The Possibility of Somewhere by Julia Day
St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Rating: 4 Stars
Together is somewhere they long to be.
Ash Gupta has a life full of possibility. His senior year is going exactly as he’s always wanted– he’s admired by his peers, enjoying his classes and getting the kind of grades that his wealthy, immigrant parents expect. There’s only one obstacle in Ash’s path: Eden Moore—the senior most likely to become class valedictorian. How could this unpopular, sharp-tongued girl from the wrong side of the tracks stand in his way?
All Eden’s ever wanted was a way out. Her perfect GPA should be enough to guarantee her a free ride to college — and an exit from her trailer-park existence for good. The last thing she needs is a bitter rivalry with Ash, who wants a prized scholarship for his own selfish reasons. Or so she thinks. . . When Eden ends up working with Ash on a class project, she discovers that the two have more in common than either of them could have imagined. They’re both in pursuit of a dream — one that feels within reach thanks to their new connection. But what does the future hold for two passionate souls from totally different worlds?
With a cast of characters that feel very real, from an autistic four-year-old boy Eden babysits to the new girl in school who shakes things up, THE POSSIBLITY OF SOMEWHERE is a look back into the awkward period in high school when the future is in transit. A touching back to school read about first relationships, Day’s contemporary YA debut will have you falling in love.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of The Possibility of Somewhere for an honest review.
The Possibility of Somewhere is romantic, powerful, and diverse. The dynamics and content dealt with multiple issues of race, religion and social status.These issues are more common then we like to admit, and at least someone we know has feelings like these. Discrimination of any kind can lead to real struggles and hurt.
Eden is a poor white girl who has great grades and has been struggling to make a new life for herself. She wants to get out of the town she lives in and the reputation her family has. Eden is always bailing her parents out and working all the time. She would love to devote more time to her studies but circumstances have not allowed that.
Eden has always pushed everyone away since her mom left and she became a dare and a joke at school. It was easier to be alone then to be hurt. It all changes when a new girl comes to the school and forces her way into her life. Mundy is determined to breakdown Eden’s walls and help her see she doesn’t have to be alone.
Eden and Ash have always been in competition, and have had a rivalry at school for several years. This year something is shifting and neither of them is sure how to deal with it. They both know that since Ash is Indian that their friends and family will not support them being interesting in each other.
Can Eden trust someone and let people in? Will Ash and Eden allow others to keep them from developing a relationship? Can both Eden and Ash reach there goals without taking it from the other?
The Possibility of Somewhere is a great diverse book. I loved the friendship between Mundy and Eden. She comes in and helps her see herself in a whole new way. She was that one great friend we either have or wish we did. I really did enjoy this book and thought it was a sweet with great meaty content. I would recommend this book and I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars.
“An engaging read…full of drama.” —School Library Journal
“Eden will lure readers with her willful refusal to allow poverty and hardship to define or limit her.” —Publishers Weekly
JULIA DAY lives in North Carolina, halfway between the beaches and the mountains. She has two twenty-something daughters and one geeky old husband. When she’s not writing software or stories, Julia enjoys traveling with her family, watching dance reality shows on TV, and dreaming about which restaurant ought to get her business that night.