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Anywhere but Here

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  262 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Mary Kate Dupree has reached a crossroad in her lifeless life. Literally. While running an errand for her oppressively controlling husband, she encounters a handsome hitchhiker whose siren-like lure tempts her to do the unthinkable: pick up a strange man on the side of the road and keep on driving. Like the mesmerizing lip of Niagara Falls, which has tempted many an unsusp ...more
Kindle Edition, 238 pages
Published September 11th 2015 by Jenny Gardiner Books (first published October 20th 2010)
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Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again, I am not surprised to give 5 stars to a Jenny Gardiner book. I loved Anywhere but Here for so many reasons. Mostly, anytime I can laugh along with the story I know I've struck gold. I'm a visual reader and Jenny makes that easy. She paints the perfect picture and as I read the words turn to a movie and I feel like I am pulled into the story with each character.

Again, we have a woman at a crossroads in life. Mary Kate is unhappy and in my opinion, rightfully so. She is married to a c
Jan 18, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Free kindle book - Well, I guess you get what you pay for.
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, it made me return from my lunch break later than I should have for a couple of days. It was inspiring to watch Mary Kate leave her abusive husband and figure things out for herself alongside Smoothie, the hot, younger Southern guy she picks up on the side of the road. Sure picking up a hitchhiker is a bad idea, but this is fiction and not an advice column for women. There was some great chemistry between the two main characters that kept the storyline fun and somewhat steamy. ...more
The book kind of fell flat for me. Sure, Mary Kate is unhappy, and has an unfulfilled life filled with people who didn't truly love her, so yes, we should feel bad for her. But we shouldn't have to read about it.
I got 50% through the book and didn't go any further. I figure it's about 3 weak stars.
Kayla Joy
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was surprisingly funny. I had a hard time putting it down. It is a book that takes you away from your life for a short time and helps you to feel the adventure vicariously through the main characters.
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quirky, cute, predictable, a fun read.
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic! Laugh out loud. Great characters, great story.
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Quick, easy to pick up and put down. Loved it and all of Jenny Gardiner's books that I've read.
Zee Monodee
Loved this! It was a slow start where I wondered how I could cheer for someone remaining with such a douche of a husband ... but the story then becomes about the emancipation of Mary Kate and it was a thrilling ride. Fell in love with Smoothie!
★ ★ 1/2

Every month my favourite GoodReads group does monthly buddy reads. This time I was partnered with a wonderful new friend and we decided since we both had gotten this one for free from Amazon that this should be one of the books we read together. I was really excited to start this one because last year I found one of the author's other books at my workplace and have been meaning to give her a try.

I was looking for something nice, light and easy to read with my buddy and this one had a real
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook, own
I loved this book! Why? It made me feel good, it made me laugh, it gave me hope and who doesn’t need that once in a while. Mary Kate hasn’t had a good marriage but she has stuck it out because isn’t that what she is supposed to do? Her husband has told her what to do for so long, she just goes with it and isn’t that what she is supposed to do? One day on an impulse, Mary Kate acts on her own desire and things begin to change. It all started with a hitchhiker on the street, Mary Kate’s husband ha ...more
Apr 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As Abraham Lincoln would say, "If this is the type of book that you like, then you'll like this book" (paraphrased, of course). I really DISLIKED this book. I felt that all the plot point were predictable. The writing was stilted and not realistic.

If you like books by Jodi Picoult, Nicholas Sparks, and others of that ilk, I predict that you will love this book. If you like REAL writing and great literature, you will not care for this.
Jan 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, kindle
A little predictable but still an enjoyable read. Some of the descriptive text had rolling my eyes a little bit but this doesn't really take anything away from the story itself. A good, quick read about finding yourself and taking the first step towards changing your life for the better.
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a free kindle book. I read it while on vacation...that's the kind of book it is: easy and fun vacation reading. If you're looking for literary genius you won't find it here, but you will be entertained. You might also find yourself looking for sexy hitchhikers alongside the road;)
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book thoroughly enjoyed it, a story about a woman stuck in an abusive marriage and how 1 day she has just had enough funny in parts . Well worth reading
Jennykaye Hampton
Loved this book!! Running away should be so eventful.
Anja Mizner
Cute story.
Kerry Ann Morgan
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A funny, fresh, and fabulous read.
Awful book .... Couldn't finish it.
Holly Kempton
It's a quick, cute, easy read :)
A funny and enchanting story about two people running away from miserable relationships and eventually finding love against the odds.
Apr 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little far fetched but a simple easy entertaining read
I was never quite sure where this story was going but I really did like the final destination. I'm glad Mary Kate took the chance to start her life anew. she and Smoothie are going to be alright.
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