I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars. I just finished reading it, after not being able to put it down, and it left me speechless, not to mention the goose bumps it gave me. At first I wasn't sure where this story was headed since I hadn't heard anything about it prior to seeing it on PBS but I have to say that this story packs one heck of a punch. Quite the surprise ending. This is definitely a book I will recommend to my friends. It's going on my "Keeper" shelf.
I am so glad I finally got this out of the tbr pile! What a wonderful read!! If you are easily turned off by somewhat dark stories like say, oh, The Lovely Bones, along those lines, you might not like this book. But Flock does an excellent job at telling the story through a child's voice and I've got to tell you, I did not see the ending coming at all, even though I was sure I knew what it would be. I've got to love a book that can do that to me! 5 stars all the way!!
I bought this book at a local Drugstore , i was in between books and just needed a "filler",, I got HOOKED into this book the whole way thru! It was sooo sad throughout and made me mad at how parents can treat their own children.
I am hardly ever totally surprised by an ending!! This one TOTALLY surprised me!
This is a great read!
Wow. I read this book in a day, because I had to see what was going to happen. I don't want to be a spoiler by revealing too much about the plot, but this is one of those books you'll want to skim again after you finish it the first time. It may help other readers to know that the book deals with domestic abuse but does not, in my opinion, become gratuitously graphic.
I read this book in two nights. It is so easy to read and keeps you interested throughout. The story is sad and can be depressing, but the spunk of the two young girls in this book keeps you reading and keeps you cheering them on. You read faster and faster, just wanting and waiting for them to persevere despite the horrible family and situation they live in.
SUCH A GREAT BOOK... one of those you just dont want to end ! It sits in your heart for days after you finish reading it. I recommend this book to anyone ... I even explained the whole thing to my husband every chance I got!
One of the best books I have read all year. Had it not been for all the buzz about it, I probably would have never picked it up, but once I finished reading it, I was blown away. It wasn't just the ending that surprised me, but the enormity and complexity of the main character's situation. Having her, an eight year old abused child, narrate the story, makes it that much more intriguing.
Me & Emma is an awesome read!! I had no idea what to expect out of this book and it left me with my mouth wide open (literally) at the end. It is about sister, about love, about abuse, about hate. It's has everything a dark twisted story should have. I loved it !!!
This is truely one of the best books I've read. As seen through a child's eyes, it is sad, innocent and heart-wrenching. It definately makes you stop and think. I have recommended this book to so many.
This book was very intriguing. Our book club read it and as we all work together, it was very difficult not to talk about it before we met. It generated much conversation. I would reccommend it if you are part of a group.
What an engrossing tale of two sisters with a surprise ending I never saw coming. It will have you reading long into the night. You will think of Carrie and Emma long after you finish this book, I know I do.
This is one of my all time favorite books. It is not an easy book to read and it is heart-wrenching, but I have not read too many books that stuck with me like this one and Kept me thinking about it for a long time after the last page was turned!
I loved this book. The author brings the reader inside the life of the little girl protagonist with great care and believability. And the ending....well, I was blown away. I HIGHLY recommend this book...it is one you will not forget.
I can sum this book up in one word...GRIPPING....
Carrie Parker seems like any other eight-year-old girl, but unlike other children, she faces a horrible reality at home, where she strives to protect her younger sister, Emma. To escape the pain, the sisters intend to run away. But when their plan unravels and their world is shattered, a shocking truth is revealed that leaves everyone reeling.
I picked this up because everyone raved about the surprise ending. Unfortunately, if you keep in mind that there is a surprise ending, you'll have it figured out by about page 20. I know I did. I only kept reading because I didn't think it could be anything so obvious.
The rest of the story is a maudlin and predictible little tale about a poor family with a history of abuse. There's nothing particularly special or interesting about it, except the "surprise ending." The one that wasn't a surprise.
I really enjoyed this book. I think I've enjoyed it more SINCE reading it than when I WAS reading it. The ending makes you go back all over the entire book again. I thought about it all night last night. I did guess the ending, but it made no difference to the books flow. Haven't enjoyed a book this much since ELSEWHERE by Zevin.
I finished this in 2 days, I had to know how it ended. It is a good read. Good subject matter, thought provoking but not overdone. I was surprised by the ending though, it kept my mind turning a few days to digest the twist at the end.
All I have to day is AWESOME!! Sometimes you think "Where is this going??" and wonder why some things don't seem to "match-up" but....the end ties up nicely so keep reading! I loved this book and read it in two days!
After being unaffected and bored by Flock's "Everything Must Go"....all i can say is WOW! WOW! WOW! As harrowing a tale this is, it was such an great read and i fell in love with Carrie and Emma. I loved the narative which was in the voice of a "smart-for-her-years" 8yr old. I cannot get over the ending, which i thought i had figured out, as it left me absolutely speechless...i could go on and on about this...but all i have to say is...read the synopsis, read the book and i KNOW you'll feel the same!!!! A++++++ to Flock's redemption with me as a GREAT author!
