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No Place Like Home: A Novel

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One thing growing up in foster care has taught me is that everybody lies

Your parents lie. Theyre supposed to love you, but they dont. Even though thats not technically a lie, it may as well be.

Your foster families lie, especially foster brothers.

And even though you sort of understand her reasons, your social worker lies.

Your friends dont lie because you dont have any.
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Kindle Edition, 312 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by SkyFire Publishing LLC
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Lesley
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
I received an e-copy of No Place Like Home in exchange for an honest review.

Jules has made her way through several foster homes, including one that she'd go back in time if it meant not having to have gone there. Now that she's 18 and has aged out of the system, she dreads her last visit with her counselor, knowing that she has no where to go. Her counselor offers her an unofficial solution - she knows a family who'd be willing to take her in on a temporary basis while she figured out where to
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Krystal Smith
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
***I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review***
I really enjoyed this story. 18 year old Jules just aged out of the foster system and has no where to go. Luckily, her social worker offers her home to Jules until something else opens up. While waiting for the workday to end Jules goes out to grab a slice of pizza and meets Jake. The only way to describe their relationship is "love at first sight". Neither imagines they will run into each other again but can't get one
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sue
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
I have to start off by saying I really enjoyed this book and theme of the book.

Social care is a huge problem, and a problem within a problem, so for the author to write about it so well, although fiction, took on a big project, as it was getting into some of the emotional baggage that some children are left with.

Jules is now 18 years old, homeless and broke. She doesn't come under the age of 'care' now. The last meeting with her Social Worker leads her into an avenue of 'rescue' its not the
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BookLover
This was a sweet story. Its always a good sign when I find myself sneaking in a few sentences here and there throughout my day when I should be doing something else. I really liked Jake and I loved the family dynamic between Jules, Colby and Nancy. It was a good read! ...more
Rachel
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I received this ebook from the author for an honest review*

So, let me start by saying that I really enjoyed this book. I thought that Jules' character was strong and I liked how she kept her ground throughout the story as being a good person and was able to be a realistic character that was well developed. For what she had been through, the author depicted her reactions to certain situations well and made me really feel for her as a character. Overall, I really loved her!

As for Jake, its really
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Ashley
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This book was an amazing read. It pulls you in from the beginning and captivates you till the end. It takes you on a journey with twist and turns that the reader doesnt see coming. It is filled with heartbreak, pain, sorrow, lust, love, confusion, and drama filled angst that will have you glued to the book, turning the pages to find out what will happen
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Anna
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Jules is an 18 year old who has just aged out of the foster care system after spending her entire life moving from one foster family to another. A social worker gives her a temporary place to stay which keeps her from homelessness. Jules is emotionally guarded because of many of her life experiences to date, and finds herself surprised at wanting to let her guard down for the first time when she meets Jake. Jake is quickly attracted to Jules, and finds himself experiencing strong feelings for ...more
Kayla Michelle
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*i received a copy for an honest review*

First I would like to say thanks to DeAnna Holland (the author) for letting me read this great story.

No place like home is emotionally packed with ups and downs. While reading Jules story, I connected with her and understood where her personality came from. I think most people in life have been in her shoes, even metaphorically; not wanting to trust people, having walls built up, even running away from our problems.

Jules is such a strong and independent
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Alice
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Wow , i totally fell in love with this story , i felt so sad for Julianne , she had such a tough life while growing up.
I loved the way that jake and her met it was very sweet how they acted with each other right from the start .
And how jake flirted with her was super adorable loved him ! And the little misunderstanding that they had in the beginning omg!! That was to die for .... But i guess it kinda worked out in many good ways .

Now Jacob which was every type of wonderful with her well
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Megan
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This was a sweet story. At times it was sad and times happy but overall very moving. I instantly felt drawn to the characters and Jules story pulled at my heart from the very first page. I was glued to my tablet until I finished the story and I easily read it in one evening.
Jules and Jake had an instant connection. They made each other feel things neither one of them had ever felt before. Jake makes Jules feel safe and loved which is something shes never had before. Even though they have a rocky
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Mihaela
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-recommend, arcs
Beautiful story. I really liked it.

