I was so privileged to meet Amy Clipston a few weeks ago! She also brought me books!! And since I had a million hour car ride (at least it felt like that with two small kids!) I was able to burn through a few of them. Since I had been lucky enough to have the third book in her ya series I decided the logical place to start was to go back and read the first two. They were fantastic! I felt really drawn in right from the get go. Plus it really made a difference for me. You can read them as stand alone books, but they really are better as a series. You really can get a better appreciation of the characters in the book. Both books did their job of telling a great story, character development, and a nice paced moving plot.
In Roadside Assistance Emily Curtis' life is turned upside down by her mother's passing and her father loosing everything they had. They are forced to move in with family that Emily isn't happy about. From the aunt that criticizes every last thing, the grandma that only seems excited about her cousin, the uber perfect blonde cheer leading cousin who has it all. Emily has lost a lot including her faith in God. The only place she finds solace is under the hood of a car repairing things.
The story moves along at a good pace, the characters are really likeable. When Emily meets Zander and starts making friends in her new life she slowly learns that not everything is as it seems. I won't go too much more into it because I think you should read the book:).
In Destination Unknown Whitney Richards seems to have it all on the surface. Blonde, cheerleader, popular, the right neighborhood, money, and dating a football player.
But then her life starts to unravel. She gets a D in calculus and her mom goes in to panic mode and hires a tutor. Taylor enters the picture and life changes.
Whitney starts to question who she is as a person and pushes hard against a mother that seems determined to control her every waking second. From what she eats to who she associates with. Whitney has to push back hard. And she does! This girl is no slouch and she shows that she is capable of fighting against what society expects and becoming what she is called to be.
Both books will appeal to many different reader groups. It's great for bookclubs because it has some awesome discussion questions that could spark some lively conversation. Young adults will enjoy these books because the characters are so easy to relate to. These are also fantastic vacation and unending car ride reads! Grab them and enjoy! Happy Reading!!