Carry Me Home by Jessica Therrien.
My Rating – 2*/5*
‘Lucy and Ruth are country girls from a broken home. When they move to the city with their mother, leaving behind their family ranch and dead-beat father, Lucy unravels.
They run to their grandparents’ place, a trailer park mobile home in the barrio of San Jose. Lucy’s barrio friends have changed since her last visit. They’ve joined a gang called VC. They teach her to fight, to shank, to beat a person unconscious and play with guns. When things get too heavy, and lives are at stake, the three girls head for LA seeking a better life.
But trouble always follows Lucy. She befriends the wrong people, members of another gang, and every bad choice she makes drags the family into her dangerous world.
Told from three points of view, the story follows Lucy down the rabbit hole, along with her mother and sister as they sacrifice dreams and happiness, friendships and futures. Love is waiting for all of them in LA, but pursuing a life without Lucy could mean losing her forever.
Ultimately it’s their bond with each other that holds them together, in a true test of love, loss and survival. ‘
First things first I’m going to give everyone a trigger warning as I wished I had got one when I picked this up, so a trigger warning for: abuse, rape, drug use, violence.
I didn’t like this book, believe me I tried but every time this book had something good happen it took two steps back. It’d told from three different POV’s, Lucy and Ruth and their mom. Lucy was really the main character as most of the story revolved around her and what happens in her life and Ruth and the Mom’s POV is trying to start a new life for themselves while dealing with what Lucy is doing.
I was expecting this book to be violent since I knew it was about gangs but I didn’t expect all the other things to happen in this book so I was quite shocked when I read chapter after chapter and the things that were happening. As for the characters I didn’t like any of them, Lucy was a selfish little girl who clearly only thought about herself, I wish Ruth had got a backbone and actually put herself first instead of her mother and her sister and I just wasn’t that keen on the mom, I didn’t feel like she was like a “mom”, she was more like a friend.
The story as a whole I didn’t really like and I thought the ending was too easy? I just didn’t enjoy it, me and this book didn’t get on which is a shame as it did sound pretty interesting!
➡️ thank you to acorn publishing and Netgalley for the arc.