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Destination Unknown

(Roadside Assistance #2)

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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  459 ratings  ·  84 reviews
It's senior year, and Whitney Richards is tired of the constant pressures to be perfect. When she gets a D in Calculus, her mother immediately hires a tutor, worried Whitney won't get into the 'right' college---her alma mater---with imperfect grades. Her tutor, Taylor, is a quiet, mysterious boy who is unlike anyone Whitney has met before. But Taylor's rougher upbringing h ...more
Paperback, 267 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Zondervan
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Libby May
Aug 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn't really enjoy this book. Whitney was really rebellious on purpose and although it was slightly approached and resolved at the end, I feel like the majority of the book where she rebelled was not matched and evened out with the ending.

Yes there are over protective and controlling parents.
We don't need books like that.
We need books about kids who choose to respect their parents and approach that controlling attitude with consideration and attempts to restore the relationship. We need en
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Galaxy Adventurer
update: 4/17/17
eek, that old review isn't very good...I might try to write a new one lol




Whitney's life really isn't hers. Her mom chooses who she can and cannot hang out with, which college she is going to go to, and even what her hair color is. And when she gets a D in calculus her mom isn't a bit happy about it and makes her get a tutor, that's when she meets Taylor. After she starts hanging out with Taylor more she starts not fitting in with her friends and starts liking Taylor. As her proble
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Bekah Ward
Jul 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: contemporary
I winced my way through this book.

List of things I didn't like:

1) You are not a Christian because you pray at dinner and when life sucks: Whitney's prayers that were described sounded like a list of wants/demands to me. The first sign to me that she was Christian was when her family sat down to dinner and prayed first. Her only other Christian moments were when she prayed and was nice to Taylor's little sister because she can't afford cheerleading training. Also, I don't know how it works in Am
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Natalie
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
I liked this one more than Roadside Assistance, which I read last year. I really felt for Whitney and I couldn’t stand her insane, controlling mother. The mother didn’t even try to see things from Whitney’s point of view; she just bossed her around. I liked Taylor a lot and I loved his mother and sister. Whitney definitely changed for the better and I was glad that she started to stand up for herself. I also enjoyed seeing Emily and Zander from the first book - they were so cute!
Lilian
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
It’s senior year, and Whitney Richards is tired of the constant pressures to be perfect. When she gets a D in Calculus, her mother immediately hires a tutor, worried Whitney won’t get into the “right” college—her alma mater—with imperfect grades. Her tutor, Taylor, is a quiet, mysterious boy who is unlike anyone Whitney has met before. But Taylor’s rougher upbringing has her mother and friends discouraging any type of relationship.

Tired of having to play a part for everyone else, Whitney quits t
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Jalynn Patterson
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:
It's senior year, and Whitney Richards is tired of the constant pressures to be perfect. When she gets a D in Calculus, her mother immediately hires a tutor, worried Whitney won't get into the 'right' college---her alma mater---with imperfect grades. Her tutor, Taylor, is a quiet, mysterious boy who is unlike anyone Whitney has met before. But Taylor's rougher upbringing has her mother and friends discouraging any type of relationship. Tired of having to play a part for everyone e
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C.B. Cook
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Wow wow wow. I am not much for contemporary romance, but this one really surprised me. I didn't realize that this apparently takes place after Roadside Assistance, so I'd suggest reading that one first, but I liked it pretty well as a standalone.

The Good
I felt really connected to Whitney. She's a senior (like I'm going to be), so she's facing all the uncertainty of college. She's also got a pretty strong faith. And Taylor. Oh, oh, oh. Where do I start with Taylor? He was just plain awesome. What
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“It's senior year, and Whitney Richards is tired of the constant pressures to be perfect. When she gets a D in Calculus, her mother immediately hires a tutor, worried Whitney won't get into the 'right' college---her alma mater---with imperfect grades. Her tutor, Taylor, is a quiet, mysterious boy who is unlike anyone Whitney has met before. But Taylor's rougher upbringing has her mother and friends discouraging any type of relationship. Tired of having to play a part for everyon
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Christian Fiction Addiction
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Teen girls are going to love getting their hands on a copy of "Destination Unknown", the latest release from popular author Amy Clipston. The novel moves at a brisk pace, featuring a character who struggles with everyday things that all girls will be able to relate to. Mother-teen conflict, bullying, prejudice, uncertainty about the future - this book has a little bit of everything, and as such there is plenty of drama to hold a reader's interest from beginning to end. Some of the introspection ...more
Kara
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My Comments
I loved Roadside Assistance so when I discovered Destination Unknown was available, I knew I also had to read about Whitney! Whitney is Emily’s cousin and they became really close in the previous book. Whitney was not my favorite character until the end of the book where she became my hero in the story. In Destination Unknown, she now has to face her mom and others in challenging ways.

Whitney has always been the ideal student with a perfect 4.o GPA, the head cheerleader on the squad,
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Wanda
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Whitney Richards seems to have the perfect life. She lives in a high end neighborhood, she is the captain of the cheerleading team, she is a straight A student and she dates the captain of the football team. When she gets a D in calculus her whole life starts changing. But what she perceives to be the worst day of her life she soon finds to be the start of her life changing for the better. When Taylor Martinez, a student from the poor side of town, becomes her tutor she finds herself falling in ...more
Rebecca Grous
Apr 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
I’m having a very hard time trying to come up with anything that I liked about this book. From the clichéd plot to the ridiculous dialog, this book was painful to read. But what bothered me most were the characters' Christian walk. Mrs. Richards is a two-faced hypocrite who doesn’t grow at all. I realize the story wasn’t about her, but I expected her to have at least some change of heart rather than end the book just as prejudice and controlling as she began. And Whitney’s prayers seemed to be a ...more
Rachel Marie
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
loved this book. I will start out by saying that this book may not be for everyone. It is Christian fiction, but it isn't preachy, and I think that this is one that can be enjoyed by all people. I loved it (did I already say that?) but more on that later.

