Published by: Amberjack Publishing
Publication date: March 20th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Everyone had high expectations for Hudson Wheeler. His fourth grade teacher even wrote to his parents that Hudson was “going places.” But everything went downhill after his father died on the battlefield of Iraq one year later. Now facing his senior year of high school without his two best friends by his side and with his teacher’s letter still haunting him, Hudson seizes homeschooling as an opportunity to retreat from the world.
What happens during this year will prove to be anything but a retreat, as Hudson experiences love and rejection for the first time and solves the painful mystery of the “girl in the window”—an apparition seen only by the WWII vet whose poignant plight forces Hudson out of the comfort zone of boyhood.
Going Places is a peek into what male adolescence looks like today for those who don’t follow traditional paths as they strive to find themselves.
Going Places by Kathryn Berla was an interesting contemporary read that is about a boy who discovers friendship in the most unlikely of places, and experiences love and rejection for the first time. I really enjoyed the overall ideas of the novels, but it was a slow book to get through.
I liked Hudson, and I enjoyed seeing him grow as a character through the story's progression. I also loved Fritzy - she was such a strong female character. I really enjoyed the relationships in this novel, because it focused more on the developing friendship between Fritzy and Hudson, and Hudson and an older gentleman, and not on a romance like many contemporary novels.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this novel, and I liked the writing style. I do look forward to reading more by Kathryn Berla, and I would recommend this novel.
Kathryn Berla likes to write in a variety of genres including light fantasy, contemporary literary fiction, and even horror. She is the author of the young adult novels: 12 Hours in Paradise, Dream Me, The House at 758, and Going Places. The Kitty Committee is her first novel written for adult readers.
Kathryn grew up in India, Syria, Europe, and Africa. Her love for experiencing new cultures runs deep, and she gives into it whenever she can. She has been an avid movie buff since childhood, and often sees the movie in her head before she writes the book.
Kathryn graduated from the University of California in Berkeley with a degree in English. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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