Jules has grown up in foster care and now, at 18, she finds herself on the street, without a home or money to keep her going.

The system cant do anything for her, not that shes been much better before.

Help comes in the form of her social worker who decides to give Jules a place to stay.

This is DeAnna Hollands first book and let me tell you that she did a great job. The writing style is good and the story flows.

The characters are great and easy to connect with
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Amazeballs Book Addicts
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
No Place Like Home is a great quick read. Jules has been in the foster system most of her life. When she ages out, her social worker offers her a place to stay. While waiting for her social worker Jules nets Jake. There is an instant connection with them. She can't give him her number because her phone doesn't work but fate brings them together again. When Jules finds out who Jake really is, she us upset and it definitely throws a bump into their relationship.

There were a few parts that were
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Michelle "Chelle" Thompson
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
No Place Like Home
By: DeAnna Holland

**Copy from author for honest review**

This was a very cute and sweet story. Jules is a tough girl who has had a rough life so far. She is keeping her head up and trying to find herself and her way. Jake is so kind, sweet, and sincere. They are great together. I really enjoyed all the characters. The author did such a great job writing these people that they came to life for me. I loved how Jules truly does come into her own and accepts her friends with love.
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Amber Clark
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow! I really enjoyed this book. I have always felt bad for children in the foster system and wish I could bring them all home with me. In this book you get to see a glimpse of the not so good times for a foster girl but she over comes her past life to start a new one which is even better than she dreamed it could be. It's a sweet book and I love all the characters. Good job Ms. Holland for writing an awesome book!
LouLouJune
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*received a free copy for an honest review*

I really liked this book! Very sweet but sexy at the same time, liked the characters, and the theme of the story was great.

I read this all in one night. If I had to gripe with anything, I think it could have been much a longer story, I wanted moooorreeee, but that's a good thing!
Diana
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Talk about love at first sight. Being through so much in her short life, Jules was always ready to pull her weight and do what had to be done. Lots of twists and turns it always keeps a reader on their toes. Absolutely fantastic story. Full video review on YouTube channel Adventures-IN-Print https://youtu.be/hMa96BKCXag
Ashley
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
***I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.***

I really enjoyed this story, I read this book in a matter of hours. I found the chemistry between Jules and Jake very believable. What Jules went through in the foster care system breaks my heart, because children go through this and worse in real life. I would definitely read a sequel about these characters.
~Dawn~TUG
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this story..

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Chu
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak

Rating: 4.5 Stars

What happens after the system drops you?

At 18, Jules found herself out of the system no home, no money and no job. She was lost, but she was holding out a brave front. Good thing, her social worker helped her and found her a place to call home, even if temporarily. However, growing up in a system that destroyed everything you have been dreaming of and shattered your trust thoroughly can be an emotionally-scarring experience. Walls are
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Margaux Espinosa
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

I want to start by saying overall I really enjoyed this book. The story line was great. Jules is a very strong girl that has been through a lot of things that a very difficult to overcome. DeAnna Holland wrote this story very well, the characters were great for the most part and it all flowed very well. I flew through this book in about three hours and didn't put it down, if that isn't an indication of how good it is than I
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Sashoy Wilson
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nybc-2014
* Still reading, trying to finish. This is what I have so far. My two star rating will stay, I don't see it changing
I like the theme of this book, I don't think it was executed perfectly but well enough that although it really annoyed me I kept going back to it.
As someone who can relate wholeheartedly to Jules and her situation, I couldn't get into it. No one who has been abandoned and burned time and time again is so open. (view spoiler)
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Aimee
Aug 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: group-review
*Copy received from author in exchange for an honest review*

Despite my 3 star rating, I really did like this story. Jules is a really strong, brave character and her story is definitely one that is very emotional to read about and I really felt for her. I also really liked Jake. He did mess up big time in the beginning, but I think he more than made up for it throughout the rest of the book. I didn't doubt the attraction Jake and Jules had at all and thought their relationship was very sweet.

