Your Destination Is on the Left
Instead, Dessa looks to the fu ...more
I never planned on reading this book in February given its June release date; however, in a moment of weakness, or as I like to call it curiosity, I read the first chapter. Before I knew it the first chapter turned into the fifth, and by the end of the night I had read it from start-to-finish in one sitting.
Do I have any regrets? No and yes.
No, because Your Destinatio ...more
And can we just talk about Cyrus for a moment? Because S-W-O-O-N.
I loved it. If I could give it a thousand stars, I would. ...more
“Dessa and her story sparkle with fierce, creative passion. This is a journey I would happily take over and over again.” —Dahlia Adler, author of Just Visiting
I really think this is a book fans of Just Visiting would really enjoy. It's full of art and travel and a girl gently but fiercely fighting for her independence against everything and everyone she knows. And as you can see, I read it pretty damn quickly, too! (Which used to be a given for me, ...more
The plot itself wasn’t very complex, which is not a significant issue because this novel was heavily steered by its characters rather than by its plot. I thought it was a fitting approach because in doing so, Your Destination Is ...more
So this was quite cute! While I wasn't exactly blown away with novelty, it was certainly enjoyable enough. I am a sucker for a road trip, and I loved how much Dessa was able explore not only her relationships with others, but what she wanted out of life too.
There's a huge focus on family, which is nice, and it definitely is an interesting look into a more nomadic lifestyle than most of us are used to. Honestly, I cannot imagine living with my entire family in an RV now, ce ...more
The entire idea of the story to bring an artist's fear or happiness in the limelight connects so much to me, it's hard not to relate. Dessa is a teenager who wants her life to be normal, not something most teenagers want but when you're always on the road and your family are nomads, this is exactly what you want. Especially when you want to become an artist and you want to enter college and you even land an internship und ...more
Your Destination is on the Left also has an abundance of that most addictive of YA contemporary feelings -- you know that thing where your heart hurts while you're reading because you've felt all those feelings before and you've made all those decisions before? And maybe you still don't actually know what the right ...more
“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.”
Your Destination Is on The Left is such a charming novel about discovering one’s self and pursuing your goals no matter what obstacles lie ahead. The importance of family is a recurring theme throughout the story, and the friendships between the protagonist, Dessa and her friends, Cyrus and Tarryn, were simply beautiful. I flew through this novel in two sittings, and abso ...more
The first thing is super evident, and it's how skilled of a writer Spieller is. She's fantastic, and you know that even though this is her debut, she really knows how to write a story for young adults.
Seriously, she understands the things that make YA books so great, and she's managed to seamlessly incorporate them in her writing. Things like romance that isn't invasive, characters really growing thr ...more
Your Destination Is on the Left is about 17-year-old Dessa and her path to finding her muse again. All through middle and high school, YA contemporary was my jam, but the genre slowly started to wear on me, and when Twilight kicked off the YA fantasy phenomenon, I didn't read much more contemporary aside from the fun, kitschy reads, only diving deeper into the world of fantasy. But then this book came along, and it not only surprised me, but ...more
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, alo...more
Dessa's family had been living a nomadic life for the past five years, but Dessa had plans of her own. She aspired and worked towards the goal of going to art school and becoming an artist. She yearned for some independence, and not having all her life choices decided by a group vote. However, after countless college rejections, she beli ...more
the premise of this novel was so different and unique. i had never read a book about a nomad lifestyle and i really enjoyed that.
however, i didn't feel like it was as much of a central part to the plot as it should've been? it's hard to explain because it is constantly present throughout the book but it just feels like it's never explored beyond the surface, in ...more
That was good.
That was sweet.
That was frustrating.
That was cute.
This book is a lot of things to me It can be super cute and adorable, but there are times which you wanna reach into the book, grab Dessa by her shoulders, and say, "Get a grip on yourself! You can do this!"
I liked the premise of the book being "Girl always traveling and getting rejected by colleges wants to be an artist." I really liked Dessa's character. She was super relatable at times which is really good for the main pr ...more
Rating: 3.5 / 5
The Destination Is on the Left is a beautiful story of growing up, letting go, and being brave. I loved the idea of this story, and the plot was wonderful! The setting and the character development was just a great addition. Dessa is a girl that is gently, but fiercely, fighting her struggles to get to her end goal of studying art. I fell in love with her passion for art ...more
I really liked this! The family caravan foundation made for a unique set-up. Dessa's internal dilemma of disappointing her parents by not wanting to adopt their lifestyle was relatable; I felt the frustration right alongside her. I did want more development -- to better get to know D's family, especially her grandmother. I had some questions about the internship, and Cy -- lots to unpack here. I might be watching too much Dawson's Creek lately but Dessa totally reminded me of a Joey Po ...more
I always say I'm not big on travel, but what I really mean is I don't want to mess with airports, passports, and unfamiliar countries. Traveling around the country on wheels? I couldn't and wouldn't want to do it for ...more