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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Going Places by Kathyrn Berla

Genre: Teen Fiction
Publisher: Amberjack Publishing
Author: Kathryn Berla
Release Date: March 20, 2018



Going Places had its ups and downs. At heart, it's a coming of age story about an 18-year-old boy who doesn't dream of going to college. Hudson Wheeler wants to create graphic novels and launch his two businesses. One of those businesses has him helping the elderly with tasks that fall below the criteria of emergencies.

To meet some of his goals, he convinces his mom to let him leave high school and get homeschooled for his final year. He'll take yoga and an art class at the local school, but other requirements will be done at home on his schedule.

His senior care and dog walking businesses seem to do very well and sometimes overlap. It's at the home of one senior client where he discovers a mysterious older man. The veteran continues to see his young daughter in a neighbor's window. The problem is there's no way this young girl is the veteran's daughter. There's also no child living in that house. As Hudson tries to appease his client's fears, he learns a little about himself in the process.

Some of the topics covered in Going Places include first love, life's uncertainties, and simply becoming an adult. There were times I felt the book moved too quickly and glossed over things that I wanted to know more about. As Hudson gets to know his male senior client, Len Pirkle, I found his other clients got shoved to the background and I missed them.

Hudson was young and pretty immature. I did like that Pirkle was the trigger that led to Hudson finally having an "a-ha" moment and growing up. I liked Pirkle's neighbor Fritzy, a take-no-crap basketball playing teen girl who doesn't hesitate to tell Hudson when he's being an idiot.

In the end, this was a novel I enjoyed, but it never blew me away. The ending ended up hitting and felt so abrupt that I felt let down.






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