Not to be mean or anything, but Christina June’s No Place Like Here sounds so boring Dad arrested for tax evasion? Depressed mom? Working at a camp? Standing up to your parents? What about any of this sounds fun to read? I honestly just can’t with stories like this. Where’s the adventure? The intrigue? Cause I’m seeing none of that.
It’s no question that this book isn’t for me.
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.
What are your thoughts of No Place Like Here? Is it a book you could see yourself adding to your TBR? What do you think of the plot? The parents? The story? Let me know in the comments!