Dessa Rhodes is a modern day nomad. Her family travels in an RV, their lives defined by state lines, exit signs, and the small communal caravan they call home. Among them is Cyrus, her best friend and long-time crush, whom she knows she can never be with. When your families are perpetually linked, its too dangerous to take a risk on romance. Instead, Dessa looks to the future. She wants to be a real artist and going to art school is her ticket to success and a new life. Theres just one problem: she hasnt been acceptedanywhere. Suddenly her future is wide open, and it looks like shes going to be stuck traveling forever.Then an unexpected opportunity presents itself: an internship working with a local artist in Santa Fe. Dessa struggles to prove to her bossand herselfthat she belongs there, but just as she finally hits her stride, her family suffers an unexpected blow. Faced with losing everything that she has worked for, Dessa has a difficult decision to make. Will she say goodbye to her nomadic lifestyle and the boy she loves? Or will she choose to never stop moving?...
|Title||:||Your Destination Is on the Left|
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Your Destination Is on the Left Reviews
Full disclosure here in that I was extremely privileged to read Your Destination Is on the Left in its infancy and also in this final form of completion, with this published version being a beautifully refined version of the one I first read.
Dessa's story is one that pulled me in and has stuck with me over the months since I first read it. I'm a sucker for sibling stories, and the relationship between Dessa and her little brother, Rodney, is one I fully believed existed in real life. This goes f ...more
Dessa Rhodes, a meticulous perfectionist craving for normalcy, stability, and independence, was easily a protagonist I could not only relate to, but also actively root for right from the get-go. Her character was a wonderfully delightful mix of determined and frightened.
The plot itself wasn’t very complex, which is not a significant issue because this novel was heavily steered by its characters rather than by its plot. I thought it was a fitting approach because in doing so, Your Destination Is ...more
I'm like 99% sure the moral of this story is artists are underappreciated and wE DoN'T WANNA BE. [sobs into a paint can and a singular grain of rice which is all we can afford] Ahem. So I really liked what this book had to say on artists! And as an artist myself (wRITER, YA) who's been struggling with fear and that's blocked me a lot...it was so meaningful. 😭💛
"You're afraid of failure, of not being good enough, of letting your family down. Right? But that's the problem -- you're letting your fea...more
This was moving, unique and rich with complicated questions. First, the unique: one real high point was the vivid, effortlessly realistic rendering of the modern-nomadic lifestyle. Reading the particulars of Dessa’s life felt like a journal, not a Wikipedia entry. Then, the moving: eschewing conventions and expectations, the ending comes together with the wrenching feeling everyone knows if they’ve ever left home or chosen the hard path. Finally, the complicated questions: Dessa’s choices and jo ...more
A distinctive setting. Dessa and her family are modern day nomads. For the last five years they’ve traveled around the US in a tiny RV with a small caravan of other families. I’ve never traveled cross-country. Heck, I’ve never even traveled more than 6 hours in either direction of my house. So I had a hard time imagining what it would be like to constantly travel, never settling down in one place for more than a few weeks. Your Destination Is on the Left helped me gain a better understanding of ...more
The family motto was "never stop moving". Though they meant it terms of physical location, it applied to Dessa with respect to her emotional and personal growth.
Dessa's family had been living a nomadic life for the past five years, but Dessa had plans of her own. She aspired and worked towards the goal of going to art school and becoming an artist. She yearned for some independence, and not having all her life choices decided by a group vote. However, after countless college rejections, she beli ...more
NOTE: I received an ARC of Your Destination is on the Left via a reading group in exchange for a my honest review.
Your Destination is on the Left is a great coming-of-age and finding-yourself novel. Dessa Rhodes is an aspiring artist, whose family leads a nomad lifestyle, travelling constantly through the United States as part of a caravan. The characters are well-developed, including Cyrus, Dessa's longtime friend, but also her repressed crush. Dessa has her heart set on going to art college ne ...more
That was fine? I really hated most of the characters in their family/caravan. I understand having to keep people together and make group decisions, but it just felt like they were forcing each other into things. Dessa knew what was right for her and no one wanted to let her do it. Cyrus was an okay love interest sometimes but I wasn’t really sold on the ship... which is weird, because friends-to-more is my jam usually. There were some really bad transitions between scenes at times, like two char ...more