Be Not Far From Me
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.

Be Not Far From Me Details

TitleBe Not Far From Me
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 3rd, 2020
PublisherKatherine Tegen Books
ISBN-139780062561626
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Adventure, Survival, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult Contemporary, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Suspense

Be Not Far From Me Review

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    This was a hard read at times but I REALLY enjoyed it. Mindy McGinnis has a way of writing books about topics that I didn't think I would be interested in and making them new favorites of mine. This definitely won't be for everyone (especially if you do not like gore and descriptions of intense pain!), but it was very much for me. TW: gore, hunting (for survival), death, cheating
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  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    This is not what I expected from Mindy McGinnis. I read her The Female of the Species, really enjoyed it, and could not wait to dive into this one. But it was so dull. It’s hard to believe that a story about survival, getting lost into the woods and facing obstacles could be so uneventful. And predictable. It’s also very unoriginal. Ashley literally gets lost into the woods because she runs away from a scene she witnessed between her boyfriend and another girl. I understand how cheating can This is not what I expected from Mindy McGinnis. I read her The Female of the Species, really enjoyed it, and could not wait to dive into this one. But it was so dull. It’s hard to believe that a story about survival, getting lost into the woods and facing obstacles could be so uneventful. And predictable. It’s also very unoriginal. Ashley literally gets lost into the woods because she runs away from a scene she witnessed between her boyfriend and another girl. I understand how cheating can deeply affect someone, and I get the running away to escape and clear your mind, but… it’s such a boring reason for getting lost. I do enjoy McGinnis’ writing style. She knows how to create an atmosphere in her stories, and I certainly felt Ashley’s aloneness in the wide, wide woods. But because she is alone in the quiet (sometimes disrupted by animals noises), we are in her mind throughout the ‘‘journey’’ and all she does is reminisce, dig up old memories and ponder. If you like your novels made of 95% of description and only 5% or less of dialog, you will possibly adore this. But if you need things to move a little more and you enjoy interactions between characters that happen then and there too much to trade them for description, your time with this book will be long. Perhaps if I had connected with Ashley or come to appreciate her as a heroine, I would have enjoyed this more. Perhaps. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • Miranda Reads
    January 1, 1970
    ~ 80 pgs in ~I'm hooked. I'm so freaking hooked. And I physically just cringed away from the page when there opossum scene happened.
  • Kai
    January 1, 1970
    Mindy McGinnis can have all my money and by money I mean my soul and my meagre existence too
  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that is hard to stomach. This one is not for the squeamish but it’s so dang good. If you’re a fan of super realistic survival stories, this is Hatchet meets Castaway meets Into Thin Air. Every time I read a survival story I like to think I could do it all too until I reach a part of surviving where I’m like nope...hard pass. This follows Ashley who after partying pretty hard in the woods and stumbling across her boyfriend cheating on her, takes off It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that is hard to stomach. This one is not for the squeamish but it’s so dang good. If you’re a fan of super realistic survival stories, this is Hatchet meets Castaway meets Into Thin Air. Every time I read a survival story I like to think I could do it all too until I reach a part of surviving where I’m like nope...hard pass. This follows Ashley who after partying pretty hard in the woods and stumbling across her boyfriend cheating on her, takes off running into the woods. She wakes up to realize she has no idea where she is and fortunately she has legitimate survival skills and has to make her way through the wilderness. It’s pretty bleak at times but this is such an addicting story and you can’t stop rooting for this badass chick. She’s a freaking tough female lead who unpacks some emotional baggage while dealing with some extreme circumstances. If you’re looking to get lost in an intense survival story, this is the one to binge through in one sitting.
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  • karen
    January 1, 1970
    From the best-selling author of "Not a drop to drink" Mindy McGinnis comes a new contemporary book about a girl who gets lost in the woods. mcginnis having brought The Female of the Species into the world means this tiny synopsis is all i need to know i need this.
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    A girl lost in the woods? Interesting...... Creepy? We'll see.| Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest | Buy this book
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    I. NEED. THIS. I don't want to sell my kidneys. I wish I found it left at my door by a great Samaritan!
