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Anna’s always had a strict plan for her life. Get good grades, get into a good college, be successful. Falling in love with a homeless boy? Not exactly on her list.

Dean has a plan too. Survive. After a difficult childhood, he now lives on the streets doing everything he can to get by. When he meets Anna, he realizes he doesn't have to do everything alone.

Slowly, Anna and D
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ebook, 287 pages
Published September 30th 2014
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Aestas Book Blog
Oct 04, 2014 Aestas Book Blog rated it really liked it
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What a sweet story!

This was a really touching YA romance with a unique set-up. The hero was homeless, having run away from his abusive foster home, and the heroine was a straight-A high school senior who fell in love with him. Two people from completely opposite world meeting by chance and finding true love.

Even from the first few pages of Dean's story, my heart went out to him. Here he was at 17 years old alone, homeless, and at the end of his line. After ten y
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Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
3.5!

"As I see it, the only thing worse than death is life. Maybe not everyone’s life. But mine is a lonely, sad existence with no point other than to survive another day"

This is one of those books that I don't want to rate.I only gave it a 3.5 but really you guys, I loved it.I'll explain later why. I really think that there are books that cannot fit into a rating.

The plot is really not that unheard of. Poor guy who is homeless meets not-so-poor girl who always wear cardigans and always has the
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Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Anna's had some awful things happen to her and basically her family has disintegrated. Dean also had some awful things happen and now he's homeless just trying to make it day by day. When they meet, there's no turning back for either of them.

Anna is pretty amazing and exhausting. I don't know how she's able to accomplish all she does every day. But maybe she keeps herself so busy, that she doesn't have to deal with what's really bothering her. Luckily, Dean helps her to see what's really import
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Annie Brewer
As I see it, the only thing worse than death is life.-Dean


5 sweet cherry blossom stars!!!!

Yeah. This is one of those books that just took my breath away. From start to finish, I was immersed into Dean and Anna's worlds. And what a sad and painful world it was. These two endured so much in their young lives and it pained me to experience it firsthand. But it was one that needed to be told.

Dean has been in different foster homes since the time he was ten when he lost his family. His sister is take
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Ariana
If I were to describe it in one word only, I would say: hope.



To be honest, I feel that the synopsis doesn't make this story justice. It makes it seem quite shallow, though instead it is a deeply emotional story, beautifully written and full of hope. This is not Anna's story (as much as Dean's), though she is part of it and she gets her own most needed healing.

But maybe that's a good thing, as it took me by surprise, and what a lovely surprise that was!

"Home is Where You Are" is a story about st
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Aimee


“A place is just that, a place. But a home. A home is where your heart is.”


This cover doesn't do this beautiful, heartwarming story any justice, people. This book is more than just a romance (although there is definitely a lot of that), it's also a story about second chances, and changing for the better.

While this book doesn't have the most unique plot, the characters and the writing were gorgeous.

The characters were really fleshed out and all had distinct personalities, especially our main cha
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LuvLaw
Jan 21, 2015 LuvLaw rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book!!! I loved it!!! Young love, innocent love and love that transcends all barriers :D

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Lets start with the basic concept of a Homeless boy and an Ivy League ambitious girl coming together and accepting that nothing is bigger than LOVE!!!

My heart ached for Dean so much... that it tore me to the core. The author has beautifully written an Alpha who can feel what it means to cry and feel pain (emotional and physical) he is strong but at times can't fend himself from people stron
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Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Magnus ♥
This review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven

This story was really sweet and heartwarming. I was looking for something "feel-good" after having a bad experience with a dark romance, and this ended up being perfect.

I really loved Anna. She was a such a disciplined girl. She was so studious, but it was not in an annoying way at all. And she may have been volunteering to make her college applications look good, but she was also doing it because she is just an amazingly selfless p
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Caroline
Nov 29, 2015 Caroline rated it really liked it
This books was good. I really enjoyed it. Dean and anna story really struck me. Dean was homeless and had had a bad start to life and anna life had been the same hut after her meeting dean a few times she felt the need to help him. Their relationship got stronger to only have dean push it away until somethings happened to make him think things and become happy. xxx
Mandy
Oct 02, 2014 Mandy rated it it was amazing
Anna is a straight A student and an overachiever. She does volunteer work and community service to look good on her college applications. She has a good heart and is very kind. Dean is homeless and is fighting everyday to survive life on the streets. I loved the chemistry between Anna and Dean. There's so much more to these characters than what meets the surface and I love the character development in this book. This book was a lot more emotional for me than I thought it would be. The things tha ...more
Amber Fueston
Oct 02, 2014 Amber Fueston rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-keep, arc-s
This was one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I have read this year!

