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, its too dangerous to take a risk on romance. Instead, Dessa looks to the future. She wants to be a real artist and going to art school is her ticket to success and a new life. Theres just one problem: she hasnt been acceptedanywhere. Suddenly her future is wide open, and it looks like shes going to be stuck traveling forever.Then an unexpected opportunity presents itself: an internship working with a local artist in Santa Fe. Dessa struggles to prove to her bossand herselfthat she belongs there, but just as she finally hits her stride, her family suffers an unexpected blow. Faced with losing everything that she has worked for, Dessa has a difficult decision to make. Will she say goodbye to he...
|Title||:||Your Destination Is on the Left|
|Number of Pages||:||304 pages|
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Your Destination Is on the Left Reviews
This was a cool read because it's not your typical YA situation. The MC's home is the RV she travels in with her parents and little brother, alongside a couple other families. She just finished high school (via online courses) and wants to go to art college. But her parents are reluctant to see her leave the traveling life, and did I mention there's a boy she might just be in love with?
I'm like 99% sure the moral of this story is artists are underappreciated and wE DoN'T WANNA BE. [sobs into a paint can and a singular grain of rice which is all we can afford] Ahem. So I really liked what this book had to say on artists! And as an artist myself (wRITER, YA) who's been struggling with fear and that's blocked me a lot...it was so meaningful. 😭💛
"You're afraid of failure, of not being good enough, of letting your family down. Right? But that's the problem -- you're letting your fea...more
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 ...more
In the technical sense, Lauren Spieller is a wonderful writer and I love how easily Dessa's voice flowed. But I wish there was more emphasis on the plot and in building the emotional stakes. Full review to come tomorrow!
Dessa Rhodes, a meticulous perfectionist craving for normalcy, stability, and independence, was easily a protagonist I could not only relate to, but also actively root for right from the get-go. Her character was a wonderfully delightful mix of determined and frightened.
The plot itself wasn’t very complex, which is not a significant issue because this novel was heavily steered by its characters rather than by its plot. I thought it was a fitting approach because in doing so, Your Destination Is ...more
A unique story with lots of relatable moments. Loved it!
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.
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, with this published version being a beautifully refined version of the one I first read.
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 goes f ...more