Review: Destination Anywhere by Sara Barnard

Sometimes you have to leave your life behind to find your place in the world. . .
After five years at secondary school spent bullied and alone, Peyton King starts sixth form college determined that things will be different. Whatever happens, she will make friends at any cost.
When she finds the friends she’s always dreamed of, including an actual boyfriend, she’s happier than she’s ever been.
But when they let her down in the worst way, Peyton is left no better off than when she started. Now Peyton knows the only chance she has of finding happiness is to look for it somewhere else. With nothing but her sketchpad and a backpack, she buys a one-way ticket and gets on a plane. . .

Destination Anywhere

Hello. A few weeks ago I was very lucky to receive an e-arc of Sara Barnard's new book, Destination Anywhere, from NetGalley. There was so much I enjoyed about this book and so much I didn't so I'm still sorting out my opinions on it. Overall, I felt it was a 3.5 star book so It wasn't great but also wasn't dreadful. I hope you like reading this review and it'll give you some idea if you want to read it when it comes out. *some minor spoilers*

What I Enjoyed

- Description of the beautiful setting. This book was mostly set in Canada, a place famous     for it's beautiful sights. The description of some of the places Peyton visited were so vivid that it was like I was there.
- Ensemble cast of characters. Peyton goes on a road trip across Canada with a group of people she meets in a youth hostel and I adored all of these characters. We know very little about them but we get hints about their background which were just super cool. I'd love to read more about all of them.
- Tension and mystery. This book contains lots of flashbacks, which are a chapter long, to explain Peyton's past. I liked that these were staggered throughout the book because it made sure there was a strong climax.
- Road-trip! I am a absolute sucker for a fictional road trip.

What I Didn't Enjoy

- The protagonist. This was what really put me off about this book. Peyton was SO annoying. I'm not sure what it was but she got on my nerves so much. I think it was her whining. I hate whining protagonist, especially if the book is also written in first person.

- It was quite slow paced. Despite the well-written tension in the flashbacks, this book was unbearably slow during the parts set in Canada.
- Forced romance. I just did not feel the connection between Peyton and Beasey. They could of had a really nice friendship but they had to get together

Should you read this book?

It really depends. I from the reviews I've read of this book, I believe that if you like Sara Barnard's other books then you'll really enjoy this one. It contains a nice mixture of fluff and gritty reality. However, if you aren't a massive fan of Sara's other books I don't think you'll massively enjoy it however i'd buy a copy, if you found a cheap one, just to seen what conflicting views you have on it.

Hope you liked that review! If you've also read Destination Anywhere I'd love to hear your views on it. 

Lizzie ❤📚


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