  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    "The world is not tame" Oh, I love opening a new Mindy McGinnis book! She is one of those authors that I can always rely on to try something new, never write the same book twice, and be just the right amount of evil. I have not loved all of her books - which is to be expected from an author who is constantly trying out different genres and themes - but I always get excited to see what she's writing next.Also, I don't usually quote the author's description, but this just seemed to sum it all up: "The world is not tame" Oh, I love opening a new Mindy McGinnis book! She is one of those authors that I can always rely on to try something new, never write the same book twice, and be just the right amount of evil. I have not loved all of her books - which is to be expected from an author who is constantly trying out different genres and themes - but I always get excited to see what she's writing next.Also, I don't usually quote the author's description, but this just seemed to sum it all up: “While her settings may change, you can always count on her books to deliver grit, truth, and an unflinching look at humanity and the world around us.” This is so true. Be Not Far From Me is no exception. Not unlike McGinnis' other work, this book is wild in all senses of the word. It is, quite literally, a survival story about a girl lost in the wild, but of course McGinnis also captures all the wildness of human passion and pain.I wasn't sure if this one would be a hit with me, I'll be honest. Girl trying to survive alone in the wilderness? Sounds a bit overdone. I don't need Katniss Everdeen 2.0... But that's the thing. McGinnis is a truly scary writer to read because you actually don’t know how dark she will get, how far into the pits of hell she will let her characters fall. You absolutely believe she can and will let her characters fail, break, and maybe even die. Katniss Everdeen can’t hold a candle to Ashley. Remember when Katniss gets some burn and down floats a perfect little cure-all? Yeah, that shit ain’t happening here. If you’re quiet in the woods long enough, you’ll hear something die. 90% of this book is Ashley on her own out in the Smokies. Her narrative is interspersed with flashbacks and anecdotes, as she pushes herself to survive even as her chances get smaller and smaller. As much as it is about the physical act of surviving, it is also about all her reasons to go on, to keep trying. The book starts when Ashley is out camping with her friends. She wakes up one night, a little drunk and unsteady, and sees her boyfriend with another girl. Upset and angry, she runs away without thinking and takes a tumble down into a ravine. When morning comes, she realizes her potentially fatal mistake: she's alone in the forest, way off track, with no supplies, and an open wound on her foot. But Ashley knows the wilderness well, and she isn't about to give up easily.I gotta say: I loved Ashley. She is tough as nails, but also likeable. Her jealousy and stubbornness add complexity to her personality, but both are relatable and understandable enough to make me warm to her almost instantly. I have to admire how she keeps her cool. As much as I imagine myself conquering the wilderness in hot pants whilst porno groaning like Lara Croft, if my foot was decaying in plain sight, I think I might just lay down and die. But even as things get worse and worse for Ashley, her commentary remains full of bite and dark humour. Maybe I’ll get a therapy dog out of this whole mess.Good thing I don’t have one now though, ’cause I’d eat it. It's tense, entertaining, and hard to put down. If I were to say anything negative, it would be that a few things that happened seemed a little too convenient (view spoiler)[such as her happening to stumble upon some whiskey and oxy right when she needed it (hide spoiler)] and there was one very big coincidence that was poignant but pretty unbelievable.Fans of survival stories with strong protagonists should enjoy Be Not Far From Me. Those sensitive to gore should avoid it. Facebook | Instagram
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  • rachel ☾
    January 1, 1970
    Sadie meets I Am Still Alive,, but not quite as good as either Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog • Goodreads • Twitter • Instagram Sadie meets I Am Still Alive,, but not quite as good as either◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog • Goodreads • Twitter • Instagram
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  • Dannii Elle
    January 1, 1970
    Not gonna lie, I'd probably make a deal with the devil to get my hands on this book early!
