Friday, December 27, 2013

Review: You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith

youarehereTitle: You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith  
Pages: 256
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 
Publishing Date: April 24th 2012 
Audience: Young Adult 
Obtained: Bought Paperback

Emma and her neighbor Peter are both lonely in a way that only bothers them on occasion. They both come from families they don’t quite understand. They both feel like something big is missing from their lives and they’re both about to search for answers. When Emma makes a discovery that shakes the foundations of her identity, she convinces Peter to join her for a road trip. Each of them has something to find: For Emma, it is a grave;a grave that may be her only connection to her family. Peter is seeking something harder to define, but perhaps easier to navigate a freedom, a sense of something more than what he has. Together, they take to the open road, engaging in a universal quest to make sense of who they are and where they come from and learning a thing or two about love along the way. 

My Thoughts:

I’ve read “This is What Happy Looks Like” and I even have The Statibility of Love at First Sight on my Nook so when I saw this one, I didn’t hesitate to buy a copy of it. I really loved her writing style. I mean “This is What Happy Looks Like” is one of my favorites that I read this year and it had similar writing. Unfortunately the bad outweighed the good in this one.

I don’t know what to start with, the good or the bad. Well let’s start with the bad so I can end on a positive note. The characters were kind of unrelateble. I felt like Emma was just such a brat, like one of those people who constantly has their nose up in the air. Sometimes I just wanted to just race until I had some scenes with Peter. Now, he is a character I felt a connection to. I mean seriously, if you had a guy who dropped everything to come to you in your time of need I would’ve been swooned. The only other thing I didn’t enjoy was the plot itself. I felt like there was something missing the entire time I was reading. It felt like it was taking me forever to finish reading it, when the book was actually quite slim in size.

There were some things I really did like throughout the book. I loved the fact that they were going on a road trip. There’s always so much soul searching when going on these types of trips. I liked the idea of her going on this road trip, with a stray and her neighbor where they sleep in a stolen car and listen to music and those conversations.

Like I said, I wished I would’ve enjoyed it more. I really did. It’s not terrible but I guess it just wasn’t my cup of tea. I give this one 2 out of 5 stars.


Comment Question of the Blog:

If you could go on a road trip anywhere, where would you go? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

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