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If You Could Go Anywhere

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  787 ratings  ·  142 reviews
The brand new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author Paige Toon. The perfect summer read for 2019!

Angie has always wanted to travel. But at 29, she has still never left her small mining town in the Australian outback. When her grandmother passes away, Angie finally feels free to see the world – until she discovers a letter addressed to the father she never knew an
Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 16th 2019 by Simon & Schuster UK
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Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
I've been in a pretty bad reading slump these past few weeks (or maybe even months) and so I was pretty excited when Paige Toon's new novel finally arrived because her books usually always manage to get me out of those slumps. However, this time around, that wasn't really the case.

It took me ages to get through the first half of this novel and I think I didn't really get into the story of If You Could Go Anywhere until around page 250. But I really began to enjoy the book afterwards and finishe
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
If You Could Go Anywhere is the uplifting, heart-warming and well travelled new novel from ‘the million copy bestselling author’ Paige Toon. Just how far would you be willing to go for love? This question is posed by Paige Toon in her latest novel. Following the life journey of Angie, If You Could Go Anywhere is about finding your place in the world, connecting with your roots and building a future.

Paige Toon’s latest novel introduces Angie, a young Australi
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: meet-greet-33
I'm kind of sad. This is the first Paige Toon book that I couldn't rate 5 stars. Maybe it wasn't her best work or maybe it's me - real life sucks sometimes. Maybe I'll re-read it sometime in the future and see how I like it then.
Angie has never left the small mountain town she grew up in. Despite always wanting to travel from a young age. "If you could go anywhere, where would you go?" A family tragedy and discovery changes this.

Now in Italy she meets a guy named Alessandro. He's troubled by his own family tragedy. I also think he's worth fighting for just like Angie. Even with all the crazy jumps he does on the anniversaries. I love his van named Frida.

Angie was such a relatable and loving main character, a nice chang
Fabulous Book Fiend
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
As always this novel from Paige Toon has some of my favourite elements that I love to read about. It has travel, it has romance and it has our main character finding a sense of independence-definitely the kind of things I like to read about. If you're thinking of picking up this novel looking for the usual kind of escapism that you normally find in a Paige Toon novel then you are definitely in the right place. This book has awesome scenes of Italy., the food the fun and the awesome scenery. I lo ...more
Theresa Smith
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A new novel by Paige Toon is always a welcome treat. If You Could Go Anywhere is a romance/coming of age/travelogue that is based heavily on the author’s feelings of wanderlust, drawing on her own experiences travelling in Australia, Italy and Norway. It’s steeped in atmosphere, the places, the tastes, and the sensations – all coming to life on these pages. It’s a very enjoyable novel and I could really see it playing out as a movie.

‘Oh, Nan…I’m overwhelmed with grief at the thought of her and d
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-2019
''I’m not an angel.' I whisper. 'I’m just a girl who loves you.''

A gorgeous, enjoyable book. Descriptively picturesque. It was about so many important things; friendship, family, grief, blame, forgiveness and most of all it had an incredible love story at its heart. The: I want to believe in this true type of love. Alessandro and Angie were everything.

''I love you. Utterly. Deeply. Profoundly… Boundlessly. Ceaselessly. Infinitely… Acutely. Desperately. Unequivocally.''
Rachel Gilbey
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Paige Toon has done it yet again and delivered a wonderful book, that had me almost crying poolside in places as I read it.

Angie has always wanted to travel, but for various reasons has never really left her small mining community, in Coober Pedy, Australia, let alone gone abroad anywhere.

When her beloved Nan dies, she is finally free to explore and by chance she discovers details about the father she had never met or known the name of.

Which leads to her flying to Rome for the summer to meet h
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it gave me the opportunity to read a sample of this book - the first couple of chapters - and from what I have read, it looks like a really good book! I hope I will have the opportunity to read this book! It's about a girl who always dreamt to travel the world but who was stuck in her hometown in Australia to take care of her grandmother who was sick. We discover this girl the day her grandmother dies and suddenly she has a whole new life waiting for her. Very intriguing. Can't wait t ...more
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My goodness, If You Could Go Anywhere is an absolutely wonderful story; one of my favourites of the year! Writing this review has mostly consisted of me staring at a blank page for hours on end, wondering where I can find the words to sum it up…

If you could go anywhere, where would you go?That’s the question Angie has asked everyone since she was young. Living in the very remote town of Coober Pedy (in the Australian outback) she has a bedroom ceiling full of postcards from where others have vis
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The best book I have read so far in this year!!! Paige Toon just manages it every time, her writing is magical!

In this book we follow Angie, who lives in Coober Pedy, a mining town, she has never left Australia and is now 29 years old already. She lost her mum as a baby and then her grandfather and now her grandmother, who she looked after for years. The community in her little town is amazing, but Angie has always dreamed of follo
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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In the mood to travel? Well, get into it because you are coming across many cultures in this one. Perfect summer read!

I decided to really take in this novel. Every single chapter, short or long. Contained important elements to the story that made you stop to think and really take it in. To take in this adventure Angie (Angel) embarked on.

