Book: Where the Road Takes Me by Jay McLean
Date Published: February 10th, 2015
Date Started: February 25th, 2015
Date Finished: February 25th, 2015
Other Books Reviewed: More Than This, More Than Her
“Chloe has one plan for the future, and one plan only: the road. She’s made a promise to herself: don’t let anyone in, and don’t let anyone love her. She’s learned the hard way what happens if she breaks her rules. So she’s focused on being invisible and waiting until she can set out on the road—her dream of freedom, at least for a little while.
Blake Hunter is a basketball star who has it all—everything about him looks perfect to those on the other side of his protective walls. He can’t let anyone see the shattered pieces behind the flawless facade or else all his hopes and dreams will disappear.
One dark night throws Chloe and Blake together, changing everything for Blake. For Chloe, nothing changes: she has the road, and she’s focused on it. But when the so-called perfect boy starts to notice the invisible girl, they discover that sometimes with love, no one knows where the road may lead.”
After reading More Than This, I’ve become somewhat of a fan of Jay McLean. When I saw that this book was up for grabs, I couldn’t help myself.
I related to this book a bit more than More Than This. The main character, Chloe, has built up these walls and focuses on being invisible. Her mother and aunt both died from breast cancer and she is now living in a foster home. She just wants to ride high school out and then get herself on a roadtrip. I’ve got my own reasons, but this is familiar to me.
The romance hit off really fast, but seemed slow at the same time. This book was similar to More Than This in the fact that the girl is trying so hard to push this guy away but wants to be with him just as much. The one thing I had a problem with in terms of their romance was the fact that there was this build up for some drama with Blake’s ex girlfriend that ended up just disappearing altogether. Also, when Chloe is left to deal with an unexpected death, it seems like that death gets ultimately brushed off later on.
I was expecting the roadtrip to take up the majority of the book but it ended up only taking up the last quarter of the book. There seemed to be so much talk about the roadtrip that I found myself wishing they would just get on the road already. And when it did happen, it seemed so short.
I also noticed that McLean has a thing for sports stars. In both of her books that I have read, both the main love interests were big sports stars that were about to go to college on full rides and all this. For this book, I was really interested in this aspect. Blake has to make a choice between going into the army and going to college for basketball. His father wants him to be in the army and is something they are always bumping heads with. Blake dealt with his issues with his mother and made things fine, but I wished there was more resolution with his father.
This was a quick fluffy read, but it may have been too quick for me. I didn’t feel as many swoons as More Than This and wished for more resolution.