Author: Kelley Lynn & Jenny S. Morris
Publication date: March 11th, 2014
Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
New! From Bloomsbury Spark, a sunny heartwarming story of discovery and sisterhood.
A road trip. A singing competition. And super-hot cowboys.
What could be better?
For Charlie, a post-high school road trip isn't just a vacation, it's life changing. While her parents think she's helping a friend move, a chance at fame is the real reason to grab her best friends and drive to L.A. But when her super annoying, uber-responsible, younger sister, Lucy, has to tag along, it isn't quite the summer of fun she imagined.
Add in a detour to her grandparents' ranch in Texas, and between mucking the stalls, down-home cookin', and drool worthy ranch hands, this could just turn into the best, and most complicated, summer of their lives.
I received an e-copy of this book from publishers in exchange for participation in a blog tour and an honest review.
Over the last few months I have found myself buried nose deep in dark paranormal romance reads. When this blog tour was announced and offered to me as a tour host, I flip-flopped for a while before I decided to participate. It sounded like a light, easy read that may take a bit to get into, but could be worth the effort. The synopsis does not do the book justice. There are so many deeper elements to the book than I had first imagined.
Charlie is the black sheep of the family and she embraces the role by rebelling against what is expected of her. Her hair isn't blonde enough, she dyes it black. Her father believes she is flighty and irresponsible, she'll give him flighty and irresponsible. She is constantly the source of anger for her overbearing father and to an outsider, it would seem Charlie doesn't much care. But inside, there is more at work than she lets others believe. She knows she will have to attend a community college for any hope of a future unlike her university bound friends. When a singing competition comes along, Charlie sees it as an opportunity to avoid her mediocre future and reach for the stars. Unfortunately, the road trip to get to the competition her parents know nothing about, comes with strings by the name of her younger sister, Lucy.
Lucy wants to go with Charlie about as much as Charlie wants her to, but she knows without her presence her parents won't let Charlie go. Lucy is willing to tag along with her sister who seems to loathe her mere existence in hopes of making her sister happy at least once. Lucy is the standard to which Charlie is always compared and she hates it. Just once, she wants to relax and have fun. She is tired of being the responsible one. Maybe this road trip can help her loosen up a little.
Lucy and Charlie's journey across country started as a ploy to enter a singing competition, but turns into the beginnings of sisterly bonding. Lucy and Charlie have more in common than they would have imagined. Even their taste in hunky ranch hands like Drew and Luke. Can the girls find love not just with the scrumptious men but maybe even between each other? Can they become sisters in more than just name?
I absolutely was blown away by this book. Sure, it moved really fast and I had a hard time keeping up with what was going on sometimes, but I loved it. I liked the connections between Charlie, Lucy, and their guys. I founds bits of it funny and even reminiscent of my awkward years as a teenager. This story is more than just a story about two sisters reconnecting and finding sexy boyfriends. It's also about self discovery and following one's dreams. It's about never, EVER, giving up on the things that make you happy.
Road to Somewhere is a mix of humor and dark emotion. It takes a dash of lighthearted feel goods and sprinkles in some tougher subject matter to create a blend of amazing young adult literature.