No Place Like Home Paperback – 4 Apr 2014
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About the Author
DeAnna Holland is a twenty-something year-old writer who spends majority of her time with her head in a book or in a computer screen—sometimes both at the same time thanks in large part to her undiagnosed ADD. She’s kind of a slob, ditching neatness in favor of what she calls “organized clutter,” and when she’s writing, she’s slightly neurotic. Thank the cosmos for her drug of choice, orange soda, or she’d have no other way to cope with the utter chaos that is life. For updates, check her out on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. For information regarding upcoming releases, check out her blog: www.deannaholland.com. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Jules is 18 with no family, friends and no place to go. She came across as really strong and independent most of the time but there were a few times throughout the story where she seemed very weak. I thought she was portrayed well and I was able to connect well with the character.
Jake is harder for me because he done something that's really quite hard for me to get by! What happens with him at the start and his secret is a big problem for me so he was harder to connect with but in the end I really liked him.
This was a nice read and although it has some very sensitive subjects in it it wasn't as dark as some other books in the same category. I think the book could have been better if there had of been dual pov but that's just my opinion, I think hearing jakes pov in a few of the big moments in this book would have been nice but overall a good read!
After an instant attraction, a chance second meeting keep Jules and Jake together, but with a twist of fate and some crossed wires, Jules tries to stay clear of him. But it doesnt take long to realise that love lasts, and there is no place like home.
Well written with a great and descriptive storyline this book had me hooked from the beginning. Usually I don't like an overly confidant boy lead, but he was charming and humerous as well as not taking himself too seriously! Jules was portrayed as gutsy and self reliant which I think is more realistic than the helpless airhead that seems to be the go to person.
I would definitely reccomed you try this book- I may have to read it a few more times as well!
Social care is a huge problem, and a problem within a problem, so for the author to write about it so well, although fiction, took on a big project, as it was getting into some of the emotional baggage that some children are left with.
Jules is now 18 years old, homeless and broke. She doesn't come under the age of 'care' now. The last meeting with her Social Worker leads her into an avenue of 'rescue' its not the norm, and its unofficial.
This is also a great love story. How a girl which much damage, baggage and an emotional past can be helped to heal with the right person.
I loved this story, it made me tingle at times as putting myself into Jules place, must have been very hard for her.
Jake, now what can I say about Jake? Everyone needs a Jake.
*I was given this book as a complimentary to read and give my honest and open opinion, which I feel I have done*
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Jules has made her way through several foster homes, including one that she'd go back in time if it meant not having to have gone there. Now that she's 18 and has aged out of the system, she dreads her last visit with her counselor, knowing that she has no where to go. Her counselor offers her an unofficial solution - she knows a family who'd be willing to take her in on a temporary basis while she figured out where to go from there. The solution is so unofficial that she can't talk about it at the office, so she tells Jules to meet her back there at the end of the day, and she'll take her to the family.
Free to rove around the city for a few hours, but hungry, she stops into a pizza shop where she bumps into the most gorgeous guy she's ever laid her eyes on and they share a table together. Something about Jake intrigues her and in turn she intrigues him. A little harmless flirting happens and they part ways, neither one ever expecting to see each other again.
Oh, but of course, you know they meet again. The next time at a club where Jules has gone with her new neighbor and new friend Liz. The intrigue grows and this time Jules leaves with Jake's phone number and promised to call him. Then she discovers who he really is and she resolves to have nothing more to do with him as she thinks nothing good could ever come of the situation. But Jake's not ready to let her walk away from what could be great - and her past issues be damned, he's determined to make things work. Can he convince her to do the same?
I loved this book and devoured it in one sitting!! (Sorry kids, it's pour your own cereal for breakfast today!) I love Jules'. Even knowing all that she'd gone through, the fact that she could still put one foot in front of the other every day and try to get that much past the horrific events of her life are inspiring. And then there's Jake. Add another book boyfriend to my ever growing list. So gorgeous, so sexy, so sensitive to Jules' predicament, and so determined to make things work. He does have the one downfall about what was going on when he started things with Jules, but that's easy to overlook because you know his heart was in the right place with Jules.
I can't believe that this is Deanna Holland's first published book - it's so well written and the characters are so well written and real that I'd think she'd been doing this writing gig for forever. I'll definitely be keeping my eyes out for more books from her!
So, let me start by saying that I really enjoyed this book. I thought that Jules' character was strong and I liked how she kept her ground throughout the story as being a good person and was able to be a realistic character that was well developed. For what she had been through, the author depicted her reactions to certain situations well and made me really feel for her as a character. Overall, I really loved her!
As for Jake, its really a love/hate thing with him. I love his character and his way of speaking, and yet I really don't like him for some of the decisions that he made throughout the story. He was a tad too overprotective and made it seem a little fake and I just wish that he would've been portrayed a bit more realistically.
Now for secondary characters that I absolutely loved! First off, Nancy; I adored her for her compassion for taking Jules in, even though it could get her in trouble, and her kindness towards her even though she did some things that wouldn't normally be considered unacceptable. Nancy was a likable character with a heart that was so large and accepting. I really liked her. As for the cousins, Liz and Carly, I liked them but I didn't really connect with them in any way. Liz was a real sweetie and she lightened heavy situations and made it a little easier to read, but still, I didn't really connect with her as a character. This is really the same for Carly, I liked her but there was no real connection. I suppose that's how it is though for most secondary characters though, but I still overall really liked them.
