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Destination Anywhere

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Sometimes you have to leave your life behind to find your place in the world.

After five years at secondary school spent without any friends, Peyton King starts sixth form college determined that things will be different. Whatever happens, she will make friends at any cost.

When she finds the friends she’s always dreamed of, including an actual boyfriend, she’s happier than
Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: April 15th 2021 by Macmillan Children's Books
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Emer (A Little Haze)
This book is so heart wrenching... I experienced so many feels as I was reading it. It’s the most painfully honest story of a seventeen year old girl trying to figure out ... well basically everything about life.

You see Peyton was bullied all through her school years. She had no friends. No loyal confidante. She was alone. Picked on.

And to further amplify her misery her parents just didn’t understand her. They didn’t see her love for art as a path she could take in life. They, especially her f
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view.

This review will either be difficult to write, or really easy. As soon as I heard about this book, and took a look at the synopsis, I decided to request a copy from the publisher, as I had really enjoyed a previous book by this author, A Quiet Kind of Thunder, and was expecting the same from this one. As you can see from the dates read, it took me neigh on 4 weeks to finish the book, and it's not like it was
Samantha (WLABB)
Secondary school had been filled with isolation and abuse, therefore, Peyton was looking forward to a fresh start in college. Though she was able to find a group friends, she found she was losing herself in this friendship. When she hit bottom, she was looking to run far from her life. That brought her to the west coast of Canada, where she found her tribe and herself.

I cannot express how much I love reading a Sara Barnard book. Her books are always such a wonderful and emotional experience for
Charlotte Burns
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One day Sara will write a book that doesn't hurt my heart, but this is not that book. I hurt so much for Peyton, loved her adventure and the way she works to heal herself. This is another fantastic book from Sara and you all need to read it. ...more
Karen Barber
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A difficult story to review in some ways, because there were elements that didn’t quite seem plausible (which is the only reason I’m not awarding five stars). Everything else about this book drew me in, tugged at my heartstrings and had me feeling Barnard had perfectly captured that sense of uncertainty so many feel but never want to admit to.
Our main character is Peyton King, a seventeen year old travelling on her own to Canada. She has no discernible plan, has walked out on college and left a
I received this book from the publisher as a total surprise. As always I read it and will give an honest review.

This review is really hard as I mainly read Fantasy and YA Fantasy, so this book was out of my comfort zone.

The book tells the story about a girl trying to find her place in the world and people to spend it with. The main character had a very hard time at school which wasn't easy to read and made me feel really bad for her. She also made a lot of mistakes picking her friends but the s
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was ok
I’m really conflicted with this one because I have read many of Sara’s other books and have really enjoyed them but this one fell flat for me.

- Peyton first of all, was the dullest character I have ever read about. She didn’t have anything to her that was remotely memorable and she was painfully boring to read from.
- I didn’t like how the book was structured with Peyton’s life before and after Canada. There were so many inconsistencies and I couldn’t imagine how easy it was for her to just go o
Suzanne (The Bookish Libra)
4.5 stars. Full review to come but Sara Barnard had me in tears with that lovely ending.
Rosanna Threakall
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
***4.5 stars***
Rachael Mills
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Sara Barnard and I loved it; I can't wait to read her other titles as soon as possible. Destination Anywhere is about finding yourself and your place in the world, friendship, and the power simple kindness can have. The plot was engaging, the characters were fantastic, and the Canadian setting was incredible. ...more
May 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sara Barnard keeps writing story after story that are just kick you in face good. I adored Peyton’s story and her adventure. We’ve all been there: lost and looking for ourselves. People are going to get a lot from this and it’s a gorgeous story. I loved that this book was a celebration of friendships without hiding away from the fact that friendships aren’t always great and that some of them totally suck. Now who do I speak to about my Canadian road trip?
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
~ I received an ARC of this book on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Big thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the opportunity!~


Wow. I really don’t know what to say about this book. So, I will simply just be completely honest. Destination Anywhere surprised me. I did not expect for Peyton’s story to hit me so hard or for me to have so many feelings while reading this book. I’ll just get this out there straight away: this book made me cry. There aren’t many books I’ve read tha
Katie Clark
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-netgalley
This book follows Peyton in two different times, the past where she is just starting at a new college and the present where she has left her life behind to travel across Canada. Peyton has not had an easy time within education. She is severely bullied throughout high school and has no friends to support her through it. Therefore college is a new start, a new chance to make friends. However her past experiences have left her with low self esteem and desperate to find a friend. As we know this lea ...more
Rachel Rowlands
Apr 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, ya
I'll start off with how much I appreciated reading a YA book about someone who struggled with friendship and bullying. So many YA books focus on teenage experiences about loyal best friends, fun, parties, cute romances – for many people, though, that isn't the reality. It was so refreshing to see toxic and unhealthy friendships explored here, and how lonely you can feel when your high school experience doesn't work out well and is marred by bullying. I had many of the same struggles as Peyton as ...more
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book isn't even out yet and I already need MORE!!! ...more
Farah Hanani
This book is insanely me, I'm so shocked that I didn't ghostwrite it.

