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I’LL BE THERE
by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Published May 17th 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Emily Bell believes in destiny. To her, being forced to sing a solo in the church choir–despite her average voice–is fate: because it’s while she’s singing that she first sees Sam. At first sight, they are connected.
Sam Border wishes he could escape, but there’s nowhere for him to run. He and his little brother, Riddle, have spent their entire lives constantly uprooted by their unstable father. That is, until Sam sees Emily. That’s when everything changes.
As Sam and Riddle are welcomed into the Bells’ lives, they witness the warmth and protection of a family for the first time. But when tragedy strikes, they’re left fighting for survival in the desolate wilderness, and wondering if they’ll ever find a place where they can belong. Beautifully written and emotionally profound, I’ll Be There is a gripping story that explores the complexities of teenage passions, friendships, and loyalties.
Phenomenal! I picked up I’LL BE THERE because of Gayle Forman’s praise on the back cover. And given my deep respect and admiration for Gayle as an author of two of my favorite novels–IF I STAY and WHERE SHE WENT–how could I resist? So glad that I didn’t. I’LL BE THERE is a heartbreaking and heartwarming story about Sam and Riddle, two boys raised in insane circumstances – abducted by their father, traveling all over the country in a stolen truck, living in squaller. But one day Sam hears Emily singing I’ll Be There and from that moment on, his life is transformed first in small ways, then forever. Suspend belief, find magic in your heart and let this YA novel take you in. (If you saw the movie AUGUST RUSH you might see a tiny glimmer of the type of magic I’m talking about in this novel. There’s a music connection. I’LL BE THERE reminded me of the movie in a positive, feel good way.)
I loved this book.
I highly recommend that you add this to the top of your to-read list.