Sunday, November 15, 2015

Book Review: Just Visiting

Title Just Visiting

Author Dahlia Adler

Release Date November 17, 2015

Reagan Forrester wants out—out of her trailer park, out of reach of her freeloading mother, and out of the shadow of the relationship that made her the pariah of Charytan, Kansas.

Victoria Reyes wants in—in to a fashion design program, in to the arms of a cute guy who doesn't go to Charytan High, and in to a city where she won't stand out for being Mexican.

One thing the polar-opposite best friends do agree on is that wherever they go, they’re staying together. But when they set off on a series of college visits at the start of their senior year, they quickly see that the future doesn’t look quite like they expected. After two years of near-solitude following the betrayal of the ex-boyfriend who broke her heart, Reagan falls hard and fast for a Battlestar Galactica-loving, brilliant smile-sporting pre-med prospective... only to learn she's set herself up for heartbreak all over again. Meanwhile, Victoria runs full-speed toward all the things she thinks she wants… only to realize everything she’s looking for might be in the very place they've sworn to leave.

As both Reagan and Victoria struggle to learn who they are and what they want in the present, they discover just how much they don't know about each other's pasts. And when each learns what the other’s been hiding, they'll have to decide whether their friendship has a future.

Just Visiting made me realize just how much I love books about friendship. Especially when it's friendship between two girls that isn't toxic and full of backstabbing. Not that I don't enjoy those (I do), but sometimes a book about healthy friendship is what I really need. And this is a great book about female friendship that shows just how wonderful friendship can be.

Part of what I loved about Just Visiting is that it shows that growing up doesn't necessarily mean growing apart. Two people are allowed to be different, want different things, and go through completely different experiences, but still be best friends. Reagan and Victoria are perfect examples of this. I love them independently and together.

And even though this is a book about best friends, there is a some romance. Normally, I'd be worried that the romance would try to steal the spotlight, but not here. The friendship between Reagan and Victoria is clearly the focus of the book. I'm thankful for that because I would have been disappointed if this turned into a romance focused book.

Another fantastic book from Dahlia Adler!


5 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review. *

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