And now, for a character that I definitely thought deserved a bit more than he got. Skyler! Okay, he was so sweet to her and I can completely understand her not giving him a chance, because with Jake and everything, but I still felt for him and really wished that he had a little more time in the story and that we got to see more of him that we actually did. I mean, he got her a job and he was so kind and open to her, he met her in the park and helped her with her shoes. He was just such a compassionate character that I couldn't help but to feel sorry when she disregarded him and blew him off.
Overall, that's it for characters, so onto the main story line of this novel!
I liked it, besides Jake being that "dream boy who everyone wanted", it wasn't cliche in certain regards and I found it to be a refreshing that for once, the main character had flaws. Jules was very real to me and her history made it all the more real as the story continued. The only thing that bothered me actually about his story, was the quick romance and how it took the characters a very short time to admit that they were in love. Personally they were close even after meeting once and after that it just continued from there. I did like the story, I Just think that it was a little too fast paced, and I wish that some of the other characters had a little bit of the spotlight as well, or that they were more developed, because I really would've loved to see something like Liz and Skyler happen or something that would make me love those characters even more.
So, for an overall review, I give this 4.5 stars for being an amazingly real book, with a good romance, and a sweet ending. The .5 that I took off though was for the slightly fast-paced plot and the character of Jake that bothered me just a bit. I'm glad to have read and reviewed this book and I can't wait to read more by this author in the future.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
What happens after the system drops you?
At 18, Jules found herself out of the system – no home, no money and no job. She was lost, but she was holding out a brave front. Good thing, her social worker helped her and found her a place to call home, even if temporarily. However, growing up in a system that destroyed everything you have been dreaming of and shattered your trust thoroughly can be an emotionally-scarring experience. Walls are built around your heart, and trust is not given away freely – so opening up to people and letting them in, most especially trusting them was out of the question.
Jules can only trust herself.
Then Jake came along on that same day, the chemistry ignited in an instant, and he was the type of person who can charm her walls down. UNTIL, an incident had brought them together, and had once again upped her walls, and double-locked her heart. But Jake wanted Jules, never mind the circumstances. She completes him, she makes him feel something, he was mesmerized by her. Her strength, beauty and courage after all she had been through just made his attraction to her grow stronger, they might have started on the wrong foot, but he was willing to work his way into her heart. He was so determined that her resolve was starting to break, and before she knows it, she was falling…
It was hard to let go of a painful trust and just put it on another person. So I fully understand Jules why it broke her when she discovered about Jake. Heck. I hated Jake when I knew. How dare he! I had an inclination who he is, and it was no surprise to find out, nevertheless, I was glad he came into her life, and most especially that his mom came into her life. They were everything she needed. And his younger brother, who despite his potty mouth, I completely adore; and there’s Liz (I wish she too would have her story!), she became a friend to Jules, and she was there when she was needed (except when her douche of a boyfriend would call) – she may be a complete opposite of her, but she was what exactly Jules needed in her life: a sunshine.
Her social worker? She was a great woman who had the compassion to help. The system needs more people like her who is in for the people they could help and not for the money. Everyone in the system could benefit from people like her – who sees these children for their potential, and their need for comfort and security.
Although I hated him at first, he completely redeemed himself with his songs. It was hard not to fall in love with, he was understanding and I love those small little things he would do for Jules. Jake can be a potential heartbreaker and doesn’t have a good history with relationships, but she was IT for him. And he would do anything to be with her forever. First, she needed to let go of her past to embrace their future together.
I finished this book in one sitting and was really excited to give my review. I love the characters, the plot and the pacing. Her debut novel had me hooked, and totally in love. If this is her first book and it had me swooning, I can’t wait what her future work entails!
✪Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.✪
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This book dealt with some pretty heavy topics, and I thought the author did a good job of addressing them. Jules is a strong character who despite her experiences is very well-adjusted and has managed a lot of successes that others in her same position may not have. She works hard to try and be independent and seek out what she wants most out of life, which is stability and a family. Jake is a pretty great character. He is patient with Jules, and after some initial screw ups, is pretty straight forward with her about his feelings and intentions. I enjoyed watching Jules develop friendships and get her life started down a healing path. I did find some of the dialogue a little choppy at times, but overall I enjoyed spending time with these characters seeing how their relationships helped one another. I would read more by this author in the future. 3.5 stars.
The characters are all deliciously flawed, and Jake is totally drool worthy. Of course, he’s half my age, which makes me a total perv, but whatevs. The plot unfolded smoothly, with barely any issues, and I caught myself getting invested in the story, making few notes for my review. I had a hard time rooting for Jules, but I think I’m just a little too hard on my female characters and need to get over that. She has a hard time letting people in, with all of her trust issues, and she seemed a little fickle to me. Again, I’m hard on the female characters, probably because I have such a hard time making them likeable in my own writing, so I’m quick to point out flaws with others.
Overall, a very good NA romance with some heavy thematic elements. Well done, Ms. Holland. I received this book in exchange for a review.