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No Place Like Here

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  779 ratings  ·  198 reviews
Ashlyn Zanotti has big plans for the summer. She’s just spent a year at boarding school and can’t wait to get home. But when Ashlyn’s father is arrested for tax evasion and her mother enters a rehab facility for “exhaustion,” a.k.a. depression, her life is turned upside down.

The cherry on top? Ashlyn’s father sends her to work with a cousin she doesn’t even know at a rusti
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published May 21st 2019 by Blink
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I freaking loved it!!! It’s so freaking fluffy!!! It’s on my favorites list and I’m gonna buy it!!

Oh, this is the book I never knew I needed! I have missed reading a good fluffy book from time to time!

When I read that this book was basically about a girl that was being sent away to a camp I was hooked, but I’m jumping ahead! Backtrack....

Ashlyn is in boarding school for some things she did in her past. She’s hoping to come home to spend her senior year at her old school and be with her best fr
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
3.5 stars rounded up to 4

After really enjoying Everywhere You Want to Be in April 2018, this was an insta-click for me. Teenage Ashlyn has a father in prison for tax troubles and a mother being treated for depression. So she is sent to her uncle and aunt's who in turn have arranged for Ashlynn to join her cousin as employees at a outdoor wellness center in Pennsylvania . This is not the summer she imagined, but it is a summer that Ashlynn won't soon forget.

Christina June writes strong female
10/5 stars

No Place Like Here became an instant favorite of mine! If you're looking for this year's YA summer reading, look no further! What a riveting and compelling story!!


When Ashlyn's parents have to go away, - her father going to prison and her mother in rehab - Ashlyn were sent to her father's relatives in Pennsylvania and for her to work in Sweetwater Overlook Retreat Center along with her cousin.

"Maybe absence does the heart grow fonder"

At first, Ashlyn resented this as she th
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition

- inspired by Hansel & Gretl
- set at a wilderness retreat center
- a cousin story
- complicated family dynamics
- second chances
- finding your voice
- quotes
- kissing
- a zipline scene that actually happened to me

This book is dedicated to "the quiet girls" and came out of my experiences helping kids in my day job find their voices. <3

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Lisa Mandina
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd enjoyed the other two books by this author, so was happy when this next one came out. And once again I was not disappointed! Ashlyn was someone that while we definitely felt for her in the beginning, with what she was going through with her family, she also did a lot of growing and changing through her summer. The other people she met at the summer camp were a great cast of characters. Her cousin, while abrupt at first, grew to be a great friend, and we learned that abruptness was just her. ...more
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book after reading on a different review that there's not a big focus on romance. The author dealt so well with the themes and I was captivated as I read about Ashlyn's journey that was at times difficult, uncomfortable, healing, and empowering. I appreciated being able to see the family dynamics that brought Ashlyn to the point she is at mentally at the beginning of the book, flaws and all. Family secrets are revealed and she is instantly an ...more
Toya (the reading chemist)
Thank you NetGalley and Blink publishing for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

So I went into this book thinking that it was a modern Hansel and Gretel retelling. And I guess it is as long as your definition of retellings is incredibly loose. I guess I was expecting some sort of magic, which is definitely NOT what this story is about.

I would classify this as a YA contemporary that focuses on coming of age. Ashlyn just found out
Katy Upperman
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three Things I Love About NO PLACE LIKE HERE
1. Steep character arc. In the opening of this novel, MC Ashlyn reminded me of myself as a teenager: quiet, resigned, and stuck in my head. As the story progresses, though, she becomes a strong, take-charge girl who makes big decisions and takes risks. Teen readers will be able to relate to her, and I think they'll love cheering her on.
2. Unique setting. Ashlyn's summer job at a retreat center is really cool -- it's like camp, but for adults. There's s
No Place Like Here was different than I expected. I don't know if it was because of my reading mood or what, but I found myself easily bored with the story. I didn't connect with the characters and couldn't even tell it was a retelling. The story was written well, it was just that I personally didn't connect with the story.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was no
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great YA summer camp story from the perspective of a wealthy teenager forced to take a summer job at camp. Ashlyn is juggling a lot while going straight from boarding school to a summer job she didn't ask for. She struggles with speaking up to her parents about how she feels, coming to terms with her parents' own shortcomings and fighting off the boys at camp.
This is a quick and fun camp story dealing with family issues such as depression and incarceration.
Thank you to NetGalley and
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
No Place Like Here was an absolutely amazing book from the very beginning. I wasn’t sure how fast I’d be able to get attached to the characters and the storyline. But, I was easily able to read the book and follow the storyline. The main character absolutely had my heart and then when we met the love interest who got the short end of the stick, I felt terrible for him until the last few chapters of the book. This book was beautifully written and I was ready to see what was going to happen with t ...more
Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
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No Place Like Here was so much more than I expected! I went into it thinking I was getting a somewhat fluffy summer camp novel (at only 272 pages I finished it in half a shift at work – yes, my job is that slow). While there were fluffy aspects, it was so much deeper and touched my heart in ways I was completely surprised by.

