You Are My Only – Beth Kephart

Beth Kephart immediately immerses the reader into the story from the characters’ points of view, without pause for detailed explanations or backstories. The chapters alternate between two stories, that of Sophie, 14, on the run with her mother from the “No Good”, and Emmy, a young mother whose baby has been stolen. For most of her life, Sophie has been home-schooled and strongly controlled by her mother.  When she meets her new neighbors and begins to realize how wonderful it is to be cared for and included, she gets the courage to dig deep into her past. The narrative doesn’t blatantly point out how the two alternating stories are related, but the observant reader will most likely figure it out pretty quickly. Both of these characters are so pure and honest it’s easy to get wrapped up in the story and root for them to get out of their cages.

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