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Take Me There

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  6,353 ratings  ·  321 reviews
Dylan has a bad-boy past and a criminal record. He knows that rich, beautiful Jess is way too good for him but she has always been the one person who sees through his tough exterior and straight to his heart, and he has been hopelessly in love with her from the first time they met. He would change his life for a chance with her.

But trouble follows Dylan wherever he goes,
Paperback, 325 pages
Published July 20th 2010 by Simon Pulse (first published July 1st 2010)
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Where do I begin with this book? Is it enough for me to say, just go read it? Probably not, huh? Take Me There was sent to us a couple of months ago, and has been sitting on my shelf ever since (while I try to tackle this never-ending TBR pile). It looked, from the cover, like a cute little fluff book. A romance that might be fun to read sometime. Let me just tell you, DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY IT'S COVER!! (Have you heard that before?) This book was NOT fluff!

So many things happened and so many is
The cover of this book caught my attention, it's a really good cover, and next, the title. I though: Susan’s Colasanti Take Me There? I picked up the book and read the summary. Long Summary Short: Bad 'gang boy' fall for pretty 'it' girl. And then I though: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles! So I immediately bought the book, considering I’m a big fan of Colasanti’s and Elkele’s work, I assumed it would be a story like Perfect Chemistry, with the light bubbly factor of Take Me There.

You guessed
I don't know if I can put my feelings and thoughts into words, such is the gravity of my love.

Take Me There takes you by surprise. The cover and summary leads one to expect an ordinary, yet another young adult novel about a bad boy with a troubled past falling for a good girl with a bright future. But any preconceived judgments readers might have are immediately dispelled by, not the first chapter, but the dedication. Dean dedicates the book to individuals who actively make a difference on the "
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Actual Rating: A gazillion stars



-The Writing
-The Plot/Storyline
-The Romance
-The Poems
-The Ending

I never knew I could finish a book in a blast,
I never knew I could cry this whole bunch,
I never knew I could love a book character so much so fast,
I never knew I could love a book so much.

The Characters


"I know a girl with sea gr
People luk at me and wok akros the street.
So tired of the suspishus eyes
On all the faces that I meet
And tell me, if I try
To be a difrent guy,
Will you be the girl
To rearrange my wirld?
You take me up,
You take me down,
Take me to the sky,
Take me to the ground.
I'd go anywhere
If you would take me there.

Dylan Dawson was trouble, no matter how hard he tried to stay away from it's path, trouble will come knocking down his doors. He believed he inherited the trait from his dad, who was sentenced to a
I picked up this book because the back page summary reminded me of Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. Usually I don't like books that are similar but I wanted something a little edgy, a little sweet and totally romantic.

This book was far from that.

Take Me There is not a bad book. It has a male narrator, that automatically gives it a plus in my book. Those, especially in what seems to be presented as a romance books, are pretty rare. Only a few come to mind, and those few are my favorite.

Joy (joyous reads)
If I were creative (which I'm not), there will be a pic of a heart in a blender on this review.
If I were wordy (which I'm not), this review will be filled with words describing how wonderful this book is from A to Z.
If I were smart (which I'm not), I will stay away from these kind of books that rips my heart into pieces (I cannot).

You take a boy, normal boy.
Mom is alive (she lives in a bottle).
Dad is alive (he lives in prison).
He can't read, can barely write.
He's doing his best and is turnin
i had this book for quite some time already...and since one of my goals this year is to read my books that has been collecting dusts in my shelf, i pulled this one from the stocks i have. and my, i should have read this one when i bought coz the story was really good. ive read a few reviews saying that this one is like the books of simone elkeles...the perfect chemistry trilogy, a bad boy falling in love with a rich girl. but the similarity ends there. for me take me there has more depth and hea ...more
Zemira Warner
May 30, 2012 Zemira Warner rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of more serious YA books
Wow. I am so glad I decided to pick up this book. It wasn't what I expected. No,it was so much more.

I was ready for a road trip and a romance that would blow my mind but I got a boy who is on a run from the police. He ends up looking for his father who is in line for the lethal injection. The biggest part of this book was revolving around finding out the truth and forgiveness. Romance is not an important factor of the novel and surprisingly I didn't have any problems with that.

I don't understa
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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
This book was a great read and it told a great story. A story of love, loss, and choices. A must read!
Cesilia Buenrostro
I knew that when I started reading thing book that I was going to enjoy it. Boy, what an understatement! Dylan, the main character, has had a tough life. His father being in prison since he was six years, his mother who never told him about him unless she was drunk, being illiterate and having a criminal record at just seventeen. I felt for Dylan, he tries his best to become a better person and stay out of trouble and yet it followed him. He met Wade in Juvie and since then Dylan was taken him u ...more
I don't usually read books where the main character is in trouble with the law. I amend that statement. I don't usually read "realistic fiction" books where the main character is in trouble with the law. It happens in my supernatural books for obvious reasons sometimes. I think the last book I read with this kind of premise was Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles. They have a semi-similar premise, once you get into the story. But I feel that this one had more of a mystery behind it that was activ ...more
PaperbackAnchors (Sabrina)
Words can't even begin to describe how emotionally connected I felt to this book. I don't know why it got to me so much, but it did. Dylans struggles got through and sunk into me so deeply it hurt. I almost regret reading it because I found myself afterward having nightmares about dating a guy that had to go through the things Dylan did. The epilogue was what killed me. Before I spoil the ending , I recommend this book to the fullest. If you cry in books, get your box of tissues out for this one ...more
Brooke  T
Take Me There is brilliant! I love the way the book is set up and that the book is narrated from a boy’s point of view. There are poems at the beginning of most chapters. I don’t want to give away the reason for the poems, but it’s a good one. I can tell you that thes poems are written by Dylan and it shows he has a sensitive side that’s really sweet, but he doesn’t even know it. Even though his mom is depressed, he is still that good son who doesn’t want to disappoint her.

