Norah hasn’t seen her childhood best friend, Skyler, in years. When he first moved away, they’d talk all the time, but lately their relationship has been reduced to liking each other’s Instagram posts. That’s why Norah can’t wait for the joint RV road trip their families have planned for the summer.
But when Skyler finally arrives, he seems…like he’d rather be anywhere else. Hurt and confused, Norah reacts in kind. Suddenly, her oldest friendship is on the rocks.
An unexpected summer spent driving across the country leads both Norah and Skyler down new roads and to new discoveries. Before long, they are, once again, seeing each other in a different light. Can their friendship-turned-rivalry turn into something more?
Title: Places We’ve Never Been
Author: Kasie West
Publication Date: May 31, 2022
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
This was an enjoyable road-trip story about family, secrets, and moving on from the past.
I love a good road-trip story and this one was especially fun for me because I’ve been to a lot of the places the characters went. I also really loved that there were so many involved characters that we got to know over the course of our 3 week trip. We have Norah and her mom and older brother. Then we have Skyler and his mom, older brother, and younger sister. It was nice to have some older siblings in this book because I feel like I so often read books with younger siblings but not older ones. It was a great change of pace.
Norah, our main character, had a cool talent for drawing and animation, and a love for video games. It’s fun and energizing to feel her passion for these things throughout the book. Also, her growth as she comes to realize what she wants from her future is really great. Sometimes, it takes a crazy road trip to figure out where you should really be with your life.
Overall, this was a fun road trip book about family and future.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Kasie West is the author of many YA novels, including The Fill-in Boyfriend, P.S. I Like You, Lucky in Love, and Listen to Your Heart. Her books have been named ALA-YALSA Quick Picks, JLG selections, and ALA-YALSA Best Books for Young Adults. When she’s not writing, she’s binge-watching television, devouring books, or bury-ing her toes in the sand of the Central Coast. Kasie lives in Fresno, California, with her family.