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Letters to Nowhere

(Letters to Nowhere #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,150 ratings  ·  151 reviews
From the International Bestselling Author of the Tempest Series...

Set in the tough world of Elite Gymnastics...

I've gotten used to the dead parents face. I've gotten used to living with my gymnastics coach. I've even adjusted to sharing a bathroom with his way-too-hot son. Dealing with boys is not something that's made it onto my list of experiences as of yet. But here I a
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Long Walk Press
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Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
Being a big fan of Julie Cross's Tempest series, I have no idea how I missed knowing about this series of hers before now, but I'm glad I came across it. Don't go into it expecting anything at all like Tempest, however, as this is a completely different genre. It proves that this is an author with more than one story to tell!

Letters to Nowhere is ultimately about surviving grief, set in the aftermath of a horrible accident that takes the life of Karen's parents. From the beginning I could alread
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
As soon as I finished reading Letters to Nowhere, I opened my MS Word instantly hoping I could express how sensational this book is but there are not enough adjectives, verb, or any word for that matter that could help me now.

Letters to Nowhere follows the story of Karen Campbell, who recently lost her parents in a car accident, not wanting to move with her Grandmother and leave her gymnastic career behind. Karen finds herself living with her gymnastic coach and his son Jordan.

When I started rea
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-review
Before I begin, I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

“There was nothing in the entire world that could have prepared me for reading those pages. Nothing. No training. No drills. No life experience. So many feelings began to boil over and I had no idea what to do with them. It was too much.”

I liked this story. A lot. I liked the premise of the book and how Karen is a gymnast and her friendship with her teammates. I LOVED the letters!! They provided so much context and q
ARC provided by author for an honest review. Many thanks to Julie for this chance to read her book. :)

What I liked about this book:
1. The letters
2. Jordan
3. Coach Bentley - how he was with Karen
4. Karen seemed to have a great group of friends
5. Karen and Jordan's relationship
6. There's a little twist...or more like a couple of secrets that come out.
7. The scene when Jordan and Karen were sick.

Karen is a 17-year-old gymnast who just had her world rocked hard in the worst way. She is now an orpha
4 Stars

I liked it a lot..

A beautiful story about death-griefs, friendship, love, acceptance and forgiveness..
It was a lovely, funny, and heart warming story.

Karen, a 17 y.o elite-gymnast, loss both of her parents in a tragic car accident. Left her alone as an orphan.
Then her coach offered her to live with him.
There she met Jordan, her coach's son. They apparently had more lots in commons than she thought.

They felt the connection, because both of them had the same luggages, same daemons, had
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Fun fact about me: sports are super not my thing. The only time I ever watch them is during the Olympics, because I can handle sports-watching about once every two years. Generally, I’m like “Oh, look, he kicked the ball. Clearly, that merits applause.” For all my lack of spirit about sports though, I have an odd attraction to YA novels about less popular sports. Cricket or curling? I would be all over that. I just finished Being Sloane Jacobs with ice hockey and figure skating, and now Letters ...more
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arcs
“You can’t conquer everything in a day. Or even a week. Maybe not even a year. There’s no way to work hard at grieving. You just have to let it happen. And you are, so don’t fight it.”

Mom and Dad,
No more letters until I figure out where to send them. Right now they have nowhere to go.
Love, Karen

June 16th
Dear Ms. Julie Cross,

I just want to take this opportunity to THANK YOU for having the awesome skill to write books that will capture the heart of your readers like how it captured mine. From
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Karen and Jordan's story. A beautiful story of hope, growth, and relationships. I love Julie's sci-fi Tempest series, but this one is even better. I love Julie Cross's progression as an author - she gets better with every book and it is just a treat to see what will come next from this fantastic author.

