Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for No Place Like Here by Christina June. This tour is being hosted by Prism Book Tours. I’ll be sharing an excerpt from the book and there will be a giveaway.
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.
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My aunt and uncle were nice people. Aunt Greta was a social worker and Uncle Ed was a high school biology teacher. They sent thoughtful birthday cards and a family newsletter in their holiday card. I knew Hannah had been president of the environmental science club at her school and her older brother Dylan was studying abroad this summer in France so he could “improve his fluency while also getting in a bit of history.” They had all the outer trappings of a perfect family. However, my faith in the accuracy of outside appearances had become significantly skewed over the years. My dad liked people to think we were perfect because he had a job that paid a boatload of money, we had a huge house, he drove an expensive car, and had shiny shoes and could afford to send me to the “best school in Virginia,” which was the line he came up with to avoid telling people I got arrested. Clearly, we were far from perfect if you looked past the surface.
“So, it’s all decided.”
“All decided,” I echoed with zero enthusiasm. I knew better than to complain further. The sureness in his voice and the fact that he wasn’t trying to convince me that spending my summer in the middle of the woods was a good idea just proved how much he was still in charge. Even when he was about to be locked up.
“You’ll have fun, Ashlyn. This place looks like a stand-up operation. You’ll love it. Hannah wouldn’t go back for a second year if it wasn’t great.”
Hannah and I are not the same kind of girl, I didn’t say. But for my father to know that, he would’ve had to have read the annual holiday newsletter and I would’ve bet my college fund that he hadn’t taken the time to read it further than to confirm that his brother and his family were alive and kicking. He would also have had to pay attention to me beyond making sure my report card was flawless, my clothes were acceptable, and my posture was straight.
“A town car will be coming to pick you up at the end of the week,” my dad rolled on. He, apparently, had been restricted from travelling any farther than a short radius from our house. Mom, he told me, wasn’t up for the drive. I said nothing to protest and wrote it all down in my planner.
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, EVERYWHERE YOU WANT TO BE, and NO PLACE LIKE HERE.
1 winner will receive a print copy of NO PLACE LIKE HERE, a poster, and a book plate
Ends June 5, 2019
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