Ashlyn’s entire world has been turned upside down. All her plans for the summer have gone out the window. Her parents
Shaye Miller
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ll be totally honest about this one — I picked it up only because of the cover. I’m a sucker for how cover art makes me feel. I don’t think I knew anything about this story before I began reading it, so it was all a surprise. Ashlyn Zanotti is in between a rock and a hard place. Her father is going to prison for tax evasion and her mother is going to rehab for severe depression. So Ashlyn is sent off to stay with her cousin for the summer, working at a retreat center with no access to her cell ...more
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audible, 2019

Me the past few minutes trying to decide if I was going to rate this book one star or two stars.

I just never really connected with the book. The protagonist, Ashlyn, never felt real to me. Sent to boarding school after unknowingly helping her then-boyfriend shoplift, Ashlyn's father sends her off to boarding school. A year later, her father is arrested for tax evasion, her mother is sent to rehab, and Ashlyn finds herself working at a camp retreat in Pennsylvania.

The book wanted me to believe th
Shawna  Wood (A Girl and Her Books)
This is a perfect story the tween/teen in your life! The author wrote a very relatable and realistic story of teens struggle to find her voice in very difficult times. Ashlyn whole life was falling apart and she is on the edge of self-destruction. She is forced to spend the summer with a cousin she doesn't know at a camp she doesn't want to be.

The summer proves to a journey of self-discovery for Ashlyn as she is forced to think through her life and to find out who she really is and what she wan
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read. I also like how it wasn’t a typical girl meets boy and they end having a whirlwind romance. The book focuses more on finding yourself and not needing others to validate your feelings. It was refreshing.
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
NO PLACE LIKE HERE is about a girl trying to find herself after her life implodes when her dad goes to prison for tax evasion. It's a coming-of-age story full of interesting characters and a plot of self-discovery. Themes of family, friendship, self-worth, depression, and emotional abuse woven through the story make for a read with depth and plenty of heart.

It took me a little bit to love Ashlyn, but she eventually grew on me. I think some of that was because she's so different from me and she h
Samantha (WLABB)
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, contemporary, ya
Ashlyn thought she had served her time, and would be able to return home after spending a year away at boarding school. But, then she learned of her father's arrest online, and in the blink of an eye, all her summer plans, and maybe her future plans, were altered. She was quickly whisked away to the woods of Pennsylvania to work at a wilderness retreat with her cousin, Hannah. This indoor girl was dreading her new outdoor job, but it would prove to be her summer of self-realization and change.

Athena of Velaris
"I'd spent so much time saying things in my head, never letting those thoughts come off my lips. I'd used the words of others to express myself, protecting myself. I wrapped myself in an armor of silence and written words of other people. But now? I could draw strength from those words in a different way."

The main character collected quotes, using them to give her strength. As a bookworm, this is something I've been doing since I could read, and I was glad to be able to connect to the main cha
Suzie Waltner
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
A story about the longing for home even when it’s not perfect or you don’t feel worthy of it, No Place Like Here is a poignant and moving story.

Ashlyn Zanotti’s summer plans (and her unforeseeable future) go up in smoke when her father lands in prison, her mother checks herself into rehab for exhaustion, and she’s sentenced to working at a summer retreat camp. Over the course of her time there, Ashlyn discovers support in unexpected places and the courage to speak up for herself, even with her f
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm so glad I checked this out! I read it for a challenge and it's a fun, yet sort of deep book. It has a little bit of romance, but it really focuses on relationships with family and friends. There's also a big theme of standing up for yourself and being true to who you are.

