Where the Road Takes Me

Where the Road Takes Me

by Jay McLean


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Where the Road Takes Me by Jay McLean

Chloe has one plan for the future, and one plan only: the road. She’s made a promise to herself: don’t let anyone in, and don’t let anyone love her. She’s learned the hard way what happens if she breaks her rules. So she’s focused on being invisible and waiting until she can set out on the road—her dream of freedom, at least for a little while.

Blake Hunter is a basketball star who has it all—everything about him looks perfect to those on the other side of his protective walls. He can’t let anyone see the shattered pieces behind the flawless facade or else all his hopes and dreams will disappear.

One dark night throws Chloe and Blake together, changing everything for Blake. For Chloe, nothing changes: she has the road, and she’s focused on it. But when the so-called perfect boy starts to notice the invisible girl, they discover that sometimes with love, no one knows where the road may lead.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477849408
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 03/03/2015
Pages: 324
Sales rank: 383,217
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jay McLean is an avid reader, writer, and, most of all, procrastinator. She writes what she loves to read—books that can make her laugh, make her smile, make her hurt, and make her feel. She currently lives in Australia with her fiancé, two sons, and two dogs.

Follow Jay on Instagram and Twitter @jaymcleanauthor. For more information, visit her blog at www.jaymcleanauthor.com.

