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The One and Only Ivan
Revolutionary War on Wednesday
Leprechaun in Late Winter
Ella Enchanted
The Courage of Sarah Noble
Plain Murder
Gone-Away Lake
Circling the Sun
Maggie and Max
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
The Night Sister
Tuck Everlasting
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Bedknob and Broomstick
Mister Monday
Alice Through the Looking Glass
The Birchbark House
The Hobbit
The Witch's Daughter

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Book Review: You Are My Only by Beth Kephart

You Are My Only

Synopsis (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 Sophie—alternating narratives of loss, imprisonment, and freedom regained—escalate with breathless suspense toward an unforgettable climax.

My Thoughts:  I started this book the other night only planning to read the first chapter.  I read the first 150 pages instead.  I could not put this book down!  I wasn't even sure after the first chapter that I would like it but something kept pulling at me to keep reading and by the second chapter, I was completely engrossed in the story.

Sophie is fourteen.  She lives with her mom in a rental house.  She is homeschooled and isn't allowed to leave the house for fear of the "no goods".  One day, while Sophie's mom is at work, Sophie watches the boy next door out of the attic window.  Soon, she is outside playing catch with him.

The next day, while her mom is at work, Sophie meets Joey's two aunts.  I loved the aunts!  For some strange reason (and seriously, I have no clue why except for their physical appearance) they reminded me of the aunts in James and the Giant Peach.  They were not mean or magical but one was tall and thin and one was short and round.  I loved their love for each other, their love and sacrifices for Joey and their interest in Sophie. 

Sophie continues to visit Joey and the aunts and one day, she gets up the courage to go to the basement and go through her mother's "personals".  Two cardboard boxes that are taped up and moved from house to house hold the secrets to Sophie's whole life.  Those two boxes will change Sophie's life in ways she never expected.

Meanwhile, we are taken back in time to Emmy.  Emmy was a young mother in a loveless marriage.  The only thing Emmy lived for was Baby.  Until the day when Emmy ran inside for just a moment and came back out to find Baby gone.  As I followed her on her search for Baby, I connected with her.  I felt her panic and heartbreak when she found Baby missing.  I felt her helplessness when she was put into the hospital and I felt her pain when she lost one of the only people close to her.

I loved how the story went back and forth between Emmy and Sophie.  It kept the reading fast and interesting and you were able to piece together the different stories easily.  There was absolutely no confusion.

I really loved this book!  The writing was beautiful and the descriptions were vivid.  The characters were very well developed and you couldn't help but connect to each and every one of them.  You won't be able to put the book down because you will have to find out what happens next.  It was amazing!


  1. Wonderful review. I'm so glad that you enjoyed this one.

  2. I just read this one recently, too. It kept me totally engrossed as well. Glad you enjoyed it!