  • Catie
    January 1, 1970
    There's no doubt that this book is a thrilling page turner. I stayed up waaaay too late into the wee hours finishing this because I could. not. put. it. down. It has a smart, ruthless heroine whose dogged determination to survive is riveting from page one, and of course Mindy McGinnis's portrayal of the woods is frightening and gritty in all the best ways.However, it also has to be said that this book has some really bizarre scenes. Part of the reason that I could not put this down was because I There's no doubt that this book is a thrilling page turner. I stayed up waaaay too late into the wee hours finishing this because I could. not. put. it. down. It has a smart, ruthless heroine whose dogged determination to survive is riveting from page one, and of course Mindy McGinnis's portrayal of the woods is frightening and gritty in all the best ways.However, it also has to be said that this book has some really bizarre scenes. Part of the reason that I could not put this down was because I was so curious about what the hell was going to happen to this poor girl next. I won't spoil anything here, but some of the situations strained belief. The ending, too, felt a bit oversimplified and neat for my liking.Overall, I think that kids who enjoy action, survival, and relationship drama will really appreciate this book, and I will be purchasing it for the library.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/ 5 starsBe Not Far From Me is a Young Adult contemporary survival story. This is my fifth book by this author. I have previously read: The Female of the Species, A Madness So Discreet, This Darkness Mine, and Heroine.The author is known for writing unique stories. And this one is no exception.This book is divided into three parts. And the chapters are divided by days. The narrator is Ashley (1st person POV). It is the beginning of summer vacation. She will be a high school senior the 3.5/ 5 starsBe Not Far From Me is a Young Adult contemporary survival story. This is my fifth book by this author. I have previously read: The Female of the Species, A Madness So Discreet, This Darkness Mine, and Heroine.The author is known for writing unique stories. And this one is no exception.This book is divided into three parts. And the chapters are divided by days. The narrator is Ashley (1st person POV). It is the beginning of summer vacation. She will be a high school senior the following school year.Ashley and her friends go camping in a state forest. To get there they are on small leg of the Appalachian Trail in Tennessee. Ashley is an experienced hiker and camper. But something happens. And honestly what follows is harrowing, scary and crazy. Some of it was a bit hard to read.The book follows Ashley's journey. Overall, this was a quick read. The book was interesting and it did make me think. Thanks to edelweiss and Katherine Tegen Books for allowing me to read this book.
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  • Jordaline Vulva
    January 1, 1970
    *I recieved this ARC from the publisher for an honest review. 3 This was good. Its certainly entertaining. The writing is simple to get through, the characters straight forward, the plot moved well.However, nothing about it felt special to me. The characters felt like people I've already read about. The plot something I've seen done before. I didnt dislike it, but I didnt love it either.I kept feeling like McGinnis was going only half way with the more gruesome aspects on the novel. It felt as *I recieved this ARC from the publisher for an honest review. 3🌟 This was good. Its certainly entertaining. The writing is simple to get through, the characters straight forward, the plot moved well.However, nothing about it felt special to me. The characters felt like people I've already read about. The plot something I've seen done before. I didnt dislike it, but I didnt love it either.I kept feeling like McGinnis was going only half way with the more gruesome aspects on the novel. It felt as though she were trying to create harrowing situations but didnt expand enough to really make an impact. I wanted more description, more showing, more impact.
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  • Helen Power
    January 1, 1970
    Synopsis When Ashley and her friends decide to spend the night camping in the vast wilderness outside their small town, she has no idea what’s in store for her. After a horrible fight with her boyfriend, she runs away from the group, falling and seriously injuring her foot. She soon realizes that her friends thought she went home. They won't be looking for her. Ordinarily, she’d be fine—she’s a survivor. But she’s far from the path markings and her foot is getting worse and worse by the hour. Synopsis When Ashley and her friends decide to spend the night camping in the vast wilderness outside their small town, she has no idea what’s in store for her. After a horrible fight with her boyfriend, she runs away from the group, falling and seriously injuring her foot. She soon realizes that her friends thought she went home. They won't be looking for her. Ordinarily, she’d be fine—she’s a survivor. But she’s far from the path markings and her foot is getting worse and worse by the hour. Does Ashley have what it takes to survive, or will she end up “missing” in the woods like so many others before her? Plot I really wanted to love this book. The premise is fantastic, and there are a couple of twists and turns along the way.  