Out of Reach
Booklist Reviews 2012 October #2
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. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring
Almost-seventeen-year-old Rachel travels to San Diego to search for her missing brother, a meth addict; as the day unfolds, she confronts the dangers and destructiveness of drug abuse. The glacial pace allows for compelling flashbacks; detailed descriptions; and musings on relationships, family, choice, God, etc., but may challenge readers to stay engaged. The anti-drug message is delivered with a rather heavy hand.
PW Reviews 2012 October #4
Arcos's debut novel unfolds over the span of a single day, as 16-year-old Rachel searches for her meth-addicted older brother, Micah, who has gone missing. Out of the blue, Rachel receives a vague, anonymous email telling her that Micah is in the Ocean Beach neighborhood of San Diego and "not doing so good." Rather than, say, reply to the email to ask for more information, Rachel calls Micah's friend and bandmate Tyler, and the two drive down to try to find him. Several hours, one stolen car, and many conversations later, they're not having much luck. Rachel is a believable, if not especially appealing, combination of naÃ¯ve and judgmental, qualities that soften only slightly as the book progresses. Arcos works in information about crystal meth (including its history and effects), genetic predisposition to addiction, and other topics, but the brunt of the narrative consists of Rachel's flashbacks and memories. This both aids character development and makes sense, as Rachel can't let go of the brother she knew, but it also greatly hampers the story's momentum. Ages 14â??up. Agent: Kerry Sparks, Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. (Oct.)[Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC