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 despite the red streak of infection creeping up her leg.
Review: 5 Stars
I picked up a copy of this book because I love stories with a survival theme. (It was a Top 5 Saturday topic a while ago.) I also love hiking, so this story totally sounded up my alley. I wound up reading this book while I was on vacation, shortly after doing my own hike and I really loved it. It was so hard to set this book down and I felt like it was over far too soon. I wound up really invested in this story and tore through it in less than two days.
Be Not Far From Me was about a hike that went terribly wrong. For most of the story the main character Ashley is stuck in the wilderness all by herself. I knew this before reading and I was a bit worried that the lack of dialogue might make the story boring, but it really didn’t bother me at all. I found it so hard to set this book down and felt like it was over far too soon. I wanted it to be longer! I was captivated with the plot as Ashley struggled to survive, but there were many times throughout the story I just wanted to shake her!
I was emotionally invested in Ashley’s story, but I have to admit that I could also be incredibly frustrated by her. Ashley had quite a temper and it got her into a lot of trouble throughout the story. But she was also so brave and determined. I don’t know if I would have survived in her shoes because the choices she had to make were brutal. She was also an incredibly witty character and I found her so funny. I think the author made a great decision to write this story in first person because it really got you into the mind of Ashley and made the whole thing feel that much more real. I also thought that Mindy McGinnis’ writing throughout this whole story was absolutely incredible. I loved the spunk and humor that was added, and the story just felt so real.
Honestly I don’t have many bad things to say about Be Not Far From Me at all. I tore through it and found it to be such an entertaining read and afterwards I wanted to learn some survival strategies. I think reading it in the midst of the corona virus crisis made the story hit even harder, because survival seems to be the theme of the whole country right now. I do wish that this was a bit longer, and that there was a bit more character development. I did love Ashley, but I didn’t feel like I knew her as well as I could have. After reading this I want to check out Mindy McGinnis’ other books, because she is definitely on my radar now!