“The world is not tame.” And neither is any book by Mindy McGinnis, but we wouldn’t want it any other way! Just from that opening line of her new book Be Not Far From Me, we knew we were in for another Mindy McGinnis specialty—a story filled with gruesome, thought-provoking, and agonizing-in-the-best-way moments.
Be Not Far From Me is about Ashley, a girl who’s always felt more at home in the woods than in her actual house. But a party with friends in the Smoky Mountains takes a bad turn when she discovers her boyfriend cheating on her, so Ashley runs off into the night and blacks out after a nasty fall. She wakes up alone, lost, and badly injured. But this isn’t just any survival story—as you witness Ashley’s attempt to find her way out of the forest before an infection in her leg spreads too far, you also follow her on an internal journey to come to terms with her complicated relationships with the people in her life. Trust us, you won’t be able to put this one down.
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About Be Not Far From Me
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.