Gymnastics books are always a treat to read - I have always been fascinated by the sport and the immense talent it takes. Julie Cross knows what she is talking about, as it co
Going into this book I didn't know much about it other then...hey, it's Julie Cross! And this is basically my reaction:

So needless to say, I'm a huge fan after reading the Tempest series and falling in love with Cross' writing. I was a little bummed that she wasn't writing in a male POV (because she just does it so well) but I quickly got over it once inside Karen's head. The book starts out right when Karen has just lost her parents and must decide where to live. And she chooses--her new co
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
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This novel tells the story of a teenage girl named Karen Campbell an elite gymnast. Who unfortunately has just lost her parents in a car accident and it shows her struggles from going through denial to uncovering what happened to her parents that caused their untimely deaths, The pressure being put on her from the sport she loves and the conflicted feelings on what she should do, dealing with certain changes and experiences without her mother's guidance and of course falling i
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: idiotic-mc
Dear Book,

I'm going to make this short: you were a disappointment. While I was fond of many of your characters (OK: The Bentleys, father & son) you just didn't deliver on any emotional levels and I feel, like many others who tried like you to take a difficult subject and make it work, that you failed. You know why? Because you don't deal with grief like that. You don't build on the premise of 'girl loses both parents in tragic car accident and learns to deal with it' by making her only shortcom
Sarah {Literary Meanderings}

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Letters to Nowhere is the story of 17-year-old Karen Campbell—an elite gymnast recently orphaned by the death of her parents in a tragic car accident.

Upon meeting with a lawyer, her grandmother, and her gymnastics coach, it is decided that Karen will live with Coach Bentley so that she may continue her career in the sport she loves and excels in.

Along with Coach Bentley comes his gorgeous son, Jordan. Jordan, at first, seems like nothing more than
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mary Zhao Ying, ♥ Sarah
This is just like any other YA books I've read. You know with the main characters whose have tragic past life, the heroine who thinks that she is out of league of the hero but somehow he can heal her and in the process she heals him too. Or so I thought when I read its blurb. still has everything I mentioned above but it also has so much more. In some way I think it makes this book quite different from other YA books.

The setting, a gymnastic world is a new thing for me. I have to admit t
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance

I won't hesitate to admit that I wasn't exactly the biggest fan of Mrs. Cross's Tempest. I think that's probably why I was so hesitant to buy Letters to Nowhere - even though it sounded like the kind of story I'd love. Nonetheless, I did end up getting a copy, and it was evident there was no need for me to worry because from page one onwards I was hooked.
“Of course it's hard,” I tell her. “If it wasn't hard, then the success wouldn't feel nearly as great.”
17-year-old elite gymnas
Ryan Snyder
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: give-me-now
I absolutely adored this book. No, it is not a light-hearted read. The story-line revolves around some very serious topics and had my heart aching a little bit at one time or another. But everything in it- the characters, their dialogue and their actions rang true to me. I can honestly say that I loved almost every single one of the characters in this book.

The book follows Karen as she tries to come to terms with her grief over losing her loving parents, and trying to remain focused on her futu
Sarah Elizabeth
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis as part of the Letters from Nowhere blog tour.)
17-year-old Karen is a gymnast. Her plan had been to go to college and compete as a college gymnast, but then her parents died, and everything changed.
Trying to come to terms with her grief, and trying to work out what she really wants to do with her life, Karen isn’t ready to give up her dreams of being an Elite gymnast and competing for her country, even though her
Sophie Riggsby / allthingsequilateral
*Review posted on Page Turners Blog on 9/9/2013*

I don't know if you're like me, but I love the Olympics, and I always wonder what it's like behind the scenes for these elite athletes. How do they cope with everyday stresses and overwhelming tragedies? We've all seen those stories where athletes succeed in spite of the odds being against them. We fall in love with them and cheer them on all the more because we know their background and the pain they went through to just be at the top. And it seem
Heather Anastasiu
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Karen’s world has just collapsed with her parents’ sudden death in a car crash. Left reeling and attempting to pick up the pieces, Karen moves into her gymnastic coach’s house since, other than an absentee grandmother, he’s the closest thing to family Karen has left. Everything Karen though was important—training with complete discipline, competing as an elite gymnast, getting into the college she wants—suddenly all pales into comparison of the realities a fickle world where some people live and ...more
4.25 stars.

This was surprisingly adorable.

When I first started this, I was like "Oh please, this book is clearly going to be 900% contrivance". Like, teenage girl's parents die in a car accident. She moves in with her gymnastics coach and his hot son. Sparks fly while she also achieves her gymnastic dreams. It sounds cheesier than the King Island Dairy on Camembert day.

And to some extent, it is. But it's also ridiculously cute and surprisingly funny at times. I mean, HE GOES TAMPON SHOPPING W
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
- I adored the love interest. Jordan was super adorable, sweet and honest.
- Karen was very passionate about what she did. She never gave up, despite having her bad moments.
- I adored the romance, since both characters were shy and it was super cute.
- Beautiful friendships were formed and strengthened.
- Lovely pacing.

