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Out of Reach Hardcover – October 16, 2012

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Gr 9 Up-When Rachel's brother begins using crystal meth to fuel his music, she turns a blind eye, hoping the issue will resolve itself. Then Micah disappears, and Rachel is wracked with guilt. Could she have tried harder to help him? An anonymous email tips her off that he is in Ocean Beach and in serious trouble. Teaming up with Micah's former bandmate, Tyler, she sets off to search for her brother. It's soon apparent that this is not only a journey to find Micah, but one that Rachel must take to make peace with herself. At its simplest, this is a story about addiction and its far-reaching impact on the user and those close to him. It is also about love, family, and personal growth. None are new topics to YA literature, but it is how the author approaches them that sets this book apart. Rachel's voice is painfully honest as, more and more, she opens up about her life and how her brother's addiction is affecting her. A budding romance softens the knowledge that the search for Micah might not come to a happy or conclusive ending. A powerful debut.-Alissa J. Bach, Oxford Public Library, MIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Rachel’s older brother Micah is using crystal meth, and he is lying, stealing, and hurting those who love him in order to feed his addiction. After Micah leaves home without a word, an anonymous e-mail warns Rachel that Micah is in serious trouble. So Rachel teams up with Micah’s fellow band member, handsome bad-boy Tyler, to find her brother. Micah’s disintegration is revealed as strangers tell Rachel exactly what she doesn’t want to hear. Her sad journey is a route traveled by many who have lost a loved one to drug addiction. There is no happy reunion scene to anticipate, no reclaiming one of the most important relationships in her life. But, despite the heartache of the search, Rachel begins to see that her life isn’t destroyed—and that Tyler is surprisingly kind and caring. In addition to the fictional elements, the book deftly incorporates solid information about drug addiction, and teens affected by drug use may see their own experiences reflected in Rachel’s story. Recommend this to readers of Ellen Hopkins’ similarly themed novels in verse. Grades 9-12. --Diane Colson
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442440538
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442440531
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,387,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With my own children on the cusp of their teenage years, Out of Reach was a good reminder that I need to be intricately involved with my kids and where they are. It felt very mature for a young adult book, but it could just be the stage of life I'm in. I certainly would have read it in my own teenage years. I can see introducing it to my kids in a few years and letting it be a great conversation builder about drug use and destructive choices. Rachel carries a lot of weight on her thin shoulders and it's good to see her working through that and the conclusion she comes to. I found the ending to be exactly what I wanted... more like read life instead of a neatly resolved quick story like the 30-minute sitcom Rachel was hoping her family conflicts could be. Great first novel, I look forward to reading more from the creative mind of Carrie Arcos.
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A journey of realization, forgiveness, and finding a little romance along the way. Out of Reach gives a realistic look at how the dangers of substance abuse affects not only yourself but those around you. And Carrie captures the situation in straight-to-the-point verbage and unsugarcoated descriptions.

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.
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What first caught my attention about Out of Reach was the cover - it's stark and beautiful and powerful. And luckily, that's what the whole novel was like, for me!

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.
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Great story, well written and thought out. I enjoy the perspective of a younger sister struggling to reconcile her hero complex of her older drug addict brother. The people she meets in this journey are great characters who bring depth to the subject and perspectives a not easy found. I highly recommend it for anyone who deals with a family member or helps other's deal with addict behaviour. Thank you for writing this book.
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WARNING: This review may contain spoilers and general rantiness.

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?
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