Be not far from me

Mindy McGinnis

Book - 2020

Lost in the Great Smoky Mountains, rising high school senior Ashley Hawkins must fight for survival without any tools, growing in awareness that the world is not tame, and neither are people.

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Published
New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books [2020]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
231 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780062561626
0062561626
Main Author
Mindy McGinnis (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Ashley is more than comfortable in the remote outdoor landscapes near her home in the Smoky Mountains. She's smart, aware, prepared, and completely mindful of the cruel power of nature. But at a drunken campout with friends, she discovers her boyfriend with another girl, and her emotions get the better of her. She bolts from the safety of camp—barefoot, in the middle of the night, without anything but the clothes on her back. When she wakes, she realizes that she is badly injured, far from the path, and utterly lost. What follows is a painful, dangerous, powerful journey back home, wherein she discovers previously untapped reserves of strength and self-preservation. Recalling the advice of a camp counselor she idolized who has gone missing, Ashley slowly makes her way through the brush, struggling against hunger, cold, loneliness, regret, lack of shelter, and a potentially lethal infection on her bare foot. A harrowing and life-affirming journey of transformation from the edgy imaginings of McGinnis (Heroine, 2019). Grades 8-11. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 10 Up—Seventeen-year-old Ashley is comfortable in the Tennessee wilderness, having grown up camping, hiking, and hunting in the Smokies. Her mother left when she was young, and while her father could not always afford to buy food or clothes, he did teach her survival skills. In Ashley's own words, she's on everyone's apocalypse-survival team. One summer night, Ashley and her friends hike into the wilderness to throw a party deep in the Smokies. In their remote small town, friendships are based more on geography than common interests, and Ashley quickly becomes annoyed by and insecure about the actions of some of the people at the party. When she stumbles upon her boyfriend having sex with his ex-girlfriend in the woods, Ashley takes off running. Drunk, devastated, and shoeless, Ashley sustains a serious injury before passing out. When she wakes, she realizes that she is lost in the wilderness without any supplies, and it will be days before anyone realizes that she's in trouble. She begins the journey to find her way home, contending with infection, starvation, thirst, and wild animals along the way. McGinnis is known for writing tough female protagonists and gritty realism, and she holds nothing back in this latest novel. Ashley is angry, vulnerable, smart, and compelling, and her journey is marked by setbacks, terror, and plenty of gross-out moments. VERDICT This captivating, fast-paced novel is Hatchet for an older crowd. Highly recommended where adventure and survival fiction are popular.—Liz Overberg, Zionsville Community High School, IN Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Feeling more at home in the woods than under a roof, Ashley finds the limits of her survival abilities tested when a betrayal and an accident strand her in untracked territory. By the Edgar Award-winning author of A Madness So Discreet. 50,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Lost in the Great Smoky Mountains, rising high school senior Ashley Hawkins must fight for survival without any tools, growing in awareness that the world is not tame, and neither are people.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Hatchet meets Wild in this harrowing YA survival story about a teenage girl’s attempt to endure the impossible, from the Edgar Award-winning author of The Female of the Species, Mindy McGinnis.The world is not tame. 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 with the red streak of infection creeping up her leg.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Hatchet meets Wild in this harrowing YA survival story about a teenage girl's attempt to endure the impossible, from the Edgar Award-winning author of The Female of the Species, Mindy McGinnis.The world is not tame. 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 with the red streak of infection creeping up her leg.