Where the Road Takes Me by Jay McLean
Published by Skyscape on February 10th 2015
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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.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Hi, I’m Sparkles and I have a problem.
I always forget why it is that I don’t read YA anymore.
I have two major issues with young adult books. The first one is that as they are in high school, some books have them acting as the adolescents they are which I find annoying. I mean, I remember the agony of not having my favorite t-shirt clean and ready to wear, but I’m not interested in reading about it. My second issue is that sometimes the opposite occurs and they act as I would now and I find it more annoying because that makes the book seem unrealistic to me.
In this instance, although I enjoyed Where the Road Takes Me, I felt that both Chloe and Blake acted out of the age range they were supposed to be. If they were a wee bit older, finishing college instead of high school, I would have found it much more believable.
The way they built their relationship, how they resolved problems and how they acted in general, I found not to be accurate for their age. I was a fumbling idiot at 18… so either I’m really underdeveloped emotionally, immature or kids these days are waaaay ahead of their time.
Another issue I had with this book was the lack of warning of a main topic in the story that is View Spoiler »the heroine suffers breast cancer and she had two family members die of it « Hide Spoiler. I get that, plot-wise, it is a revelation that you don’t want to give away before hand, but I know that this is a trigger for many.
So, aside from these 2 things (I took one star for each of them) I just imagined them in college and in their early twenties and enjoyed the story (I feel very creepy if I’m perving at an 18-year-old, for some reason 22 seems to be a little less troubling xD).
The writing is good, the pace was excellent and the relationship-building of Chloe and Blake as a couple I found very sweet.
Given the topic of the story, I was tearing up here and there, and I thought they were very sweet together. Chloe had big emotional issues to overcome and she drove me a little bit crazy with her stubbornness, but Blake finally broke through. Blake will be an amazing book boyfriend in a couple of years. As I previously mentioned, I can’t properly perv on him just now…maybe a good 15 years later bonus epilogue would be just the thing.
Summing up, I enjoyed the book and found it hard to put down and the issues I had didn’t ruin the story for me.
I will be on the lookout for more from Jay McLean, and if it’s not YA that would be awesome, but I think I’d still be tempted to read it even if it was.
Rating: 3 YA Stars
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