Your Destination Is on the Left by Lauren Spieller will be available June 26th!!
Read my thoughts on this lovely coming-of-age story!
Dessa Rhodes is a modern day nomad. Her family travels in an RV, their lives defined by state lines, exit signs, and the small communal caravan they call home. Among them is Cyrus, her best friend and long-time crush, whom she knows she can never be with. When your families are perpetually linked, it’s too dangerous to take a risk on romance.
Instead, Dessa looks to the future. She wants to be a real artist and going to art school is her ticket to success and a new life. There’s just one problem: she hasn’t been accepted…anywhere. Suddenly her future is wide open, and it looks like she’s going to be stuck traveling forever.
Then an unexpected opportunity presents itself: an internship working with a local artist in Santa Fe. Dessa struggles to prove to her boss—and herself—that she belongs there, but just as she finally hits her stride, her family suffers an unexpected blow. Faced with losing everything that she has worked for, Dessa has a difficult decision to make. Will she say goodbye to her nomadic lifestyle and the boy she loves? Or will she choose to never stop moving?
Your Destination Is on the Left is so good! I really hoped to like it and ended up loving it. It reminds me a little of Piper Perish with the art kid going through a self-discovery journey. Dessa is a girl in love with art who really wants to get out of the ‘traveling the country-RV life’ to go to college, she applies to as many schools as possible but sadly none of them accept her putting her future into perspective.
I got a little annoyed at the characters that weren’t in with Dessa when it came to her life decisions, like her mom, I understand her life is traveling and their motto is “never stop moving” but if your kid has a passion and wants to go to college I think you should support them and not be happy when something comes in their way and blocks their path. Another person that annoyed me very much was Cyrus, he also had that “yay, it didn’t work now you can stay with us and keep traveling” attitude which I hated. Maybe this is all because I’m the kind of person who thinks everyone should do their thing even if it’s not with you and even if it’s not the best for you, you should think what’s best for them and since these two characters didn’t share that at all it was just annoying for me to read.
Not all the characters were bad, I loved Yia-Yia, Taryn and Fiona. They all really pushed Dessa into discovering what she really wanted and who she really is. I truly loved those supporting characters.
This book is a heartwarming coming of age story with art, love in all forms and friendship. It’s a very good YA book. I love reading books about people getting their life together while mine’s still a mess, it’s great, like catharsis. I recommend this book to everyone, it’s an easy, light read. Go pick it up!!
Massive thanks to Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
5 / 5 flowers