Friday, 28 March 2014
Review: Road to Somewhere by Kelley Lynn and Jenny S. Morris
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Released: March 11th, 2014
A road trip. A singing competition. And super-hot cowboys. What could be better? For Charlie, a post-high school road trip isn't just a vacation, it's life changing. While her parents think she's helping a friend move, a chance at fame is the real reason to grab her best friends and drive to L.A. But when her super annoying, uber-responsible, younger sister, Lucy, has to tag along, it isn't quite the summer of fun she imagined. Add in a detour to her grandparents' ranch in Texas, and between mucking the stalls, down-home cookinâ€™, and drool-worthy ranch hands, this could just turn into the best, and most complicated, summer of their lives.
Have I mentioned I love the Bloomsbury Spark imprint? Yes? Well I'm just reminding you all. It's excellent! I've read quite a few of the eBooks they've published since launching, and I've liked every one of them. I think Road to Somewhere might just be my favourite though, because it has great characters, Texas and hot, lovely cowboys! Plus it's written by two authors as a dual narrative from Charlie and Lucy's POVs, which I've always been a big fan of. I enjoyed every page!
Charlie and Lucy are sisters heading out on an LA road trip with Charlie's friends, via a stop off at their grandparent's ranch in Texas. Charlie is more outgoing, confident and experiences with boys, while Lucy is painfully shy and seen as the girl who can do no wrong. Charlie struggles with academia and her father's disappointment over rejected college applications, while Lucy is on a path she doesn't wholly believe in. Everything changes when they get to the family ranch and meet two boys who might just be able to help them figure things out.
Drew and Luke, the aforementioned cowboys, are both ace. They're good for Lucy and Charlie, helping them to put their lives and choices into perspective and offer support where it's needed. They're also respectful, gentlemanly and oh-so attractive with their jeans and cowboy hats. I'm *always* a sucker for cowboys and southern drawls, so really I had no chance with this book. I was a goner when the girls hit the ranch!
Lucy and Charlie are great characters too, and their relationship is an interesting one to witness. They start off quite distant from each other, from different worlds, but slowly they begin to realise that they mean more to each other than they first thought. It's a slow process, but one that's vitally important for both their futures. As a team they're stronger, more able to convince their parents to hear them out and consider different options. There's a lot going on for both Charlie and Lucy - a year of discovers and firsts - and they really do need that sisterly bond. It's a bond that, once there, never goes away.
Road to Somewhere is a fast, fun and fantastic read, perfect for anyone who likes contemporary YA. It's one of those books that makes you have a spring in your step, and a longing for summer days and Texas heat. Bloomsbury Spark have really raised the bar with Road to Somewhere, and I am all but jumping up and down with excitement to see what else they have up their e-sleeves. I hope it's as good as this little gem!