Out of Reach

Finalist, National Book Awards 2012 for Young People's Literature

Young People's, Carrie Arcos' Out of Reach book cover
ISBN 9781442440531
Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

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Rachel has always idolized her older brother Micah. He struggles with addiction, but she tells herself that he’s in control. And she almost believes it. Until the night that Micah doesn’t come home. Rachel’s terrified―and she can’t help but feel responsible. She should have listened when Micah tried to confide in her. And she only feels more guilt when she receives an anonymous note telling her that Micah is nearby and in danger. With nothing more to go on than hope and a slim lead, Rachel and Micah’s best friend, Tyler, begin the search. Along the way, Rachel will be forced to confront her own dark secrets, her growing attraction to Tyler… and the possibility that Micah may never come home.

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The 24-hour narrative at the heart of Out of Reach expertly weaves teenage Rachel’s search for her runaway brother into the larger portrait of his harrowing descent into meth addiction. Without treacle or sanctimony, Carrie Arcos touches on almost every aspect of the adolescent experience—far beyond the devastating effect of a sibling’s lost battle with drugs—with nuance, beauty, and honesty. Rachel represents the rarest of authorial feats: a protagonist who is both timely and timeless.