- Too many gymnastics terms. Couldn't understand most of them.
- I felt disconnected with the main character.
- There wasn't enough of a resolution for the father/son i
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted at Stay Bookish

Letters To Nowhere is the most glorious YA Contemporary Sports Romance I’ve ever read. “Why oh why, do you say so,” you ask? Don’t worry, I’ll get there soon.

First off, what would you do if your parents died in a car accident? Wouldn’t you want some time away from real life? Karen Campbell, however, jumps right back in to her usual gymnastics routine. She also moves in to the home of her gym coach, who has kindly offered Karen to live in his house so she could co
Milka Bago
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at Crawling Over the Pages

I haven’t anticipated this book to be this good. Surprisingly, the flow of the story was smooth and the mood of the characters was very contagious and I found it difficult to stop the overcoming multitude of emotions I felt especially towards Karen.

Other than the fact that I really liked the plot of the story, there are also other elements that made me appreciate this book even more. For instance, Karen’s character is a gymnast and this is t
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it

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Letters to nowhere was a real surprise and I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. I was interested in the gymnastic side of this and interested in the author but I wasn’t expecting much from it at all. It was touching, sweet and beautifully written and I am so glad I read it.

What I really loved about this book was how it deals with grief. Karen has lost both her parents in a car accident and the book is about how she moves on from the accident and how
John’s review at Dear Author prompted me to give a new-to-me author a shot, and I ended up falling in love with this unexpectedly compelling YA. The plot sounded fairly generic YA if I'm perfectly honest - every other YA/NA seems to start off with a traumatic incident for the protagonist, and on the face of it, this was just another book telling the story of a teen who’s dealing with the death of her parents.

But Karen grabbed my attention from the start. She’s the kind of girl who is just so ver
Jess (Gone with the Words)
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
4.5 Stars! Read this review on my blog! --> Letters To Nowhere by Julie Cross

Letters to Nowhere is a story about a girl, Karen, dealing with a lot of changes in her life, some extremely more difficult than others. Not only does Karen lose both her parents, and also is now living with her gymnastics coach and his son, but her body is going through changes that couldn’t have developed at a worse time. It’s a lot. Luckily for Karen, Jordan, her roommate/coach’s son, is there to listen and help her
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
This is a smart, beautifully written, coming of age story about a young girl who has lived a sheltered life in the world of gymnastics. She's been taking her high school classes on-line, her only friends are the ones from her gym, she's never even talked to a boy. Then suddenly, she finds herself living with her coach and his teenage son. It's great for her so she can stay with her teammates and her coach, but it's weird.
As Karen learns how to live with Jordan, shuddering as he gulps from the mi
Adriane Marshall
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So, confession time. I am a gym mom. I have two girls and spend a lot of time in the gym. And my future in the gym just looks like it is going to increase, not decrease! So, when I got the request to review this book about an elite gymnast, I jumped all over it! And I’m glad I did.

We meet Karen as her world is falling apart. She has just lost both her parents to a horrible car accident. At that point she thinks she is going to have to leave everything she knew and move from St. Louis to New York
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it

Elite gymnast, Karen has just learned both of her parents were killed in an accident. She only has a few months to go before Nationals and then on to the Olympics. Her grandmother comes quickly, but Karen has never been close to her and convinces her that she would like to stay with her coach who assumes responsibility for her. Moving in a daze, she writes letters to her newly deceased parents while working her way through grief and a horrible situation. Never having to deal w
Aug 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Letters to Nowhere deals with some very hard subjects for those who are in their teens. Dealing with the loss of family members and finding forgiveness is the main theme throughout the story. Everything in Karen’s life is going great for her. She is a member of elite gymnastics and her future is planned out for her. Her life is ripped apart when the parents she loved so much are killed in car accident. While trying to come to terms with the fact that both of her parents are dead she is now livin ...more
Writing down her thoughts, Karen feels as if there is still a connection to her parents, even though they have passed away. As an elite gymnast it is a pivotal point in her life where she needs to decide who to stay with while still a minor, her gymnastic coach offers to give her a home forcing Karen to choose between her grandmother and coach.

She hadn't planned on Jordan though, the coaches son. Jordan is friendly, slightly bad boy from what she can figure out, and obviously doesn't have a clo
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Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin's Press). She's also the author of Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more!


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