Anywhere Else by Kayla Hicks

4 out of 5 stars

Anywhere Else is my most recent book discovery from participating in the Twitter #writingcommunity. 

Self-reliant Leena, a pick-up truck driving young woman with an alcoholic mother, is the main character of this YA novel.

Through this story, we see Leena navigate romantic relationships, figure out how to live on her own, and learn how to trust others. I enjoyed reading Leena’s story. She is easy to connect with and you want to see where her journey goes. 

This book relies on the classic love triangle for much of its storyline but it is well done. To me, the book was like comfort food — it uses your favorite ingredients and satisfies your craving. It is not a life-changing book but it is charming and delivers on your expectations in a pleasing way. 

I will be reading another book by this author. In fact, I have already purchased a copy of her novella, The Back-Up Superhero.

Thank you to the author Kayla Hicks for providing a free ARC of Anywhere Else in exchange for my honest review.

Liam’s Town by Marissa Dike

4 out of 5 stars

Liam’s Town was the first book I discovered through a writer’s lift on Twitter, and I’m really glad I found it.

This YA book centers on Liam, who, like most fifteen-year-olds, lives in a world of his own. His world consists of working for his grandfather and spending as much time as possible hanging out with his three friends, Trinity, Jenny, and Fender.  

At first, you think the book will be a typical story about Liam’s life in a small town, his friendships, and his burgeoning love life, but you quickly realize that things are not what they seem on the surface. The book grew on me with each chapter and had several twists that I didn’t see coming. One of the things I loved most about the book was Liam’s voice. Dike created a lovable character in Liam —  you can’t help but root for him throughout the story. 

I would definitely be interested in reading more books by this author.