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Where the Road Leads Us

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Jack is on the verge for leaving for college, but before he does, he wants to track down his estranged brother, Alex and find some closure in the wake of their father's death. Meanwhile, Hallie has just found out some upsetting news about a friend in Oregon, and she has a small window to go see him before it's too late.

Jack and Hallie are practically strangers. They shared
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 6th 2021 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Isabel (The Reader & The Chef)
I received this book for free from Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. You can also find this review at The Reader and the Chef.

"There's something freeing in talking to people you know you're probably never going to see again. There's no expectation or judgement... Everyone accepts each other for who they are, and it's enough."

When I picked up Where the Road Leads Us I had no idea how much I was going to
Phoenix (Books with Wings)
This is not exactly the type of book I might normally pick's realistic fiction and I have a feeling there's going to be a bit of romance in it....but THIS COVER, GUYS. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COVERS I HAVE EVER SEEN. ...more
Kelly Hager
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The synopsis is a little bit misleading. Yes, it's all accurate but it may lead you to believe that this is a heavy book; it's really not. It's actually such a fun book and just a real delight to read.

It's been a hard year for everyone (I read the book and wrote this in 2020), and I really needed this story. I can't even tell you how many times I laughed out loud and how many times I smiled and how many times I hugged my Kindle. (No judgment--hard year.)

Everything about this story is completely
This book is one of my favorite reads of 2020. It was wholesome, sweet, and above all, a tale of two friends finding themselves on a road trip. I went into this expecting a romance, and I've never been happier to read a book that wasn't even slightly romantic. Sure, Hallie and Jake would've worked together, but I love the way Reul crafted this story.

Jake is determined to go see his estranged brother before he leaves for college. Hallie is determined to go meet her online friend for the f
Dec 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 10-and-11
Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of Where the Road Leads Us in exchange for an honest review.

Based on the praises from other authors and description, Where the Road Leads Us sounds heavy and emotional and while I think that tonally that doesn't quite fit the story, this book is definitely still full of a lot of emotion and insights on life. It just tells it in more of a lighthearted, comedic style that makes the emotional moments even more poignant (the best comparison I can think o
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was so great! I tend to shy away from sad stories, so I was hesitant to request this. But the reviews claimed it was lighter than it looked, and thankfully they turned out to be right. It was a freaking delight. I loved the characters, and I loved the road trip. The banter was top notch. Overall, it was just a perfect escapist read. I'm excited to get the author's previous book now! ...more
Samantha (WLABB)
Jack had been struggling with his father's death, and upon finding a letter from his father addressed to his estranged brother, he set out to locate him. Hallie was racing against the clock and had to get to Oregon to see her terminally ill friend. They felt alone in their struggles until a rideshare brought the two almost-strangers together just when they needed someone most.

What a wonderful and touching physical and emotional journey! Both Hallie and Jack were at a crossroads and dealing with
Belle Ellrich
Jan 15, 2021 rated it liked it

When this book showed up on the cart in our employee break room, I was immediately excited about it. I'd had my eye on it for quite a while, and I'd been working up to possibly requesting it. Not even two days after this, it was suddenly there and available for my eyes to read.

Where the Road Leads Us  is a whirlwind adventure of emotions, subtle insta-love romance, and coming-of-age.
Jim Dean
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
(Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for access to a digital copy via NetGalley. This hasn't affected my review of the book.)

A girl suffering from cancer tries to meet a dying friend. A grieving boy with severe anxiety wants to find his estranged brother. The pair end up travelling together due to wildfires cancelling buses. Accompanied by a cab driver who wants to stop his ex's wedding, they set off on a memorable road trip.

I was expecting this to be a heavy/dark read, given the themes involved, but it
The Reading Raccoon
Apr 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-as-an-arc
Where The Road Leads Us is a YA road trip style novel that steers into coming of age territory. It alternates POV between two 18 year old Los Angeles teens, Jack and Hallie and what happens when they each decide to take a few risks and start living on their own terms.