Anna is the proverbial good girl. She gets straight A's, never skips class, and even volunteers at the local soup kitchen. With her father dead, her mother never home, and her older brother off at college she is pretty much on her own.

Dean is a survivor. After escaping horrible abuse at a foster home he now lives on the streets. He doesn't accept charity or handouts and he doesn't let anyone get close.

Life keeps thro
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JLC
Jul 17, 2015 JLC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

4 - Nice, sweet romance.
description
Genre: Contempoary YA Romance
Page Count: 276 pages
Ages: Both h/H are 17
Standalone/Cliffhanger: Standalone
Part of a Series/Installment: No
M/F-M/M-M/M/F-etc: (view spoiler)
Multi-Luv'n/Ménages: (view spoiler)
Was There Descriptive Sex: (view spoiler)
Descriptive Sex Between H/h With OW/OM: (view spoiler)
>>If So, Before or After H/h Hookup: (view spoiler)
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Kristal & Charmaine (Once Upon a Book Blog)
Home is Where You Are was the type of book that immediately pulls you into an emotional connection with it. I've said before that I'm not really a crier, but within the first couple of chapters of this book I already had tears in my eyes. This is a sweet and emotional story about showing courage in the face of adversity and about how love rises above all social barriers.

Dean has been living rough of the streets for years now and has learned to depend on only himself. He trusts no one and careful
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monica ♪
May 08, 2016 monica ♪ rated it really liked it
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I found this book accidentally because of the recommendation that shows up on goodreads. And I'm so glad that I read this book because this book is really good!

This book has captivated me even from the dedication page—which says:

"Dedicated to those facing the impossible.
Stay strong.
Anything is possible."


And when I start to read chapter 1, I know I'm going to love this book. I stayed up late, and when I was woken up at 3 am by my cat for no reason whatsoever and couldn't get back to sleep, I
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Lexi Lynn
Feb 24, 2015 Lexi Lynn rated it it was amazing
5 You Feel Like Home Stars



Tessa Marie (aka Theresa Paolo) has won me over yet again with a sweet and light story that tugs on her heart (and the corners of your mouth.) Home is Where You Are has become my favorite of her titles I've read to date. It beat out Never Again which I've reread several times.

I think the best part of a Tessa/Theresa book is that there is such simplicity in the prose, yet it still manages to hit in the right places. I usually devour on of her books within a couple hours
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Booknut
Although this book had a slight rocky start, it did manage to develop nicely towards the middle. A little more expansion on key concepts and less predictability would have taken this book from 'enjoyable' to 'fantastic' :)
Jen
Sep 26, 2014 Jen rated it it was amazing
LOVE this book!!!
It's such a sweet story to read both POV's - learning about the good and bad parts of living life on the streets -

Dean is a sweetheart - 10 years ago, his parents died, and he and his sister were shoved into foster care. But they got separated. After many years of trying to find her, he's slowing giving up. Just trying to survive is hard enough. But if he lets her go, he has nothing else to live for.

Anna's life is a mess - her dad passed away a few years ago, and her mom chec
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Book Boyfriend Heaven
Sep 18, 2014 Book Boyfriend Heaven rated it it was amazing
This was an awesome read. The language is free flowing, modern and a quick read. I like the
multiple points of view from both Dean and Anna. Anna is a typical overachiever straight A middle
class high school girl worried about college applications with a snarky best friend Katie.Dean has
had rough breaks and has been living on the streets. While they are close in age, these two are
worlds apart. Their worlds collide, literally but will either one let the other into their lives. Anna is
scared of beco
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Dre
The best thing about this book is that it promoteshope. For anyone who has experienced being at their lowest, they could use a spark of hope. I actually picked up this book after reading Aimee's review on Goodreads. For some reason, I've been gravitating towards realistic fiction lately, and that's a good thing, because I found myself reading a book a week. Yay! So on to my review...

