Some books just grab you and pull you right in - that is what Holly Goldberg Sloan's book I'll Be There did to me. This is the tender story of Sam and Riddle Border - brothers that live a hard life with an abusive, distant father. And Emily Bell - she lives a relatively easy life - she has money, she has a family - nothing too tough. When Emily meets Sam - the two connect and are drawn closer through circumstances around them as well. The story takes an incredible turn when Sam and Riddle's father snatches them out of their new, good life and takes them on a run away from authorities. That is when the challenge really begins for them - the challenge to survive. This is a wonderful story - the characters are strong and well-developed, the plot is gripping, and it doesn't stop until the very end! Sloan does a fabulous job of creating circles and tying unexpected events together in her novel - VERY well-crafted! Sometimes you just have to smile while you are reading when you see how everything fits together - HIGHLY recommend this one for our young and middle teens!
*I was sent a copy for review purposes by the publisher.