is kind of like an extended road trip. As a reader I probably wouldn't have read it if I had known that. Read morePublished on December 7, 2012 by HeathMali
This book should be required reading for high schoolers! Thanks Ms. Arcos for writing about what's important in such an engaging way.Published on November 16, 2012 by Erika Hettinger