Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2021
TAKE ME WITH YOU WHEN YOU GO is a heartfelt epistolary YA contemporary about abuse, siblinghood, and finding your way. The book takes place in a series of emails, primarily between a 15-year-old brother, Ezra, and his 18-year-old sister, Bea. Before the beginning of the book, Bea disappeared, leaving home and lots of questions behind. Luckily, she also left an email address for Ezra, which he uses to reach out to her.

Bea was fleeing a abusive household with a stepfather who emotionally and physically abuses her and her brother. With Bea's disappearance, Ezra takes stock of what he will tolerate and when it is time for him to leave home.

With heartfelt emails that detail their lives now lived separately, we see characters that are growing and finally broken in a way that can lead to strength and healing. As Ezra takes stock of the things his sister left behind and his own life, he realizes that some things need to change. When things come to a public head, he finds that others are with him. Although the book deals with the horrors of abuse, it also shows the beauty of human kindness as both Bea and Ezra begin to see other sides of the people around them.

This was an absolutely riveting read that kept me up late last night, thinking just one more email. The writing is truly compelling, and I needed to see Bea and Ezra's stories and where they would land. Ultimately, this is a really impactful and heartfelt read about siblings in the trenches. I was hanging on every word. With thought-provoking themes of abuse, the power of kindness, sibling love, and finding and embracing yourself and your truths, TAKE ME WITH YOU WHEN YOU GO is a beautiful and compelling YA contemporary read. Highly recommend picking this one up for all the feels, tears, and hope.

Please note that I received an ARC. All opinions are my own.
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