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Just Visiting

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  739 ratings  ·  178 reviews
Reagan Forrester wants out—out of her trailer park, out of reach of her freeloading mother, and out of the shadow of the relationship that made her the pariah of Charytan, Kansas.

Victoria Reyes wants in—in to a fashion design program, in to the arms of a cute guy who doesn’t go to Charytan High, and in to a city where she won’t stand out for being Mexican.

One thing the p
Paperback, 407 pages
Published November 17th 2015 by Spencer Hill Contemporary
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

Edit 24/11 : FULL RELEASE TODAY (including in Kindle) - Not my favorite but a good book nonetheless :)
"Duh." He reaches out and flips up the one white curl that hangs in my face.
"Rogue, obviously."
"Oh, yes. Her. Obviously."
He gives me a you must be kidding look. "Please tell me you know who Rogue is."
"Hey, I knew 'Frak.'" That has to count for something."

I'm not gonna lie : I spent the first percents bitching about the clichés in Reagan's life. Let's see...
✔ She's a straight-As student (of
Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner)
Full 4.5 stars (because you know my 5 stars are like the rarest of rare things I hand out)

I really enjoyed Dahlia’s debut Behind The Scenes but Just Visiting blew me away and is definitely one of my most favorite contemporary YA books I’ve read this year! It’s just such an authentic story about friendship and love and that confusing time when that next stage (post-high school) is staring you right in the face. So compelling and so compulsively readable! I really just want to follow the next few
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

Just Visiting is a perfect illustration of diversity within diversity book.

Just Visiting is terrific, spot on and a book you should absolutely add to your list. We have a very diverse cast, an Indian and Asian - Jew side characters, a Mexican American protagonist, Victoria Reyes, who is fluent in ASL (because her mother is deaf.) Reagan Forrester who lives in the trailer park, who wanted a way out of her town.

Aside from that glaring importance of this story. Adler also br
7/17/15: Four months to go! With thanks and love to Kelly Fiore for my first blurb!


4/23/15: A little bit of info on the book is in the cover reveal post I did today for BNTeens! http://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/te...
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on Mostly YA Lit:
I've been following Dahlia on Twitter for about two years now, and she is fiercely passionate about young adult literature, diversity, feminism, and many of the things I care about, so I adore her feed. Just Visiting, though, is the first of her books that I've gotten to - but I'm so grateful that this was my first one, because the themes of Just Visiting are ones I care deeply about: teen girl friendship, trying to figure out your life's work,
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just visiting is about two high school seniors, Vic and Reagan that are best friends. The closest friends you could possibly imagine. They decide that they're going to go look for colleges together and have everything planned out. They're going to share a dorm, find cute boys together, etc. But later on, they find out some dirty secrets about each other and start to rethink their planned out future together.

The way Adler put together the whole story, it seemed totally real to me. All the detail
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Dahlia Adler is my friend. Yadda yadda yadda. I’ve read all of Dahlia’s books to date, and I’ll probably keep reading all of them because they’re good. With each successive book, I’m pretty sure I’ve commented on how she just keeps improving as an author and stepping up her game. That thing, again. Seriously, Dahlia once again totally surprised me and Just Visiting is my favorite of her novels to date. Honestly, I love it so much that I worry about how on earth she could possibly ever top it.

Laurie Flynn
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-contemporary
I'm a huge fan of anything Dahlia Adler writes, but this may be my favorite Dahlia book yet. It deals with female friendship and finding yourself and reconciling that version of you with the person you are in the friendship, and realizing that both versions of yourself may not be the same at all. Reagan and Victoria are very close, but what I found fascinating were the secrets thrumming under the surface of their friendship. What they didn't tell each other showed as much as what they did, and t ...more
Joce (squibblesreads)
I finished this a couple weeks ago but was super conflicted about how to rate it. I LOVED the representation but the writing style was not for me. The narrator's voice was really young (I mean, the characters are young, so done appropriately) and it was dialogue heavy and talked about parties and relationships and navigating high school and the college admission process. I also thought that the characters had only a few facets to them that were reiterated and lacked nuance.

