Reagan and Victoria are sure about two things in their future: they're going to be college roommates, and they're going to get out of Charytan, Kansas, together. But as they go on a series of college visits, the two begin to realize their visions of the future may not align, and as the secrets they've been keeping from the other slowly come to light, they learn they're not exactly the yin and yang they thought they were. Suddenly, neither one is sure what the next four years hold, or whether they'll be spending them together at all. Combining the unique settings of college visits with a cast that's diverse in race, ability, and socioeconomic class, Just Visiting touches upon the kinds of conversations we fear having with those closest to us, and why the strongest relationships can be the scariest. It also contains scenes that are rare but important in YA, about sexual agency, contraception/plan B, and relationships that neither last forever nor destroy the characters when they crumble.
- Paperback | 348 pages
- 129 x 198 x 12mm | 440g
- 17 Nov 2015
- Spencer Hill Press
- Contoocook, United States
"Gr 10 Up- Reagan Foster and Victoria Reyes have a simple plan: pick a college and get out of town together. But as the best friends start their weekend road trips to college campuses, things get complicated fast. Their relationship strains under the weight of old secrets and new experiences. Adler's latest book revolves around two very different girls- poor outcast Reagan and Latina fashionista Victoria- who love each other fiercely despite the secrets they hide from each other. This work begins like a cotton candy romp but quickly delves into frank discussions of sex, poverty, and bullying. Regardless, Adler never lets the story stray far from the friendship at its heart. Rea and Vic leap from the page with enough genuine life and emotion to smooth over the fact that background characters often stray too close to caricature, and the ending is satisfying despite being a little too tidy. The book's biggest strength comes from Adler's talent for pinpointing the raw emotion of every situation and building them into the feeling of a freight train barreling toward the girls as they try to decide their futures. VERDICT A complex emotional story in a lighthearted package. Highly recommended for older teens." -- Amy Diegelman, Vineyard Haven Public Library, MA - School Library Journal
About Dahlia Adler
Dahlia Adler is an Associate Editor of Mathematics by day, a blogger for the B&N Teen Blog by night, and writes at every spare moment in between. She is the author of Behind the Scenes, Under the Lights, Last Will and Testament, and Just Visiting. She lives in New York City with her husband and their overstuffed bookshelves.