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304 pages, Hardcover
First published June 26, 2018
I received a digital copy of this via Netgalley but that, in no way, influences my rating and/or review of this. Thank you Lauren Spieller and Simon & Schuster!
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“All that matters is that I when I’m with Cy, I know who I am and I know what I want. When I’m with Cy, I’m home.”
This was definitely a quick cute read, but it lacked something for me to really LOVE it. The reason I picked this up was because: A. The cover is gorgeous; B. I thought this would be a traveling-type book. I guess it's kind of my fault since the synopsis did not say anything about traveling. Dessa and her family are travelers but the book doesn't really focus on the travel aspect.
Dessa was an artist. She loved making art and she did it most of the time while being on the road. Her family, along with two others, traveled around the country in their RVs. While Dessa loved being with her family, her dream was to go to college and settle down somewhere. So when an opportunity to be an intern for a famous artist came, Dessa jumped on board. But this meant leaving her family, who she had always been with, and her best friend, who she loved for a long time, behind. Not only that, Dessa also discovered that her family was in deep financial issues. Facing a hard decision, Dessa must decide whether to choose herself...or her family and to never stop moving.
I really liked the art aspect of this book. Every piece of art I came by in the book would be described in details and it made my mental image of it a lot clearer. The friendship was also great. The romance between Dessa and Cyrus was cute, but frustrating at times. I couldn't connect to Dessa as a character though, so I couldn't enjoy the story as much. That was probably me but don't let this stop you from picking up this book. I had some issues with it but we all interpret books differently. I recommend picking up this book if you're looking for a main character who's struggling to achieve her dreams.