Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis // Book Review

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

About The Book

Title: Be Not Far From Me
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Published: March 3rd, 2020
Pages: 240
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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 despite the red streak of infection creeping up her leg.


TW: gore, animal harm, death

I read this book in one sitting. Granted, it is a very short book. I had to pause it a couple of times because I was so grossed out. Being grossed out did not make me lower my rating for this book. If anything, it made me want to make my rating as high as I could. If a book can make me feel like this, it deserves five stars.

This book is not for everyone. Please know that going into it. This book gets really gory. If you can't handle a lot of gore, please don't pick this book up. If you can't handle harm coming to animals, please do not pick this book up!

Be Not Far From me follows Ashley who prides herself in being the queen of the outdoors. Ashley and a few friends go out to the woods to drink and have fun. Unfortunately, Ashley catches her boyfriend cheating on her. Drunk and not completely in her mind, she gets lost and hurt badly. When she awakes, she realizes that she went to far and her friends have already left.

With an infection growing in her foot, she tries to find her way home.

I freaking love this book. Mindy McGinnis does serious topics so good. This book was kind of hard to get through at times. I just really love a book that can make me feel all the emotions.

5/5 stars

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