Carry Me Home by Jessica Therrien

My Rating: 4 Stars!

Publisher: Acorn Publishing

Publish Date: September 26th, 2017

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc copy in exchange for an honest review

Purchase: Amazon


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.

*subject to change*

Opening Sentence: “FOR THE MOST PART, I remember my childhood as dry weeds and dirt roads, warm sun and birdsong.”

*Trigger warning for rape, drug abuse, and gang violence.*


Filled with suspense and lots of action, Carry Me Home is the tale of two sisters torn apart by ones choice to hang out with the wrong crowd. Mostly this book is about Lucy. Lucy who gets caught up with gangs and spirals downward into situations that could have ended in her death more then once.

Told in both a small town and a larger city the dynamics of both places add to flavor of this novels brand of fear. What was really cool for me was that the city it takes part in is Glendale, California where I had lived for most of my life. It was nice to read and see how well the author described my home town and what it’s like to live there.

As the novel progresses, Lucy gets into more and more trouble and further and further away from her family. The person that she especially starts to push away is her sister Ruth and Ruth begins to also take her own path, but they are bound by their blood so they continue to clash.

The gang world is one that I know I will never be a part of, but it very real and very terrifying. This is a story of what happens when you get caught in that sort of environment, for some they make it out alive and others don’t. Gang violence is a vicious cycle of killing for revenge until you forget what started it all and give into to anger until you too are dead. For these reasons this novel was important to me, so that I could understand another’s way of life weather I agree with it or not.

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below!

-Till next time!

10 thoughts on “Carry Me Home: A Review

  1. Is this a YA novel? Sounds interesting, I’ve actually never read a novel about or containing “gang violence”, as you put it. Bonus points for your hometown, that must be awesome to read; I’ve actually had an author from my hometown publish a collection of short stories when I was in high school and I would go to the places where the action took place and read each story there. So cool 🙂

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