The Quiet You Carry: A haunting story of the quiet some people carry.

The Quiet You Carry by Nikki Barthelmess book cover
Published: March 5th 2019
Page Count: 272
Victoria Parker knew her dad's behavior toward her was a little unusual, but she convinced herself everything was fine—until she found herself locked out of the house at 3:00 a.m., surrounded by flashing police lights. Now, dumped into a crowded, chaotic foster home, Victoria has to tiptoe around her domineering foster mother, get through senior year at a new school, and somehow salvage her college dreams . . . all while keeping her past hidden.…

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Quiet You Carry is one of those books that is so hard to review for me. I honestly didn’t even take any notes while reading it because I knew all I wanted to write about was how sad and messed up and horrible the whole situation was. I get why this book was written, it’s a story that needs to be heard and one that I’m sure too many people can relate too. But it was still very hard for me to read. I don’t’ think I’ve read a book yet that has made me feel the way this one did. It was a very well written book with some pretty good characters. It wasn’t all sad and down, there were a few parts that made me happy and that were redeeming. 

So we follow Victoria through her struggles of dealing with her father and getting thrown into the foster system. She knows nothing about the system and wants no part of it to begin with. For the longest, it was only her father and her until he got re-married. Victoria didn’t have a great relationship with her stepmom but she was pretty close to her stepsister. When she gets kicked out for something she didn’t do, not only does she have to deal with being in foster care, but she has to worry about her stepsister that was left back at home with her father. 

In the very beginning, she wants to go back home. She doesn’t understand why she is in a new place with a caretaker she doesn’t like when she could just go home. I love the friends she neds up making in her new school, and the girls she meets in her foster home. I liked Victoria. She grew so much from the beginning of the book to the end. I hated all the horrible things that he went through, but it did make her stronger. 

I am glad that someone wrote a book like this. Even though it was so hard to read, as I said earlier, I know that this will be good for people who have gone through similar situations. I feel like it is very rare to read stories like this. This year alone I have only read one other book that had to do with children in foster care and it broke my heart. I want to adopt, but I would also love to foster kids as well and I just can’t imagine what a lot of these children go through. 

I recommend this book, but do warn that there can be a lot of triggers in it as well. It’s not super graphic, or detailed, but it still can be disturbing at times. 


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