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From Christina June, author of It Started with Goodbye and Everywhere You Want to Be, comes No Place Like Here, a modern twist on Hansel and Gretel. 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,” ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Expected publication: May 21st 2019 by Blink
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Katy Upperman
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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Christina
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
NO PLACE LIKE HERE (publishing May 21, 2019):

- 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

Kristin Crouch
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the author for providing an ARC to Collabookation for review.
Ashlyn is heading in to her senior year, and right as she's about to ask her dad if she can come home from her boarding school to finish up high school at home, she learns that he's been arrested and convicted of tax evasion.
So instead of tanning by the pool with her best friend, Ashlyn is sent to work at a wilderness retreat. While there, she's tasked with getting to know her distant cousin, working for a disasterously
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Jada Schaffer
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I started this book, I was a little disappointed in how "plain" Ash was. But then I saw her more and I realized that she was hiding from her true self. Her journey through summer was awe inspiring and her struggle with her parents gave me hope for my own future and my own struggles with my children. This was a beautiful book with a happy ending and I needed it.
Rebekah
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely adored Ashlyn's story - it's one to watch for 2019!
Andrew
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ashlyn doesn't think her life can get worse after a year at boarding school-- but now her dad's in prison, and her mother is in rehab for depression. She certainly isn't feeling confident in her new job at a camp with her cousin and living at her extended family's house. While it's not what she hoped for, it's a summer of growth, love, and realization for Ashlyn. I loved watching her learn to trust herself and take charge of her life. No Place Like Here is a wonderful summertime read.
Laura
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Christina June has a way with emotions and making her readers feel them strongly, whether it be anger, grief, joy, pride, and fear. In short, she makes her characters--and her readers--feel alive.

After a year at boarding school following being arrested thanks to her no-good rotten shoplifting boyfriend (For more details, see "It Started With Goodbye" by Christina June), Ashlyn is finally coming home and, more importantly, hopes to
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Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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