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Nowhere Else But Here

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  267 ratings  ·  110 reviews
“He was reckless. He was exciting. He was Theo.
And he was a breath of fresh air in my otherwise extremely dull life”

What if the missing person is your missing piece?

Rose has always played by the rules – now it’s time to break them.

Life’s easier when you stay away from other people. Rose Valentine knows that. But some people are impossible to ignore. Take Theo Lockhart. He’
Paperback, Print, 284 pages
Published May 3rd 2018 by Ink Road
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Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Overall, this book had its cute moments. But, ultimately, i don’t connect with it. The story fell flat for me and it was underdeveloped. Rose is willing to help a boy out who’s ‘missing’ just because she had a crush on him, so he hides in her room.
It more or less works out, because her parents are never there.
But it would’ve been nice if the story was possibly reversed..?
There was no concrete reason to help him, neither was there much point to the story for me.
The characters were developed ni
Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it

This book is a new contemporary debut that was so fluffy and cute, but also dealt with issues such as absentee parents, abusive parents and a little about anxiety too.
The story was a little cliched at times and also occasionally over descriptive, but generally really well written for someone of such a young age (17/18), especially as she's still at school.

I think this author will be on to watch in the future if she continues to write novels and publish books!

I really liked the two main
Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018, arc
*Thanks again to Ink Road for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

“Nowhere Else But Here” tells the story of Rose and Theo, two students from England. The book starts shortly after Theo has run away from home and shortly before he turns up at Rose’s house, asking her to help him which she decides to do. And so she keeps him hidden in her room while everyone else keeps searching for him but they both know he can’t stay hidden forever.

First, I want to
Sophie Elaina
What an adorable little romance! 

Nowhere Else But Here follows Rose, a girl whose parents are often absent and leave her to go about her life alone. Taking care of herself and making sure to follow her own set of strict rules. She tries her best to stay away from others, although finds herself intrigued by someone almost impossible to ignore. Drawn to Theo Lockheart, a mystery that she dreams of solving. That is until he goes missing. Then the mystery deepens when he turns up on Rose's doorstep
I got sucked in by that cover and the synopsis was intriguing, sadly I was disappointed.

I liked Rose and Theo well enough. They’re both struggling with some things and they find each other. There are a few other characters, but no one really stood out. I’m not sure if that was intentional to show how alone Rose felt.

Plot wise it was meh. A few of the plot threads seemed forced and several scenes that reminded me of similar scenes from other books. There was a bit of push and pull and more dram
Alice (Married To Books)
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
I was on the promotional blog tour for this book, a big thank you to Ink Road Books for sending me a physical ARC for an honest review!

This is Rachel's debut novel, when I used to be active on Wattpad a few years ago, I used to see her Wattpad works trending on the charts. To see one of her stories in physical copies, I was literally so thrilled! Nowhere Else But Here was a good YA Contemporary that follows Rose, a girl in high school, part of a search for a fellow classmate called Theo who is m
May 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
*I received an advanced copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
I’m going to start this review by mentioning some of the good things about this book. This book focused on the romance of Theo and Rose and the story was easy to follow and contained a few cute moments. However, the problem was I didn’t feel any sort of a connection to the characters and tbh I didn’t care about them. This book felt like a cliché YA book with absent parents a mysterious boy and a wishy washy
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, arc
This book was simply okay, it had a lot of promise but fell flat. I also don't know where the love between the couple came from. Sure they were a cute little couple but being in love, seriously what? It also was way different from what I was expecting the description was very misleading. If you want a cute fluffy cute little read that deals with some parental issues this book is for you. If you are expecting something deeper look for something else. ...more
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Theo is a cute character. I like Rose the main character. It felt like the beginning of the book was quite rushed and over with too soon, I wish they’d spent more time looking for him and he didn’t turn up so quick. I like Rose and Theo’s relationship - I like the jokes they have with eachother and how easy they seem to get on.

I wish they’d told us more about Rose’s past and built her character up more. I do like though that she is a fellow control freak! I love the ups and downs of their relat
Dee/ bookworm
May 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
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publisher synopsis: “He was reckless. He was exciting. He was Theo.
And he was a breath of fresh air in my otherwise extremely dull life”

What if the missing person is your missing piece?