However, the pacing is not phenomenal. The book starts with a bang, but there are a few too many flashbacks that weigh down the action in the middle of the book, and I often found myself skimming because I wanted to find out what would happen in present day.  While these flashbacks serve to flesh out the main character and her relationships and motivations, they didn’t seem particularly cohesive. It’s rare that I say this, but I think the book might have benefited from a dual timeline. Perhaps the novel could have began with her lost in the woods, injured, with another timeline/flashbacks revealing what happened to get her there. However, the rationale for her being in the woods in the first place is quite shallow, so maybe the author would have had to have spent more time focusing on this in order to make a dual timeline work.  The lack of focus of the flashbacks made them feel unnecessary, when in fact, they do provide some insight into Ashley’s backstory, making the novel read a little more literary than thriller.That said, the best parts of the novel are the thrilling bits. We get a few intense sequences while she’s lost in the woods, but not quite as many as I’d hoped. The book gets more graphic than I’d expected, which was a pleasant surprise. The novel itself is a very quick read, so the issues with pacing shouldn’t deter you from this fun night of reading! Characters & Language The protagonist's voice is this novel’s saving grace. She has a cutting wit and a dark outlook on life that makes her relatable and funny and actually made me genuinely care about if she escaped the woods alive. It’s rare that I combine the Characters and Language elements into the same section in a review, but in this case, I had to. The novel is written in first person present tense from Ashley’s point of view. We get a deeper sense of who Ashley is simply from her description of her surroundings and what is happening.  Her harsh language and the way she thinks is what bumped up my rating for this novel an entire star.The other characters are not as engaging, and this may be because there are quite a few of them and the book is too short. The flashbacks could have been used as a tool to make me more invested in her friends and family, but that wasn’t the case. Nevertheless, these flashbacks provide the reader with the chance to see who Ashley really is, the mistakes she’s made in the past, and how this harrowing experience is changing her.  Setting Be Not Far From Me is set in the middle of the woods in the middle of nowhere.  This is a major appeal for those who want to read this book. The vast expanse of nothingness that Ashley must navigate in order to find her way home is quite chilling and if you’re afraid of the great outdoors and all the dangers it encompasses, you might want to stay away from this book. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a young adult survival novel that’s just as much a coming of age story. * Thank you to OLA Super Conference and HarperCollins for the arc to review! * This review appeared first on https://powerlibrarian.wordpress.com/ Instagram | Blog | Website | Twitter My 2020 Reading Challenge
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  • Angela (Pooled Ink Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    Be not far from me,for trouble is nearand there is no one to helpPsalm 22:11Okay wow. Mindy McGinnis is an insta-buy author for me and so I was beyond ecstatic when a librarian who remembered this gave me an ARC so I could read her latest book early. I am absolutely not surprised one bit by how gripping Be Not Far From Me was. I read the entire thing in a swift few hours (not difficult since it's less than 300 pages, but it's really the story that had me flipping pages at lightning speed). Is it Be not far from me,for trouble is nearand there is no one to helpPsalm 22:11Okay wow. Mindy McGinnis is an insta-buy author for me and so I was beyond ecstatic when a librarian who remembered this gave me an ARC so I could read her latest book early. I am absolutely not surprised one bit by how gripping Be Not Far From Me was. I read the entire thing in a swift few hours (not difficult since it's less than 300 pages, but it's really the story that had me flipping pages at lightning speed). Is it my favorite McGinnis book? Nope, that remains The Female of the Species , but it was still utterly fantastic. "Because I knew, every time I left my house for the woods, that it could kill me. I just never believed it would try. 'The world is not tame,'..." This book is dark AF, it's rough and ragged, it's wild, and it is so so good. I really love the title tie-in (you'll know once you get to it), and the character development that evolved despite there only being one character for most of the book. McGinnis has a true talent for storytelling and I applaud her once more. After you've read this book (because you simply must), a similar read I'd recommend is I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall. It's another good survival story. I love hiking and spending time in the woods, it always feels so right, but I know full well I am not equipped to survive out there and books like these remind me why lol.
