"A riveting page-turner…Jessica Therrien broke my heart into a million pieces—and then put it back together again. This book will haunt and uplift readers long after they turn the last page."
-KAT ROSS, best-selling author of The Midnight Sea
CARRY ME HOME is a fictional novel inspired by the true story of a teenage girl's involvement in several Mexican gangs in San Jose and Los Angeles. The members of her crew call her, Guera, Spanish for "white girl" and it doesn't take long for her to get lost in their world of guns and drugs.
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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.
Captivating and moving
With every turn of the page, I found myself deeper and deeper in the story. I could picture every face, every moment, as Jessica paints the most beautifully detailed portrait of the characters and life around them. I couldn’t put the book down, only stopping when I had to resume my life, but found myself wanting to dive back into their world, worried what was happening within the pages, as if my reading might change what was already predetermined.
Carry Me Home is eye opening, riveting, and weaves the story flawlessly between the viewpoints of three characters without breaking the story line in the change of narrator.
5 stars does not feel like it’s enough.