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The Map from Here to There

(The Start of Me and You #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Acclaimed author Emery Lord crafts a gorgeous story of friendship and identity, daring to ask: What happens after happily ever after?

It's senior year, and Paige Hancock is finally living her best life. She has a fun summer job, great friends, and a super charming boyfriend who totally gets her. But senior year also means big decisions. Weighing "the rest of her life,"
Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Bloomsbury YA
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Melissa Veras
Aug 23, 2017 marked it as to-read
I really hope this book contain A LOT OF MAX.
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
no one is allowed to talk to me for at least a week; I’m too fragile after finishing this book
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
4.5 stars, and I am still trying to process all of my feelings about this book. Relatable, messy, real, wonderful — it just resonated with me in ways that I never expected.
Mary H
Aug 23, 2017 marked it as to-read
New Emery Lord novel and new Taylor Swift music announced on the same day. We must truly be blessed if these queens are creating more masterpieces. HERE FOR ALL THINGS EMERY!
I wouldn't say this book ever really hit that wow factor moment for me, even though so much of it just.. worked, and it moved me enough to make me weepy. More than once. But it's in the aftermath, the quiet, the pause for reflection, that I realize just how much I enjoyed this. This really felt like such a great, healthy, realistic, and delightful, portrayal of this time period of one's life, while still being fun and grounded, and tackling very real emotional struggles and worries. Everything ...more
Oct 17, 2017 marked it as to-read

We are getting a sequel to The Start of Me and You!


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representation: side f/f couple, minor lgbt characters

content warnings: anxiety and panic attacks, car accidents

ARC kindly provided by Bloomsbury YA in exchange for an honest review
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
"I often had the distinct feeling that strangers watched us with annoyance, teenage girls with cotton candy lives. They could think that— that we were frothy and carefree.
Would they ever guess how strong we were from carrying each other?"
3.5 stars

I wasn’t expecting to become so emotionally invested in this story. I was expecting a typical finding yourself/growing up story about moving on and college, but there was so much heart! I loved the strong friendships in the story so much - there was
Katie (Lost in Pages)
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
I’ve thought about this for a few hours, and I’m dropping it down to two stars. I’m super sad to do that.

This fell victim to the overplayed trope of after high school relationships. Sometimes those are done well, sometimes they’re boring. If I wasn’t already invested in these characters from the first book, I honestly wouldn’t have cared. Paige seemed very whiny and was not good at all at standing up for herself — which was supposed to be the entire lesson she learned in the first book? She’s
A. K.
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book, and I read it not realizing it was a sequel. Man, was it good!
"Would they ever guess how strong we were from carrying each other?"
The friendships, the families, the real and relatable, excellent representation of anxiety, many misty-eyed moments. How I have not heard of this author until now? Adding all of her books to the TBR.
Ooof. What a book. About friendship and growing up and handling big life changes and being a mess. I also loved, having just reread THE START OF ME AND YOU, the ways Emery's growth as a writer has really focused on writing more inclusive stories and I feel like she did that so well.
Michelle Yang
Aug 23, 2017 marked it as future-tbr-pile
Am I reading this right.

Am I.....



Sep 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

I noticed that I shelved The Map from Here to There as “To-Read” on Goodreads back in September 2017. I was lucky enough to get an ARC and read this in September 2019. That is a long time to anticipate the book and hype it up. I wish I could say it met my very high expectations, but, unfortunately, it did not. Don’t get me wrong, there were still plenty of enjoyable moments. One of the things I loved about The Start of
Ryan Bada
Sep 05, 2017 marked it as to-read
5/25/19 - apparently there are ARCs at BookExpo and all i'm thinking about is "GIMME GIMME GIMME GIMME GIMME" because this is honestly THE BOOK that i'll die for just so my heart is fully contented since the last time i read the start of me and you


1/2/19 - i recently checked this book and the release date has been pushed back to october 2019. i'm not sure if i should be mad because it's been pushed back or i should be happy because of the fact that if this
Haley • Fangirl Fury •
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anticipated-2019
I'm writing my full review for The Map from Here to There right now (which will be published on the blog closer to release date) and I've come to realize that while I did enjoy this one, I didn't love it as much as I had hoped for?? It was definitely such an addicting read and solid story from Emery Lord, but I experienced such as disconnect from Paige and I was expecting more from her relationship with Max. Please continue to give me all the hot chocolate and reading dates at Alcott's though.
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING. I am in shambles right now trying to piece together my thoughts. It’s so friggin realistic and so gorgeously written and so thoughtfully plotted and I cannot with these adorable characters and the friendships and omg.