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  • Jaye Berry
    January 1, 1970
    TW: animal death, human death, dismemberment; cursed descriptions all aroundI should probably let this sit for longer before reviewing but I don't have time for that so let's get in this. I absolutely loved Heroine and The Female of the Species by this author but besides those, her books are a hit or miss for me. This one was kind of in the middle. "'Be not far from me,'" I say. "'For trouble is near and there is no one to help.'" This book follows a girl named Ashley who ends up lost in the TW: animal death, human death, dismemberment; cursed descriptions all aroundI should probably let this sit for longer before reviewing but I don't have time for that so let's get in this. I absolutely loved Heroine and The Female of the Species by this author but besides those, her books are a hit or miss for me. This one was kind of in the middle. "'Be not far from me,'" I say. "'For trouble is near and there is no one to help.'" This book follows a girl named Ashley who ends up lost in the woods after running off after she sees her boyfriend hooking up with another girl. The wild isn't kind and Ashley goes through many different hardships to survive.First off this book is NASTY. DISGUSTING. GROSS. uGHH. Mindy did NOT shy away from extreme detail about how survival in the wild can be dark and gruesome and I'm gagging just thinking about how much a mangled foot was mentioned. We also have animals being bludgeoned to death and we really have to read about this girl (view spoiler)[cutting off a part of her own damn infected nasty foot, and of course the infamous finding a dead body in the woods and chilling with it for a day. (hide spoiler)] I give props for not shying away from the grisly but also ewwwwwwww. I'm still screeching.I'm not really a fan of survival stories really but the author's writing managed to keep me interested? Maybe because the story isn't very long so I just flew through it. Ashley is out in the woods by herself so the majority of this book is just her survival struggles (while she also thinks about old memories). Some of the things that happened I was kind of side-eying like... pretty sure she would have died much sooner but that's on keeping infections "clean" with dirty stream water.Ashley is pretty badass, and I was impressed with her not dying instantly like I would have. But the beginning of the book had SO MUCH girl hate from Ashley / "I'm not like other girls" mentality and just dragging girls for being ~girly sluts~ in general because she's outdoorsy and considers herself too good for that kind of stuff. It's the current year of 2020. Please leave that disgusting mentality behind.I do still wish more had happened but I'm not mad about it because I know if more had happened, it could have been even grosser. The ending was perfectly neat but Ashley deserved it after the shit she went through. Just... keep your nasty rotting foot away from me forever please and thank you.
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  • Parker Jensen
    January 1, 1970
    The first 26 pages included the "I'm not like other girls trope" (Unchecked), slut shaming (Unchecked), immediate girl hate (Unchecked), shaming of other girls for liking makeup and possessing other "feminine" traits (Unchecked), and other annoying sexist tropes. The main character goes through a lot and has a bit of a change of heart but not really on any of these issues. She actually goes on to slut shame another girl late in the novel as well as shame her for having a teen pregnancy all while The first 26 pages included the "I'm not like other girls trope" (Unchecked), slut shaming (Unchecked), immediate girl hate (Unchecked), shaming of other girls for liking makeup and possessing other "feminine" traits (Unchecked), and other annoying sexist tropes. The main character goes through a lot and has a bit of a change of heart but not really on any of these issues. She actually goes on to slut shame another girl late in the novel as well as shame her for having a teen pregnancy all while she supposedly is becoming a better person. I also felt like the plotting needed some work and there was a few plot points that were just a little too much. I can't expand on those too much without spoiling the book but there were a few things that felt a bit too far fetched.I will say that in its favor this book has some extremely unique and painful scenes. I really enjoyed how dark McGinnis was willing to take things. It was gruesome and brutal, and the nature was beautifully described. There was also a beautiful part of this novel that explored the main characters relationship with her father. These parts explored single parenthood and class, both of which I thought were nicely discussed.The positives personally did not out weigh the negative taste the main character, the sexist tropes, and the plot problems left in my mouth.
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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    come on Mindy how many great-sounding books that'll probably be about girl agency can you release??
