on June 26, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Dessa Rhodes is a modern day nomad. Her family travels in an RV, their lives defined by state lines, exit signs, and the small communal caravan they call home. Among them is Cyrus, her best friend and long-time crush, whom she knows she can never be with. When your families are perpetually linked, it’s too dangerous to take a risk on romance.
Instead, Dessa looks to the future. She wants to be a real artist and going to art school is her ticket to success and a new life. There’s just one problem: she hasn’t been accepted…anywhere. Suddenly her future is wide open, and it looks like she’s going to be stuck traveling forever.
Then an unexpected opportunity presents itself: an internship working with a local artist in Santa Fe. Dessa struggles to prove to her boss—and herself—that she belongs there, but just as she finally hits her stride, her family suffers an unexpected blow. Faced with losing everything that she has worked for, Dessa has a difficult decision to make. Will she say goodbye to her nomadic lifestyle and the boy she loves? Or will she choose to never stop moving?
A distinctive setting. Dessa and her family are modern day nomads. For the last five years they’ve traveled around the US in a tiny RV with a small caravan of other families. I’ve never traveled cross-country. Heck, I’ve never even traveled more than 6 hours in either direction of my house. So I had a hard time imagining what it would be like to constantly travel, never settling down in one place for more than a few weeks. Your Destination Is on the Left helped me gain a better understanding of what constant life on the road looks and feels like.
A relatable heroine. Dessa has many fears and struggles with low self-esteem. She’s passionate about art, but is too afraid to really express herself through it, because she doesn’t think what she creates is good enough. I think most, if not all of us, have been able to relate to Dessa in some way at some point. I’ve definitely missed out on good opportunities in the past, because I let my fears get the best of me and hold me back.
Not the greatest romance. I adore love stories that feature best friends slowly realizing their feelings run deeper for one another. Those relationships are slow-burning, and usually end up being so worth the wait, therefore I started Your Destination Is on the Left with huge romance expectations. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stand Dessa and Cyrus together, because I really disliked Cyrus. He was selfish, vindictive, and not very supportive of what Dessa wanted to do with her life. Thankfully their romance wasn’t the main focus of the story.
Can we have a companion novel? Pretty please ♥ This book unsurprisingly ended on a bittersweet note. I would really love a companion novel or novella someday. One that takes place a couple years later, showing us where Dessa’s path led after the big decision she made in Your Destination is on the Left. I’m not going to hold my breath.. but a girl can dream right?!!
A few of my favorite quotes
That’s the irony of living in a mobile home. You can travel anywhere you want, but as soon as you need space, there’s nowhere to go.
Maybe it’s time to try being the laid-back traveler kid my parents always wanted me to be, instead of an uptight artist with a freaking pipe dream.
I was happy before, but it isn’t until now, with his arms around me, that I feel so completely alive.
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