No Place Like Here
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Today we're going to be featuring No Place Like Here by Christina June. This is her latest MG/YA novel that centers around Ashlyn Zanotti as she tries to navigate her newfound circumstances. After her father is sent to prison for embezzlement and her mother goes to a rehabilitation center to recover for depression, Ashlyn's summer is planned by her father to work at Sweetwater Overlook Retreat Center alongside her estranged cousin, Hannah.
Ashlyn's character development was like observing a morphing butterfly. At first she is cocooned by her insecurities and the self doubt planted there by her father. Through the process of bonding with her cousin and taking on some responsibilities at the Center mount, Ashlyn starts metamorphosing into a newfound sense of confidence. In doing so, Ashlyn develops the courage to voice her emotions and take a stand against her past mistakes and the deeming voice of her father that overtakes her thoughts.
Christina June's No Place Like Here makes for an excellent summer read full of self discovery, family, personal growth, and friendship.
About the Book
No Place Like Here
By Christina June
Young Adult Contemporary
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 288 Pages
May 21st 2019 by Blink
From Christina June, author of It Started with Goodbye and Everywhere You Want to Be, comes No Place Like Here, a modern twist on Hansel and Gretel.
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 nowhere. A self-proclaimed "indoor girl," not even Ash's habit of leaving breadcrumb quotes--inspirational sayings she scribbles everywhere--can help her cope.
With a dangerously careless camp manager doling out grunt work, an overbearing father trying to control her even from prison, and more than a little boy drama to struggle with, the summer is full of challenges. And Ashlyn must make the toughest decision of her life: keep quiet and follow her dad's marching orders, or find the courage to finally stand up to her father to have any hope of finding her way back home.
Fans looking for stories with elements of drama, romance, friendship, and an unflinching look into navigating and improving even the most difficult parent-teen relationships need look no further.
About the Author
Christina June writes young adult contemporary fiction when she’s not writing college recommendation letters during her day job as a school counselor. She loves the little moments in life that help someone discover who they’re meant to become – whether it’s her students or her characters. Christina is a voracious reader, loves to travel, and hopes to one day be bicoastal – the east coast of the US and the east coast of Scotland. She lives in Virginia with her husband and daughter. She is the author of It Started with Goodbye and Everywhere You Want to Be, and No Place Like Here.
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Prize: 5 Finished copies of No Place Like Here + book poster (USA only)