Trigger Warning: Bullying, anxiety, abandonment, drugs.

This book is also deeply personal to me, every feeling, thought and journey was as if it was dug from my brain and spilled on paper in a more eloquent form than an abstract feeling in my nerves.

I too, ran away to a different country to escape a crumbled life. I too, felt the desperation in search of a more permanent and unbreakable bond in a friendship that I dreamt and fan
Mar 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful read, thank you so much to NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read Sara Barnard's latest book!

Trigger Warning: Bullying, anxiety, abandonment, drugs.

I've been meaning to read Sara's books for ages but haven't gotten around to it. Destination Anywhere is my first book by the author, I requested for a digital copy of the ARC after reading the intriguing synopsis. After finishing it within a couple of days, I think it's safe to say that I'm hooked, and I'm more than convin
Thank you NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Children’s publishing for allowing me to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
When I first read the description, I knew I had to read this book. Buying a one-way plane ticket to escape your life? Sounds like an unforgettable adventure.
At 17, Peyton drops out of her classes and leaves everything behind to go to Canada. This wasn’t always her plan, but after years of being bullied and then a tumultuous year at college, she’s lost and needs to fi
Feb 01, 2021 rated it liked it
Thank you NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Children’s publishing for allowing me to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
When I first read the description, I knew I had to read this book. Buying a one-way plane ticket to escape your life? Sounds like an unforgettable adventure.
At 17, Peyton drops out of her classes and leaves everything behind to go to Canada. This wasn’t always her plan, but after years of being bullied and then a tumultuous year at college, she’s lost and needs to fi
Rachel Gilbey
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really had no idea what to expect from this book, it was almost certainly an impulse request from Netgalley, due to the cover grabbing my attention, as anything with a plane on it, while in lockdowns is extra appealing as I need to be able to constantly dream of escape.

And well that is what Peyton is trying to do, she is only 17, yet more or less overnight decides to drop out of college and get on a plane to Canada without much of plan. It is clear she is unhappy with her life back in England
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Samantha Griffiths
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
When Peyton King starts sixth form college, her one all-consuming goal is to make friends (at any cost). After being horrifically bullied for most of her time at secondary school, she's determined that things will be different.

Her wish seems to come true when she finds not only a group of friends but an actual boyfriend too.

But when they let her down in the worst possible way, Peyton is left broken and alone. With nothing but her sketchpad and a backpack, she buys a one-way ticket to Canada and
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
This book is, put simply, a warm hug.

After dealing with bullying and fake friends for her entire adolescence, 17 year old Peyton has had enough. She needs to get away. So she does just that. She books a one way ticket to Vancouver and hops on a plane to the other side of the globe.

Alone and trying to work out how her life went wrong, she stumbles across some other soul searchers and ends up with the adventure of a lifetime. On a road trip across Canada she experiences all sorts of wonders and be
Kate Henderson
Mar 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have real mixed opinions about this book.
I really admire Sara Bernard as a writer and she is not afraid to tackle some hardcore topics with her YA books. This book is no exception. This book looks at the idea of loneliness and making friends, and just wanting to be liked. It does this in a way that looks at bad friendships as a form of PTSD and the psychological implications this could have on a young person. I really like this. I struggled at times to make friends when I was younger, and thin
Beary Into Books
Rating 4.5

Wow, what a lovely book. The book "Destination Anywhere" written by Sara Barnard will take your emotions for a ride. One page I was happy then immediately mad then a couple pages later I was almost crying. The story follows seventeen year old Peyton who left home to have an adventure in Canada because she needed to escape her life. Growing up she was bullied and when she finally gets 'friends' it does not go how she always imagined it would. This story is a great coming of age book abo
Mar 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was so painful. It was heartbreaking. I felt everything with Peyton, and I saw flashes of my own past when I read about hers. It was hard, but so worthwhile.

I love how Sara Barnard told this story, switching between the present with Peyton, to the past and what she had gone through to get to this point. I loved how little pieces of her were revealed over time and each time it got more raw, more painful, more sad.

Peyton is an artist, and in school she has never had any friends. For som
Eve beinguniquebooks
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
In this book, Peyton has never fitted in with a friendship group or found a true best friend.

Instead she's always been alone, not out of choice but thanks to severe bullying.

At college, things looked up, she made friend with a girl and the group she knew including getting a boyfriend.

However Peyton desires dropping out of college after an incident and dramatically takes herself off to Canada for a break from life, by using her parents credit card.

While away on her adventure, she realizes her mem
Natalie White
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A heart-wrenchingly relatable coming of age story that features a very real, lost 17 year old who is navigating between what her parents want for her and what she needs to figure out for herself.

Peyton King experienced years of traumatic, friendless, bullying throughout secondary school. When she finally found a group of people with whom she connected, she latched on. Overtime the group becomes toxic and yet Peyton finds herself unwilling to pull away.

Told through then-and-now perspectives, we
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