Review: You Are My Only by Beth Kephart

You Are My OnlyYou Are My Only by Beth Kephart

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by EgmontUSA
Review Copy: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon Barnes & Noble
Description From Goodreads:
Emmy Rane is married at nineteen, a mother by twenty. Trapped in a life with a husband she no longer loves, Baby is her only joy. Then one sunny day in September, Emmy takes a few fateful steps away from her baby and returns to find her missing. All that is left behind is a yellow sock.Fourteen years later, Sophie, a homeschooled, reclusive teenage girl is forced to move frequently and abruptly from place to place, perpetually running from what her mother calls the “No Good.” One afternoon, Sophie breaks the rules, ventures out, and meets Joey and his two aunts. It is this loving family that gives Sophie the courage to look into her past. What she discovers changes her world forever. . . .

The riveting stories of Emmy and Sophiealternating narratives of loss, imprisonment, and freedom regained—escalate with breathless suspense toward an unforgettable climax.

My Review:

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From the moment you start “You Are My Only”, you can already assume what will happen, but that doesn’t stop Kephart for taking you on one heck of an emotional ride. The story is told from alternating view points: Sophia and Emmy.

Emmy is a mother desperate to find her baby. Worried that her husband, Paul, blames her for her daughter’s disappearance, Emmy takes off in search of her baby. The story cuts back and forth – while Emmy searches for her baby, we get a glimpse into Sophie’s childhood. While it may not seem so horrible at first: she’s home-schooled, the subjects in which her mother is teaching her are advanced – but as the story unfolds and Sophie begins to spend more time with Joey and his aunts, the truth begins to find its way out.

“You Are My Only” is heart-wrenching. It will pull you in and refuse to let you go. As the reader, you will find yourself sympathizing for both Sophie and Emmy, especially Emmy. As their worlds come crumbling down, they must find a way to piece their lives back together again. And in Sophie’s case, she must learn who she is.

It’s a tragic story that’ll keep you turning the page, eager to know what happens to Sophie and Emmy. But even while this is a tragic story, it ends on a hopeful note.

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