Friday 14 January 2022

You’d Be Home Now

You’d Be Home Now by Kathleen Glasgow (HarperCollins) RRP PB $19.99 ISBN 9781460761557

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

Sixteen-year-old Emory (Emmy) Ward is part of a wealthy family who lives in a small town. They seem to have it all: a perfect life… on paper. The story begins with a tragic car accident, involving Emmy and her brother Joey, which leads to an unravelling of secrets, lies, and heartache. Joey goes to rehab and Emmy is left to deal with her own physical and emotional pain.

Emmy is a good girl who has always done what is asked of her, but it has left her feeling insignificant. She yearns for love and wants to be noticed. When Joey returns from rehab, Emmy is given the task of carer for her brother to keep him out of trouble. Her unique bond and love for Joey are ever-present, but this responsibility is sometimes overwhelming for young Emmy. To add to her woes, memories from the night of the accident consume her thoughts, friendships at school cease, and she secretly gets involved with the popular boy next door, which only intensifies her insecurities and need for belonging.

You’d Be Home Now is a must-read young adult novel encapsulating a myriad of issues that teenagers face. Its themes include substance abuse, addiction, social media, first love, friendship, and family dynamics. Emmy’s story is both captivating and heartbreaking and will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading. You’d Be Home Now is highly recommended for an audience 14 years and older.

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