Book: Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis
Published March 2020 by Katherine Tegen Books|240 pages
Where I Got It: I borrowed the e-book from the library
Genre: YA Contemporary
The world is not tame.
Ashley knows this truth deep in her bones, more at home with trees overhead than a roof. So when she goes hiking in the Smokies with her friends for a night of partying, the falling dark and creaking trees are second nature to her. But people are not tame either. And when Ashley catches her boyfriend with another girl, drunken rage sends her running into the night, stopped only by a nasty fall into a ravine. Morning brings the realization that she’s alone – and far off trail. Lost in undisturbed forest and with nothing but the clothes on her back, Ashley must figure out how to survive despite the red streak of infection creeping up her leg.
I am glad I picked up Be Not Far From Me! I really liked Ashley’s story, and I really liked this book!
If you like survival stories, this is the book for you! I’m amazed Ashley managed to stay alive, but if anyone could, I think it would be her. She seemed pretty equipped to stay alive, and definitely spent enough time both hiking in the woods and being outdoors to know how to stay alive long enough to get find someone who could get her help.
I knew she’d survive- this is YA after all, but I really liked seeing how she survived, alone in the forest, with an infection creeping up her leg. I’m pretty impressed she got out of the forest relatively okay. She has a long road to recovery ahead of her.
The fact that she went through a lot trying to get out of there…I don’t know know that I would have been able to do what she did in order to save herself. Her recovery isn’t going to be just a physical recovery, but an emotional/mental one as well.
The writing was beautiful and you could tell in the way Ashley thought about the forest. It was clear she had a lot of respect for the forest and nature and the circle of life. It was clear she understood nature does what it does, and that the world is not a tame place to live.
The great outdoors is her home away from home, but in her time trying to get back home, she does realize that home is a pretty important place to be. She realizes a lot, because she has a lot of time to think and appreciate what she has back at home. I’d probably feel the same way if I were her.
Ashley was pretty easy to relate to, and I thought she handled everything pretty well. I’m not sure I would have handled it that well, but I’m also not the hiking in the woods type. I did like that about her, though. It seems to fit her pretty well, and I think it’s pretty cool she’s into hiking.
I also really admire that she wanted to go back and find her former camp counselor. I’d like to think I’d go back and get him, just so his family has closure but I think it would also terrify me after going through what she went through. Ashley is pretty awesome, and she is most definitely a survivor.
4 stars. I really liked Be Not Far From Me, and I especially liked the moment the title made sense. It really fits what Ashley went through to survive.