No Place Like Here
By Christina June
Release Date: May 21, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Retelling
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.
I think that No Place Like Here is the retelling of the classic book, Hansel and Gretel. The story begins when Ashlyn’s father was arrested for tax evasion, and her mother went to rehab because of mental issues. Her father decided to give her a summer job at the wilderness retreat center. Then, Ashlyn’s personality grew more throughout the story. I see that the main character is an indoor person, meaning that she likes to do some things inside of a home or anywhere else. The characters are well-developed, which is excellent. I enjoy the plot and writing very much, I want to reread the book again! No Place Like Here is a perfect read for the summer.
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 just outside Washington DC with her husband and daughter.
She is the author of IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE, EVERYWHERE YOU WANT TO BE, and the forthcoming NO PLACE LIKE HERE.
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