The title characters in Me & Emma are very nearly photographic opposites--8-year-old Carrie, the raven-haired narrator, is timid and introverted, while her little sister Emma is a tow-headed powerhouse with no sense of fear. The girls live in a terrible situation: they depend on an unstable mother that has never recovered from her husband's murder, their stepfather beats them regularly, and they must forage on their own for food.Stop here and you have a story told many times before, as fiction and nonfiction in tales like Ellen Foster, or I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings--stories in which a young girl reveals the horrors of her childhood. Me & Emma differentiates itself with a spectacular finish, shocking the reader and turning the entire story on its head. Through several twists and turns the reader learns that things are not quite the way our narrator led us to believe and everything crescendos in a way that (like all good thrillers) immediately makes you want to go back and read the whole book again from the start
This book takes a jarring twist at the end of the book and it really left me in tears. A whole in heart is left now, this book totally ripped it out. What I really think is the bad part is that things like this happen all to often in this world. I totally agree with the synopsis that as soon as your done with this book, you will want to turn around and start this book all over again. I'm not sure now knowing the end, if I can read it again without bawling like a baby all the way through it.
I have many people ask me why I choose to read books that have this type of subject, it really is quiet disturbing. I think if more people would read books like this, maybe this problem would be less of an epidemic. When I read books that have real problems in them, it makes me want to do something to change them. Just think if enough people could ban together, what a change we could make.
I'm sure this book will never leave my heart! 5 stars of complete tears.