This novel has been thoroughly researched and it was overwhelming at times with the amount of characte
Megan Jones
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Angie has always wanted to travel. But at twenty-seven, she has barely stepped outside the small mining town where she was born. Instead, she discovers the world through stories told to her by passing travellers, dreaming that one day she'll see it all for herself. When her grandmother passes away, leaving Angie with no remaining family, she is ready to start her own adventures. Then she finds a letter revealing the address of the father she never knew, and realises instantly where her journey m ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved every minute of this, I was trying to savour it and draw it out to make it last, but as per usual I’ve stayed up til after midnight on a work night finishing it. This has everything I love; travel, romance, fun friends & family support characters, heartbreak and angst but just the right amount to give you the feels.. can’t wait to crack out the lamingtons and read this again when Paige comes to Aus in April/ May
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-releases, 2019

"If You Could Go Anywhere" introduces us to Angie, who always wanted to follow her mother's footsteps and travel all over the world. She was known in the town as the one always asking people "if you could go anywhere, where would you go?" However, the circumstances didn't allow it. Angie lives in Coober Pedy in Australia, a mining town, where her grandfather used to work before he died in an accident. Angie was left only with her grandmother, as her mother also died, shortly after giving birth t
Shaz Goodwin
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing

My favourite Paige Toon story for the past few years has been The Longest Holiday. Then along comes If You Could Go Anywhere and rocked my world (pun intended!).

Angie is one of the best female lead characters I’ve come across. Always putting others first without an agenda, truly loved and respected by the community and visitors where she lives in Coober Pedy, she’s a character who draws you in from the beginning (a first person narrative works really well
Iqra M.
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow, Goodreads. I just wrote a long review and the website lags and didn't publish it. This happened several times before. I hate it.

This is not my favourite book of Toon's. However, her writing is impeccable, as always. Her characterisation is fantastic and we received yet another exceptional plot development.
Toon never disappoints. She is now one of my favourite Women's Fic/Chick Lit/Contemporary authors. Can't wait to read more of her works! There's just something about her writing that
Emily Novelle
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 out of 5 stars
I won’t give any spoilers but omg what an amazing abs incredible book. I have had this on my wish list since I heard it was coming out and it didn’t let me down. I couldn’t put it down!!! The leading lady is angie and when her nan dies she finds out she has a father in Italy and decides to go and get to know him. This book tackles grief, Love and how important it is to live free. Paige toon is such an amazing contemporary author and one of the best. Please everyone read this book
Zoë Braycotton
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful and heartwarming

What an absolutely beautiful, wonderful, heartwarming story. I didn’t want it to end. The descriptive writing made me feel like I was actually there seeing the sights or tasting the divinely sounding food. Angie(Angel) and Alessandro’s story was full of highs and lows, sometimes heartbreaking, handling topics such as Alzheimers, depression, suicide and grief. Certainly the page turner we come to expect from Paige.
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
I expected a lot from this new Paige Toon novel, which took us to Italy this time. The story was interesting from the start, but it felt like it got stuck a little in the middle. The ending was super exciting, heartwarming and sad though. Just like I love my Toon novels.
Lesley Book Lover
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2-019-challenge
Love Paige’s books, so descriptive, I feel as if I’m there.
Paulina (infinitechapters)
3.5 ⭐

A sweater and easy read but some parts of it could have used more details whereas some parts were dragging a bit
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-book, uk-author, adult
Bloody loved this. And reading it while city-hopping through Italy couldn’t have been more perfect.
Becca Bennett
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This has now become my favourite Paige Toon book. I've just read the last 200 pages in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. I adore Allesandro and what a beautiful ending.
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I very rarely read contemporary fiction like this but I found myself really enjoying it. The description doesn’t exactly show it but this is a romance novel. Yes, there are other elements involved, but mostly it is based on a romantic thread which is what I was mostly invested in anyway. I would say the only thing I didn’t like was the ending: it felt a bit rushed, with the constant jumps in time. I can see how this would work in a movie but in this book it did seem a bit uncomfortable since the ...more
Marit (Mary) de Vries
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: twenties, read-2019
Thank You
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To Italy I go!
Ahh, after reading this lovely story I really want to go to Italy and follow in Angies steps. Ive been saying ”Ciao Bella” to myself all day long (its about the only Italian I can haha)

If You Could Go Anywhere is about a woman – Angie – that have since she was a kid wanted to follow her deceased mothers footsteps when she travelled all over the world. Angie lives in Coober Pedy in Australia - a mining town that has people from all over the world working. From them, she learns about
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another awesome read from Paige Toon. I loved it.

I you could go anywhere follows the story of Angie and what I liked about it that whilst it had the usual romantic story that we all want from a Paige Toon novel it was also a coming of age novel. Angie has never left her small town and after the death of her Nan she has the opportunity to go to Italy to find the father she never met. I loved seeing her go on this adventure and find her feet in a new setting completely out of her comfort zone as s
Karen Whittard
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book seem like it is going to be another amazing Paige toon book tat I simply cannot wait to read. This little snippet is simply not enough. Please give me more.
Sam Still Reading
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of coming of age, family stories
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: enjoy the author's books
Sometimes you want to read a book that you know will be delightful and take your mind off the block of chocolate on the kitchen bench. Paige Toon’s novels fit that criteria for me. I know that I’ll get fun, heartbreak but ultimately an uplifting ending (and that I won’t want to stop reading to get chocolate). If You Could Go Anywhere is a sweet story that is part coming of age and part family discovery. It also takes the reader around the world, from the barren dramatic landscape of the Australi ...more
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I was born in 1975 and my dad’s career as a racing driver meant that I grew up between Australia, England and America. I worked at heat magazine for eight years as Reviews Editor, but left to have a baby. I’m now a full-time author and freelance journalist. I live in North London with my husband Greg, son Indy and daughter Idha.
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