Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis
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.
The world is not tame.
I cannot remember the last time that I read a book so compulsively. I was hooked from the first line and I finished it in a day. This was surprising to me as I am not normally one for survivalist stories, unless they are non-fiction.
I have learned that I should just trust Mindy McGinnis. She has never let me down! There is something about the way that she creates such darkness that speaks to me. I don’t think that she ever holds back. Be Not Far From You was no exception. It was way more graphic and gory then I was expecting. The descriptions of Ashley’s injuries were so vivid and made me feel ill- I loved it!
I really enjoyed Ashley as a character. We were given some insight into her past and how it prepared her to be able to survive such a harrowing situation. I liked her attitude about things and I thought there was some interesting character development as the story went on. What I really appreciated was that it didn’t turn into an overly philosophical or spiritual journey, as a lot of these books tend to do. Ashley’s inner dialogue felt authentic. I will say that there was one scene that felt a little bit convenient, but I won’t get into it because of spoilers.
I am thrilled that I ended up loving Be Not Far From You as much as I did because it was one of my most anticipated novels of the year. It certainly did not disappoint. I can not wait to see what Mindy McGinnis writes next!