All I can do is just echo all the other members whose reviews I have read--Wow! What an awesome book. I read this over two days and the night in between, I almost got up out of bed several times to get the book because I just couldn't wait to see how it ended. At times what happens to Carrie and Emma is so sad that you don't want to turn the next page, but you will be glad you kept turning in the end.
Emma and Me by Elizabeth Flock was about two sisters, Emma and Carrie. Age 6 and 8. They've fallen upon some hard times. Their mother seems depressed and at your wits end and their stepfather is an abusive drunk.
I thought this book was going to be one of those books that you finish and you say, WOW. I can't believe that was such a good book. I expected a lot more than what I actually got out of this one. Was it emotional, yes. Was it amazing, no.
I was really into this book, I thought it was going places, and then it sorted of drifted into me just watching two little girls go about life. It actually got repetitive and boring after a little bit. Not to mention the ending that I really didn't like. Maybe because there seemed to be no growth.
what a truly interesting story. amazing how the author can find the words & thoughts of an 8 year old girl. I enjoyed the book, even the ending was different then I expected. Got me interested from page 1. If you are looking for unusual try this book.
In many ways, Carrie Parker is like any other 8 year old - playing make-believe, dreading school, dreaming of faraway places. But even her imaginative mind can't shut out the realities of her impoverished North Carolina home or help her protect her younger sister, Emma.
There are really no words to discribe this book. It is amazing. A surprise ending that you never see coming and characters that jump to life. I read this in one day...I could not put it down. It is certainly worth picking up no matter what genre you are interested in and no matter how large your TBR, move this book directly to the front!
This book had me until the very last page. I loved it and felt so drawn in right from the beginning. It's very well written and keeps your undivided attention throughout. I had to go back and read it again as soon as I finished the first time to see what I had missed! Be prepared to be shocked!!!
If you like books that when you get to the end you think WOW, I never saw that comming, you need to read Me and Emma. Eight year old Caroline is the ME, who is always looking out for her little six year old sister, Emma, even though on many occasions, Emma is the stronger of the two. After their father was killed in a burglary witnessed by Emma, their mother marries an extremely abusive man. The story is one of a child's survival in a very disfunctional family.
Ummm....I don't quite know what to say about this book. While reading it I wasn't thrilled with it. Somethings didn't make sense and I couldn't stand some of the words choices...."cain't" is used many many times and some of the same sayings were used over and over again. BUT I do have to say that the ending was amazing. I wasn't expecting it when I was reading it but after it was over I realized I should have realized the ending. If you can get passed the 'issues' with the book. The ending is definitely worth it. It was an easy read and quick to get through.
I actually didn't mean to give it 5 stars but definitely worth 4ish.
Wow I could not put this book down, read it today. Just finished it, I cried afterwards, and am still pretty sad. Good book, tear jerker. I dont want to give away anything in case you haven't read it. But I just feel for Carrie.. And I hate her mother.
This book is just wonderful. I felt so connected with the characters that I felt true grief at the end of this story. Another reviewer said this book stays with you for days after you read it. That is so true. It is one of the best "gotcha" endings I have read in a long time. I would recommend this to anyone!
This is an excellent novel. While it is about a very touchy subject it is in no way presented in a upsteeing manner. The author has created a work of genius, presenting the subject of child abuse from the eyes and words of a child. This is a must read!
This was a fast read for me, because I simply couldn't put it down! It's one of the few books that I can honestly say really made me sit back at the end and say, Wow! Maybe other readers were more perceptive, but I never saw it coming. Hopefully you will have the same experience :)
An amazing story told from the point of view of Carrie, a semi-neglected, abused child. She talks in a matter-of-fact voice and takes a matter-of-fact approach to handling the situations in her life, figuring out what to do if a parent doesn't come home or shows up very drunk. She tries to take care of her younger sister, Emma, even running away from home with her to try and find a better life. (They don't make it very far.) I developed deep affection for Carrie and wanted to see her hopes and wishes come true. She's memorable.
One word describes this: Heartbreaking! I read it in 2 sittings, could not put it down. A sad story that haunts me still, & I read it over a year ago! As a mother I wanted to choke the mother in the book...! I kept wanting SOME adult somewhere, to step in & help this little girl. I pray that God is with all the little children out there who live a life like the child in this book. Read with caution...especially if you are a mother.
A very strange read but at the same time, the author knows how to draw you in and in that way it was good. There were some spelling errors of which I'm not sure were intentional but were very VERY annoying. all in all an alright book.
This book kept me engaged until the end. I always appreciate an author's ability to keep me guessing throughout the book, and Elizabeth Flock's story telling did just that. It's a quick read, and you'll want to stand up and cheer for Carrie's strength!
This book was a heartbreaking account, told through the eyes of an eight year old, about the abuse and neglect that she and her sister go through after her father dies. Her emotionally distant mother marries an physically/mentally/sexually abusive man who begins to torment Caroline and her sister Emma.
