No Place Like Here is a Hansel and Gretel type story of a teenage girl whose family troubles leads to her spending the summer working on a camp retreat with her cousin, while her father tries to manage her life from jail and her mother has checked out of her parental responsibilities so she can check into rehab. Although the language is simple enough to be understood and appreciated by a teen audience, the writing style seems to be more geared toward adult readers of YA themes. The main character Ashlyn scribbles literary quotes wherever she goes, reminiscent of the breadcrumb trail of the fairytale, but it adds an entertaining and thoughtful dimension to the novel as the reader is invited to connect those other stories with what’s being presented in the narrative.
My impressions on the book:
The title is a twist on the phrase “no place like home” which I thought was a clever way to point out that while the main character is forced to leave home to deal with drama, the comforts of “home” are not provided by a physical space so refuge and support can be found elsewhere.
I was fascinated by Ashlyn’s restraint since she didn’t always say what she was thinking, choosing to keep her negative reactions to herself, even if I did at times wonder whether she was truly expressing herself.
I like the fact that a book that’s marketed as YA included elements that would appeal to a wide audience – romance, legal drama, family relations – and did it with language and descriptions that are suitable for any reader.
- Title: No Place Like Here
- Author: Christina June
- Page: 304
- Format: Paperback
- Publication Date: May 21, 2019
- Publisher: Blink YA Books
Note: I received a free Advance Reading Copy of No Place Like Here in order to complete this review. I was not otherwise compensated and all opinions presented here are honest and unbiased.