Four girls: dealer, junkie, recluse, thief.
Sarah, Jenna, Lauren, and Cassie may look like ordinary girls, but they’re not. They’re delinquents whose lives collide when they’re sent to an experimental juvenile detention program on a farm in the middle of nowhere. As the girls face up to the crimes they committed, three of them will heal the wounds of their pasts and discover strengths they never dreamed they had. And one, driven by a deep secret of her own, will seek to destroy everything they’ve all worked so hard for.
Why I Read This:
There was something that really intrigued me about the farming aspect of this book. I wanted to know how that could help the girls.
Beth Neff has a writing voice that immediately captivated me. I couldn't tell what it was at first and then realized just how relieved I was at not having the story told from the first person perspective for a change. It seems that lately the majority of young adult novels are being told from this perspective. I do enjoy that first person a lot, but find it difficult to try and get inside the characters' heads every time I start a new book. Getting Somewhere opened up a new avenue for me where I was able to see both what the characters were thinking in the moment and what was going on as a whole. Being told from the perspective of four different girls, this seemed to work really well for me.
As for the girls I was excited to find out what their secrets were. They were incredibly complex characters. I liked that even though they could have come off as stereotypical and flat, they were anything but. Each of them had those unique criminal records and yet at the same time possessed a rich background that got them to where they are.
The farm was so wonderful. I don't know how, but I finished this book days ago, and I am still living on that farm. I enjoyed every aspect of the farming and how the simple act of picking produce to sell at market could help heal those girls. It was like being in a different world for them but that was exactly what they needed. The women running the farm were wonderful characters. Three women who really wanted the program to work but may or may not always have had the best of intentions. They were flawed just like the rest of them but that didn't mean they couldn't all grow together.
The drama was slow moving. There seemed to be only glances of how the one girl was attempting to bring down the program. I wanted more of that, for the others to not be so clueless about it. It would have made the book feel a little faster moving for me. On the other hand what they all found out about themselves from not noticing all the things she was doing and inadverdently contributing to the mess that occurs at the end of the book - that was powerful as well.
A marvelous book. If there was a category in Y.A. for "literary fiction", I would put it there. It read somewhat like an adult literary, but it was most definitely for the younger audience. It was a smart book and one I recommend to someone who wants to read something a little more introspective.
I received a free copy from the author in exchange for my honest opinion, and for giveaway.
I have one copy of Getting Somewhere by Beth Neff for giveaway. This is my personal review copy, but depending on shipping costs I will opt to buy a new copy from The Book Depository.
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