I found myself just wa
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
When you have to force yourself to read and finish a book purely so you can discuss it with your book group and then find you have nothing remotely positive or constructive to say or add to the debate about said book then I think that's a big fat one star

Still can't remember which character was which.
Hated the way the background story of each MC was revealed.
Didn't ever connect with a character.
Honestly loathed it.
So glad it's over.
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Friendship and diverse characters and college visits = enjoyable YA contemp <333
Kaitlin (Next Page Please!)
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This review was also posted on Next Page Please!

I got an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. None of my thoughts are altered by that and all my opinions are honest.

As I was reading this book, I really did not expect to end up liking. I am so glad I kept reading though because things got better and I really ended up enjoying Just Visiting. It was fun, serious, and a really great friendship read. I loved the dynamic Vic and Reagan had and also the story both of them
Just Visiting was a surprising book - both in its strengths and in its weaknesses.

On one hand, it is one of the most delightfully nerdy books I've ever read. It references not only The Lord of the Rings, Harry Poter, and Star Wars, but also Tamora Pierce, Philip Pullman, Neil Gaiman, and Battlestar Galactica. I was fangirling so hard.

I actually ended up liking Victoria a lot more than I thought I would and Reagan a lot less, but both are complex, interesting characters. Their friendship is rea
Mel González
“When a friendship crumbles, there are only really two things that can bring it back: a shitload of time, or a sincere apology.”

(3.5) I appreciated so many things about this book, it made me smile so much and also it made me care for the characters and about their respective storylines. It's such a good change to see a dual pov book told from two best friends' perspectives instead of a couple since it made everything so unpredictable (even though I can't say everything was unpredict
Nov 08, 2015 rated it liked it
This book felt... incomplete?
I don't know I feel like there was a lot of digging that could have been done like Reagan's past that sure needed more closure. I was so excited for this book but it felt like it ended right in the middle.
I loved that there was a character with a white streak! (lack of pigmentation) like me! I never knew I needed this in a book until now. Oh, also the diversity was kind of awesome.
sil ♡ the book voyagers
Dahlia Adler's Just Visiting filled me with nostalgic feelings about those last months of high school and reminded me how I much likely felt the same as Reagan and Victoria. The anxious, nervous emotions inside you dancing around, waiting for that envelope/mail to arrive - the visits to the college and seeing how life will be for the next years to come, Dahlia Adler depicted it perfectly and I seriously related to them profoundly.

Friendship, escapes, monotone life, choices to make - Just Visiti
This book wasn't horrible, but it wasn't that good either. I like character-driven books so I'm not usually phased by a lack of plot, but this book was lacking in both plot and unique characters. It was hard to tell which character was 'speaking' because both narrative voices were really similar. The slow reveal of each character's backstory left me confused and having to flip back through several chapters to remind myself what the previous piece of the puzzle was - for instance Victoria casuall ...more
Natasha at Book Baristas
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Review on blog: http://www.bookbaristas.org/2015/11/r...

I wish I could have read this story four years ago when I was deciding what college to go to and what to expect when I was planning on leaving my comfort zone. I think that’s what I loved most about JUST VISITING; the characters find that the hardest part about leaving home is not knowing where you’re going, but it’s also the most exciting part about moving on to the next step in your life.

“It’s time to figure out what makes you happy and j
4.5 stars.

I LOVED this. I'm actually kind of curious to know how different my rating and feelings would have been if I hadn't read it at the end of the DiverseAThon, a week in which I read four important and beautiful but depressing books about Indigenous societies in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, one depressing book about eating disorders and self harm, and one depressing book featuring a racebent society. This was straight up contemporary territory, with characters that I loved, cute rom
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book sits comfortably on the bridge between YA and NA, it's passes during senior year but it deals with NA problems like finding one self and it has a more mature tone I think, than YA usually has. I'm a very character driven reader so the strength of this story, for me, lies on both girls, Reagan and Victoria, they are so different from each other and from myself that it could be a con but it isn't, is easy to fall for them, this book awakened in me I feeling, I care about them so much and ...more
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved every little bit of it. Every. Bit.

