Take Me With You When You Go
by David Levithan; Jennifer Niven
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Pub Date 31 Aug 2021 | Archive Date 26 May 2022
From the New York Times bestselling authors of All the Bright Places and Every Day comes a story of hope, family, and finding your home in the people who matter the most.
Subject: You. Missing.
Ezra Ahern wakes up one day to find his older sister, Bea, gone. No note, no sign, nothing but an email address hidden somewhere only he would find it. Ezra never expected to be left behind with their abusive stepfather and their neglectful mother - how is he supposed to navigate life without Bea?
Bea Ahern already knew she needed to get as far away from home as possible. But a message in her inbox changes everything, and she finds herself alone in a new city - without Ez, without a real plan - chasing someone who might not even want to be found.
As things unravel at home for Ezra, Bea confronts secrets about their past that will forever change the way they think about their family. Together and apart, broken by abuse but connected by love, this brother and sister must learn to trust themselves before they can find a way back to each other.
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Average rating from 30 members
This is so cleverly written! The format is a series of emails between a brother and a sister. The sister has runaway from home and has ended all communication with the people in her life, except her brother. She's left behind an email address for him to use to talk to her. While she writes about her new life, her brother Ezra is left to pick up the shattered pieces Bea has left behind .
The struggles these children face are heart breaking and I found the I was addicted from the very first email. The format style made this a surprisingly easy read. I absolutely loved the journey and development of Ez. It was hard not to want to route for him, at times I really wished I could give him a massive hug and tell him it was going to be okay. Surprisingly, I also liked the development of Bea. Initially she's very hard to like, however through the book you see her slowly bringing her walls down and showing her vulnerability which makes for her to be such a great character. Especially when the reader can see how difficult her life was at home.
It saddens me how let down they have been by the adults around them who could and should have done more. But ultimately this is a beautiful story about the unbreakable bond of siblings.
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