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Tripping to Somewhere

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  170 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published (first published September 26th 2006)
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Dec 15, 2011 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, specfic
This is an interesting book--you don't see a lot of stories about gay teenaged girls at all, let alone gay teenaged girls bad-assing their way around the world in pursuit of a group of immortal mystical beings. (There should definitely be more of these.) This is a quick read--it ate up a single day for me--and after some hinky pacing at the outset, it settles into a good adventure story. The two main characters, Gilly and Sam, are well-drawn and complex, and they face down very real challenges. ...more
Aug 21, 2012 Sarahharper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It was visually stunning, for starters. You can really imagine each of the locations the Carnival and the girls visited and (though I've never done drugs) the author really shoves the reader into a drug trip experience. I love how the author only just barely hints at the mythology underlying the story and how you have to actually think about the motivations of the characters in order to get why they would say some of the things they do. The fact that the two main characters ar ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Gilly just wants to be beautiful, and Samantha just wants to go home. At least, that's what the resident crazy homeless guy in their town tells them late one night. The strange part is when he whispers about the Witches Carnival, and tells Gilly that if she hurries, she can catch it. Everyone knows the Witches Carnival is just a myth, something to dream about when you wish you could escape your life. Funny thing is, both of them want just that. The
Jul 12, 2008 Tez rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 08, 2016 Joshua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book twice. Once because I had added it to my reading list, the second time because I had forgotten I'd already read it.. Obviously I clued in within the first few pages. I could remember certain events, but not clearly enough, and I definitely didn't remember the end. I'm pretty sure that says more about me than about the book though.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Some aspects of the characters' personalities I could have done without (mostly the way Sam treats Gilly at times), b
Brandon Moreno
I thought that this book was good for the most part. However some parts did drag on and I thought they could have more interesting. After reading this book I feel that it can relate to many young people such as teenagers or even older or younger. This book talks about Gilly finding herself and finding who she really is as a person. This book takes her to some crazy places and puts her in some strange situations, but in the end it helps her realize who she really is and where she really should be ...more
Sep 30, 2011 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An off-the shelf accidental read proved to be a book that I will continue to keep promptly on my bookshelf for years to come in case I need a good read. Gilly and Sam run away on the adventure many teenagers only wish they had the guts to fulfill with a bag full of money and two souls filled with lust, nihilism, and the need to find the infamous Witches Carnival. The book starts out with a bang of attitude, something each character so strongly possesses. If you're looking for a book that is extr ...more
I'm amazed with this, read the whole story in one go.
At first it was weird getting into it but after the first few chapters I couldn't have stopped reading if I wanted to. Gilly & Sam kept me hooked, their characters were so very real and human. Vulnerable and at the same time strong and just perfect. I loved to delve deeper and deeper into the dynamic between them as the story unfolded.
It's a shame this isn't being printed anymore. I'd love to own a copy to put onto my bookshelf and read w
Nov 07, 2007 stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
oh, i was not expecting to love this book as much as i did. dear heavens, it was genius. i don't know why exactly - maybe the freshness of a young teen who is comfortable with her gayness, the crazy magic of the witches' carnival, the sparse but precise prose.

i would recommend this to anyone who liked Uglies, but i would also recommend this to anyone in general. i couldn't put this book down.
Ashley D--
Feb 20, 2013 Ashley D-- rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that you look back on and wonder if it was all a dream. Amazing magic realism, fascinating developments between characters, and no wanky adult moralising. A very dark read I would have loved to have read in middle school or high school.

Recommended for disaffected teens who are still determined to find the magical portals in this place.
Sep 25, 2013 Clairysse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting. I actually speed read through this before an examinations back when I was about 13. It's only now, a few years later, that I actually understand this book (better.) Imagine just running off to the Witches Carnival!

I really admire Sam's and Gilly's friendship. Not the perfect kind of friendship but, hey, isn't that how some of the friendships are now a days?
Oct 15, 2012 Theshaneshelf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great YA book not only for teens themselves but for readers of other ages as well. I think everyone's had the dream of doing something unbelievably crazy once in their life and what happens in this book is nothing short of insane.
Apr 13, 2014 Elena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff, ya, lgbtq
Not my cup of tea. All of the non-magical plot seemed seriously unlikely and strained, and the magical plot was flat and dull. I skimmed a good chunk of the middle of the book, and I don't think I missed much.
Dec 09, 2011 Angelica rated it really liked it
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May 28, 2013 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A different take on leaving everything behind to find yourself. I enjoyed it immensely.
Nov 08, 2007 Punk marked it as find-and-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Five stars from furies.
Aug 28, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crazy plot that was full of odd happenings as the character goes on the hunt for the Witches' Carnival.
Nov 12, 2015 Louisa marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
written by a man, would be spoonboy related only
Sep 08, 2015 Galadriel. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt, book-club, 2015
This was a strange book, and not in a bad way. My favorite thing was how we were able to see things about the events and the people who crossed paths with the main characters.
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Kristopher Reisz writes books about witches' carnivals, heart-broken werewolves, and mushroom gods.

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“She should have known from that moment; nothing could hurt them. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse might have rode into town. Gilly and Sam would have knocked Death off his pale steed and swiped War's sword for a souvenir.” 2 likes
“It wasn't chance at all, Gilly. People are yearning creatures. They imagine and strive and hope. Stories about an enchanted band of vagabonds existed before the Carnival itself. But those fairy tales become the focal point of billions of daydreams, and eventually those daydreams condensed like vapor into something real. The Carnival only exists because you want it to, you and everyone else. So why's it peculiar that, when you wanted to find it, a path came into existence too?” 1 likes
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