Just Visiting

Finished Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler.  I received a copy from the publisher for review. (Note: I work for this company, but this was not one of my books.)

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.”

I’m a recent convert to the Cult of Dahlia Adler, and I’ve now read every book of hers except for the NA (but its time is coming, don’t worry).  This one is my current favorite of hers—which is not a slam on her Daylight Falls series—and I honestly love everything about it.

I love the idea that you can be so sure of what you want from your future and then all of a sudden, you just have no idea.  (I remember junior and senior year of high school being so stressful for just that reason—it was the first time that I could really tell that my choices would have a really lasting impact on my life.  Everything else, you can just start over but between choosing a college and choosing a major, those actually can change your life.)

The best part of this book, though? The friendship between Reagan and Victoria.  I love the two of them and you could really tell how much they loved each other, even when they were fighting.  I especially love the fact that, although there are boys in here, the focus really is on their friendship.  (A lot of times in contemp YA, it seems like friends are there to keep you company while you wait for boys.)

There’s going to be a sequel, right?

Highly recommended.

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