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Where the Road Takes Me 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
D-B1 More than 1 year ago
I loved and enjoyed reading the captivating, heartbreaking, amazing, romantic story by an awesome author Jay McLean that I received free from Goodreads First Reads. Chloe lives with a foster family who love her and want to adopt her, but Chloe does not want anyone to care about her and plans to leave as soon as she graduates from high school. Both her mother and her aunt died of cancer, so Chloe does not want be the cause for sorrow or be a burden in anyone's life.  Blake is a basketball star, has a hot girlfriend, and is popular.  Late at night, Blake is jogging and comes to Chloe's rescue.  As Blake and Chloe spend more time together, Chloe finds leaving for the road harder to do. Read the highly recommended, wonderfully written, love story of Chloe and Blake in Where the Road Takes Me.
KWithrow More than 1 year ago
Jay McLean is a frickin badass and a genius when it comes to telling stories. She makes you feel the story and live it right along with the characters.. through the pain, the heartache, the love, and the laughter. Blake and Chloe's story is rough around the edges and beautiful at the same time. Chloe is sometimes frustrating and always stubborn but she has her reasons and they're damn good ones. Blake, what can I say about Blake? He is pretty much perfect and you should definitely go meet him like right now!! Jay will make you fall in love with them.. and even with Josh and Tommy, gotta love those boys!! I can't wait for her to come out with more books for us to enjoy!!
BookMama_1 More than 1 year ago
*I received a copy of this book from the publsiher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* 4.5 stars It's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years. Learn to live your life with the choices YOU make and don't let anyone, in your past or present, make that decision for you. That's the message this book carries. The more I read this book, the more I liked it. It seemed to start off a bit slow for me, but it picked up after the first few chapters. Walls started to tumble and things started to get more intense. Especially once The Road plan began. I definitely liked Chloe and Blake in that environment better than being in school. But, things change on The Road. For everyone, not just Chloe and Blake. Things are about to get real. Real life and real love. Things worth fighting for. Things that bring big, fat, ugly alligator tears spewing from your eyes until the end of the book. I don't know how to describe this book other than it being awesome. I have no words. I had read some of Jay McLean's other books but this book put her on my "fav author" list. If the rest of her books are this awesome, I can't wait to read more!
LilMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
I was super interested in this one ... I can't really put my finger on why it intrigued me so much ... maybe because the blurb made the main character sound just completely against falling in love or anyone loving her. I knew that there would be some earth shattering change within these pages on that standpoint. I won't say whether there was or wasn't because that would spoil the fun but I will say this, it will keep you on your toes. Plus, I enjoy reading love stories about couples where they are doomed to fail ... that came out wrong ... I like seeing them end up together even though they have tons of obstacles and are ... doomed to fail ... I don't know any other way to put it, I guess. It kinda reminds me of my husband and I and our love story. Okay, enough sappiness ... moving on! Right away, this novel reminded me of a certain novel by an author whose last name rhymes with harks ... I won't say which one or if they made a movie of it ... (they totally did). But the resemblance was uncanny. Almost. The further I got into this novel, the more it distanced itself from that other (very familiar) novel. And that is a good thing because if it had stayed parallel, I would have put this one down. No need to read another novel exactly like one I've already read, right? Well, it did change and morph into something different, thank goodness. It was really great, I loved "watching" the characters change and mature within the pages ... the relationships with each other and secondary characters was interesting and made me keep reading. Surprisingly, it never got confusing ... there were quite a few characters to keep up with but it never became an issue. I just really enjoyed reading Where the Road Takes Me. But then it happened. First of all, yes, this is a young adult novel. Yes, it is written for and about teenagers. That all being said, there were many times where this novel turned whiny and teenangsty (no, it's not a word but it totally should be). I just wanted to get past the whiny stuff because it was changing the story from being endearing to frustrating. At that point, I was just ready to put it down. But thankfully, it changed again. The story kicked back up and moved forward and I found myself enjoying the remainder of the story. But keep in mind, this novel is pretty sad right from the beginning and it's one that makes you think about how you would act if you were in the same situation. All in all, pretty good. I would be interested in seeing what else this author has written since this is my first novel from her.
JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
**ARC provided by Amazon Publishing/Skyscape via NetGalley** This was a really sweet story. It reminded me of a tamer version of The Edge of Never. After losing her mother, Chloe was put into foster care. She decided to become invisible, never forming attachments to anyone. That is until she meets Blake. Growing closer and closer they agree to spend as much time together as possible before Chloe heads out on "The Road". I liked the writing. The character interactions are believable and age appropriate. I also liked that the story focused mostly on the pre road trip, making their connection stronger. The time jumps at the end of the story and the epilogue were the icing on the cake. - "Blake,"...."I'm so in love with you. And that love-it might not be forever. But while we're both here-that love is always."
psee More than 1 year ago
