You Are Here

You Are Here

by Jennifer E. Smith
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You Are Here 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Emma has never felt a part of her family. Her parents, professors at a local college, and her much older siblings are always discussing poetry, philosophy, or topics important to the world. She is more interested in the here and now, not in deep intellectual thoughts. Her feelings of not fitting in are dramatically increased the day she stumbles across the birth certificate of a twin brother she never knew she had. When she also discovers his death certificate tucked away in the same box in the attic, she can't believe that no one ever told her. Turning 17 in less than a week, Emma decides to get her older brother to take her to his apartment in New York City. Once she gets there, her real plan is to "borrow" his car and travel to North Carolina to visit her twin's grave. When the car gives out at a rest stop along the New Jersey turnpike, she calls her neighbor, Peter Finnegan, another soon-to-be 17-year-old. Peter is dealing with his own personal conflicts. He has grown up with just his father since his mother died shortly after his birth. Lately, his frustration with his silent and often absent father, and the desire to leave town and see the world, are almost more than he can tolerate. When he gets Emma's call for help, he sees it as the perfect opportunity to hit the road, see some of the sights he's dreamed of, and also spend time with a girl he realizes he's had a crush on for quite some time. Together, the two loners begin a journey that will change them both. Not only do the teens come to know one another better, but their families also begin to recognize the ways they could be more present and supportive. YOU ARE HERE is a carefully crafted story about families and relationships and the secrets that complicate them. Author Jennifer E. Smith has created an intricately layered cast of characters that give readers a peek into the various ways that humans handle tragedy and conflict. Smith's depth and sensitivity make YOU ARE HERE a must-read.
GirlwiththeBraids More than 1 year ago
The way Emma Healy thought of her childhood and family changes. At the age of sixteen, she finds a birth certificate in the attic of her supposed twin brother. And with it, his death certificate dated two days after. Emma never felt like she belonged with her scholarly family and now she can imagine that there had been someone else like her, someone ordinary. Though she doesn't own a car, she wants to visit her brother's grave, states away in North Carolina. Her neighbor, Peter, offers to drive her there so she accepts. What she didn't expect, though, was to find someone who understands her way better than she does herself that it's almost scary. And he'd been next door for all these years. <br><br> <i>You Are Here</i> is now my All-Time Favorite book. Enough said. But since you want to know, here is a list of everything I loved about it: Each sentence, paragraph, and chapter ended on the perfect note. The characters and their lives were so fully described that I felt connected to them and wanted to never, not ever, stop reading. At 2am I finished it and I could feel a cry coming up my throat just because it ended. There is a whole world inside this book that explores every corner of awkwardness, kindness, love, failure, imagination, death, hope, anger, and all the other kinds of emotion. And I experienced every one myself while reading. It's amazing! I have nothing bad to say about it. Author Jennifer E. Smith has an unbelievable talent that I can't even dream of having. She weaves together great writing, a wonderful storyline, an amazing plot, completely likable characters, and emotions that make the reader feel like they are just discovering them for the first time. All while keeping her unique voice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I picked up this book I didnt know what to expect... but once I started it I was instantly intrigued, this book is exactly what your looking for if your looking to find yourself and that we all have promblems with family and personal issues but you can met someone just as lonely as you and somehow you met in the middle.... lovely lovely book plaese buy!
obsessedCaLiGirL13 More than 1 year ago
Emma has never felt like she belongs when it comes to her family even her next door neighbor Peter gets along with them better, but what Emma doesn't want to admit is that she is more like them than she thinks. When Emma finds out she had a twin brother that died a few days after his birth, Emma realizes that its always felt like something was missing but she didn't know what. Now she is determined to go visit her brother's grave. She plans her escape but doesn't make it far. With the help of Peter they both set out on a journey and find more than what they were looking for. This book was real and displays hardships and losses. Emma and Peter grow closer as they grow farther from home. With an excellent ending, all will appreciate the story. this is definitely a great book- not one of my favorites but it is definely up there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love her book. But this was not one.of them it was way to slow.
AReadingRedSox 25 days ago
I just...I guess I just kind of wanted more from this book. It took a long time for it to get going, and then it was like a race to the end. I wasn't especially fond of either main character, but I did like the ending, even if was a bit rushed and forced. See more reviews at my blog! http://areadingredsox.blogspot.com
BellaTheBibliophile More than 1 year ago
This book was a cute and a pretty fast read, I read the book within 3 days and probably could have finished sooner. This book was emotional but not a book I needed tissues for. I loved that even though this book was classified as romance, there was very little romance and the story focused more on the two teens discovering themselves while also learning more about each other. I enjoyed both characters and how different they were yet so much alike. - BellaTheBibliophile
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