Carry Me Home
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Date of Publication: September 26, 2017
Number of pages: 356
Word Count: 75,000
Cover Artist: Damonza
CARRY ME HOME is a fictional novel inspired by the true story of a teenage girlâs involvement in several Mexican gangs in San Jose and Los Angeles. The members of her crew call her, Guera, Spanish for âwhite girlâ and it doesnât take long for her to get lost in their world of guns and drugs.
Lucy and Ruth are country girls from a broken home. When they move to the city with their mother, leaving behind their family ranch and dead-beat father, Lucy unravels.
They run to their grandparentsâ place, a trailer park mobile home in the barrio of San Jose. Lucyâs barrio friends have changed since her last visit. Theyâve joined a gang called VC. They teach her to fight, to shank, to beat a person unconscious and play with guns. When things get too heavy, and lives are at stake, the three girls head for LA seeking a better life.
But trouble always follows Lucy. She befriends the wrong people, members of another gang, and every bad choice she makes drags the family into her dangerous world.
Told from three points of view, the story follows Lucy down the rabbit hole, along with her mother and sister as they sacrifice dreams and happiness, friendships and futures. Love is waiting for all of them in LA, but pursuing a life without Lucy could mean losing her forever.
Ultimately itâs their bond with each other that holds them together, in a true test of love, loss and survival.
âA riveting page-turnerâ¦Jessica Therrien broke my heart into a million piecesâand then put it back together again. This book will haunt and uplift readers long after they turn the last page.â -KAT ROSS, best-selling author of The Midnight Sea
For the most part, I remember my childhood as dry weeds and dirt roads, warm sun and birdsong. The silky coat of a mare and filth of pigs in mud. Eighty acres of ranch land is an endless playground for any kid. And in those naÃ¯ve years it was easy to ignore the beer on my fatherâs breath as I skipped off to fetch him another. My motherâs weepy eyes were nothing to ques-tion, because I didnât know any better. But time chisels away that purity until thereâs nothing left but truth.
Neither one of my parents is happy.
At seventeen, Iâm ready to leave. The ranch of my youth is a wasteland of empty, overgrown pastures and rusting barbed wire fences. Much like their marriage, itâs tired and used up. Thereâs nothing left to give.
Tonight, the air feels heavy. I can smell the tension in the ever-present cigarette smoke. At first the rising pitch of their voices doesnât bother me. Iâm used to them fight-ing. But my heart seizes when I hear him yell, and when Dadâs words become a throat-scratching, red-faced shout, my sister, Lucy, sneaks into my room.
My bedroom has always been a sanctuary for her on nights like these.
She doesnât say anything. She doesnât have to. We just listen to the rage as it filters through the walls.
âIâm going out there,â she says.
If she were younger Iâd stop her. Iâd take her little-girl hand and lead her into the quiet closet like I used to, but sheâs fifteen now, and thereâs no stopping Lucy from doing anything.
My only choice is to follow her.
I find her frozen in the hallway, stiff-legged as a terra-cotta soldier. Mom is just as still, back pressed against the far wall of the kitchen. Dadâs bloodshot eyes are wide and crazed. Wispy pieces of thinning, grey hair have come loose from his short ponytail.
Heâs pacing our living room, whisky glass in one hand, a rifle in the other.
About the Author:
Jessica Therrien is the author of the young adult series Children of the Gods. Book one in the series, Oppression, became a Barnes and Noble best-seller shortly after its release. Her trilogy has been translated and sold through major publishers around the world, such as Editions AdA (Canada), EditionsMilan (France), and SharpPoint Press (China).
Aside from her Children of the Gods series, Jessica is the author of a kidâs picture book called, The Loneliest Whale. Her award-winning stories can also be found in a published anthology of flash fiction.
Jessica currently lives in Irvine with her husband and two young sons. She is working on an adult novel and a middle grade fantasy series.