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Four girls: dealer, junkie, recluse, thief

Sarah, Jenna, Lauren, and Cassie may look like ordinary girls, but they're not. They're delinquents whose lives collide when they're sent to an experimental juvenile detention program on a farm in the middle of nowhere. As the girls face up to the crimes they committed, three of them will heal the wounds of their pasts and discover
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Published (first published January 19th 2012)
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Maggie
Feb 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: debut-novels, 2012
Every once in a while, to prove that Goodreads isn't the boss of me, I'll read a book that none of my friends have read or reviewed. (Meanwhile, Goodreads is all, Step back three paces. Turn around.) I can't remember how I first came across Getting Somewhere, but I remember that cover. I mean, just look at it! And the simple tagline: "Four girls. A million secrets." Count me in.

Getting Somewhere is about four strangers picked to live on a farm and have their lives monitored. To find out what hap
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Renae Pérez
This book’s first issues arrive early, and continue on from there. The opening is extremely vague and nondescript. Some girls are on a bus, they arrive at some place, and some women greet them. That’s it. There is absolutely no sense of place or setting or causality in this opening, and therefore no reason for the reader to keep reading. Honestly, the only real “answers” I got about Getting Somewhere were found in the book’s jacket copy. ITS JACKET COPY. If I have to read the back of the book to ...more
Barbara
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Erika
First, some links:

Giveaway on my blog (ends June 15, 2012): http://oneadayya.blogspot.ca/2012/06/...

Interview with Beth Neff: http://oneadayya.blogspot.ca/2012/05/...

Now for the review:

Beth Neff has a writing voice that immediately captivated me. I couldn't tell what it was at first and then realized just how relieved I was at not having the story told from the first person perspective for a change. It seems that lately the majority of young adult novels are being told from this perspective. I d
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Jimme
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be really special. The concept and events fit together perfectly. The author has a very special way with words. Her descriptive capacity is not to be outdone, particularly as far as her individual characters. I realized from reading this book how individual people, including young people in big trouble, can believe they have a right to emotionally attack others who have something real to offer them and who can help the attackers bounce back from their pasts (rather than) con ...more
Wisteriouswoman
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the best books I've read in along time--compassionate and inspiring. We all make mistakes and need to move on, learning to find out who we are beyond the labels, the self loathing and any baggage from the past. The book is also about what happens when girls don't have good mothers to nurture them. Women need to learn to love themselves and reach out and nurture each other.

It is just as good as an adult book as a teen read. The chapters alternate between the four girls so you get
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AthleticStilletto
Prose poetry.

I spent this entire book getting to know the heart-wrenchingly-described characters, and they became very real to me. They are enchanting even at their worst in this author's deft hands. Pain and joy co-exist. This book is as old as the Bible and yet just as current.

This author has a way with words that whisper to you, sing to you, make your heart pound, reveal inter-human cruelty and love, and show the impact of strife, both from outside in and from inside out of each character.

Le
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Amanda Mic Perkins
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, contemporary
Pretty good. Much gayer than I expected, and I appreciate that. I was concerned at the beginning because of Lauren's attitude, but she was then established as a villain, so all was well. (But if I had to guess, I'd still say the author is probably a hetero.)
JJ
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG! How great can a book be!! I just finished it last night and I already want to start all over again. I am 16 years old and I dunno if that is a YA or not, but who cares. These four girls are so real and they mostly end up thinking for themselves. Maybe this doesn't count, but I am a senior in high school, and there are really a lot of mean people there. I don't know what to do about seeing people be mean and I don't go along. I'm pretty sure I should be doing something about this which I don ...more
EF
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG! How great can a book be!! I just finished it last night and I already want to start all over again. I am 16 years old and I dunno if that is a YA or not, but who cares. These four girls are so real and they mostly end up thinking for themselves. Maybe this doesn't count, but I am a senior in high school, and there are really a lot of mean people there. I don't know what to do about seeing people be mean and I don't go along. I'm pretty sure I should be doing something about this which I don ...more
Crystal Holder
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this gritty teen story four girls, who all have secrets and haunting pasts, are put together when they all choose to go to an alternative detention center instead of jail. This alternative center is actually a farm run by three women, while there the girls are expected to work in the garden and help around the house as well as attend sessions with Ellie, the head of the program. I really enjoyed reading this book. The book address hard but realistic issues that many people will be able to rel ...more
Erin Stuhlsatz
May 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
This book has been calling to me from the YA shelves for months now. I'm not a hundred percent sure why, in retrospect.

The most interesting part was the intertwining 4 storylines--one timeline, 4 points of view. The four girls sounded very similar; only Lauren was distinguishable for her whining. When the spoke out loud, then the differences were pronounced, but they all had the same internal voice (Beth Neff's, perhaps?). It was also a somewhat improbable ending. I've seen school teachers' car
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Sean Kottke
Mar 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2013
This is four problem novels in one, which allows it to transcend the conventions of problem novel narratives to paint a more comprehensive portrait of the challenges faced by a generation of young women ... and a way out. Four teens learn empowerment and empathy in an alternative juvenile justice program on an organic farm. The mood is thoroughly earnest, the characters well-drawn and the emotions real. If the narrative trajectory is predictable, that is merely the fault of the form used to tell ...more
Victoria Fuller
Jun 23, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
The main problem is that the book is incredibly vague. 100 pages in and I don't know much about any of the girls or the leaders of the farm. I know that Grace and Lauren have issues. That's about all i know.
i wasn't in the mood to trudge through the rest of the book to watch Lauren be a bitch for no reason.
and what amazes me is that every single character is white. Some diversity may have dragged this book out of the dnf pile but nope.
Arminzerella
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: farming, farmers
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Katie
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Young women serving time on a farm producing organic produce, which happens to be run by a female couple. While it has the potential to fall into pedantic lessons, it stayed remarkably true and poignant.
Kristin Lenz
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An insightful story that dives deep into relationships, motivation, prejudice, and the healing power of empathy and digging-in-the-dirt. If you like Barbara Kingsolver's novels, you'll appreciate this book.
Kelly
3.5 stars
Lesley
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, summer
This felt an awful lot like sustainable farming propaganda disguised as a coming-of-age story, but damn if it didn't make me crave some vegetables.
Chick
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know that list of books you should read before you die? This is one of them. Everyone 14 years and no matter how much older should READ THIS BOOK!
ButYouGotMySoul
Very vague. Hard to get a good feel for any of the characters at all. Good story I think it just needed to be fleshed out a bit more.
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My first novel, Getting Somewhere (Viking/Penquin – 2012) is the story of four very different girls who serve juvenile crime sentences in an alternative detention program located on an organic farm. The setting of this YA/crossover story came quite naturally to me since I am a former organic farmer, having raised vegetables and dairy goats on an eight-acre farm for over two decades. I have also wo ...more
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