4 "Fire trucking conflicted stars Let me tell you, I was so thrilled to read this book. It's by Jay McLean and to me she is a writing goddess. This book was different and didn't have my favorite staple of characters from her More series. Blake Hunter is the hero in this story and he is your typical high school hunk based on looks and athleticism; he ruled the school. Unlike Blake, our heroine Chloe spent her high school years in obscurity and she wanted it that way. That all came to an abrupt end when Blake literally plowed his way in to her life. From that moment on, Chloe became Blake's focus and she was at war with her growing interest in Blake but her need to not let anyone get too close. This book really had promise but I found myself frustrated for at least the first sixty percent of the book. Blake, people will sing his praises, including myself, because he really comes through in the story and winds up being a great guy. I just really had a problem with him in the beginning as he actively pursued Chloe while still being with his girlfriend. Honestly, I don't care his reasoning for why he was staying with the horrid Hannah, he still had a girlfriend. Beyond that, I just didn't get how he was so captivated by Chloe especially considering what she had been doing prior to him running into her.  Chloe was likely my biggest problem with this book. She just wasn't a heroine I could get behind. Her reason for complete detachment from others just wasn't strong enough to make me empathetic or understanding of her decisions. My goodness, her disregard for the only family she now has, really bothered me. Every time she would push someone else away I just wanted to knock her upside the head. Saving graces in the story were the secondary characters. I absolutely loved Josh and would be thrilled if he had a spin off novel. Chloe's foster family and Blake's mother were awesome. Clayton was another character I thought was wonderful and his story line really disturbed me. Things do improve in the last third of the book and I couldn't wait to see how things were going to work out. The Road winds up being more metaphoric regarding both Chloe and Blake's self discovery than an actual road trip. I must say I was incredibly pleased with the way the story plays out and it even had me tearing up. While the very ending seemed similar to another story I read I still found myself really enjoying it. With that being said, while I liked the book I just didn't love it like I thought I would. Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
csingh More than 1 year ago
I own several novels written by Jay McLean.  I've never read any of them. Where the Road Take Me may be the first, but it definitely won't be the last.  There was something about the cover and blurb of this book that drew me and I knew I had to read it.  I had no idea how much I was going to love this book. In all honesty, I don't even know where to start.  There's so much about this book that I loved.  I guess starting with Chloe and Blake would be a good place.  I loved that the story was told through both their points of view.  It really made the story brighter and vivid.  I loved Blake and Chloe too.  I loved how much Blake cared for Chloe.  I loved how much he couldn't help but want to be there for her, even when she didn't want him to acknowledge her existence.  I loved how much Blake cared for his real friend(s).  I loved how much Chloe loved Clayton and even the people she didn't want to care for, but did.  I loved how Chloe realized by keeping herself aloof from everyone else to protect herself and others, it didn't necessarily mean it was going to work. Initially I had no idea what Chloe was hiding and why, but as it started becoming clearer, I understood why she was so afraid and wanted to live in the moment.  She had a lot on her mind for an eighteen year old.  I wanted to reach into my e-reader and give her a hug.  The same for Blake, even though the problems he was facing at home were different.  I wanted to reach in and smack his father, and at some point his mother as well, but I soon learned not everything was the way it seemed.  I think one of the best things Jay McLean did with this book was keep the story interesting and moving at a fast pace.  I was never able to guess what was going to happen next and there were a number of twists that had my heart racing and tears pouring down my face.  When I say I fell in love with this story, I mean it.  Chloe and Blake's heartbreaks and pains were mine.  I laughed with them and cried with them.   I sincerely hope Jay McLean continues to write in this world.  Even though there's an epilogue that wraps up Chloe and Blake's story nicely, I wouldn't mind reading about Josh and Tommy.  This book, this story, took me out of my world and put me squarely in Chloe and Blake's. It took broke me down and then put me back together.  I strongly urge you to read this book.  It's perhaps one of the best coming of age novels I've read in some time.  It's certainly the most haunting.  Kudos to Jay McLean for writing such an amazing story.  She's got a new fan in me.
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars "You can run, you can hide, you can choose not to see, but where the road takes you will always lead to me" Where The Road Takes Me follows the story of Chloe and Blake. When Chloe thought of future, she only had one goal in her life: to finish school and go on the road. Her life has been anything but easy. Faced with loss from an early age, Chloe has vowed to not let anyone in, to not fall in love. She just wants to be fade into the background..... On the outside, Blake has it all: a beautiful girlfriend, promising basketball career. But, his life is anything but perfect. His relationship with his girlfriend is one of convenience (to both of them), his father doesn't respect his dream of playing ball and wants him to join the army and his mom, well his mom lives in their guest house. He's desperately trying to hold it all together......... One fateful night, Chloe and Blake's paths will cross and forever change their course. Suddenly, Chloe is not as invisible as she wants to be. An unlikely friendship forms. Their walls are slowly coming down. Falling in love was never the plan...... Where The Road Takes Me is a beautiful coming of age story. It is a story of taking what life throws at you and accepting the cards that you are dealt. It is a story of true love and faith.  "If I could dream the same dream a million times over, it would be you--you would be my last kiss, my last breath" This story captivated me from the first page. I was completely intrigued with what was going on with Chloe and what secret she kept. Blake was an amazing match for Chloe. He made her see that life was worth living and made her take the risk of falling in love.  "Red-letter days. It's when something unexpectedly phenomenal happens." I choked on my sob. 'You're my unexpectedly phenomenal, Chloe. You're my red-letter day." Where The Road Takes Me is a beautiful and heartwarming story. It made me laugh, cry and fall in love. This book has been on my tbr for a long time and Jay McLean did not disappoint. If I take anything away from this story, it will be to not taking life for granted and accept that plans change and that no one knows where the road will take them........ *I was provided an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
