Sunday, 4 May 2014

Book Review: Destination Unknown by Amy Clipston

It's senior year, and Whitney Richards is tired of the constant pressures to be perfect. When she gets a D in Calculus, her mother immediately hires a tutor, worried Whitney won't get into the 'right' college---her alma mater---with imperfect grades. Her tutor, Taylor, is a quiet, mysterious boy who is unlike anyone Whitney has met before. But Taylor's rougher upbringing has her mother and friends discouraging any type of relationship. Tired of having to play a part for everyone else, Whitney quits the cheerleading squad that once defined her social identity, and begins spending more time with Taylor. Her mom and friends worry Whitney is making a huge mistake, and even Taylor begins to show concern for some of her choices. But for the first time, Whitney is in the driver's seat of her life. Will she be able to find her identity---and God's plan for her life---before she throws everything away?

Pages: 267 | Format: Kindle | Rating: 5/10 | Goodreads | Amazon

 This book turned out to be a bit of an up and down book for me. Some parts I really enjoyed, like Taylor's character I thought was really good, and the growing up that Whitney does throughout the novel. I enjoyed those aspects, and I liked the story line of her struggling to live up to the expectations of her mother, and fighting against the pressure she felt. All of these were good points in the novel.

However, there were also aspects that I didn't enjoy so much. I felt that a lot of the moments in this book were a bit overly cheesy, and a little clich├ęd. I also felt that towards the ending of the book, things were wrapped up way too quickly. I would have liked to of seen the conflicts that arose, play out for longer, rather than it just all being suddenly fixed in one night.
This book was good, but wasn't great. I probably wouldn't pick it up again, but if you're looking for a light read, with a sweet love story then I'd recommend this book.

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