Anywhere But Here

Author: Tanya Lloyd Kyi 
Pages: 320 
Publisher: Simon Pulse 
Format: Paperback (ARC) 
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads)Ever since his mom died, Cole just feels stuck. His dad acts like a stranger, and Lauren, his picture-perfect girlfriend of two years, doesn’t understand him anymore. He can’t ditch his dad, so Cole breaks up with Lauren. She doesn’t take the news very well, and Cole’s best friend won’t get off his case about it.

Now more than ever, Cole wants to graduate and leave his small, suffocating town. And everything is going according to plan—until Cole discovers the one secret that could keep him there…forever.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. 

My Summary: Cole has lived in a suffocatingly small town his entire life. The only light at the end of the tunnel is the opportunity to graduate and leave everything he knew behind - including the memories of his mother's death. He wants to escape -- to get out as soon as he can. And he has a plan. He's ready to leave behind the life he has, starting with his girlfriend of two years. 

But while filming a documentary about his town, Cole soon learns something that could shatter all his plans and keep him trapped there for the rest of his life. Could it be that he owes something to the town he's resented for years?

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this novel. First off, I thought the cover art was brilliant -- it's so rare that the cover of a book reflects the story perfectly, but in this case it definitely does. You can almost see the discontent.

Cole's feelings of solitude and entrapment in a town he's never left are easy to relate to. This novel touched on a lot of difficult subjects, and I felt that they were handled very well by the author. The writing was very smooth and although it was a little slow to start, the novel held my interest. In my opinion, the atmosphere of the novel matched the story perfectly.

Cole's friends were great characters in and of themselves, and I often wished he would treat them a little better. They were all very complex and well-written, which is rare of secondary characters in YA. I really liked the character growth in Cole throughout the course of the novel (and his filming of the documentary), and I'm glad he learned the things that he did. 

Final Thoughts: I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys edgier contemporary lit as well as YA novels. I'll definitely be seeking out more from this author in the future!

1 comment:

  1. This sounds really interesting! I like the idea of him filming and uncovering something that completely changes his perspective - I'm curious as to what happens now!

    - Allie @ Little Birdie Books


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