It can sometimes be more heartbreaking to feel loved and cared for when a loving presence has been absent from your life for a very long time. This is how it is for fourteen year-old Carey Blackburn. Ever since her unstable, drug-addicted mother abducted her from the custody of her father when she was four years old, Carey and her mute, six year-old sister Jenessa, have been living in an isolated camper in the Obed Wild and Scenic National Park deep inside the Tennessee backwoods. In the opening chapter of If You Find Me, Carey's father and a social worker find her and Jenessa, after their mother alerts authorities to their location in the forest and abandons them. Carey has been forced to grow up and give up her own childhood to be Nessa's protector, provider, caretaker, and filter. Despite the depravity of the situation, Carey, especially, is reticent and fearful to leave the only home...
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