Review // The Quiet You Carry by Nikki Barthelmess

Review // The Quiet You Carry by Nikki BarthelmessThe Quiet You Carry
by Nikki Barthelmess
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Published by Flux
Release date : March 5th, 2019
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Purchase at: Amazon (Affiliate Link)

Victoria Parker knew her dad's behavior toward her was a little unusual, but she convinced herself everything was fine—until she found herself locked out of the house at 3:00 a.m., surrounded by flashing police lights.

Now, dumped into a crowded, chaotic foster home, Victoria has to tiptoe around her domineering foster mother, get through senior year at a new school, and somehow salvage her college dreams . . . all while keeping her past hidden.

But some secrets won't stay buried—especially when unwanted memories make Victoria freeze up at random moments and nightmares disrupt her sleep. Even worse, she can't stop worrying about her stepsister Sarah, left behind with her father. All she wants is to move forward, but how do you focus on the future when the past won't leave you alone?

My Thoughts:

There comes a time in every reader’s life when they find a book that feels like it was written for them. You connect to so many different aspects to the book, and it touches your soul. 

For me, The Quiet You Carry, is one of those books. I wish I had this book so many years ago. For myself, and for someone else I know.

We get a story of a young girl with dreams to go to college, whose life changes in the middle of the night when she’s uprooted from her home. Using her own personal experience, the author puts so much emotion into Victoria and her story. Leaving you breathless and needing to pause at times to catch your breath.

The story, is quite realistic, sadly, when it comes to social workers, their absence and/or lack of empathy, as well as the appearance of a great home that may NOT be so great. I appreciate the transparency when it comes to this, and not a great over exaggeration.

My favorite part of Victoria’s story is her growth, and selflessness. You may not understand at first, but opening up about her situation is difficult for her. She’s slow to trust her new friends, and move forward. When it came to her younger sister, she braved it all to protect her, even though she wasn’t completely ready to comfort the situation. Or her Father.

As I said, this book hit close to home and I loved it so, so much.. Pick this up ASAP!

To learn more about this book, and Nikki Barthelmess, see the interview posted a few weeks ago. You can also follow her on social media on Twitter, and Instagram.

Rating Report
Emotional Impact
Overall: 4.3

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4 thoughts on “Review // The Quiet You Carry by Nikki Barthelmess

  1. Megan

    I haven’t read this one yet, but I’m really excited to do so! The Harry Potter books will always be special to me, having grown up with them, I’ve found comfort in those books for what feels like my whole life! <3

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