March 10, 2018

#BookReview: Going Places by Kathryn Berla

About the Book:

Hudson Wheeler is a teen for whom everyone had high expectations, but since his father was killed when he was ten, he's felt unmotivated to pursue much other than his art. During his senior year, he decides to home school, thinking he will get to relax and focus on his two lazy businesses. But instead, he experiences love and rejection for the first time; meets an athletic girl who shows him by example what it means to be a man; and solves the painful mystery of the WWII vet whose poignant plight forces Hudson out of the comfort zone of boyhood. 

Publisher: AmberJack
Recommended Age: Young Adult 
Genre: Contemporary 
How I Acquired this book: Bookish First
Overall rating: ★★★★
Goodreads | Amazon
About the Author:
Kathryn Berla likes to write in a variety of genres including light fantasy, contemporary literary fiction, and even horror. She is the author of the young adult novels: 12 Hours in ParadiseDream MeThe House at 758, and Going PlacesThe Kitty Committee is her first novel written for adult readers.

Kathryn grew up in India, Syria, Europe, and Africa. Her love for experiencing new cultures runs deep, and she gives into it whenever she can. She has been an avid movie buff since childhood, and often sees the movie in her head before she writes the book.
Kathryn graduated from the University of California in Berkeley with a degree in English. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: This one was very good.

Check out author's other books? Yes
Recommend this book? Yes

Notes and Opinions:  It was an awkward love story, of being in the friend zone with the girl you love and believing in yourself. I really enjoyed how Hudson grew as a character through the book. He went from being very scared to believing in himself. I also enjoyed how this book focused on friendship vs. romance. So many YA titles focus on romance to get the story going and this one did not do that at all. Each character grew through the story and the pacing was great. I was never lost and I was always engaged in the story and the characters. The writing style was fluid and did a wonderful job keeping me in the story!  

Go Into This One Knowing:  If you are looking for a story with flawed characters (which makes them so real) check this one out! 

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