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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Going Places by Kathryn Berla - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Hudson's future once looked promising, he even has a letter from one of his former teachers saying that he's going places. Now that he's a high school senior Hudson isn't so sure about this. After the death of his father Hudson stopped caring about a successful future. He sees homeschooling as the ideal solution to stop dealing with teenage drama. In exchange Hudson has to take two classes at the local high school and he has to pay his mother rent. To make money Hudson starts two businesses, dog walking and an SOS service for seniors. Is this really as uneventful as he expected it to be?

Hudson meets new people. One of them, a client, is a marine veteran who fought during WWII. He also spends a lot of time with an athletic girl who's trying to get him in shape. Hudson has fallen in love with someone from his school, but will he be able to win the girl's heart? While dealing with the demands of his customers and making new friends Hudson's life becomes full and meaningful and Hudson is forced to grow up quickly, which isn't how he envisioned his senior year. Has he made the right choices?

Going Places is a fabulous story. Hudson is talented and smart, but he doesn't have the same goals and dreams most other teenagers have. Staying home to study and work might seem like the easy way out, but it's actually one big life lesson. Hudson needs to take responsibility. There's hardly any adult guidance, he has to make the decisions and hard work is the only way forward. Staying home to study makes his senior year unusual, but eventful. I loved everything he comes across. He learns about love, friendship, taking care of others and doing the right thing in a wonderful open and honest way that never feels forced. I liked that a lot and for me that made Going Places a true gem.

Kathryn Berla has a gorgeous writing style that is easy to read. I love her vivid descriptions of emotions, people and settings. I could effortlessly picture everything she writes about. I read Going Places in one sitting, it's a beautiful heartfelt story. I love it when a book manages to move me so much. Hudson is a fantastic original main character and I enjoyed reading about his friendships and the obstacles he has to overcome. Going Places is a terrific story that I highly recommend.


If you love original YA about love, life and friendship you don't want to miss Going Places.

About Kathryn Berla

Believer in love at first sight and happily ever after. I like the idea of cats but prefer the reality of dogs. Sometimes bumper stickers get it right. Mean people really do suck.

I write about whatever interests me or makes me happy. B.A. in English Literature from University of California, Berkeley. Resident of the practically perfect San Francisco Bay Area.

Family + Friends + Writing + Reading = me


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  1. Going Places sounds like an emotionally charged coming-of-age story with an engaging, likeable main character and his foray into adulthood.

  2. Thanks for th chance to win!๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’•

  3. It sounds like a truly delightful story.

  4. Love the cover of the book and the story sounds really interesting!

  5. A refreshingly different plot line to most!

  6. sounds like a great introduction to YA for me, love a book that you want to read in one sitting!

  7. What a wonderful tale of growing up, facing up to and accepting responsibility and becoming a compassionate adult that one could be proud of.