Dylan tries so hard t
Michelle. D.
I guess the book was alright. The plor was OK but the book itself wasn't all that appealing. The only thing that kept me reading it was the relationship between Dylan and Jess. I could really care less for all the pther thingand I feel bad saying that). The title kinda matched the book but the book cover itself didn't match the book at all. Maybe I didn't get the point of it, but... The setting was OK, some characters were pretty annoying and the past and present flashes were kinda confusing at ...more
The cover really misleads you so does the back of the book. It sound like a little teen romance but it really isn't at all. Its more of an action novel than romance by far. Dylan the main character has always gotten into trouble. Now he is fresh out of juvie trying to turn things around for him and his friend. But their gang is trying to find them again, Dylan's dad is on death row, he and his mother are just scraping by, and Dylan has fallen in love with Jess. He has been in love with Jess sinc ...more
So I have been thinking about what I want to write and I still don't really know. For me this book was so powerful and had a huge impact on me. The story is fiction but is based off of reality. Dylan is a character that I became attached to because of his situation and I found myself hoping that he could change his life around. This might have to do with what I want to do in my life, but I digress. Dylan realizes that his life isn't what he wants it to be and he tries to change it. I don't want ...more
For anyone who is considering reading this book:

Looks like some sort of romance, huh?

Title hints at something sexy, eh?

The so called "love story" made up maybe, MAYBE 1/8 of the story.

So don't get confused. Just saying.

That said, it was alright. I was just expecting that when Dylan and Wade ran, they'd take Jess with them, and it would be a whirlwind romantic adventure. Yeah, ROMANTIC.

However, I liked the endorsing of literacy, and I did li
I love books that tie in every single detail to make them all relate to the main story. This book is one of those books, where it seems as if you have 2 or 3 stories that are only related because the main character is involved in all of them, but as you read on you find out that they are all connected. And the filler 'fluff' actually is foreshadowing the next move and is helping to intertwine the two stories.

I usually just read one or two chapters of a book before going to bed because my work s
oh wow i loved this book though it is very much over my age limit if you like a mind boggling mystery that really only gets half figueed out this is the book for you
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
Some books are heartbreaking and make you want to cry. This was one of them. It dealt with hard issues and was just so real. I loved it. It was one that resonated with me.

Official review:

Cover: Do not be fooled by the cover. This is not a romance novel.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I had the opportunity to read this book for free otherwise I never would have come across it.

I loved this book. It was heartbreaking and yet was an incredible deep read. There are so
This was an amazing book because it was so much more than met the eye.
Take Me There takes you by surprise. The cover and summary leads you to expect an ordinary young adult novel about a bad boy with a troubled past falling for a good girl with a bright future. But any pre made judgments readers might have made can be immediately demolished in the first chapter. When Dylan Dawson was just six years old, his father was arrested for murder. He has grown up his entire life believing that he was wo
Okay. You see the cover. its flawless. Amazing. it shows Dylan and Jess in the middle of the road in a romantic position. You see the title with direction arrows and you think,
"Oh okay, this is probably going to be sort of a love story with adventure and excitement."
Then your read the blurb. The blurb is two paragraphs. One about Dylan and Jess and the other about Dylan finding answers. Honestly, Dylan's grandmother was in the book more than Jess. Wade had more dialogs than Jess. It was almost
At first, I thought this book was just one of those chick lit, young adult novels about bad boys turned good because of a certain girl, blah blah blah. But boy, I am so ready to admit that I AM SO WRONG!

Take Me There is more than just meets the eye. The cover didn't do the book any justice. This isn't a cute love story where the hero falls in love with the heroine and then they live happily ever after. This is a story about love that encompasses a lot of things. A love deeper than anything else
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Take Me There is a story that leaves a lasting impression on you days after you read it. It's one of those books that really makes you think. What Carolee presents in Take Me There is an important message about illiteracy and the limited options illiteracy presents. It's also about choices, as the choices that are made today can and will determine where we end up a few months from now, to years from now.

Take Me There is the story of Dylan, our broken, illiterate boy who tries to do the right thi
Katherine Marple
Take Me There was a story about a 17 year old boy who grew up without a father because his father was states away in prison. Growing up, noone talked to him about his father or why his dad was locked away. He grew up knowing nothing about his family's past. As he travels down the "bad" road, winding up in juvie and struggling to break out of the gang crowd, he makes a last ditch effort to figure out who he is by running to meet his father who is waiting his execution date just two weeks off. Hal ...more
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I thought this was gonna be a fluffy, cute romance story, between a 'bad boy' trying to be good for the girl he thinks he doesn't deserve.Well its about alot more tha that. Dylan is trying to go 'legit' after being in Juvi for a while. But everything seem to want to drag him back to the old ways of being a gang member, a drunk and a junkie. He is a misunderstood, closet poet, who can't read.

So he starts wondering if he can ever be a good person or if the bad person is impregnated in his blood?
I liked this book. I did. I just didn't completely connect with it. I loved Dylan's character and Wade's. There just two guys trying to stay out of the tough life that they were raised into. THe love aspect really left me wanting something. The whole "romance" takes place within the span of about a week and honestly I didn't really feel it. It was really rushed and kind of random. If the author had let Dylan and Jess take the time to get to know eachother, the love aspect could have been good. H ...more
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