Review when I’ve recovered. Or possibly reread and begged for a sequel.
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Everything Emery writes hits me right in the feels. This one made me love and appreciate my high school friends SO MUCH, and be so glad I don't have that stress of applying to colleges anymore!
Brooke H
Jun 20, 2019 marked it as to-read
I N E E D this book!!!
I LOVED The Start of Me and You; there’d better be lots of Max in this

EDIT: I just noticed this isn’t coming out until January 2020
Lauren R.
Well, that was frustratingly real. Messy, relatable, quiet, hopeful - all of the usual words to describe an Emery Lord novel. I'll admit that I wish I reread the first book because the side characters were a bit fuzzy to me, but not a huge issue. I remember now why Max was my favorite. Paige is... so hard to read sometimes. Both because it's frustrating as hell to watch her do (or not do) certain things, but also because it's so realistic and reminiscent of senior year of high school. I felt the ...more
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
I admit that I struggled with Paige a lot in this one, but I also started to understand her. Make sure you have the tissues handy. I cried a lot. Review to come.
Mandy Stallard
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookposse
I am a fan of Emery Lord's novels, so I was super excited to get an ARC of The Map from Here to There. I usually don't enjoy sequels more than the first book in a series, but I truly liked this one more. My favorite aspect of this book is that it wasn't full of profanity or sex. I feel like most YA novels are all about sex or the pursuit of sex; if not that, they are full of rough profanity. I get that teenagers swear and have sex. I remember what high school was like, and I taught it for eleven ...more
I’m so glad this book is OVER! It’s so long, and it felt like one giant field trip through angstville. I read the first book in the series and thought it was okay, so I gave the second one a shot and really wish I hadn’t wasted my time. All the forward strides Paige makes in book one are backpedaled, and she’s a fairly unlikable person in his book. She says mean things, she does some mean things, and then she’s like, “Hey, anxiety,” like that should forgive all. It took WAAAAAY too long for her ...more
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I think I'm going to have a love hate relationship with this book...unless Emery Lord decided to write another...I will GLADLY follow Max and Paige to college! Okay so things I LOVED: MAX, MAX and MAX. Also I loved that a YA book talked about endometriosis and mental health. I seriously cheered out loud when this happened.
Bravo Ms. Lord!
A great YA book can talk about real issues and still be rooted in heart and
Shadowhunter's Library
Aug 23, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: contemporary
July 2019: Oh, it's a 2020 release now? Oh, okay that's cool, I'll just sit here crying and waiting for this book to be released then.
August 2017: Don't mind me, crying because I have to wait two years until this book comes out.
Aug 31, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: to-buy
I can't wait oh yes !!! I loved the first book ...more
Somya Sahni
Mar 20, 2018 marked it as to-read
Wow. I just came to know today that there would be a sequel. And I mentally *squealed*. The first part was a super cute read. So totally stoked to read this one.!
Sep 15, 2017 marked it as to-read
I honestly want this right now. Can I have it right now? Please?
Deanna (A Novel Glimpse)
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

The Map from Here to There is the sequel to Emery Lord’s beloved The Start of Me and You. It begins at the end of summer before Paige’s senior year of high school. Paige is excited for Max to return from Italy and for them to start their relationship and senior year together. The only thing standing the way of Paige’s happiness is the pressure of choosing a college and what that means for her new relationship with Max.

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Samantha Fondriest
While I overall liked the novel, I was disappointed in the discrepancy between what I was expecting (a fluffy slice-of-life romance) and the actual novel (a book about a girl who is struggling to communicate well and has many anxieties about impending changes in her life). The ending is left open and uncertain, which, while reflective of what real life is like, does not make for a very satisfying romance novel. Teen readers may connect more than adults to Paige and her anxieties about college ...more
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received an DRC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

The Map From Here to There serves as a sequel to Emery Lord’s The Start of Me and You. While it would be better to have read the first book first, it’s not actually a complete requirement to enjoy this one.

Weeks before the start of her senior year, Paige’s relationship with Max is just beginning. But at the same time, her world that she’s made in Indiana may be coming to an end. Faced with questions about where to
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I'm Emery, and I write books about flawed girls who are really trying, complicated families, friends who show up even when everything's going down in flames, and the moments that change everything.

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