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The Map from Here to There

(The Start of Me and You #2)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  488 ratings  ·  201 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
Published 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
I’m a big Emery Lord fan, and The Start of Me and You is my favorite of her novels. So, I was experiencing a mix of anticipation and nerves when The Map From Here to There, which is the long-awaited follow-up story, was announced. It didn’t help that, upon picking up this sequel, I was coming off a reread of its predecessor that had left me perfectly content with that lovely ending. I knew going into it that my beloved characters wouldn’t be staying happy, simply because 1) this is a sequel and ...more
THE START OF ME AND YOU was published back in 2015 but, unlike so many readers, I only read it a few months ago. And I only picked it up after hearing that there was a much-anticipated (or was it unexpected?) sequel to be released. I'll admit that it was a little rocky for me at times but everything that didn't quite work.. eventually did. It was such an interesting, and eventually enjoyable, evolution. But the romance is where it didn't quite ever shine for me.

This time, everything from before
Mary H
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it

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!
Brooke H
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I N E E D this book!!!
I LOVED The Start of Me and You; there’d better be lots of Max in this
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I’ve had my hands on this arc for what seems like forever and I don’t know how it took me so long to get here.

I really liked Paige. She’s struggling and anxious and just being a teenager and at times it was hard to be in her head. Not for any of those reasons specifically, but also, it was those reasons exactly. Everything was heightened and emotional and maybe a little nonsensical.

Plot wise it was just okay. Scenes did feel repetitive and the constant push and pull with Max made me want to
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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
Oct 17, 2017 marked it as to-read

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


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
Michelle Yang
Aug 23, 2017 marked it as future-tbr-pile
Am I reading this right.

Am I.....



Trigger warnings: car accident, anxiety, death of a loved one (in the past).

If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be "bittersweet". I LOVE the first book in this series, and I thoroughly enjoyed this one, even though it wasn't quite what I would have wanted a sequel to be. It's essentially a book about senior year and all the decisions that go along with that. It's a book about changing friendships, changing relationships, changing family situations, and the fact that all three of
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I admit I was nervous when I learned there was going to be a sequel to The Start of Me and You. I was so happy with how things ended with Paige and Max I was terrified where it would go. But I am also an Emery Lord fangirl so there was no way I wouldn’t read it. That being said it is safe to say that The Map from
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.
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.
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.
Samantha (WLABB)
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, ya, contemporary, 2020
Paige felt she was ready to take on senior year after spending the previous year re-introducing herself to high school society and with an amazing summer under her belt. She was ready for anything, or so she thought. As senior year began to unfold, she was faced with major decisions, evolving relationships, and suddenly, her future didn't seem so clear cut any longer.

I will start by saying, this was not what I had anticipated. I just recently read The Start of Me and You, and had expected this
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
Haley • Fangirl Fury •
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anticipated-2019
My full review for The Map from Here to There (including my The Start of Me & You reread thoughts) can be found on Fangirl Fury.

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
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
This is hard because I loved The Start of Me and You, and because I loved it, I enjoyed many aspects of this book. I liked seeing these characters I grew to love again. Unfortunately, the plot didn't really do much for me. Or the lack thereof. Paige annoyed me in this one. I didn't feel satisfied with this one.
Demi Nolan
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Give me another one? Please and thank you.
Ryan Bada
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

1/3/20 - and just like that, i finished this book before the clock strikes 12 (this was typed about 5 minutes before midnight and the fact that i would finish this book 1/4/20 would look like i read this longer). the fact that i was waiting on this book for almost a year and a half and that i read one of my most anticipated books of this year is crazy to me because i never stick much to my goals but look at me going strong with it. with that said however, there were faults and minor
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
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
I'm so disappointed. I absolutely loved The Start of Me and You when I read it a few years ago. It just felt like high school to me, and I loved Paige and Max and seeing their growth throughout the novel ... well, seeing Paige's growth. I re-read that book before starting this one to remind myself who everyone was, and I didn't have the same glowing feelings about it, but I still enjoyed it. But I was a bit worried about this sequel. The first book ended practically perfectly. Sure, I wanted to ...more
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!
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m really glad that I was able to dive back into Paige’s world through The Map from Here to There. The beginning few chapters had a little bit of exposition reminding readers what happened in the previous book, which makes sense since this one is coming out so long after The Start of Me and You. Of course, the fact that I’d just reread it means that sometimes it felt a bit redundant.

That said this book maybe spoke to me even more than the first book in this series. While I love novels about
Stephanie Laurenza
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 is more accurate. I have so many feelings and thoughts to share.

I am so appreciative of Emery Lord's commitment to an honest depiction of anxiety, and how real and intense it is - even / especially as a teenager. There were a lot of times throughout this book when I found myself frustrated with and eye-rolling at Paige, and I took a second to reflect and ask myself why I was so frustrated. It hit me like a ton of bricks when I realized: it's because we're super similar, and because I see the
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this story is so real that i feel personally attacked right now.

wow. after the fluff that was ‘the start of me and you,’ i was not ready for the struggle and heartbreak that is so real when it comes to relationships. my emotions were all over the place with this during the second half of the book, which is really where the story shines.

the first half was almost boring. max was literally nowhere in sight, and hes the whole reason i picked up this sequel, so that was a little disappointing. but
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