No Place Like Here: A great story about finding your voice again and knowing how to use it.

No Place Like Here by Christina June book cover
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Page Count: 272
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…

Non-Spoiler Review 

I received this e-book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Although it took me a few chapters to get into it, I really enjoyed this book. I just didn't connect with Ashlyn immediately, but it didn't take me too long. I did love the character development in this book. Christina did such an amazing job showing the growth of her characters. I had no idea that she wrote a book 2 years ago, and the MC was Tatum, Ashlyn's best friend. Wish I would have known about it so I could have read it before this book.

In this book, we follow Ashlyn. She has just got done with her junior year at boarding school and cannot wait to get home to her best friend for the summer. But her plans are drastically changed when her father has to go to prison and her mother is goes to rehab for depression. Ashlyn is sent to spend the summer with her aunt, uncle, and cousin. For most of the summer, she will work with her cousin, who she hasn’t even seen in 9 years, in a team-building retreat center that is off the grid. She is not happy about this at all, especially since she doesn’t even like being outside.

Ashlyn has tons of adventures while working at this retreat, makes some friends (which she hasn’t had the best of luck doing at boarding school), and finds more of herself than she ever thought she would. I really liked all the characters in this book, save for just a few. One of my favorite things was Ashlyn’s character development. Christina did such a good job growing Ashlyn in so many needed ways. Also, how cool would it be to work at a retreat center as Ashlyn did? It's like summer camp for Adults!

The only reason I didn’t give this book 5 stars was because I had a hard time connecting with Ashlyn at times. There were just a few scenes where I didn’t always understand why she did things. But overall, I really enjoyed it. At times didn’t want to put this book down because I had to know what happened next.

 

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