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Emma Healy has grown used to being the only ordinary one in her rather extraordinary family. 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 realizes why she never felt quite whole. She sets off on a trip to visit her brother's grave. Peter Finnegan, her neighbor, comes along fo...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Apr 16, 2014 Cara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: fans of road trip reads
Marketing can be a wonderful thing. Why you ask? Well I wouldn't have bumped up this book up on my to-read list if I hadn't seen the new cover. Shameful, I know! Then I made the connection this was the author coming out with The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and so of course I had to proceed with the next logical step: read the book.

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
The way Emma Healy thought of her childhood and family changes. At the age of sixteen, she finds a birth certificate in the attic of her supposed twin brother. And with it, his death certificate dated two days after. Emma never felt like she belonged with her scholarly family and now she can imagine that there had been someone else like her, someone ordinary. Though she doesn’t own a car, she wants to visit her brother’s grave, states away in North Carolina. Her neighbor, Peter, offers to drive...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
After Emma discovers a birth certificate for a twin brother she never knew she had, she sets out on a road trip with her neighbor, Peter, heading for North Carolina where her brother was born (and supposedly buried a few days later), hoping to find answers about this unknown part of her life. Along the way, the two of them get to know each other, and I'm pretty sure a romance develops between them, although I stopped reading before that happened.

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
Emma Healy has just had the surprise of her life. While in the attic searching for a book for her father, she discovered the birth and death certificate of her twin brother Thomas. Why has nobody ever mentioned this to her? Is this why she always feels like she doesn't fit with her family?

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
Sep 04, 2012 Alexa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alexa by: Estelle
(Review originally posted on Alexa Loves Books)

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
Katelyn *Constantly-Dreaming*
I picked this book up thinking it'd be a cutesy book to read to pass the time. But it ended up being a lot 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
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
I was scared going into this book. I hadn’t heard very good things and that is for very good reasons. Because honestly this book just wasn’t that good. I tried to keep an open mind, to think for myself, but everything I had heard had been right. Nothing happened until 90 pages in and even that wasn’t all that fascinating.

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
Angela (:
I don't know what to say other than that this was really really boring.

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
Syahirah  Firzanah
All I can say is that Smith's a wonderful writer. I love how she writes, the words she uses, her dialogues. Everything is absolutely perfect and I think I'm going to cry.

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
Steph Su
Jennifer Smith certainly knows how to write. Her narrative reads like one of those twelve-page character description exercises that writers occasionally do in order to get to fully know their characters. At the end of the book, we know Emma and Peter inside out. Neither one is without flaws, but all of their complexities, worries, passions, and dialogue simply sing through the pages. Jennifer is in real command of the language here.

I think that the book’s weak point, the one thing that made me n...more
These two teens go on a road trip. They both don't feel like they belong in their families and this trip served as a self-discovery experience. So it wasn't beautiful descriptive, the writing was okay, and there's a lot of historical references. The reason why I loved this story so much was the point.

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
I like it ok, though I found Emma and Peter's thoughts to be a little scattered. They would be talking about doing something in their present time and all of a sudden they would be in the middle of a memory of something that happened the night before or last week.

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
Yep. This book was a snoozefest. And I didn't realize it soon enough to quit.

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.

The end.
This book was... not my favorite. It was really kind of boring and pointless and not really my style.
This girl is so depressing! Nothing motivates her, and nothing is important to her! Stupid book...
Michelle Ma
Emma Healy never felt like she fit with her smart family. She is the youngest of four and she wasn't extremely close with any of her siblings. She uncovers a secret while she was helping her dad find a quote for his book i the attic: she had a twin that passed away two days after they were born. Driven to learn more about her brother, she finds herself on a road trip to his cemetery. She asks her neighbor, Peter to come with her on her impromptu road trip. This journey started as a search for he...more
The beginning was good. The end was good. The middle bored me to death.

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

Ruby St-Fleur
After reading This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith, I decided to read You Are Here and I regret nothing.

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
First off, I love the cover for You Are Here! It's gorgeous, and it actually fits the story, for once! Everything about it is just so beautiful.

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
Waiting For Wentworth
I enjoyed reading You Are Here, but I thought it was very wordy with little action throughout the book. It just sort of meandered along, and I went with it. The plot was really good, but the story itself felt really flat. The book revolves around Emma and Peter's road trip, which had various stops along the way, but nothing overly exciting ever happened. The writing was good, and the story was mostly believable, but I felt that it just wasn't engaging or interesting.

I liked Peter and his love o...more
Bree T
Emma Healy is sixteen and has always felt like she didn’t belong in her overly academic family. Her parents are both professors and her two brothers and one sister are all much older than she is, in their thirties and living in other cities with degrees and high achieving jobs or attaining more post-graduate qualifications. Emma is only average at school and for her, life has just been a long story of not fitting in, of feeling like something is missing.

When her father asks her to find a text fo...more
Esther Bernstein
Full review on Reader's Dialogue:

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
Jun 10, 2013 Zoe added it  ·  review of another edition
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I love this book so much. Ever since I read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, I knew I loved Jennifer E. Smith’s writing. Despite my high expectations, I didn’t know what to expect going into You Are Here. It was published before The Statistical Probability, so I didn’t know if her writing style used to be different. I was not disappointed at all. You Are Here is a road trip book, and an awesome one at that.

I loved Emma. I loved that she embraced her differences and wasn’t afra...more
Diana J.
Actual rating: 2.5 stars

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
Audrey Wilkerson
Rating: 3.5

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
Mei Lin Zheng
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I bought You Are Here without reading the synopsis because I loved the Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight. So I had some pretty big expectations for this book, but sadly it fell a little flat for me. Now don't get me wrong it was a quick easy contemporary read but it simply wasn't gripping. I had a really hard time connecting with Emma at times, she was actually a little brat through some of the book. I loved Peter and I connected so much to him, I know this books main focus was Emma...more
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Jennifer E. Smith is the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here, and The Comeback Season. She earned her master's degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and currently works as an editor in New York City. Her writing has been translated into 28 languages.
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