I feel like I want to convince YOU to read it so I will just say slightly some things that I loved.
1. This book had topics that aren't in the usual YA spectrum.
2. Diversity.
3. Friendship was the most important thing and I'm finally glad I read about friendship in a way I've been waiting for for ages to be in a book.
4. Sex posivity. Among some other sexual important topics.
5. Some very nice banter.

This book was just so damn cute. Lately YA books h
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I feel like this is the book that Dahlia wrote for me even though she did not. But it is a Rachel book. Lady friendship! Road trip! Colleges! Possibly Cute Boys (???)!

ETA: I was just informed there are cute boys. No possibility. There ARE.
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Dahlia can do no wrong.
Lisa (lifeinlit)
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
When I first read the synopsis for Just Visiting, my initial thought was ROAD TRIP!!! I adore road trip books of all kinds. The thought of getting to travel with these two besties to different schools made me all kinds of giddy inside. I was ecstatic when the eARC arrived in my email, and I immediately dove right in.

Reagan and Vic couldn't be more different. Reagan, who has a pretty horrific family and home situation, spends most of her time at Vic's loving home where she gets nice conversation,
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favourites, feminist
5 STARS for this amazing book. Like wow. I think this was a lovely read. B for the Book Hangover I'll inevitably face now. Review to go up tomorrow, 17th.



Review first posted on booksfeelsandtears.wordpress.com

I received an e-ARC of this book from the author but this did not affect the review in any way.

Hey guys,

Apologies in advance for all the squealing and fangirling you m
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
"When you're headed where you're supposed to be, you just know."

This was a wonderful story about that tough time of Senior Year. Juggling relationships and applications, jobs and college tours. I really liked Vic and Reagan for different reasons. I liked Reagan's fiery personality, even if it was too fiery at times. I also liked Vic's determination, her "to do" lists, her ability to plan but also her carefree spirit.

And I think this book does a great job of showing the slight madness that is se
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
First sentence: There comes a crossroads in every great friendship in which one of you has to tell the other a painful, ugly truth.

With two books, Dahlia Adler has just sealed the deal. She’s now one of my top favorite authors. I will read whatever it is that she publishes from now on without a doubt in my mind that it’s going to be absolutely amazing.

JUST VISITING is one of my favorite reads of the year. The shippy feels, the friendships, Dahlia’s wonderful writing, everything
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of Dahlia Adler's writing. I really enjoy all of her stories that I've read so far and this is no exception ...more
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Reasons this book is a great YA:

-Diversity on many levels
-Sex positive
-Safe-sex positive
-A+ girl friendships
-Examples of good and bad parenting
-There's more to life than boys
-Discussion of college and the future (not going is OK, community college is OK, taking a gap year is OK)
-This quote: "'You're what, seventeen?' I nod miserably. 'That's what life is at seventeen. You make mistakes, you learn from them, you grow up. No one expects you to be perfect or know exactly what you want."
A great read about friendships, what we keep to ourselves, what we share, and how we relate with people who are so very different from us. Really appreciated the look into a character who is poor, the need for using library technology to do any work because there's not internet at home, and other little details that really show understanding of the realities of not being middle or upper middle class. But the thing I liked the most was how the girls waffled, each in their own way, about their wan ...more
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Dahlia Adler is an Editor of Mathematics by day, LGBTQReads overlord and Buzzfeed Books blogger by night, and a writer of Contemporary YA and NA at every spare moment in between. She's the author of the Daylight Falls duology, Just Visiting, the Radleigh University series, Cool for the Summer, and Home Field Advantage; a contributor to anthologies All Out, The Radical Element, and It's a Who ...more

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