Rose has always played by the rules – now it’s time to break them.

Life’s easier when you stay away from other people. Rose Valentine knows that. But some people are impossible to ignore. Take Theo Lockhart. He’s handsome, funny and beyond intriguing. He’s a mystery; one that Rose drea
Tiffany Heywood
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was well done and very cute. so it follows a girl called Rose who one day has the missing boy from her town Theo turn up on her doorstep asking if she can help him to hide. The book follows their journey and what happens when her parents find out. I liked both our main characters rose and theo. From the outside they are both your avergae highschool students with amazing grades however deep under they both have some issue which i liked reading about. There was a whole diverse ...more
Lucy Buller
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This review was originally posted on That Book Gal.
This book is pure fluff. It doesn’t have a ton of depth, but it’s fun. I think that’s the beauty of it. People really underestimate fluff books. Their purpose is purely to make the read happy, and sometimes they aren’t deep, they don’t hav something to say. They’re sweet.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the romance, while it was cheesy at many times. It’s just such a cute story!
While this book isn’t a favorite, and I didn’t always love it, it
Zoë ☆
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, netgalley
30/4: I just learned that the writer is seventeen years old?! Like whaaatt that is so cool!!

*3.5 stars! :)
Nowhere Else but Here was a an amusing and cute book, perfect if you're looking for a quick read that's not too heavy.

It was definitely enjoyable to read this book, but it didn't really meet my expectations. The characters were definitely cute, but I wasn't feeling as connected to the characters and as engaged as I wanted to. Still, some important issues were discussed in this book, a
Apr 28, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish
The romance is too forced, I don't get why either character would like each other and I don't get why she'd hide some random boy in her house for a few days with no explanation given?

Also the huge plot hole where he's supposed to barely know her but knows exactly where she lives is bothering me.
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley, the author and the publisher for my free ARC in exchange for my honest review.


"Breathe, Rose," Theo whispered into my ear, and I realised that it was him I was holding on to; I was clutching him like I was drowning and he was the life jacket keeping me from sinking below the water. "Just breathe."

Meet Theo and Rose. In the beginning of the book, Theo has gone missing and suddenly shows up at Rose’s house, asking for her help. Rose is taken back, as she has been nothing
May 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star, y2018, p-ink-road
Unfortunately, this book didn't have enough depth for me and I didn't care about the characters. ...more
Amy Leigh
May 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I love the cover of this book. I was really excited for it after reading the synopsis. I felt like it fell short for me though. It took me half way through the book to really start liking anyone and I kept waiting for something good to happen.

Rose has a thing for this guy Theo that shares Chemistry class with her. They've never really talked or hung out but Theo goes missing and shows up at Rose's house. She has parents who aren't home much so she agrees to hide him in her bedroom. This whole t
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was ok

Book Review: Nowhere Else But Here by Rachel Cotton

🍫Rose and Theo were both likeable
🍫Cute, YA contemporary - if not a bit predictable
🍫I liked how we got more of the story after the HEA when most stories would end

🍫The writing seemed quite clunky at times
🍫The timeline was wonky, or appeared that way to me
🍫Its very middle of the road for the genre - I've read worse but I've also read better

Cotton's debut YA contemporary is sweet but falls short of some of the other book
May 03, 2018 rated it liked it

I would like to thank Netgalley and Black & White Publishing and Ink Road for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

First of all this is a debut was written by a 17 year old so that totally ups my rating.

This is a story about two students Rose and Theo. Rose the “good” student who never steps out of line and Theo the “loner” student who only keeps to himself. The story starts off with Theo missing and just about the whole school looking for him for days. After the second day o
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, ya
So okay, this was a quick and fluffy read.

Well, by fluffy I mean cute, and by cute I mean that it had it’s moments.

But overall, the story didn’t sit well with me at all. It seemed a bit like it missed the mark a lot with the writing and the character development; but I did still enjoy it. It starts pretty abruptly, with no really premise about what’s going on in their lives before Theo disappears (and later reappears at her house?)