Ashlyn is shocked when she learns her dad is going to prison, her mom is going to treatment, and she's being sent to work a summer retreat camp with her estranged cousin. I was so happy Ashlyn wasn't enemies with Hannah and
KayCee K
Christina June is slowly becoming one of my favorite authors. Every book I read, I love even more than the last one. This time we follow Ashlyn who we see a big off in It Started with Goodbye. However in No Place Like Here its a modern Twist on Hansel and Gretel, I can see where that plays in. Ashlyn wasn't a character I liked much from her first book, so the lead character had to win me more. She did! She goes through a lot, well still being believable. There a little love triangle, there's not ...more
Nancy The book junkie
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.75/5

Review to come!
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the first two books in this modern fairy tale series by Christina June and was excited to read No Place Like Here. As soon as I finished, I reached out to Christina to ask her for a fourth book (perhaps about Ashlyn's cousin Hannah). I am NOT ready for this series to be done!

This is another wonderful story from Christina. I enjoyed getting to know Ashlyn better and learning about what her life is like. I liked the setting of Sweetwater and how it helped Ashlyn get to know herself better
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
Well written book, if a little safe. There were a few moments in the narrative where it’s played more realistic than I’d anticipate, but it’s not a bad thing. Some characterization was flat, such as those opposing our main character, where the author just didn't bother going beyond the surface. This could contribute to the book's safety too.
The “breadcrumb quotes” thing is a little put on, though, like a high schooler would have the perfect, sometimes obscure quote ready for writing down without
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
super cute giving me all the best summer vibes

This book was super cute and gave me all the best summer vibes, for dreaming of a time when we're finally let out of quarantine and maybe we'll see the sun again. The setting of the book is at a wilderness retreat, basically a summer camp type setting, including zip lining, going to the swimming pool, and bonfires. It was so fun to read about, especially seeing the teens who are working there for the summer interacting with each other in this great s
Melanie  Brinkman
Maybe this wasn't the summer she expected, but it was the summer she needed.

After a year stuck at boarding school, Ashlyn is more than ready to go home. She wants nothing more than to spend time with her best friend and finish out her high school career. But then her father gets thrown in jail, sending her mother's depression over the edge. Suddenly Ash is being sent to spend the summer with her aunt, uncle, and cousin, working at the Sweetwater Overlook Retreat Center. Will leaving home once mo
Mari Johnston
This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl.

No Place Like Here was the first book I’ve read by Christina June, and while I didn’t love it, I’m definitely interested in reading more. Her writing style was light and care-free, making this a quick story perfect for a lazy summer day. It reminded me a lot of Leah Konen’s Happy Messy Scary Love, but a much better version of it.

The characters were really great. I was worried at first because we’re thrown into things very
Nay Denise
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received a finished copy for review

This was a pleasant surprise. At first I wasn't enjoying this at all. I thought that the characters were all whinny and mean, but as the story progressed I began to truly enjoy the characters and family dynamics.

Ashlyn is such a strong character. She starts off a bit weak and quiet, but she reminded me of a quiet storm. She was much stronger than she gave herself credit for. She was thoughtful, kind, hardworking, a problem solver and solution finder. I loved th
Nicole M. Hewitt
This review (along with a giveaway) and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Ashlyn has lived her life trying to measure up to her father’s expectations, but it’s always been a losing battle. So, even when he ends up in prison for tax evasion, he somehow still has a hold over her that she can’t quite break. She’s shipped off to work at a wilderness camp with her cousin—something she never would have chosen for herself—and she spends the summer wishing she could just go b
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Christina June writes young adult contemporary fiction when she’s not writing college recommendation letters during her day job as a school counselor. She loves the little moments in life that help someone discover who they’re meant to become – whether it’s her students or her characters. Christina is a voracious reader, loves to travel, and hopes to one day be bicoastal – the east coast of the US ...more

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“I'd spent so much time saying things in my head, never letting those thoughts come off my lips. I'd used the words of others to express myself, protecting myself. I wrapped myself in an armor of silence and written words of other people. But now? I could draw strength from those words in a different way.” 1 likes
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