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Destination Unknown

Amy Clipston
Destination Unknown
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It s senior year, and Whitney Richards is tired of the constant pressures to be perfect. When she gets a D in Calculus, her mother immediately hires a tutor, worried Whitney won t get into the right college her alma mater with imperfect grades. Her tutor, Taylor, is a quiet,... Read More

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It s senior year, and Whitney Richards is tired of the constant pressures to be perfect. When she gets a D in Calculus, her mother immediately hires a tutor, worried Whitney won t get into the right college her alma mater with imperfect grades. Her tutor, Taylor, is a quiet, mysterious boy who is unlike anyone Whitney has met before. But Taylor s rougher upbringing has her mother and friends discouraging any type of relationship.

Tired of having to play a part for everyone else, Whitney quits the cheerleading squad that once defined her social identity, and begins spending more time with Taylor. Her mom and friends worry Whitney is making a huge mistake, and even Taylor begins to show concern for some of her choices. But for the first time, Whitney is in the driver s seat of her life. Will she be able to find her identity and God s plan for her life before she throws everything away?"

  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Feb 4, 2014
  • UPC: 9780310736691
  • Height: 0
  • Width: 0
  • Length: 0
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 267
  • Publish Date: Feb 4, 2014
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 17
  • Audience Age Minimum: 13
  • BISAC: "JUV000000"
  • ISBN: 0310736692

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Destination Unknown by Amy Clipston by Wanda Barefoot on 2/9/2014

Whitney Richards seems to have the perfect life. She lives in a high end neighborhood, she is the captain of the cheerleading team, she is a straight A student and she dates the captain of the football team. When she gets a D in calculus her whole life starts changing. But what she perceives to be the worst day of her life she soon finds to be the start of her life changing for the better. When Taylor Martinez, a student from the poor side of town, becomes her tutor she finds herself falling in love despite the harsh criticism from her mother and friends. As their relationship progresses Whitney starts changing. She soon evolves into the young woman she wants to be, not who her mom wants her to be.

This is my very first young adult book and I wasn't quite sure how I was going to feel about it. I have to say I was very pleased with the story. The characters were so real that I felt like I WAS Whitney Richards. Whitney was such a great young lady. Even though she lived a pampered life she treated everyone the same. She didn't look down on those that were less fortunate like a lot do. She was a very sweet girl and I loved how every night when she went to bed she would lay down and share her troubles with God like she was talking to a friend.

Taylor Martinez was such a nice guy. He worked hard to help support his mom and sister. He really understood Whitney and really listened when she shared her inner most secrets and turmoils. At eighteen he was such a gentleman! He really wore his heart on his sleeve. He had loved Whitney since the forth grade when he used to take homemade chocolate chip cookies to trade Whitney for lunch because her mom wouldn't let her eat unhealthy food. And his faith was great too. I liked his response to the teacher of the J2A meeting at church when she asked them to choose a verse that would best help them faced the uncertainty of their futures.

"Okay." Taylor cleared his throat and then looked down at the verse he'd circled: "By day The Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me--a prayer to the God of my life."
Intrigued, I studied him.
"Why that verse?" Jenna asked.
Taylor shrugged. "Well, to me it means that no matter what you do all day, whether you're studying, or you're at work, or you're at school, you need to remember you have to live your day for God. He directs your heart, and he should be the focus of your life."

Whitney's mom was so controlling and I often wanted to shake her, but her dad was just great. He was a buffer between Whitney and her mom, often getting Darlene to back off when she tried to run Whitney's life. I loved Whitney's cousin Emily, too. She was such a great support for Whitney. So, as you can see, I think the characters are just great, but how is the story overall? This book was a true-to-life testimony for young adults. The difficulties and pressures they face when growing up and leaving for college, with relationships. What I liked most was the strong thread of faith woven throughout the story.

"Do you remember I had a hard time praying after my mom died?" Emily asked.
"I remember that," I said. "You forgot how to talk to God because you were struggling with your grief."
"Well, I learned the hard way that life is hard sometimes, and sometimes things don't work out the way we want them to. But God Is always there for us. You may not see him or feel him right now, but he's here with you. You're never alone." Emily hugged me, and my tears began to sprinkle down my cheeks.

Everyone's faith was so deep and it was great to read about young people having such faith and principles. I loved watching Whitney and Taylor's budding romance. Their story was sweet and I would love to continue with their story as they grow older. The story line was perfect and I couldn't wait to read the ending. With such lovable characters and such a great plot it's impossible not to enjoy this book. If you like young adult romance, or even if it's your first like it was mine, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. I recommend it to readers of all ages!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone. If I recommend a book it's simply because I enjoyed it. I received no monetary compensation for this review.

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