Out of Reach
October 16, 2012
Hardcover, 256 pages
How do you find someone who doesn’t want to be found? A girl searches for her missing addict brother while confronting her own secrets in this darkly lyrical novel.
Rachel has always idolized her older brother Micah. He struggles with addiction, but she tells herself that he’s in control. And she almost believes it. Until the night that Micah doesn’t come home.
Rachel’s terrified—and she can’t help but feel responsible. She should have listened when Micah tried to confide in her. And she only feels more guilt when she receives an anonymous note telling her that Micah is nearby and in danger.
With nothing more to go on than hope and a slim lead, Rachel and Micah’s best friend, Tyler, begin the search. Along the way, Rachel will be forced to confront her own dark secrets, her growing attraction to Tyler…and the possibility that Micah may never come home
Carrie Arcos lives in Los Angeles with her family.
She writes young adult literature and is an adjunct professor.
You can find more about her at carriearcos.com
What fiction most influenced your childhood, and what effect did those stories have on Out of Reach?
I read voraciously as a child. I read classics. I read horse stories—all of The Black Stallions, Man ‘O War, and Misty of Chincoteague. Doesn’t every girl go through a horse phase? I read Ray Bradbury and Judy Blume and Agatha Christie and Robert Cormier. I read George Orwell and Twain and Toni Morrison and Orson Scott Card. I’ve never had a genre I didn’t like, except maybe the straight up romance novels. Although now that I think of it, I did love these teen historical fiction novels in which the titles were always a singular girl’s name, like Caroline or Veronica. They were full of adventure and romance. The romance usually involved some kind of triangle, a very familiar trope to romance novels, so maybe I do enjoy them!
All of these stories indirectly affected my writing Out of Reach. All of that reading over the years has been the most amazing writing course. I tell my students all the time, to be a good writer; you have to be a good reader. The more you read, the more you’ll know how a sentence flows, how paragraphs come together, how a story takes shape. Some of it you can’t teach. You have to know it intuitively and that intuition comes from reading.
For my particular style of writing, I’d say Hemingway and Cormac McCarthy are big influences. I love their stark prose and rhythm of the way people actually speak. Alice Walker and Toni Morrison have also influenced me. I used to mark up whole pages of beautiful lines, quotes I would go back to time and time again. Look at The Road, what an amazing accomplishment. It’s so bleak, yet every line reads like poetry. And that ending! Wow. Beautiful.
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