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On Vacation From Sanity

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  8 reviews
What do you do when your world is turned upside down and you're forced to recreate your life?

Life is perfect for sixteen-year-old Jenna Webb. She lives with her rock-star dad in New York City, she has a perky, fun, beautiful best friend, and a super-model, sort-of stepmother. An artist, writer, bass player, Jenna has her life planned to precision—well, until her dad is kil
Paperback, First, 326 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Grid Media (first published May 18th 2014)
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John Naegele
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy of “On Vacation From Sanity”. It‘s an infectious novel that pulls and twists as you go along with Jenna on her journey. The story has great characters. Some of which you really like, and others, not so much. Just like life. I highly recommend this good read.
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I am friends with the author.

Enjoyable intelligent beach read with soul. I enjoyed the numerous references to bands. To me, this read as a shorter, punkier version of Anthropology of an American Girl (by Hilary Thayer Hamann, check it out if you enjoyed this book).
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars (I think)

This review is going to be really hard to write. I went into On Vacation From Sanity thinking it would be a lightish YA contemporary with a nice bit of romance but it wasn't like that at all. Well yes, it starts out that way but this book is deeper and more complex than that, except at the same time it's not. And that makes no sense. Let me see if I can explain.

Jenna is our main character and her father, who was a famous musician, just died so she has to move to L.A. to live w
Shannon Everyday
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Following the character of Jenna, as she navigates her personal struggles as a teenager to adulthood in life and love, I found this book to be a realistic, insightful look at a character finding herself. Jenna's struggles all felt real to me, especially in the later sections of the book. I found her friendship with the character of Gavin to be refreshing. I also enjoyed all the twists and turns with Jenna's relationship with James. No spoilers here on how that turns out! If you like young adult ...more
Tashelby Robinson
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and it's perfect for summer. Plus Gavin has to be one of the best characters!

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Wendy Yurich
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great Book! Quick read that you do not want to end. Great story about transition from teen to adult with all the twist and turns. Enjoyed all the main characters, but I have to admit Gavin is my favorite!
Feb 03, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book came highly recommended to me and I wanted so much to like it. However, the book was just weird and I never connected with any character. There was no real flow to the story, things that were suppose to be apparently major plotlines were barely mentioned. The creepy stalker in the description of the book got like 2 paragraphs and was basically glossed over. When the book started, Jenna was around 16, all of a sudden, she's being wished a happy 21st. The book barely scraped the surface ...more
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Don't waste your time on this amateurish novel. It could have been a good story, but reads on the level of a teen novel.
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ELIZABETH ROSS YURICH lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her rock star husband and black standard poodle. When she is not writing you will find her drawing pictures or hugging a tree or two.

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