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Kris

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Jules has a crappy life but accepts the facts...it is what it is and moves on. She recognizes that without Nancy's offer she is screwed. She adjusts fairly well, even thrives having more stability in her life.

Jake is kind of a jerk at the beginning. Jules opens up to him the first day they meet, randomly giving him her life story.. insta-love at it's best. I didn't really buy into their relationship fully. I Found myself
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Ali
Jul 25, 2014 rated it liked it
*Received a copy of this book from author for honest review*

I would just like to start off by saying I really enjoyed the overall theme of this book. I think I could count on one hand the number of books that I have read about a character and her journey through the foster care system, so it was very refreshing for me to read. It definitely forces you to think about your life and appreciate the little things that you probably take for granted.

This book is basically about a girl named Jules who
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Sgiova
Aug 04, 2014 rated it liked it
I received this book in return for an honest review:

Where to start.. I had mixed emotions about this read. I guess I should say that I liked it. The characters were well described and it was well written. The situation entertaining. My first impression of Jules was that she was a bad ass - yes vulnerable but not a push over... until the situation unraveled and I lost respect for her. Jake being the reason. Jake and what he did - for me is way less forgivable than how it was kind of brushed
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Kanae
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I just finished No Place like Home, and I liked it. Not because it was set in the Chicagoland area, but because it told the story of Jules, a girl who was dealt a bad hand in life. Since she was young, she was in and out of foster homes, and at the ripe age of 18, she had nowhere to go. This book gave you a closer look at those that didnt mesh to well with the foster care system. Throughout the book, I fell in love with Jules and was hoping that she found love. That she finally felt a mothers ...more
Robyn
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this from a read and review group for an honest review. This book surprised me, I had never heard of the book or author before so was unsure of what I would be reading. I'm happy to say that I enjoyed the book, it kept me captivated and pulled at my heart strings!

Jules is 18 with no family, friends and no place to go. She came across as really strong and independent most of the time but there were a few times throughout the story where she seemed very weak. I thought she was
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☆Joycedale☆
Jul 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: r2r, kindle-2
I did like this story. Jules has had a hard life growing up in foster care. She doesn't trust anyone except her social worker but then she meets Jake. He turns out to someone she didn't expect.
My problem with this is she constantly says she doesn't trust people but she automatically does Jake then Liz, Carly, and Skyler. And with everything that happens to her she has an extremely sunny disposition. I'm not saying people in this situation don't but they do tend to carry some anger. What Jules
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Mary
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful standalone romance about a girl aging out of the foster care system in Illinois with no family and no where to live. She is taken in by her social worker against policy and falls in love. She has a history of being abused as a child that affects her interpersonal relationships....and she has no safety net of any kind.

This story evoked feelings in me like one of Priscilla Glenn's standalone romances. The writing was of really high quality, the characters well developed and the
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Alwaysreadingbooks - Reading Drinking and Relaxing
I received this book for an honest review

This was one of those books that made you look at your life and realize that you probably never really had it bad at all. Jules was a foster child that got jumped around from person to person and when she thought that she finally had someone who loved her she was treated wrong. I loved the fact that although she had it tough she was a survivor and she always wanted to fight against the odds although that was knocking her down at every turn she never gave
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DeAnna Holland is a twenty-something year-old writer who spends majority of her time with her head in a book or in a computer screensometimes both at the same time thanks in large part to her undiagnosed ADHD. Shes kind of a slob, ditching neatness in favor of what she calls organized clutter, and when shes writing, shes slightly neurotic. Thank the Cosmos for her drug of choice, orange soda, or ...more

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