I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan

“Emily Bell believes in destiny. To her, being forced to sing a solo in the church choir–despite her average voice–is fate: because it’s while she’s singing that she first sees Sam. At first sight, they are connected.
Sam Border wishes he could escape, but there’s nowhere for him to run. He and his little brother, Riddle, have spent their entire lives constantly uprooted by their unstable father. That is, until Sam sees Emily. That’s when everything changes.
As Sam and Riddle are welcomed into the Bells’ lives, they witness the warmth and protection of a family for the first time. But when tragedy strikes, they’re left fighting for survival in the desolate wilderness, and wondering if they’ll ever find a place where they can belong. Beautifully written and emotionally profound, I’ll Be There is a gripping story that explores the complexities of teenage passions, friendships, and loyalties.” -Goodreads.com


I actually don’t cry that much when reading, but I’ll Be There did that to me. Not as bad as TFIOS or The Book Thief, but so close.

At first I didn’t love the book but slowly seeing how everything was connected. And all of the relationships that come though it… Wow. Yes there is a bit with romance, but it’s mostly about family. Just such an amazing book. If I were to do a list from last year’s books this one would be on it….


5 stars.

Read from December 13 to 15, 2013.


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