Going Places by Kathryn Berla is a great YA novel with a coming of age/teenage angst, love, loss, living up to expectation, responsibility, believing in yourself, friendship, and also touches on some sensitive issues in a caring, but realistic way.
We follow Hudson, who really is a lot smarter and capable than I think he gave himself credit for. I enjoyed watching him develop and grow as the story progressed. He was a better, more confident version of himself by the end.
I have read several of Ms. Berla’s books now and liked them all, and this is one of my favourites of the them all, so far! I really appreciate how Ms. Berla writes such realistic and believable characters, and stories. With each book, she takes us on a journey of discovery, not only for her characters, but also for us, the readers.
As I have come to expect from Ms. Berla, the story is well written, with a great pace, a smooth flow, and is very easy to read. I thought the story was quite touching, and I loved how it focused on the relationships between the characters, and the complexities within them. The characters really make this story. There were parts of the story that were also quite thought provoking, insightful and poignant.
A really lovely story!
Thank you, Ms. Berla!
Reviewed by @angelahayes