The Quiet You Carry by Nikki Barthelmess
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I received the Quiet You Carry from Net Galley forever ago and I unfortunately didn't get around to reading it until recently. This was another book that made me cry. It's been happening more often lately and I don't know if it was because I was just coming off a book that made me cry and I was already in that mind set or what…
Either way, this story is pretty heavy. You've got a girl who ends up in foster care after her father throws her out of the house and refuses to let her come home. She gets moved into a home with other children and a foster mother who is mean and incredibly strict.
Throughout the novel, you're meant to be left wondering why her father won't let her come home…but you're likely to figure it out pretty quickly. Maybe not the exact specifics of it, but overall…you'll pick it up pretty quick.
While our MC tries to adjust to her new life and making new friends, she also begins to worry about how safe her step-sister is being left back at home.
There's a lot of emotion poured into this novel and from the acknowledgements in the back you learn that the author herself was in foster care for a time. While I have no frame of reference to this situation myself, pieces of the process are laid relatively clear.
Tone wise--the narrator is more anxious than introspective but I think it lends itself to the overall chaos that is being plucked from your home in the middle of the night.
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