by DeAnna Holland
Published by Self Pub Release date : March 25th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Family, New Adult, Social Issues
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“Whether the system works or it doesn’t, it didn’t work for me…”
Having just aged out of foster care, eighteen-year-old Jules finds herself homeless and broke. Shortly after her eighteenth birthday, she’s sent packing with very little money and very few personal belongings. However, with her social worker’s help, she finds a place that she can call home—temporarily. But growing up in foster care has left her emotionally scarred, and opening up to people and letting them in is not something she ever wants to do again.
Until she meets Jake. The attraction is almost instant, and he is someone she can definitely see herself falling for. But Jules quickly discovers that everything is not always as it seems, and people are rarely who they appear to be. After learning the truth about Jake, she wants nothing more to do with him. But Jake is captivated by Jules—not just because of her mesmerizing hazel eyes, but because she has unwavering strength despite the unfortunate life she’s had—and he’s not letting go that easily. He’s determined to win her heart, and with each passing day he shreds more of her resolve. With Jake’s help, Jules soon discovers that—even though she has spent most of her life parentless and homeless—there’s no place like home…
I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I have to say right off, I applaud DeAnna for writing about a girl in the Foster Care system. Too often, we hear about how the system works (or doesn’t), but there are thousands of the kids that age out and never get the help, or home they deserve and need. It’s heartbreaking to think about, and that aspect of the novel was handled really well.
As for the rest?
There was so much potential for No Place Like Home. A homeless girl aging out of the Foster Care system finding friends, family and love, is grants for a beautiful, sweet story. But for me, there were several things lacking and all the characters were sub par, to say the least.
Jules was a hard character to relate to and let’s be honest, like. I have to hand it to her, she is tough and independent, at times, but she was also weak and had some entitlement issues. I understand her bitterness and her hesitations, who wouldn’t? In the same token, she took advantage of a few situations that didn’t sit right with me. She was also a hypocrite. View Spoiler » She talks all this shit about Ryan, Liz’s boyfriend, cheating on her when that’s exactly what Jake did to his girlfriend, before breaking up with her. Granted, it was one time and the situation didn’t escalate to a “Ryan scale,” but cheating is cheating. Don’t hold one person accountable if don’t hold the others to it as well. « Hide Spoiler
Jake. I liked Jake in the beginning. But after the later revelations about his character? Not so much. He isn’t a “bad guy” really, but the way he handled the situation with Jules and Ashley was terrible. I don’t understand how Jules could possibly open up to him so fast, especially after she found out about his relationship. I don’t HAVE to understand, I get that, and I can’t judge someone’s relationship. However, if I am to connect with their relationship, and since their connection is what causes Jules to open up, then it has to be realistic. And it wasn’t. The other culprit? Insta love.
So then we have the secondary characters, Liz and her cousin. They took her in, which was sweet and all, but their friendship went from 0-60 in 20 seconds. Their chattiness and banter is how I would talk to my best friend of 20 years, not 20 minutes. It’s like we skate on the surface of every person and situation. There is no development, at all.
As for the writing overall.. My biggest issue is again, no depth. Dig deeper and SHOW me. The flash back scenes were well written, and was handled well.
Lastly, what bothered me a lot, and just one example of Jules entitlement was her reaction to what Nancy, Jake’s mom, had to say about their relationship. View Spoiler » Nancy is the social worker that took her in. Apparently, she had warned Jake to stay away from her because she “has issues”. No shit. Instead of talking it out, she gets angry about this and leaves in the middle of the night. No word to Nancy or Jake, never mind the fact that she took you in, fed you and gave you a chance, yet you were screwing her son under her roof and now you have the audacity to be mad? No. You expect HER to apologize? No. « Hide Spoiler I can’t stand that. We all get bad hands dealt to us, but how you bring yourself out shows your true character.
It was okay. Due to the touchy subject and situations, I needed to feel more of a connection, especially to the characters and I just didn’t.