The tale told is different from many mainstream novels, as it is told from a child's point of view. The things that these girls go through are hard to stomach sometimes. The inability to protect themselves or be protected by a caring adult is frustrating. There are points when you believe the book is going to end on a good note, and then you are hit one more time with reality. The book doesn't sugarcoat anything, including Caroline's personality as it plummets from hopeful to hateful, an emotion that an eight year old should never have to feel.
Overall, this was an interesting and quick read. I have mixed emotions about recommending it for everyone, but I do recommend it if you are looking for a quick, heavy read, that will make you sit up and think.
The first of two books, which kept me confused to the bitter end. Caroline Parker is growing up in a rough home with both parents creating a hostile environment and from the start I cringed reading about the abuse that she had to endure at such a young age. Throughout the book she has her sister by her side, Emma and without her she would be utterly alone in this sad situation.
This is a book that is deceptively simple in the beginning, seemingly by design. I found the dilemma of the sisters heartbreaking, but their having each other was a solace to both of them. Carrie's multiple personality developed as a defense mechanism in response to the monstrous situation in which she lived. To be surrounded by mental illness and abuse would lead to any form of self-preservation possible. I think that its being written from a child's perspective made it even more effective.
This is one of the most powerful books I have read. It is the story of an 8 year old girl, who lives a horrific life, and her constant attempts to protect her younger sister Emma. The child's viewpoint is handled perfectly, as throughout the story you only see things that she would have seen, and you know her reactions to the events of her life. You will read this book in one sitting, and you will think of it for months after, I guarantee it.
This book was a quick read and kept my interest! I have say if you can not handle reading about different types abuse this book my not be for you. Overall, wonderful story with a perfect twist! A new favorite of mine!
The author did a tremendous job of writing this novel from an eight year old point of view. Story reflects living poor in North Carolina. Main senario that real daddy gets killed and the poor and uneducated mom remarries. Step father is mean, brutal, drunk, and a charlatan. Mom is looking for a roof over her head, but is mistreated, and the daugher is abused. Mother is mean and cold to daughter. Daughter is a tough cookie, with a secret, but goes through many gut wrenching episodes. A surprising twist near the end. Very well done.
This was a book that I could not put down. I read the entire book in about 7 hours. I was totally shocked at the ending it was not even close to what I thought was going to happen. This story is told through the eyes of a 8 year old child and what a story it is. Pick it up today and read it you will not be disappointed
I couldn't put this book down! It was really good. I really wish it had been longer because i would have loved to see what happens next. This is the first book I have read by this author and it was really good!!! You won't be able to put it down!
I don't think this necessarily is a great novel or part of the best I've ever read, but it is a pretty easy, somewhat entertaining quick read. The plot summary of the story on the back cover builds up the suspense by stating, "their world takes a shocking turn" and something about revealing the truth and soforth. However, this "truth" isn't revealed until the last pages of the book. I felt the only reason I kept reading and finished the novel was because I was searching for this "truth". I expected to get to the climax soon or at least in the middle of the novel, but I had to just keep on reading. I hope this makes sense.
Narrated with the simplicity and unabashed honesty of a child's perspective, ME & EMMA is a vivid portrayal of heartbreaking loss of innocence, an indomitable spirit and incredible courage -- a story that will resonate with readers long after they've turned the final page. Also wrote BUT INSIDE I'M SCREAMING.
I honestly don't understand the praise of this. The best part of the book was the ending which actually told what the entire story was about .... the writing was very childish in content .... much of the story didn't fit into the plot. I couldn't wait to finish to find out what the actual storyline was .... I had also figured long before the story was over, since Mr. Wilson had taught Carrie to shoot, that she would end up shooting her stepfather.
"I got handed lemons, too, y'knowbut I learned how to make lemonade with them.... No one ever told me I had to add sugar but that's life for you. It ain't sweet." That's the jumbled and unforgiving logic that drives Flock's (But Inside I'm Screaming) second novel, a punishing Southern family drama that tries to achieve To Kill a Mockingbirdgrade poignancy by heaping tribulations on its child narrator. The novel starts off sweetly, with the smalltown antics of Carrie, a scrappy Scout-like eight-year-old who's always accompanied by her younger sister Emma. Carrie dreamily darts back and forth between her rough-and-tumble present (abusive stepfather, unloving mother) and the happy memories of her dead father, creating a bittersweet picture of her life in Toast, N.C., spiked with colorful Southern language and some feisty supporting characters. But journalist Flock soon loses control of her meandering story and this Southern slice-of-life disintegrates into narrative chaos. The action moves "slow as a crippled turtle," as Carrie's Momma would say, and down-home charm fails to camouflage the creaky, roundabout chronology. After nearly 300 pages of rambling drama, the twist at the end is revealed so haphazardly that it will probably bewilder readers more than surprise them. Sugarcoated it ain't, but instead of delivering profundity, Flock's tough love turns poor forsaken Carrie into a caricature.
This is a used library book that looks like a puppy might have chewed on the front right corner. I am posting it because it was a good book especially if you like books wrote from the perspective of a child. The ending was not what I expected.