September 7, 2014

Review: On the Way to Everywhere

On the Way to Everywhere by Kirsten B. Feldman
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: September 8, 2014
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Book Description:

Though she’s nicknamed for the magical Harry Potter, six-foot, dreadlocked Harry Kavanaugh doesn’t find any wonder in her daily life at an exclusive girls’ school outside of Washington, DC.

In fact she wants nothing more than to chuck her lot and enter the wilds of public school—too bad she didn’t reckon on a trip to the hospital, a runaway, and a renegade or three, which just might show her a different path to everywhere.

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On the Way to Everywhere by Kristen B. Feldman is fresh and entertaining, definitely one of the best books I’ve read this summer. I absolutely adored Harry. I love that she wasn’t this perfect, popular character who everyone automatically loved. I enjoyed the fact that she was awkward and that there were parts of the story that really showed her coming into her own.

Feldman has a way of writing characters that make you want to root for them. I loved all the insight we got into Harry and how she ticks throughout the story. She’s the kind of character you can relate to and that's another thing I enjoyed about Feldman’s writing. She does a great job of creating a world where you can't help but love and hate characters.

I really enjoyed reading about all the different changes that the characters went through during the course of the novel. Seeing how characters grow is one of my favorite things when reading. Outside of the well written characters the story itself was captivating.

I love Feldman’s style of writing to death. I don’t want to go into a lot of detail and give too much away about the actual story because the novel itself isn’t too long and it’s worth the read. I would absolutely recommend this book to any of my readers, she does a great job bringing the story to life! 

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Author Bio:

I grew up on Cape Cod and the Connecticut shoreline and now live outside of Boston, much too far from the ocean and the sand. Reading and writing have played a central part in my life both personally and professionally. I am rarely without a book in my hand. Brown University gave me my undergrad degree in comparative literature and Tufts kindly did the same for my master's in English education.

I have worked in a variety of school and museum education settings, including teaching 7th and 8th grade English. My graduate advisor once told me that if teenagers don't make you laugh then consider another career. To me the adolescent voice has such vibrancy and depth to it, whether funny or not; many of my favorite books have this point of view, including:

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood. When I started writing No Alligators in Sight, it was unequivocally Lettie's voice that told me the story. May she speak to you as well! If you want to check out other great books with this point of view, see Goodreads interactive list of young narrators and even add your own.

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