Life leads you to unexpected places. Love brings you home.
Ashlyn Zanotti has big plans for the summer. She's just spent a year at boarding school and can't wait to get home. But when Ashlyn's father is arrested for tax evasion and her mother enters a rehab facility for "exhaustion," a.k.a. depression, her life is turned upside down.
The cherry on top? Ashlyn's father sends her to work with a cousin she doesn't even know at a rustic team-building retreat center in the middle of nowhere. A self-proclaimed "indoor girl," not even Ash's habit of leaving breadcrumb quotes—inspirational sayings she scribbles everywhere—can help her cope.
With a dangerously careless camp manager doling out grunt work, an overbearing father trying to control her even from prison, and more than a little boy drama to struggle with, the summer is full of challenges. And Ashlyn must make the toughest decision of her life: keep quiet and follow her dad's marching orders, or find the courage to finally stand up to her father to have any hope of finding her way back home.
From Christina June, author of It Started with Goodbye and Everywhere You Want to Be, comes No Place Like Here, a modern twist on Hansel and Gretel.
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Christina June writes young adult contemporary fiction when she’s not writing college recommendation letters during her day job as a school counselor. She loves the little moments in life that help someone discover who they’re meant to become—whether it’s her students or her characters. Christina is a voracious reader, loves to travel, eats too many cupcakes, and hopes to one day be bicoastal—the east coast of the US and the east coast of Scotland. She lives just outside Washington, D.C., with her husband and daughter.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
NO PLACE LIKE HERE is about a girl trying to find herself after her life implodes when her dad goes to prison for tax evasion. It's a coming-of-age story full of interesting characters and a plot of self-discovery. Themes of family, friendship, self-worth, depression, and emotional abuse woven through the story make for a read with depth and plenty of heart. It took me a little bit to love Ashlyn, but she eventually grew on me. I think some of that was because she's so different from me and she had a fairly cushy life in so many ways, but is so devastated by what happened while also being completely submissive. However, as the story moved on and more comes out about her family, I could see why she was like she was. Thank goodness she wasn't stuck-up, rude or bratty. She was used to being rich, but it didn't really go to her head. She also had this openness and vulnerability to her that I think fit this age and the circumstances really well. I liked seeing her open up to her cousin and some new friends at the retreat, which helped her to start to figure out what she wanted. I thought the author did really well with Ashlyn's voice as well as with her dreams and worries - perfect for the age and for what she was going through. The camp was a fun setting and added some nice twists to the story. I also liked that there was romance, but it wasn't the focal point of the story. The budding romance at the end felt genuine because the author didn't try to tie up everything all perfectly, which I appreciated. Having said that, the ending was really sweet and perfect for this story. In the end, was it what I wished for? I really enjoyed reading this! It was interesting seeing how the classic Hansel and Gretel fairy tale was twisted into this contemporary story. The author made it her own and created a story easy to relate to, handling some difficult subjects, and creating a likable protagonist and some fun side characters. Recommended to contemporaneity YA fans, especially those who like their stories light on the romance. Content: Clean Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Prism Book Tours, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.
NO PLACE LIKE HERE is an engaging and summery YA contemporary that emphasizes healing and friendship. Ashlyn is at the boarding school she attends as punishment (imposed by her father) for being crime adjacent when she learns that her father will be going to prison for tax evasion. When she speaks to her parents, she learns even more will be changing, with her mother checking into a rehab facility for “exhaustion”- later revealed to be depression- and Ashlyn going to stay with/near her aunt and uncle and work at a summer camp with her cousin, Hannah. As Ashlyn tries to do her job and get to know her cousin, she begins to learn more about herself and come out of her shell. With summer job fun, a tiny bit of romance, and a whole lot of friendship, Ashlyn’s summer is anything but boring. This is a quick read, which makes it perfect as a summer tagalong to the beach. It could easily be read in a sitting. The content could be heavy but is infused with a lot of hope and growth plus a few moments of kissing and fun. The biggest part of the book is Ashlyn starting to deal with her own anxieties and coming to realize who she wants to be- outside of what her father wants for her. There is also a great friendship that forms, as a secondary plot, between Ashlyn and Hannah, as well as another character. It was great not to have a romance take the primary plot. I also appreciated the way the mental health of her mother was handled, acknowledging the stigma in that it is referred to as exhaustion but ultimately showing her mother getting help and starting to heal. There is a lot of character growth for Ashlyn and her parents in this book. As a small point, the dialogue was a little stilted in places earlier in the book (particularly a few teen conversations), but it does improve later. I would also have loved more story- for it to be longer so that we could see the post-summer changes. The book was complete, but I really enjoyed the characters and would love to see more from them. Overall, this was a really fun YA contemporary about being yourself that could appeal to a wide audience (I think even older middle grade readers would enjoy this one). There are some fantastic themes/messages herein, and this would be a wonderful book to grab on the way to the beach this summer! Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
This is a fabulous book for late teens and anyone else! It is a well executed and interesting read on the coming of age of a young girl who has lived a life being submissive to an over bearing father and a submissive mother. When her father is sent to prison for tax evasion and she is sent to her cousin’s for the summer to work at a wilderness/team building camp, she finds her voice and embraces it. I loved all the different affirming quotes that she saves. I voluntarily read a copy of this book and all opinions are my own.
I enjoyed reading Christina's first work It Started With Goodbye and was particularly excited to be able to read and review her latest work. One element I particularly liked about No Place Like Here is that author Christina June had a clear MG/YA audience in mind and was able to include heavy topics- such as verbal abuse and depression- without overwhelming the emotional journey of her protagonist Ashlyn Zanotti. Ashlyn is a humanized character who made some mistakes in the past (and got sent to boarding school as a result), but she does her upmost to turn her life with the hopes of being able to return home. Her independence derives from the backbones of the lines she collects from famous author and artists across generations and also steps from constantly being on guard from her fathers grueling and-at times-verbally abusive nature. On the other hand, Ashlyn's relationship with her mother gives her solace that they are united against the worst of her father's cutting words. Overall, Ashlyn is a character that induces a great amount of empathy because Christina June is able to give her protagonist an open heart that readers can peer through like an open window. By doing so, No Place Like Here becomes a very intimate read and you gain such attachments to characters like Ashlyn, her cousin Hannah, and newfound friend Baxter. June provides excellent insight into mental health representation and endorses a strong message that getting help for depression like Ashlyn's mother, or opening up about self-deprecating thoughts are great steps towards a more positive future. I loved that while this was an overall light read, the author was not afraid to delve into deep themes that gave No Place Like Here a layered meaning. No Place Like Here also held the timeless elements of friendship, the dynamics of family, and finding the courage to make your voice heard that will make for the perfect summer read!
Look at that stunning cover! No Place Like Here is a perfect summer read all about discovering yourself and moving past your past. Ashlyn developed as a character throughout the whole novel. Before going to camp, she is afraid of speaking out. Ashlyn collected quotes but did not follow them. With the help of her cousin, Hannah, and her friend, Baxter, Ashlyn steps out of her shell to reveal a strong leader. Although I appreciated all her character growth, she felt emotionally distant. The camp was described in such a manner that I had a little map drawn in my head with colors and sounds for everything. Honestly, I felt like I was there with Ashlyn and experiencing everything for the first time. No Place Like Here was a bit different from what I was expecting but still a good, wholesome read for young and older readers. Rating: 3.5 Stars Content: 5 Stars *I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.