You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith
Posted July 18, 2009on:
Title: You Are Here
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Good If…You’re looking for a good roadtrip book.
Summary: (Taken from Amazon)
Emma Healy has never fit in with the rest of her family. She’s grown used to being the only ordinary one among her rather extraordinary parents and siblings. But when she finds a birth certificate for a twin brother she never knew she had, along with a death certificate dated just two days later, she feels like a part of her has been justified in never feeling quite whole. Suddenly it seems important to visit his grave, to set off in search of her missing half. When her next-door neighbor Peter Finnegan — who has a quiet affinity for maps and a desperate wish to escape their small town — ends up coming along for the ride, Emma thinks they can’t possibly have anything in common. But as they head from upstate New York toward North Carolina, driving a beat-up and technically stolen car and picking up a stray dog along the way, they find themselves learning more and more about each other. Neither is exactly sure what they’re looking for, but with each passing mile, each new day of this journey, they seemto be getting much closer to finding it.
My Thoughts: You Are Here is one of those books that grabs onto you and never lets go. It’s full of hope and loss, goodbye and hellos, and, most importantly, love.
My one…issue? with the book was the fact that it took a while for things to get going and for the roadtrip to start, which meant the first few chapters were filled with backstory. Fortunately, most of it added to the characterization and plot. Then, once the action started, you were sucked in completely.
Despite the fact that the two main characters were easy to relate to, it is the plot I remember most about the story. Books with roadtrips are usually good but this had an extra more serious level of depth to it which completely changed everything. In a good way, of course.
The ending was perfect – I loved it.
If you enjoyed Smith’s previous novel or are just looking for a good summer book, I recommend picking this one up.