Whitney is a senior in high school. If that doesn't come with enough stress, her mother's pressures to be "perfect" are causing Whitney to crack. She doesn't even know who she is, but it's about time she figured it out. Then she meets Taylor, a
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Julie Mozart
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
I've been trying to find good Christian fiction, but unfortunately, this book just missed the mark.
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WHAT THIS BOOK IS ABOUT :
It's senior year, and Whitney Richards is tired of the constant pressures to be perfect. When she gets a D in Calculus, her mother immediately hires a tutor, worried Whitney won't get into the 'right' college---her alma mater---with imperfect grades. Her tutor, Taylor, is a quiet, mysterious boy who is unlike anyone Whitney has met before. But Taylor's rougher upbringing has her mother and friends discouraging any type of relationship. Tired of having to play a part for
...more
Ella  Reitmeier
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Kirby
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Whitney Richards has spent most of her life living the way her parent's, especially her mother, have expected her too. On Valentine's Day her life changes in a big way when her boyfriend of six months breaks up with her, and she realizes she's not even that hurt by it. They never seemed to really have had a deep connection, and instead she feels it was more about the head cheerleader needing to date the quarterback of the football team. In fact, her best friend's and her mother are more upset ab ...more
Read it or Leave it Blog
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I almost didn’t read the second book in this series because of the first book having a comment of a character saying to another character that a guy looked like a god. However, I got this book for a good deal and thought I should give it a shot. To me, this book was so much better than the first. I loved how the main character, Whitney, had a strong faith in God from the start and this book was about her wanting to follow His plan for her, rather than questioning her faith in God. Sometimes, I f ...more
Becki
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings on this book.

What I liked:

A good clean story with a love interest
That Whitney went against her friends when they were in judgement of someone else
That most of it seemed real to life
That Whitney reached out to God for guidance

What I didn’t like:

Her mother!!!!
That Whitney was on the verge of being assaulted by her ex and Mom (who walked in on it) still wanted her daughter to pursue him
That Whitney knowingly went against her parents wishes and lied
That Whitney came off as a w
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Slid
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
I got about 85% through the book (audio version) and just couldn't take it any more. Parts of the story were fine, so I didn't give it one star. But, I couldn't stand Whitney's constant lying and making dumb choices - it was just grating on me. Also, I couldn't stand Whitney's mother - she was over-the-top and one-dimensional. Are people really like that? It just didn't seem believable to me. Many of the other characters are one-dimensional: totally snobby and rude. I just had enough, so I could ...more
Kimberly
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: completed
No spoliers here. As an adult I recall those Mother Daughter clashes. When you are growing into your own, and your parent wants you to always be the little girl they adore. That bond under the threat of being broken can be quite weighty and difficult, but the writer does a masterful job of telling this tale to the point I took sides!! (not saying whose side I was on)

All in all a well young coming into your own read that as I enjoyed reading as an adult.

Meagan
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think this book was a very inspirational story about finding what YOU want for your life, not what others, even your family wants for you. The only problem I had with it was that it advertised the main character-Whitney-wanting to find Gods will for her life, but it seems like there’s sort of a lack of that in the book. But that’s just my opinion, and I certainly wouldn’t dissuade anyone from reading this book, it’s very good.
Celestria
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So good! I think I may have even liked it better than Roadside Assistance?? I don't know, it's hard to say. Maybe I just really like Taylor a lot...he's pretty much amazing.

I wanted to scream at Whitney's mom throughout the entire book basically, and I hated when Whitney would lie to her. I wanted to yell a her, "No! Stop! This isn't the way!!!" But it was still really good.
Hayleigh S.
I hated all the lying but the story was SO GOOD! I loved seeing Whitney's character more and the whole forbidden love concept was so intriguing. I loved Whitney's story of finding herself.
LOVE LOVE LOVE! Must read!
Jessica Lippe
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I randomly pulled this off the library shelf and I'm so glad I did! Now I want to read the rest of this series and more by the author.
Ashlyn Walls
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ahhh!! I loved this book!
Myrtle
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a powerful and heartwarming story. It’s true some people are like the characters in the story. So happy for her how things turned out. Well done Amy. A 5-star must read story
Mindy
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
~2.75/5
Chrissy
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Whitney is finally a high school senior, on top of the world as head cheerleader with a gorgeous football player boyfriend, an impeccable GPA, and a choice between a number of awesome colleges next year.

But, Whitney feels as if she's on the verge of a major breakdown, as she experiences a confusing identity crisis of sorts when her boyfriend dumps her at school on Valentine's Day, her calculus teacher announces that Whitney may end up failing the class unless she experiences a divine interventio
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Harisa Henderson
Jun 07, 2016 rated it liked it
2.5 stars.

Ultimately, I was disappointed. Her mom was really weird. The methods of punishing (by grounding and having things taken away) was stupid and ineffective. Essentially, her parenting style really alarmed and bothered me, and I was incredibly disappointed that this was never truly referenced. Sure, I get the whole, "I love you and want whats best for you and that's why I'm ultra-controlling and also I can't believe you're growing up so I'm trying to hold onto you by being way too in you
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Hi, I’m Amy Clipston. I am an author of Amish and Christian fiction with HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Most of my books focus on the Amish community, faith, and love. I also write romance novels and young adult inspirational stories.

My books include:

Kauffman Amish Bakery Series
• A Gift of Grace (3/2009)
• A Promise of Hope (3/2010)
• A Place of Peace (2/2011)
• A Life of Joy (1/2012)
• A Season
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Roadside Assistance (3 books)
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