  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    The title of this book is inspired by Psalm 22, which is the verse prior to the one everyone seems to know. And that’s the most apt metaphor for what this book is, as well as who Ashley, our main character, is too.Ashley is the main character in this story, and she’s got a hard and sharp edge to her. She’s a little rough, a little tumble, and she grew up with her father after her mom abandoned the family. They make due in a trailer, with very little money. It’s a small town in Tennessee and The title of this book is inspired by Psalm 22, which is the verse prior to the one everyone seems to know. And that’s the most apt metaphor for what this book is, as well as who Ashley, our main character, is too.Ashley is the main character in this story, and she’s got a hard and sharp edge to her. She’s a little rough, a little tumble, and she grew up with her father after her mom abandoned the family. They make due in a trailer, with very little money. It’s a small town in Tennessee and everyone knows everyone else. Tonight, Ashley is joined by her friends Meredith and Kavita for a party deep in the Smokies, where everyone will get drunk and do stupid things. That’s what you do when you’re a small towner on the edge of the wild. Except, as the party progresses and Ashley awakes needing to pee….she finds her boyfriend Duke having sex with someone who isn’t her. Drunk brain tells her the best course of action here is to run, so run she does. And that’s when things turn from bad to worse. She awakes deeply lost, with a mangled foot, and no idea where she ended up. She’s now on her own to find her way out of the woods and make her way back home.Told over the course of roughly two weeks, we get to know not only Ashley’s current circumstances, we get to know her grit and determination. Turns out what can be off-putting in school can be extremely useful in the woods. She’s not afraid to make due with the things she finds, including a shelter in the form of a former meth lab, eating possum when there’s nothing else to eat, and using flint to remove parts of her own body so that infection doesn't take over. But the longer she’s gone and further she attempts to feebly travel, she shares how and why it is she has these survival skills. Ashley’s experiences with religion play a fascinating role in her story, as does a relationship she fostered with a slightly older boy named Davey Beet. He, too, was a person who liked the outdoors and respected it. Like Ashley, he found himself alone in the woods. But when he never returned, the community mourned his loss. No body was ever found, and Ashley keeps thinking about him and the lessons he taught her about survival as she herself fights for those very things. Perhaps Davey isn’t far away at all.This one is pitched as Hatchet meets Wild and yes to both, except like I will forever argue, it’s a million times more compelling than Hatchet. You see the actions required to survive in such a place, but it’s not mundane or drawn out. We get to know Ashley very well, even though the story itself is pretty tight and fast paced. The tactics she takes can be pretty raw and unflinching but they’re absolutely in line not only with the realities of surviving in the wilderness alone, but also to who she is as a character. It’s a pretty insular read, insofar as we don’t get to know many other characters at all, save for Davey and Ashley’s father, both through flashbacks, but that is what makes it so compelling.Hand to readers who like challenging protagonists, survival stories, and wilderness adventure books where things go really wrong. Then make sure you don’t go party too hard in the woods.
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  • Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you HarperCollins and Katherine Tegen for the ARC.Oh, yes. Another creepy and twisted book by Mindy McGinnis. My body is ready.Blog | Twitter | Instagram | BlogLovin’
  • Nada Hosny
    January 1, 1970
    can you just take ma money, pulleaaaseee?
  • Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you kindly to Katherine Tegan Books for my review copy.There were a few things that didn't sit right with me. I will say that this was objectively a good survival story (with some gruesome scenes -- definitely a trigger warning for bodily horror and mutilation), but I felt it lacked some... substance? Maybe. IDK. Review to come.
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    Into the Wild meets Winter's BoneThis would have been a five-star book for me, but for a few major problems. The story is so unrealistic to the point of distraction. I have issues with some of the plot points and the ending is wrapped up too quickly and neatly. Otherwise, it's a thrilling read of survivalist fiction that pulls from some of humanity's deepest fears. It's disgusting and I love it.
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  • Jerico
    January 1, 1970
    Extending my deepest gratitude to Edelweiss and Katherine Tegen Books for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. However, this does not affect any opinions or feedback stated concerning the book whatsoever. TW: Death, body part dismemberment, obscenity, graphic depictions of some grisly stuff5 'completely stunned and gasping for air' stars! FRTC upon its official release.This was my 2nd Mindy McGinnis book that I flew through rather quickly than I imagined I would and surely, it Extending my deepest gratitude to Edelweiss and Katherine Tegen Books for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. However, this does not affect any opinions or feedback stated concerning the book whatsoever. TW: Death, body part dismemberment, obscenity, graphic depictions of some grisly stuff5 'completely stunned and gasping for air' stars! FRTC upon its official release.This was my 2nd Mindy McGinnis book that I flew through rather quickly than I imagined I would and surely, it delivered! I thought it was just some typical YA survival story but it actually was a hell of a lot more. It was a hundred percent gritty, gutsy, raw and unflinching read and tells an unapologetic yet cautionary tale of our human instinct to live and survive even when all seems lost and pointing against the right track and therefore seems to exist only to target the better part of you. I so loved how the MC Ashley Hawkins handled everything that went against her way. One would think surviving all alone in the woods is something that is not that big of a deal since it has rarely happened anywhere in the world thus not to be troubled about but seeing how Ashley barely managed to get away from it, I would say there are a lot of things people are still yet to discover and experience by themselves. Throughout the book, Ashley also did some reminiscing from the past and in a way discovered herself, who she really was and what she really stood for until the time certain realizations dawned on her that there were still things she needed to do and people she needed to make amends to. The woods utterly changed her together with some connections from the past, learning to trust herself and not to give in to frailty when everything seems to push her to her limits. I could not even begin to grapple with everything Ashley went through. Seeing your boyfriend cheating on you with his ex is one thing but surviving the wild all alone is a very different thing altogether.If you're in for an extremely wild ride deep in the woods with nothing but yourself (and your thoughts) to depend on, then this will definitely hit the right artery spot for you.