Aside from the fact that the two talk for their chemistry class (
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

This was a very cute story with a different premise. I loved the way Rose helped Theo by letting him stay in her room. Those scenes were definitely some of my favorite.

I do wish we got to see a little bit of Theo and Rose interact before Theo disappears. The book started off abruptly and it feels a bit odd that Rose would help Theo out without having interacted with him much at school. Later on we find out why, but it could've been more clear or natural in the beginning.

I figured out t
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
I love a good contemporary YA novel.. especially one with a cute romance and a fun storyline - this book just unfortunately didn't work for me.

The storyline sounded interesting enough but the writing style just wasn't for me and it felt like a lot of effort to just finish this book. This isn't helped by the fact that the characters were kind of boring. They were not well developed and so I had no connection with them at all.

A book can have an annoying/unrealistic storyline and I can still enjoy
May 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
I found this book boring, I really tried to give it a chance and even skipped a few pages to get to the interesting parts but there were no interesting parts. At least not for me.

The characters were so monotone but bizarrely and paradoxically overly dramatic as well. It didn't gel for me. For instance the MC talks about dull nonsense (i.e. How she doesn't know the hero) for pretty much most of the first chapter but decides to let him stay with her when he shows up randomly at her door. Their co
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was amazed when I read that the author of this debut novel is only seventeen years old. On the strength of it she will have a great future.
It is a tale of teenage love. Not only between boyfriend and girlfriend but also between siblings and best friends.
The teenagers in the novel have a more privileged life than most in some respects. These are teenagers who can afford cars and champagne dinners. But their private lives are not as glamorous. When one lives in fear and one who goes about her ...more
Alja Katuin
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nowhere Else But Here follows Theo and Rose in their relationship.. From the moment Theo goes missing to the moment he ends up in Rose's bedroom..
Rose and Theo, off with a rocky start, soon become really close. Rose - being the control freak that she is- has to let go of some of her boundaries and beloved rules and Theo finally has to let someone get close, we can feel the tension as well as we can feel both of them gravitate towards eachother. I've absolutely loved this read. This lovestory ma
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
NOWHERE ELSE BUT HERE is a sweet YA novel, from debut author Rachel Cotton. Rose and Theos is a touching romance story but it also tackles some sensitive subjects.
This is a story of young love and although i dont generally read YA/Teen books, i found myself really enjoying this one. Its hard to believe that this is the first book from an author who is still very young, and i think that Miss Cotton is definitely going to be one to watch in the future.

Thanks to Netgalley and B&W Publishing for my
Feb 09, 2019 added it
Shelves: library-books
I’m not going to rate it or add it to my reading challenge because this book was ridiculous and I DNF’d 61 pages in.

The whole premise was crazy - a girl who never breaks the rules suddenly finds it in herself to hide a guy in her bedroom after he refuses to explain why he’s faked going missing and why he needs to hide? And you’re telling me her parents absolutely do not find out and in the process they fall in love? No thank you, my fanfiction days are over.
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nowhere Else But Here by Rachel Cotton is a unique young adult romance. Theo goes missing, and while the whole town looks for him, he shows up at Rose's door, and ends up staying with her. Rose's parents are neglectful, and Theo's dad is abusive. This book covers some serious issues, but it is also a delightful love story.

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I got sent this book in exchange for a honest review, all my opinions are my own and thank you so much to the publishers for sending me this book!

I just really liked this, I read it awhile back when I got sent it but it was just overall a great fun quick read.
Jamie Lee Zonneveld
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily reviewed an Reader Copy of this book which I received through
Netgalley. The cover is really sweet and I really like it. The story is also a little sweet with a serious topic underneath.
There was however a little trouble with the timeline, sometimes there was a mention of the passing of a lot of time and then it turned out to be just a couple days, but overall I really liked the story
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Rachel Cotton is the author of NOWHERE ELSE BUT HERE, a debut novel out in May 2018. She was born in the summer of 2000, but her writing life began as a thirteen-year-old on the self-publishing forum Wattpad, where she attracted more than 1 million hits and her dreams of becoming an author were truly ignited. Now that dream has come true, Rachel is working on her second novel for Ink Road. When sh ...more

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