Publication date: 16 October 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Length: 256 pages
Age group: Young Adult
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My rating: ★★
How do you find someone who doesn’t want to be found?
Rachel has always idolized her older brother Micah. He struggles with addiction, but she tells herself that he’s in control. And she almost believes it. Until the night that Micah doesn’t come home.
Rachel’s terrified–and she can’t help but feel responsible. She should have listened when Micah tried to confide in her. And she only feels more guilt when she receives an anonymous note telling her that Micah is nearby and in danger.
With nothing more to go on than hope and a slim lead, Rachel and Micah’s best friend, Tyler, begin the search. Along the way, Rachel will be forced to confront her own dark secrets, her growing attraction to Tyler…and the possibility that Micah may never come home.
Out of Reach has been sitting on my bookshelf for over two years now so, during a recent visit to my parents’ house, I decided it was time I finally picked it up. I’ve heard countless of great things about it when it first came out in the US, so I was a little surprised – and disappointed – when it didn’t turn out to be as good as I expected.
I liked the idea behind the story and the fact that Arcos (presumably) wants readers to get an insight into how drugs affect the lives of ordinary, everyday people and their families. I also liked the tiny bits of memories we hear about Rachel and Micah’s childhood, the time before Micah’s addiction, but that’s pretty much all I can say in favour of the book. It fell flat in every other way. It’s just… it’s nothing special. There’s nothing about the characters or the story itself that would make me remember the book in a few weeks’ or a month’s time. Even after reading 256 pages, I still feel like I don’t know Micah – or Rachel or Tyler, for that matter.
But, to be completely honest, I would have been okay with that. The dullness of the characters wouldn’t have mattered so much if I at least knew the story was going somewhere. But it wasn’t. The ending was just as disappointing as the rest of the story and, after nearly 300 pages, the only thing I could say was: ‘that’s it?’