Jack is reeling from the death of his father, the loss of his estranged drug addict brother, a fresh break-up with his girlfriend and the sudden jitters that come with moving across the country to attend college. After finding a le
Laura Gardner
Mar 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
It’s graduation night and Jack’s birthday, but things aren’t turning out like he thought they would. His girlfriend Natasha breaks up with him and he has no one in the audience to see him graduate valedictorian. He decides suddenly to try and reconnect with his brother Alex who he hasn’t seen in two years, which takes him to the bus station.
Hallie is a cancer survivor who dropped out of school two years ago and got her GED so she could focus on her recovery and help her parents’ struggling resta
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Huge thank you to Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy for reviewing.

I read and reviewed Robin Reul's first book, "My Kind of Crazy" about 5 years ago (that long ago already?!) and to this day, it remains to be one of my favourite YA books that I read that year. So I'm not even surprised that I'm just enamoured with her newest release, "Where the Road Leads Us".

The story is about Jack and Hallie, two teens on the verge of adulthood who briefly met in a class year
Amanda Shepard (Between-the-Shelves)
Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this to review! I know I say this a lot, but the first thing that caught my eye for this book was the cover. It’s just so visually striking. Makes you interested in reading more for sure!

I thought this was going to be a bit romance heavy, it definitely wasn’t. It's more about Jack and Hallie as individuals, going on this journey to figure out what direction they want to take in life. It’s not your typical romance plot; well, out
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s
I received this book in exchange for an honestly review.

When I found out that Robin Reul wrote another book I was beyond excited and knew that I had to have this book.

Where the Road Leads Us is the perfect road trip style of book. Why? Well you have 2 characters who just graduated high school and well a road trip. Okay but stay with me. Jack and Hallie had a class together once years ago but besides that, they don't really know each other. They are both wanting to leave LA for different reasons.
Vaish -bookishbelle1008
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank the publisher’s and NetGalley for giving me a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I expected this book to be one that would be quite heavy however was pleased to find that it was the complete opposite whilst still invoking heartfelt emotions. Most books have the main characters fall in love but the thing that stood out in this book was the beautiful friendship that Jack and Hallie develop over the course of their road trip. Their respective characters were dis
Natalie - FerryGoodBooks
Mar 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first picked up this book. I experienced a wide range of emotions and this book took me on one hell of a ride. This is a series of fortunate events that leads from one crazy scenario to the next. Between the shenanigans, however, Hallie and Jake had quiet moments of raw vulnerability that I was pleasantly surprised to read in a YA book.

Both Hallie and Jake are on a journey with a clear destination, but the path to it is uncertain. There’s this intense connect
Mar 22, 2021 rated it liked it
I did enjoy this book. The story is engaging and the characters are likable. And though the premise is a bit of a suspension of disbelief the situations and the way they resolve are pretty realistic. Though I'll admit I wasn't quite as drawn into the story as I think I was hoping to be. I'm not sure why as there isn't anything inherently wrong with the book, I think maybe just the whole time in the back of my mind I was comparing it to The Sun is Also a Star by Nicole Yoon which has a similar pl ...more
Apr 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful, touching, heartfelt, often really funny road trip filled with adventures and conversations that help the two 18 year old main characters find their way. They search for meaning and authenticity in life while dealing with grief, illness, the end of relationships, and the uncertainty of whether they're on the right path. The author talks about challenging subjects and emotions with care. I highly recommend this for someone who's looking for a fun, adventurous story that also d ...more
Apr 06, 2021 rated it liked it
Where the Road Leads Us by Robin Reul is a heartfelt YA novel about the unexpected paths our lives can take when we least expect it. Los Angeles teens Jack and Hallie are both recent graduates with big decisions about their futures on the horizon who find themselves in the back of the same rideshare one midnight without a solid plan of where to go. Jack is grieving his father and following a new lead to find his estranged brother, while Hallie is racing against time to meet a friend and struggli ...more
Feb 10, 2021 marked it as to-read
Roadtrip/wayward contemporary romances are my shit. I need this please
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book just as much as I loved 'My Kind of Crazy!' It's a very different book...the writing is phenomenal and the characters, again, are incredible. ...more
Natalie White
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hallie and Jack find themselves questioning their futures as they finish senior year of high school. When an unexpected road trip brings their paths together, the serendipitous union leaves them both wanting more.

