All That We Carried by Erin Bartels

Young Llama Thoughts
  • Adventurous
  • Christian Friendly
  • Easy Reading
  • Humerous
  • Youth Appropriate
4.2 Llamas


This book was sent to me by Baker Book House; and I LOVED IT!!!!!! The adventure, the action, the humor!!!! And the healing, forgiveness, and love that is just beautiful to read.

This book is about 2 sisters who haven’t seen each other since their parents deaths, 10 years ago. When suddenly they decide to take a hiking trip. But when fires, accidents, and drama start to pile up; and healing the wounds from old seem impossible. Will they let go of the pass to survive the trip home?

I really enjoyed this book! The plot was REALLY good. There was action, humor and plenty of interesting plot turns! There is mention of a man and woman sleeping in a tent together, and they do not know each other… Nothing happens, but that was weird to me?.. And mention of the fear of being murdered or raped… (Only mentioned, never described.) Plus the younger sister believes in every religion… Which is really weird?.. She doesn’t like follow it with all her heart, she’s just “covering all the bases” so when she dies, she won’t be alone I guess?

Over all, this is such a good book for teen girls!!! (And adults too of course!) I totally suggest this book, and I hope you all have a good day! -The Young Llama Reader.


  • A GREAT book for girls 14 and up!
  • Very interesting and fun to read!!!!


  • Forest fires, cliffs and danger!
  • Mention of some adult stuff.

Ten years ago, sisters Olivia and Melanie Greene were on a backcountry hiking trip when their parents were in a fatal car accident. Over the years, they grew apart, each coping with the loss in her own way. Olivia plunged herself into law school, work, and a materialist view of the world–what you see is what you get, and that’s all you get. Melanie dropped out of college and developed an online life-coaching business around her cafeteria-style spirituality–a little of this, a little of that, whatever makes you happy.

Now, at Melanie’s insistence (and against Olivia’s better judgment), they are embarking on a hike in the Porcupine Mountains of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In this remote wilderness they’ll face their deepest fears, question their most dearly held beliefs, and begin to see that perhaps the best way to move forward is the one way they had never considered.

Michigan Notable Book Award winner Erin Bartels draws from personal experience hiking backcountry trails with her sister to bring you a story about the complexities of grief, faith, and sisterhood.

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