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  • Alison (Story-eyed Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED this book.I didn't mean to read it all in one sitting, but I definitely ended up reading it all in one sitting. I started it-- and then, seemingly seconds later, I looked up and was almost finished. And it was dark outside.I couldn't put this book down! Ashley's journey was gripping, intense, emotional and compelling as hell. I had to know what happened to her, if she survived, and how the hell she was going to get out of that forest. I was continually impressed with her grit and I LOVED this book.I didn't mean to read it all in one sitting, but I definitely ended up reading it all in one sitting. I started it-- and then, seemingly seconds later, I looked up and was almost finished. And it was dark outside.I couldn't put this book down! Ashley's journey was gripping, intense, emotional and compelling as hell. I had to know what happened to her, if she survived, and how the hell she was going to get out of that forest. I was continually impressed with her grit and know-how and I liked the twist of her fact being a big part of her survival, it felt real and fresh.I could not have done what Ashley did. Or rather, I like to think that I could, but- I have to be honest. There were so many moments in this gripping survival story that had me cringing, making faces, or holding the book so close to my face it made my eyes hurt. I FELT her pain and suffering and slow build into madness. And then I FELT her relief and love and joy at being found.The ending was...perfect. What a beautiful end to a terrifying story. Despite everything, despite being lost and suffering in the forest for two whole weeks, she goes back in. For love and for friendship. She conquers her fear and goes back into the forest and I love and believe in the statement that makes to the reader.I had so much fun reading this and I will definitely be recommending it to friends and on my blog. What a read.
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  • Nina (Every Word A Doorway)
    January 1, 1970
    Fun fact: By now, I'm pretty sure I'd be intrigued by any premise of any book this woman writes.
  • hualian love machine
    January 1, 1970
    More Mindy McGinnis? Yes, please!
  • Janice
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, this book kicked me in the gut and I never quite caught my breath. I was prepared for a fairly formulaic jaunt through the woods ala Wild and instead I got something untamed. McGinnis isn't holding any punches in this story. Ashley isn't like "normal" girls, but somehow she doesn't come across as a flat or internally misogynistic. She's multidimensional from knowing how to skin a deer, having girl friends, getting hung up on a man, and spoiler alert...eating worms. This could've easily Wow, this book kicked me in the gut and I never quite caught my breath. I was prepared for a fairly formulaic jaunt through the woods ala Wild and instead I got something untamed. McGinnis isn't holding any punches in this story. Ashley isn't like "normal" girls, but somehow she doesn't come across as a flat or internally misogynistic. She's multidimensional from knowing how to skin a deer, having girl friends, getting hung up on a man, and spoiler alert...eating worms. This could've easily become boring, unmoored, or exploitative, but McGinnis held a tight rein. Even when Ash is frequently in her head her body and surrounding are never too far behind and no passages felt graphic for the sake of entertainment. There was a wealth of respect for the natural world and the situation our heroine was in throughout. I was kept guessing right until the end. Though I felt the ending was a little rushed I finished the last line satisfied and in awe. Thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this copy to review.
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  • Lisa Buffi
    January 1, 1970
    I stumbled upon Mindys work about a year or so ago and I’ve just devoured everything that she’s written. This book is no different. Be Not Far From Me is excellent and so suspenseful I could have probably read it in one sitting.
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