Full of teen angst, uncertainty, and hope for the future, this multi-narrator YA novel reminds readers what it's like to second-guess yourself at a time when each decision feels pivotal.

**I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an h
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04-06: 'Where the Road Leads Us' by Robin Reul is a dual narrative about a pair of teens who find themselves at a different, but equally life-altering crossroads.

Jack is pretty much the golden boy. He's such an over-achiever that he's stacking self-taught AP studies on top of those he's been scheduled for in school. Here, literally getting ready to
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-reviews
Thank You The Nerd Daily for an eARC in exchange for an honest review

Where The Road Leads Us is a heartwarming YA story of Destiny, discovering who and what you aspire to be in life, all packed into a one-day road trip between two strangers who know each other better than they think.

Jack and Hallie are near strangers to each other, but are two people from very same, but different worlds. Both are seniors at the same high school, but nothing could be more different than their personalities,
Adela Cacovean
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When I started reading Where the Road Leads Us, I was expecting a very heartbreaking and difficult-to-read book. What I discovered instead was a fun read, with lots of profound messages, much the same as Unpregnant by Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan. They both feature a road trip where all the characters have a different purpose but have gathered in the same car for the ride. While in Unpregnant it was with the purpose of ending an unwanted pregnancy for one girl and meeting a distant father for t ...more
Diana Rose
Don't judge a book by its cover..but what do we do always? Book lovers gravitate towards the pretty cover..and at first glance this photo speaks to me of a spontaneous post graduation joy ride road trip to San Francisco.
You can stop right there because this book was so much more.
This was my first five star YA contemporary for 2021.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5
Dual POV- Mental Health - Addiction

PERFECT..there is not one weakness in this story except I wanted more of Hallie!

Jack has everything going for him a popular
Apr 16, 2021 marked it as to-read
“Sometimes the best plan is having no plan.”

I think Where the Road Leads Us was the perfect contemporary, find-yourself YA novel. Both Hallie and Jack are at a point in life where everything seems uncertain in a way, they both have decisions to make that could in a way pave out the rest of their life for them. One night, something just pushes them to take a jump and they do and so begins this wonderful road trip.

Jack recently lost his dad, his mom isn’t very involved in his life but has already
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour, netgalley, ya
This book had a lot of heart. That was my first thought while reading it. As well, it contains moments of full-belly laughter, true charismatic characters, and one emotional adventure.

While this was an emotional story for many reasons, I'm happy to report that it was told in a humorous and easy way so as to keep the overall mood a little lighter. Don't get me wrong. I love a good tear-jerker, but I was hoping this book would be a little lighter, and it was. It blended the seriousness of our char
C.G. Drews
The story takes place over one life-changing night, where Jack and Hallie take a deep breath and leap. They’re both at a crossroads with decisions and huge life changes ahead — some good, some bad. And they both feel so trapped by expectations and the fates that have been designed for them. Jack’s mostly-absent-mother has his future all plotted out, including internships and college. And Hallie’s parents keep her cocooned ever since she had cancer. She has a friend she desperately needs to visit ...more
Mar 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Should you follow your heart and if so, how do you decide what your heart is telling you? That’s what Jack and Hallie must both answer in this road trip novel about finding forgiveness, finding your voice and finding your path in this world.  

I love road trip novels. I love contemporary novels that combine hope for the future with hurts from the past. That’s exactly what you get in Where The Road Leads Us. Jack has a plan for the future – graduate, internship in New York and follow in his father
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The author of MY KIND OF CRAZY and the forthcoming WHERE THE ROAD LEADS US, Robin Reul has been writing since she was in early elementary school, when she used to make her own book club flyers for her classmates and then pen them original stories. Though she grew up on movie sets and worked for many years in the film and television industry both as an actress and in motion picture development, she ...more

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