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Your Destination Is on the Left

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Dessa Rhodes is a modern day nomad. Her family travels in an RV, their lives defined by state lines, exit signs, and the small communal caravan they call home. Among them is Cyrus, her best friend and long-time crush, whom she knows she can never be with. When your families are perpetually linked, it’s too dangerous to take a risk on romance.

Instead, Dessa looks to the fu
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: June 26th 2018 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Lauren
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-debuts
Well it's official: I have a new favorite 2018 debut and its none other than Lauren Spieller's Your Destination Is on the Left.

I never planned on reading this book in February given its June release date; however, in a moment of weakness, or as I like to call it curiosity, I read the first chapter. Before I knew it the first chapter turned into the fifth, and by the end of the night I had read it from start-to-finish in one sitting.

Do I have any regrets? No and yes.

No, because Your Destinatio
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Dahlia
I liked this so much that I said so officially!

“Dessa and her story sparkle with fierce, creative passion. This is a journey I would happily take over and over again.” —Dahlia Adler, author of Just Visiting

I really think this is a book fans of Just Visiting would really enjoy. It's full of art and travel and a girl gently but fiercely fighting for her independence against everything and everyone she knows. And as you can see, I read it pretty damn quickly, too! (Which used to be a given for me,
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Ashley Poston
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I read this book a long time ago, and I just recently read the finished version and I am just as awestruck then as I am now. I fell in love with Dessa's passion for art and her plight to find out who she is -- both artistically and as a person.

And can we just talk about Cyrus for a moment? Because S-W-O-O-N.

I loved it. If I could give it a thousand stars, I would.
Diana Urban
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much, and so easily connected with Dessa — her voice, her struggle to figure out what to do with her life, and the dilemmas she faced were all so relatable. I also love that she's so passionate about art, so her internship was fun to read about. It was also fascinating for me to learn more about RV culture, of which I previously knew so little. And of course, there's Cyrus — the romantic tension was palpable. So well done! I highly recommend this one.
Kath (Read Forevermore)
An arc of this book was sent to me by Simon Teen in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Rating: 3.5 / 5

The Destination Is on the Left is a beautiful story of growing up, letting go, and being brave. I loved the idea of this story, and the plot was wonderful! The setting and the character development was just a great addition. Dessa is a girl that is gently, but fiercely, fighting her struggles to get to her end goal of studying art. I fell in love with her passion for art
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Rachel Solomon
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the most unique contemporary YA premises I've read! This is a fresh, lovely story about self-discovery, independence, and growing up.
Allison Ziegler
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book has art. It has RVs. It has a boy who rides a motorcycle. And it has one of the most charming little miscreant brothers the world has ever known. (Love you forever, Rodney).

Your Destination is on the Left also has an abundance of that most addictive of YA contemporary feelings -- you know that thing where your heart hurts while you're reading because you've felt all those feelings before and you've made all those decisions before? And maybe you still don't actually know what the right
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Juliana Brandt
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure here in that I was extremely privileged to read Your Destination Is on the Left in its infancy and also in this final form of completion.

Normally, I am not a reader of YA contemporary (I tend to hang out in Middle Grade-land), but Dessa's story is one that pulled me in and has stuck with me over the months since I first read it. I'm a sucker for sibling stories, and the relationship between Dessa and her little brother, Rodney, is one I fully believed existed in real life. This g
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Niki
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
NOTE: I received an ARC of Your Destination is on the Left via a reading group in exchange for a my honest review.

Your Destination is on the Left is a great coming-of-age and finding-yourself novel. Dessa Rhodes is an aspiring artist, whose family leads a nomad lifestyle, travelling constantly through the United States as part of a caravan. The characters are well-developed, including Cyrus, Dessa's longtime friend, but also her repressed crush. Dessa has her heart set on going to art college ne
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Vicky Skinner
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've never read a book quite like this one. I was rooting for Dessa from page one and then rooting HARDER for her by the end. I loved how quiet it was and how sweet and inspiring. Beautiful and heartbreaking.
Athena M.
May 16, 2018 marked it as to-read
This cover makes me uncomfortable. It looks less like a graphic and more like a stock image for a product on Amazon. Is this a YA novel or a picture frame?
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Lauren Spieller is a literary agent who lives in New York with her husband. When she isn’t writing, she can be found drinking lattes, pining for every dog she sees, or visiting her native California. YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT is her debut novel. Follow her on Twitter @laurenspieller.
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