You Are Here
Emma Healy is the youngest member of her genius family. Her parents are professors for the local college and she has three older siblings who are ju...more
ANOTHER road trip book! :P
I was surprised to find that this book was written in third person (I've gotten so used to the narrative being in first person in YA books) but I think it worked well with this story. Especially when it came to the different voices of Emma and Peter.
Both Emma and Peter are loners and both struggle with their role in family life, though for different reasons. Emma was raised in a family of odd geniuses and, being pretty average herself, has never felt like she belongs....more
There was nothing particularly wrong with this boo...more
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 F...more
With the help of her nerdy neighbor Peter Finnegan, Emma sets off to visit the gravesite of her brother on the one day that she shares with her, their birthday. Along the way they run into some snags in their p...more
There is nothing as lovely to me as a beautifully written book, and You Are Here is definitely a prime example. I was eager to start another book by Jennifer E. Smith and this was the first one I stumbled across in the library, so I took the opportunity to read it. I'm glad I did, as this book features some of my favorite things - road trips, self-discovery and a little romance.
I adore road trip books. This one is pretty special because it picks out...more
Emma and Peter are next door neighbors who've never really had a conversation in the whole 8 years they've lived next to one another. However, they have one thing in common - both feel like they simply don't belong amongst their family members, though neither would ever come out and say it.
One day just before her birthday, Emma stumbles upon a birth certificate for a twin brother she...more
The problem started at the beginning when there were just so many words and there was just nothing said. The build up to get to the actual point of the story was just too much a...more
I didn’t expect much out of this because, well, it’s written by Jennifer E. Smith. The Comeback Season was a DNF for me and I only sort of liked The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. Even if I never read any books written by her, I’d still be hesitant to start because it doesn’t seem like a book I’d like. The main reason I wanted to read this was because Emma and Peter go on a road trip. I’ve never actually been...more
After reading The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight, I decided to check out her other works and this book is my second. I loved everything so much. From the characters to the history. Everything was just amazing. Most books, sometimes, are suffocating. They give unnecessary crap that I don't actually want to know a...more
I think that the book’s weak point, the one thing that made me n...more
It doesn't matter whether or not you like the characters, what matters is how they come to terms with their problems. Emma is depending on the reader either annoying, or adventurous. Or both at the...more
Also the whole idea of the storyline broke my heart a little. I cannot imagine leaving the memory of a family member that I loved so much that it very nearly broke me in two behind and never even visting their grave. So I understood Em...more
Emma and Peter are two boring teenagers. Emma is excessively needy, whiny, and demanding. Peter does whatever Emma says. They take a really boring trip all the way down the east coast without their parents' permission, and everything I didn't care about was resolved really easily.
I was overjoyed when it was over.
You Are Here was a very slow novel, building up the characters, Emma and Peter, brick by brick with flashbacks and stories, until you feel like you really know them. I loved how real they felt – aspects sewn into them that we’ve all felt about other people in our lives (jealousy towards what others have and dislike for what you have, looking towards the future and wanting to escape, etc.). Although we didn’t see too much of characters other than the two main protagonists, Jennifer E. Smith still...more
The story is about Emma Healy who has never really fit in with the rest of her family because she thinks that they are way more interesting and way smarter than she is. When she finds a birth certificate of her dead twin brother she never knew she had, her world collapses and a ton of unanswered questions appear in her mind. Does it explain the fact that she has never really felt...more
And Jennifer E. Smith's writing is just as beautiful. Her prose is gorgeous and vivid - it's what carries the novel, in my opinion. The descriptions of the places they go, as well as the portrayal of the characters' emotions, are spot-on. The author's style is luscious and descriptive and just so nice to read - even though I had some problems with this n...more
I liked Peter and his love o...more
When her father asks her to find a text fo...more
Peter and Emma are both misfits, but both of them don't realize just how much of their own doing this is. Peter at least has some sense of his problems in a wider context - he keeps responding to Emma's complaints about her family that "most families are like that." But Emma is safely ensconced in her misery in thinking that she is the most unfortunate person in the world because she doesn't fit into her family. By the end...more
I loved Emma. I loved that she embraced her differences and wasn’t afra...more
Jennifer E. Smith is definitely one of my most favorite authors when it comes to contemporary. Her stories are so light and her writing is so nice and makes the story flow so naturally. Before reading her newest book This Is What Happy Looks Like I wanted to read all her books that were already out, and so I picked You Are Here. After having a great reading experience with The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, I was so excited about this book. I wanted a lig...more
I read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight a few weeks ago and loved it. I wanted to check out other books by this author as well, so I found You Are Here. Ms. Smith seems to have plots and subject matter that hasn’t been thought of (or beaten to death) yet; that’s part of what makes her books interesting. Her stories aren’t huge, bloated episodes but small, thoughtful happenings that delve into a person’s or a family’s particular stories. The first dealt with randomnes...more