Monday, September 29, 2014

Release Launch & Review: Home Is Where You Are





Anna’s life reads like a check list.
Straight A’s (Check)
Editor of the school paper (Check)
Volunteering time at the local soup kitchen (Check)
Ivy League (So close she can taste it)
Falling in love with a homeless boy (Not on the list)

Dean has a plan too. Survive. After being subjected to his foster father’s violent attacks, Dean made the hard choice to leave. Now he lives on the streets doing everything he can to get by, refusing to let people help him. But when he meets Anna, he realizes not everyone is out to hurt him.

Slowly, Anna and Dean let each other in, blending their two worlds into one. But when a series of events brings Dean’s world into perspective, he pushes Anna away. Not willing to accept the line that divides them, Anna sets out to bring Dean back to her. Her determination and faith in their future puts her on the tracks of danger, and he is the only one who can save her.


My Review:

The Good: I LOVED IT!!! This is an insightful book about the struggles of what it means to be homeless and privileged yet behind ever mask lies the truth. Anna's mother is never there , Both mentally and physically, after the tragic loss of her father. She needs to be perfect. Get straight A's, go to an Ivy League school like her father, etc. She needs to make him happy instead of herself. Then she meets Dean. Dean is a great guy with is majorly protective, but who wouldn't be after what he went through. They are both alike, but mostly different. You know what they, opposites attract. Anna can help him look for his sister and Dean can teach her about the other side of the city. 

This reads like a realistic book. It is very much a YA book, but talks about  suffering that is real in our world. I don't why this related to me since I haven't lost anyone or live on the streets, but it was like John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, it connects with you and doesn't let go until...never.

The Bad: I didn't like the ending. I wish I could seen beyond the resolution with Dean's sister and Anna realizing that she loves Dean and will do anything to be with him. I would've like to see them pass graduation or into college. Other then that, this book was absolutely perfect!


Tessa Marie lives in the same town she grew up in on Long
Island, NY with her long time boyfriend and their fish. Under her real name, Theresa Paolo, she released her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin) and (ONCE) AGAIN released this summer. She is also the coauthor of the Amazon bestseller KING SIZED BEDS AND HAPPY TRAILS and
BEACH SIDE BEDS AND SANDY PATHS, a YA contemporary series. She has a hard time
accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty, and uses her characters to relive the
best and worst years of her life. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera, reading, or can be found on Twitter,
Pinterest and Facebook.