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Robin Kent doesn't understand how everyone around her, including her husband, is so certain of everything. The only explanation is that they're all following the same Guidebook--a copy of which Robin has yet to receive. When a co-worker at her call centre reveals his secret, Robin is sure he's offering more than just a way out of a depressing job, marking the beginning of ...more
Paperback, 221 pages
Published October 15th 2015 by Now or Never Publishing Co.
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Shannon Fisher
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I dig a book that goes behind the scenes with its characters. One that zooms in on the layers and tough work of being human with other humans.

Meet You There is about fucking up, moving through trauma, fucking up a little more, self-forgiveness, and boundary setting. It's about finding a way to letting our pain and uncertainty shape us without taking over.

This book was a big, fat hug. It reminded me to choose compassion and kindness over judgment. That our stories connect us and make us human.
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Michelle Duquette
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
In her debut novel, Jessica Wallace explores the topic of finding your path in a poetic and confessional style. From the opening page where she describes the cubicle farm Robin works in as a “sparkling constellation”, my attention was captured.

Robin is a small town girl living in a big city, but she is still living a small town life. She married the first boy (Tyson) who wanted her and never gave herself the opportunity to figure out who she had the potential to become. She followed the Guideboo
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Rhonda
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Robin, the protagonist of this book, is lost & a true follower. She passes responsibility for her life and the decisions she needs to make onto others until she is broken and betrayed by those she has entrusted to be her guide (even if they are as flawed and in need of guidance as she is). This book follows Robin on a descent into a life lived by making (or allowing others to make) bad decisions and ends with her lifting herself up. This is managed in a relatable and strongly emotive manner. I f ...more
Trina
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Robin is a young woman who is struggling to find her own path. She struggles with her choices and feels she is not the good person she strives to be. In her journey to becoming a good person, she continues to make horrendous life choices that frustrated me to no end! In Meet You There, Wallace has created fantastic, relatable characters that bring this story to life. At times, I felt as if I was in her living room sitting on that stupid roll of carpet. Wallace brought me to tears, made me giggle ...more
Tanya
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
We drown our lives in prescribed certainty. Certainty that there is a single way to live correctly. A guidebook, as Wallace says. A book that makes lives small. And when things don’t follow the designated path, we encounter crisis. This is exactly what Meet You There focuses on. The danger of trying to fit into a mould that isn’t yours. It’s something I’ve talked about it in other reviews (specifically this one for Broken Harbour). This idea that specific material items or life events make us mo ...more
C.D.
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reading Meet You There was…a relief. It is a work of fiction, but it also felt like a very thorough sympathy card for anyone who’s ever been “stuck”—in a career, relationship, or the life you’ve built with the half-hearted decisions you’ve made. This book hears you loud and clear, and understands.

Boy, does it ever.

Imagine a job where the majority of human interactions take place over the phone, and all discourse must follow a flow-chart script. This is Robin’s life at a call centre in Vancouver.
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Leanne Tremblay
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a story about a group of twenty somethings going through what main character Robin calls “a quarter-life crisis”.

Told as as series of journal entries or letters from Robin to her ex-husband Tyson, the novel charts the growing up of grown ups.

In an unhappy marriage at 25 Robin wonders if that’s all there is. That life is lived according to a guidebook. She’s going through the motions, chapter by chapter. Husband, job, house, mortgage. The next chapter terrifies and depresses her.

When she
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