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 to look no further
Ashlyn, 17, is nearing the end of a year-long exile at an exclusive Shenandoah Valley boarding school, where she was sent due to a youthful mistake, and she's looking forward to going home. Her plans are derailed, though, when her perfectionist father is sent to prison for tax evasion (something she learns when the story breaks online) and her mother enters a rehabilitation facility to treat her depression. Instead of home, Ashlyn heads to a wilderness retreat center to work with her 18-year-old cousin Hannah. She tries to avoid making waves, but her resolve is tested when she begins to notice inconsistencies in her boss's behavior, when she's forced to confront her own recent past, and when a romance begins to bloom. Told in Ashlyn's fluid, first-person voice, the narrative includes realistic self-talk that will feel familiar to many teens. Ashlyn's almost too-perfect maturity may ring an occasional false note, but June (Everywhere You Want to Be) maintains just enough drama to keep the story entertaining in this insightful coming-of-age novel. Ages 13--up. Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. (May) (Publisher's Weekly)