This is my first time reading a book from Tessa Marie, and it was a pleasant experience. We are introduced to two
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Sofia
Nov 14, 2014 Sofia rated it liked it
3.5

sweet :)
Melissa Pearl
Mar 24, 2015 Melissa Pearl rated it really liked it
What a sweet, gorgeous, uplifting story!!
This is my first Theresa Marie book and I really enjoyed it. The characters were complex and kept me intrigued...and it was hard not to fall for Dean. What an amazing guy, his attitude after everything he suffered had me swooning a little.
Anna is a great match for him and I enjoyed their banter as they were getting to know each other.

If you like romantic books that will tug at your heart-strings, then definitely give this sweet read a try.
Whit
Aug 21, 2015 Whit rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Lustful Literature
Nov 20, 2014 Lustful Literature rated it really liked it
** JOSIE'S 4.5 STAR REVIEW **

Home is Where You Are is a beautiful, heart wrenching, soul searching, love story. The author did an amazing job with the plot, the characters and telling this story. I loved the way she was able to write these characters in such a raw and tense environment but also added details that will tug at your heart. This is not an ugly cry read but it is heart wrenching. Knowing and feeling what the Dean goes through on a daily basis and you feel and see the pureness of
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Rebecca
Sep 30, 2014 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-reviewed
I just LOVE Tessa Marie and her books and this one was no different!!

Anna thinks she has her whole life planned for her and has to stick to the straight and narrow to make it to the school she always promised her dad she would go. When she meets Dean her plans start to change a little and her priorities shift.

Dean was so close to rock bottom he was barely serving out on the streets. He only did it to hopefully find his sister one day. Meeting Anna was what he needed to realize that he needed m
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Marie  Brown (Marie's Tempting Reads)
Marie's Tempting Reads ARC Review:

Home Is Where You Are was an amazingly beautiful, touching story. Its heartfelt, sexy, and inspirational. I LOVED Dean and Anna! These two love birds made the perfect young couple. Counting on each other, and just so emotionally wrapped around one another. I didn't think the synopsis really fit the book. It was somehow....less then what I expected and, honestly, I am glad for it. I loved how this book came together. Its wonderfully written with a compelling sto
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Aly
Oct 01, 2014 Aly rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The writing style and just the writing in general in Home Is Where You Are draws the reader in. The author can be talking about something ordinary that you do everyday and yet it’s still interesting. It was also realistic. Not in the way that there wasn’t any paranormal elements(although that as well) but the fact that the characters aren’t perfect and do have their flaws. Their reactions are also realistic. And it’s not hard to ima
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Niccisbookblog higginson
Sep 30, 2014 Niccisbookblog higginson rated it it was amazing
MY REVIEW.

This is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I have read this year. I feel the blurb doesn’t do this book the justice that it deserves, this book is so much more than the seemingly shallow perspective shown in the blurb.

Home is where you are Is a deeply emotional story, which is beautifully written and so full of hope.
This is not Anna’s story which is what I expected from the little I knew about the book, this story is more Dean’s story and my god what a story it is, though
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Shirley Frances
Sep 30, 2014 Shirley Frances rated it it was amazing
WOW! It's been a long time that I've read a YA novel that I've loved from beginning to end.

From the moment the story began, I was captivated. I loved Dean's voice and as soon as I learned his story my heart went out to win. He was a fighter, determined to make it on his own with a great head on his shoulders and an even bigger heart.

Anna was a great character also. She was smart, motivated to make into an Ivy league college and so very lonely. After her father's death, her mother and brother hav
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Laura's Book Addiction
Apr 12, 2016 Laura's Book Addiction rated it it was amazing
You know a books good when you stay up till 2am reading and have to be up in 4 hours!! I loved it so much both Anna & Dean had great POVs. I completely ship them.
Zili
Sep 30, 2014 Zili rated it really liked it
4 - 4.5 Stars in my Sky!

Oh Dean!! I really wasn't expecting this to be so emotional or so endearing! Home Is Where You Are covers some pretty traumatic and upsetting topics, but it's done with great sensitivity and charm!

I noticed another reviewer had commented on the book blurb underselling the story and I'm definitely have to agree. I had expected another YA story about an overachiever and a misunderstood bad boy. This couldn't have been further from the truth as Anna's achievements are the l
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“A place is just that, a place. But a home. A home is where your heart is. And this thanksgiving it'll be at all three.” 5 likes
“However,” I say and wait till her eyes finally meet mine. “I will work for something else.” “And what’s that?” “A shower.” 5 likes
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