I’d warn against spoilers in this review, but I think Goodreads gives away a lot in its summary. I didn’t actually read that description before reading the book. The back cover portrays the book quite differently. Me & Emma was terribly sad, but also very compelling. It’s told in the voice of 8 year old Carrie, which I really enjoyed. Flock is able to hide some of the details of what’s going on, and it’s believable that they’ve been left out because I assumed that Carrie doesn’t fully understand everything herself because of her age.
In the beginning of the book I appreciated the way the girls seemed to alternate roles – who was the leader, who was the brave one, etc. Later in the book as Carrie began to distance herself from Emma, I felt it was out of character. I didn’t understand how she could send Emma home alone while going off the Mr. Wilson’s or Orla Mae’s alone.
Throughout the whole book I just wanted someone to help the girls: Mr. White, Miss Mary, Gammy, anyone! I predicted one tiny piece of the ending when Carrie befriended Mr. Wilson, but I was still blown away at the close. I am always horribly naive. And as Goodreads says, I am tempted to read it again, but I probably won’t.
I’m sticking with my average rating since that’s how I felt through most of the book. While I did breeze through this book, it was more because I had a lot of spare time this week and because I’m not reading anything else that I am absolutely loving at the moment.
Rating: 3 Stars
This review was originally published on Mom’s Radius.