Review: The Quiet You Carry by Nikki Barthelmess

The Quiet You Carry by Nikki Barthelmess

The Quiet You Carry
Nikki Barthelmess
Flux Books
Published March 5, 2019

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About The Quiet You Carry

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.

But some secrets won’t stay buried—especially when unwanted memories make Victoria freeze up at random moments and nightmares disrupt her sleep. Even worse, she can’t stop worrying about her stepsister Sarah, left behind with her father. All she wants is to move forward, but how do you focus on the future when the past won’t leave you alone?

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My Review

Victoria knows nothing about life in a foster home until a misunderstanding with her dad sparks a series of events that land her in one. Now, Victoria faces her senior year alone, in a small town, in a highly structured foster home, with all her college dreams in jeopardy. As Victoria makes new friends and works to solidify her future plans, she struggles with memories of what happened at home. She resists the memories at first, just wanting to keep her head down and wait out the clock until she turns 18 and can go wherever she chooses. But as the pieces of the night she left home begin to fall into place, Victoria faces shocking revelations about herself, her parents, and the stepsister she left behind.

Though she’s a good kid with goals and a future in order, Victoria can be a bit pushy and abrasive. She makes selfish choices and stomps on the feelings of others when what they want contradicts her own needs or desires. Through her experience in the foster care system, she learns to consider others’ perspective, and realizes that her initial understanding of events and people isn’t always based on the truth. This story contains some brief strong descriptions of sexual abuse, and some references to physical and emotional manipulation and abuse. Readers who enjoyed A LIST OF CAGES by Robin Roe or In Another Life by C. C. Hunter will enjoy the exploration of found families and ultimately positive portrayal of foster or adoptive homes.

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Content Notes

Recommended for Ages 14 up.

Very little in terms of character descriptions.

Profanity/Crude Language Content
Mild profanity used infrequently.

Romance/Sexual Content
Some brief but graphic descriptions of sexual abuse. Brief kissing between a boy and girl.

Spiritual Content
Victoria visits church with her foster mom, but no focus on any spiritual components of the experience.

Violent Content
Some situations of danger.

Drug Content

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