For Carrie Destin, a biracial military brat growing up around the world, home is never where you left it. When she learns the injuries she sustained in a car accident will prove fatal before she reaches adulthood, she faces her abbreviated life with a brash attitude and a biting, sometimes morbid sense of humor, racing to experience life before it ends.
- WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, Fall 2015 – Best Fiction
From Readers' Favorite Book Reviews: “I’m still marveling at what an impressive and enjoyable book this is, and I’m looking forward to reading anything by Grindstaff that I can get my hands on. ...most highly recommended.”
Carrie accelerates her life and sets aggressive goals: college, connecting with her Japanese roots, and the all-consuming desire to find her soul mate. A kid from nowhere, she travels the world with her Marine father and Japanese mother. She races to graduate high school at age fifteen, and makes college her marker of adulthood, when she can smoke in public and order dessert before dinner. She tosses out her adolescent wedding scrapbook for a funeral plan. A teenage crush on Paul, a family friend and a widower seventeen years her senior, develops into a fantasy that takes on a life of its own.
As she outlives the original prognosis into her early twenties, Carrie’s frantic desire to experience life before it ends spirals out of control, leading to a physical and emotional collapse. Her grandmother’s wisdom points her toward acceptance, but first she must break through her walls before she can give the gift of ‘til-death-do-us-part.
From Tamra Reynolds: “The ending was not what I expected, and I put the book down still in tears. This is a beautiful book and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Any book that has me laughing out loud one minute and in tears the next (on public transportation no less!) is a must read.”
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Print Book Info
Perfect Bound / Softcover:
6.14 x 9.21 x 0.6083 (0.906 Lbs)
290 Pages (26/Carton)
List Price: $14.95
"Robb Grindstaff's coming of age novel Carry Me Away is an awesome read. Carrie is a marvelous character who's filled with an incredible, self-effacing bravado in the face of death. I was instantly caught up in the story and loved every minute I spent reading it. Grindstaff has a gift for transporting his readers right into the action, imparting just enough information to keep them on their toes. The plot of Carry Me Away could easily have given way to a sodden and overly sentimental book, but at no time did it happen here. Instead, as Carrie rushes through (and aces) her schooling in record time, the reader gets to travel along with her and her military family all over the world. I'm still marveling at what an impressive and enjoyable book this is, and I'm looking forward to reading anything by Grindstaff that I can get my hands on. Carry Me Away is most highly recommended."