Be Not Far From Me – A Book Review

Hey y’all!

I’m back with another book review! For the teacher book club that I am part of, our book for the month of May was Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis, the same author who wrote the book Heroine. I was kind of excited to read it because I’m not really an outdoorsy person and so I thought it would be really interesting to read a book centered in the great outdoors. I’ve never heard of the book to be honest but those who read her other book, Heroine, said that it was a fantastic book so I was really excited. Continue reading so that you can get my honest feedback.


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 with the red streak of infection creeping up her leg.


I have some mixed feelings about this book. It took me a longer time than I was okay with to finish this is book. I’m not sure if it was because I’m not really interested in it or because I was annoyed with the main character. In fact, that is the reason why it took me over a week to finish this book. I enjoyed it more towards the end. It should be a super quick read. Ashley annoyed me soo much because she had so much pride and was stubborn. To me personally, it bothers me! There’s nothing wrong with needing help! I will say that she learned her lesson in that area. It was really raw (her foot…that is all I will say. WOW!) and honest I feel. One thing that I did not understand or what I thought was weird was the fact that she ran into something and…I don’t know it felt weird that she found what she found but I can see how that was possible. It’s just out of all things, she found what she found in those woods (I’m trying my best to not spoil anything lol). The book was written really well! I can vividly picture the scenes in my head…no matter how gross some of it was (I’m super squeamish).

I gave this book 3/5 stars.

What book do you want me to review next? What book are you reading?



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