I will start with this...you MUST read this book! It was AMAZING! I could not put it down! This was my first book by this author, but it certainly won't be my last. The words gripped me from page one and I was hooked, reading until late into the night to finish it before I went to sleep. If you're looking for a book with ALL the feels, this is it. You've got romance, tragedy, some teen angst, travel, sports, illness, recovery, I could go on and on. It's been quite a while since I've read a novel with SO many facets. And I love when the author can get you just as interested in the secondary characters as you are the primary. Imagine my delight when I learned there is a spin off book featuring the secondary character I loved the most! (Can't WAIT to read it and it's sequel!) The main character has moments where you might be annoyed with her, but you'll also probably grudgingly see why she is the way that she is...and when she finally sees how wrong she's been, oh what emotions! The male lead is by far my favorite character in the book. Blake is one of those guys that just grabs your heart and makes you wish that every guy was like him. He's understanding, compassionate, loves kids, he's loyal...I just love this character so much (add him to the book boyfriend file!) If you're a fan of this author, or authors like Colleen Hoover, Jenny Han or Sarah Dessen, you're sure to enjoy this book. I'm only disappointed that I've waited so long before trying her out.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
1 - "I just wanted one night..." Star. DNF @23% I put this book on the back burner a while ago after seeing many, many less than positive reviews for it from my Goodreads peers around its release. Teen angst and drama are things I get pissed off with really quickly if they are overplayed, or added for erroneous reasons, without any reasonable explanations to them. But after finishing Kick, Push (it’s successor) in a day earlier this week, I thought I’d put on my big girl panties and give it a go as Chloe and Blake Hunter actually came across as a well adjusted couple in it, despite their previous issues. "You’re like Superman..." "Does that make you my kryptonite?" I started getting annoyed at around 8% and it didn't really abate after that, Jay is an author that deals in teen angst, I know this, but I have to say the other books I have read by her have dealt it out in a way that makes it relevant and not overplayed. Notsomuch this time, and it all stems from the insta-connection that they apparently had. I didn't see it, I still don’t see it up to the point I stopped reading. I will be honest and say I am also struggling to find (at this point) anything I like about either of the lead characters. "I know I’m safe with you." Add in a vapid, cheerleader girlfriend, and a whole host of familial drama, and I am going to part ways now before my review turns into a rant-fest. If you love this author (and I am on that path, despite this book) you will probably enjoy the story. It may get better, and I could have pulled myself through it, but I am trying to read for pleasure nowadays, and this book and the characters therein are just getting on my nerves, so I am going to put it down to a reader/character personality clash and move on. ARC generously provided, sorry I cannot offer a more positive review on this occasion.
gaele More than 1 year ago
I’d not heard of the author, but the synopsis promised some great potential so into the book I went.  Chloe spends most of her school time trying to be invisible: she has her reasons, but mostly in her senior year she is just counting the days until she hatches her plan to hit the road.  Blake is the star basketball player: Mr. Popular with everything anyone could want: girlfriend, great family, good grades and unlimited potential.  He doesn’t know Chloe, but that will change.  These two are thrown together, and Chloe’s hope to be the ‘invisible’ girl is no match for Blake’s determination. Back and forth they go: the two seem to be completely incompatible, until bits and pieces show that Chloe’s life is not nearly as depressing and dramatic as she  wants it to be, and Blake’s isn’t so perfect.  This is a relationship that starts with a finite end, and while the initial interaction starts as  friendship, there is a slow build to more.  So why couldn’t I love this book?  Blake has a girlfriend but pursues Chloe. So, the ‘girlfriend’ was more of an arm-candy thing, but his  lack of integrity bothered me. While I did love the fact that he was trying to show Chloe a way out of her self-created depression and dramatics, he played along with them all too often, passively, to make those moments feel real.  Chloe: O M G what a drama queen!  Life  is never perfect, and no one knows what the future holds: take some control, stop overplaying your hand constantly. REPEATEDLY.   I so wanted to just slap sense into her: and I wondered more than once if her “invisibility” was something she chose or simply pretended  to as anyone who befriended her was fed up with her antics.  You really have to enjoy the schoolhouse overplayed melodrama to enjoy her, and he’s not far behind.  Making things worse: the ending. Rushed, quickly tied up and not quite feeling either real or possible. The ‘key’ to their connection drops in the epilogue, making  them very similar: but it just felt like an added element to further prove this odd couple was “destined’.  While the premise hold some great potential, and there were many places to make the story sing, it went flat early, and continued with the woe is me monologue that soon just became background noise.   I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review:  all conclusions are my own responsibility.